Deadline: 16.04.2023

Section Director, Energy Program/

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
United States

The Section Director works in a supportive and collaborative team environment. Along with other MTC directors and staff, the Section Director helps reporting staff engage in MTC’s short and long-term goals and objectives, and collaborate on areas of integration with the work of the Energy Section. The Section Director reports to the Deputy Executive Director, Local Government Services and periodically to the ABAG Executive Board.  The Section Director will perform other job-related duties and tasks as needed or assigned.

All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Services Workers. 



The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of or Experience with:

  • California energy policy
  • Energy efficiency programs and landscape
  • Local government operations, challenges, and opportunities
  • CPUC regulations and procedures particularly relating to energy efficiency
  • Working on energy efficiency and/or other climate related programs is preferred

Skills and Abilities

  • Managing staff, including appropriate delegation to develop the team’s skill sets
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize assignments
  • Budget development, analysis, and management
  • Business or public administration
  • Presenting to boards, commissions and/or committees
  • Responding to public inquiries and requests when this cannot be delegated
  • Reporting to executive management



Education: Completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with the application.)

Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.

Experience: Minimum of six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience effectively leading and managing a division or department doing related work. Experience should include a minimum of four years’ senior management experience in agency administration, operations, management or similar position; managing administrative support services; budget development, analysis and management; business or public administration; presenting to boards, commissions and/or committees, responding to public inquiries and requests, reporting to executive management.

Preferred Experience:  Working on energy efficiency and/or other climate related programs.  Experience working with local governments is a plus.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Team Management (includes ABAG/MTC staff, consultants, Counties as Program Leads)

  • Appropriate and determined use of BayREN’s funds. This includes:
    • Being aware of funding opportunities and grants that can advance BayREN strategies to support equity engagement, exploration, and program development.
    • Approving new program ideas while collecting input, considering perspectives, and understanding the alignment among those most impacted by any given action.
  • Hire, supervise, mentor, and proactively carry out performance evaluations for direct and indirect reports including establishing job expectations, performing probationary and annual performance appraisals, and managing performance and disciplinary issues. Ensure EEO policies and procedures are followed. Coordinate staff training and professional development.
  • Oversee program leads and consultants as they evaluate new or existing program models that advance equity, making rebate incentive structures more accessible and inclusive, and other program changes consistent with BayREN’s equity and strategic goals.
  • Train staff on BayREN’s structure. This will serve to:
    • Identify possible cross-jurisdictional engagement opportunities.
    • Build and strengthen feedback loops to improve communication and ownership.
  • Provide clear goals, expectations, support, and capacity building resources to help County representatives meet goals/expectations. Delegated tasks in this category include:
    • Collecting and incorporating County feedback into BayREN processes.
    • Implementing program recommendations from process evaluations.
  • Facilitate discussions about how equity manifests in BayREN’s programming and strive to ensure representation of the Bay Area population in team composition.
  • Ensure program accountability by implementing a centralized data repository and a culture of all team members entering data into it and pulling data out of it for reporting.
  • Track metrics against clear goals developed by each program, regularly reporting progress to the Coordinating Circle, counties, CPUC, and stakeholders.

Meeting Facilitation and Staff and Stakeholder Empowerment 

  • Attend agency management meetings, review board agendas, and provide team updates.
  • Consistently report on progress to goals to the Coordinating Circle for dissemination.
  • Present on behalf of BayREN and ABAG POWER as needed, and when there is an opportunity for staff to lead on this kind of external communication.
  • Empower staff to do intra-agency collaboration, engaging with the public and private sectors, Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), nonprofits, and community-based organizations to identify new initiatives.

Regulatory Oversight and Policy Advocacy at the CPUC level

  • Serve as primary contact with CPUC for compliance filings, data requests, or other Regional Energy Network (REN)/BayREN-related issues.
  • Serve as CPUC Lead, engaging with the Energy Division staff and meeting with Commissioners.
  • Oversee the regulatory work of attorneys and consultants, ensuring that there is equity in the consultant procurement process and innovation in the regulatory process.
    • This includes: (1) attending meetings as needed; (2) determining which proceedings to follow; (3) reviewing draft comments; (4) analyzing / reviewing / responding to data requests; (5) reviewing filed documents, like CPUC decisions.

Board Participation and Membership to keep BayREN positioned as a regional leader 

  • Serve on the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) board, representing BayREN and identifying opportunities for support and collaboration with local governments across the state.
  • Serve on the California Climate and Energy Collaborative (CCEC) board, identifying opportunities that enable local government members to develop, test, and advocate for innovative policies.
  • Serve as a member of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC).
  • Attend ABAG Executive board meetings and review materials, presenting updates from the Energy Section programs. Create and share communication materials available for cross-jurisdictional use.
  • Participate in statewide REN activities, representing BayREN and being strategic about how to better position all RENs. Delegated tasks include:
    • Identifying and reaching out to decision-makers, community partners, and other stakeholders to gather feedback on needs.
    • Advocating for BayREN’s position in sometimes adversarial situations.

Oversee ABAG POWER Program Manager

  • Provide support and analysis of ABAG POWER Program including participating in strategic planning and implementation
  • Review of all appropriate Board packets, attendance and participation at all relevant Executive and Board Meetings

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