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Planning Project Manager

BACKGROUND

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to energy efficiency
and renewable energy development. We serve Oregon customers of Portland General Electric,
Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. Year over year, Energy Trust is recognized as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon.

Energy Trust is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to create a culturally attentive organization by reaching out to diverse candidates who will contribute a range of perspectives, experiences, skills and ideas to how we work, our programs and our services to best serve, reach and reflect the rich diversity of the customers we serve.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY

The Planning Project Manager is responsible for employing data analysis techniques to develop and deliver technical assessments that support forecasts, policy studies, cost-effectiveness determinations and resource estimates for use in determining Energy Trust goals, utility resource plans, and investments. Important duties in this role include preparing reports, managing process improvement projects and responding to information requests to support decision making. The Planning Project Manager works collaboratively with internal and external clients including utilities, program managers, and contractors, and peer organizations to achieve agreement on assumptions, goals, including diversity, equity and inclusion goals, funding needs, program plans, market strategies to reach all Energy Trust customers.

In order to be considered for this position you must submit a cover letter that outlines your experience pertaining to analysis, project management, intergroup communication and experience working with a diversity of internal and external stakeholders.

Energy Trust is currently assessing a range of work location options to respond to the pandemic, meet business needs and provide work location flexibility for employees. At this time, we are utilizing remote, hybrid and in-office work locations. Until we have selected options that meet our long-term needs, we expect employees working remotely maintain the ability to report to our office located in the Portland Metro area at the discretion of leadership and pandemic-related public health guidance.

Project Manager would be expected to report to the office minimum on a quarterly basis.

Energy Trust is a fully vaccinated workplace that includes all employees and agency contractors. All staff must submit proof of vaccination status or request an exception for health or religious reasons. This requirement applies to all employees, including staff who are working from home.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS / MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and maintain efficiency resource supply estimates used in long term planning,
  • Work with utilities to support their Integrated Resource Planning modeling by providing them with forecasts of potential program activity that determine Energy Trust funding.
  • Interpret resource supply estimates and IRP models to help programs understand resource availability and identify new opportunities including providing expanded service to diverse customer groups.
  • Develop and recommend efficiency and renewable program design and marketing options based on emerging trends in technologies and markets.
  • Make public presentations and facilitate discussions regarding resources, market assessments, financial performance of programs, and program and performance metric options.
  • Perform cost-effectiveness analysis of selected efficiency measures, programs and portfolios.
  • As Energy Trust’s role evolves, help the Planning team adjust frameworks and operational policies to address changes and reach new and diverse customer groups.
  • Develop and enhance the information framework to provide support, tracking and reporting for Energy Trust’s programs.
  • Analyze and perform quality control on complex datasets.
  • Facilitate the evolution of Energy Trust market activities to maximize organizational performance by interacting and negotiating with key stakeholders including utilities and other Energy Trust groups.
  • Clearly communicate policy-oriented planning concepts.
  • Coordinate with contractors to deliver analyses and reports.
  • Develop internal systems for tracking program funds and performance that allows attribution to Energy Trust’s multiple funding sources in alignment with the individual performance requirements and oversight regimes of each system.
  • Support above market cost analyses of renewable resource options.
  • Maintain and enhance key assumptions used in our cost effectiveness models and determinations.
  • Maintain and enhance the decision record for cost-effectiveness determinations.
  • Prepare routine and ad hoc reporting of Energy Trust program performance through shared primary responsibility for this function by rotating lead designation with coworkers.
  • Practice continuous process improvement by noting, recommending and implementing adjustments to our processes that make us more efficient, inclusive and equitable.
  • Perform all job functions in a safe manner.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position will coordinate on work with contractors, and may also direct the work of interns.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or another field involving quantitative analysis and/or policy analysis. Master’s degree preferred, or equivalent experience.
  • Two years related experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on and coordinate projects with members with a diverse range of experience, expertise and backgrounds.
  • One year of experience with renewable and/or efficiency programs is preferred.
  • Experience with applying basic engineering concepts in a pragmatic way to support investment decisions, preferably in the energy efficiency/renewable energy area.
  • Ability to manage and analyze complex datasets including applicant experience in employing statistical analysis techniques to analyze measure/program performance and related characteristics to inform program strategy and decision making.
  • Skills to perform a combination of project management, policy compliance determination, communications and coordination, documentation, and detailed data analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to manage and deliver multiple complex technical projects in parallel, including project direction, contractor management, quality of technical analyses, and production of clear decision documents.
  • Ability to work analytically while remaining focused on developing strategic decisions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. In particular, ability to analyze complex technical issues and succinctly convey conclusions, inferences, and applications in general terms understandable to diverse technical and public audiences.
  • Proven experience conducting research and applying resource economics to make investment decisions in energy efficiency and renewable resources.
  • Ability to coordinate with contractors and direct the work of interns and provide mentorship for interns.
  • Understanding of the energy regulatory framework and energy sector market fundamentals impact on efficiency planning is preferred.
  • Capability to design and implement complex spreadsheet analysis tools.
  • Proven capability to diplomatically resolve problems and seek win-win solutions in situations with seemingly opposing objectives.
  • Ability to write code for complex analyses in a platform such as R will be useful in this role.

The above information is designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Salary commensurate with skill and experience.
  • Competitive benefits package.
  • Due to COVID-19, this position will begin as primarily a remote position, with a transition plan back to in-office work (in downtown Portland, OR) as circumstances allow.
  • Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
  • Applications accepted until position is filled.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Qualified individuals please submit cover letter, resume and application (found on Energy Trust’s website www.energytrust.org/About/careers) to careers@energytrust.org.

Attn: Planning Project Manager

Energy Trust of Oregon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, medical condition, genetic information, mental and physical disability, political affiliation, union membership, status as a parent, military or veteran status or other non-merit based factors. We will provide reasonable accommodations throughout the application, interviewing and employment process. If you require a reasonable accommodation, contact us. Energy Trust of Oregon is an E-Verify employer. This policy is applicable to all phases of the employment relationship, including hiring, transfers, promotions, training, terminations, working conditions, compensation, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.