San Jose

Principal Power Resources Specialist - Community Energy Department (20091087)

Management Recruitment
South Bay
Until filled
$133,806.66-$167,257.15 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, 95113


Please note that applications are currently NOT accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application systems. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please follow instructions on the job announcement to submit your application.


The City of San Jose’s Community Energy Department’s is seeking a Principal Power Resources Specialist to join the Power Supply Team. Successful candidates should have a deep knowledge of California energy markets, relationships, and experience working with a variety of energy market participants, including: large energy trading firms,
independent power producers, investor owned and municipal utilities, and CCAs. Experience successfully managing and improving power portfolio performance for a large utility or power trading firm is highly preferred. For more information on the development the Community Energy Department, please click here.

The ideal candidates have strong analytical skills with extensive experience related to power trading and origination, and contract negotiations in California energy markets. The positions will be part of a fast-paced team, often working on multiple high-priority projects and short deadlines. Good judgment, initiative, and cooperation with other staff and outside stakeholders will be an asset to this position.

This position will report to the Deputy Director of the Power Resources Division. Successful candidates should possess the following:

• Extensive knowledge of energy market indices, pricing trends, seasonal market dynamics, and experience using this knowledge to improve power portfolio performance.
• Extensive experience in contract negotiations with large energy trading firms, utilities, and renewable developers.
• Extensive experience with energy contracts including energy and capacity transactions, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) agreement, and short-term Western Systems Power Pool (WSSP) transactions, tolling agreements, and long-term power purchase agreements.
• Strong data analytics skills, experience implementing strategies, data driven in order to improve power portfolio performance.
• Experience in managing power bids and requests for proposals.
• Knowledge related to power generation technologies, major asset owners, risks and benefits of various power sources and contract structures.
• Knowledge and experience working with regulatory compliance agencies such as: the California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) , CEC, FERC
• Experience with CAISO markets, or another RTO, power scheduling and settlement functions to ensure compliance and reduce market risks and costs.
• Experience developing long and short-term resource plans; including utility integrated resource planning to develop an electric utility’s resource needs to cost effectively meet expected electricity demand over a long-term planning horizon.


Education and Experience Requirements

-Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Law, Natural Resources, Statistics, or related field to utility business. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.

-Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible related experience overseeing and administering energy resources operations, planning, purchasing, scheduling, or contract negotiations.

-Acceptable Substitution: A Master’s degree in a related field, may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience. There is no substitution for the required bachelor’s degree.

Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Please note that applications are currently NOT accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application systems. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please follow instructions on the job announcement to submit your application.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

• Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures, policies, and federal and state rules and regulations.
• Communication Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
• Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
• Problem Solving – Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
• Fiscal Management – Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements.
• Planning - Acts to align own unit's goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.
• Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
• Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.
• Leadership - Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.


The Principal Power Resources Specialist salary range is currently $133,806.66 - $167,257.15 placement within this range will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the individual selected. The Principal Power Resources Specialist
also receives an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation in addition to the compensation listed above. The salary is supplemented by an attractive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:

-Retirement: Competitive defined benefit retirement plan with full reciprocity with CalPERS; defined contribution plan available as an option.
-Health Insurance: The City contributes 85 percent towards the premium of the lowest cost non-deductible plan. There are several plan options.
-Dental Insurance: The City contributes 100 percent of the premium of the lowest priced plan for dental coverage.

-Personal Time: Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of three weeks per year with amounts increasing up to five weeks after 15 years of service. Executive Leave of 40 hours is granted annually and depending upon success in the Management Performance Program could increase to up to 80 hours. Sick Leave is accrued at the rate of approximately 8 hours per month.
-Holidays: The City observes 14 paid holidays annually.
-Deferred Compensation: The City offers an optional 457 Plan.

-Flexible Spending Accounts: The City participates in Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Reimbursement Programs.
-Insurance: The City provides a term life policy equal to two times annual salary. Long-term disability and AD&D plans are optional.
-Employee Assistance Program: The City provides a comprehensive range of services through the EAP.

For more information on employee benefits, visit the City’s benefits website.

Special Instructions

This position is open until filled. Candidate review will begin on March 1, 2021. Please note that applications are currently NOT accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application systems. To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, candidate must submit the following items via email directly to the City’s recruiter listed below:

• A Cover Letter
• A resume that reflects the size of staff and budgets you have managed. Your resume should indicate both months and years of beginning/ending dates of the positions held.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Michelle Saechao via email at

Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews. A final selection will be made upon completion of comprehensive references and background checks.


Recruitment Contact