Energy Resilience Project Specialist

This position oversees the administration of approximately $15 Million in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Section 40101(d) to improve the resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events and ensures that the program aligns with the HSEO’s comprehensive energy planning, policy, program, and project development work related to Hawai‘i energy systems, resources, and markets.

Hawai‘i has led the nation by being the first state to pass binding commitments to decarbonize its energy sector and generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources, both by 2045.   This position will develop requests for proposals, evaluate, and administer awards for projects that support HSEO’s efforts to build resiliency and energy security into the investments necessary to make the transition to 100% renewable resources.

Duties Summary

The position is located in the Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO), an attached agency of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), and supports HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient clean energy economy.  

Job Responsibilities: Providing oversight of the design and implementation of HSEO’s energy           assurance and resiliency investment projects and applications in support of achieving the state’s energy goals and policies in conjunction with the administration of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Section 40101(d) funding for States. Coordinating with emergency management, homeland security, energy sector, and other stakeholders to align 40101(d) funding strategies and outcomes with the State’s energy assurance, emergency operations, hazard mitigation, and homeland security policies, plans and procedures to support HSEO’s and the energy sector’s roles related to protecting public health, safety, and welfare and preserving the lives and property of the people of the State. Supporting HSEO’s role as primary and coordinating agency for State Emergency Support Function 12 – Energy by remaining trained and ready to participate in the State Emergency Response Team.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Knowledge: This position requires knowledge of program development and administration, project management, and federal grant administration and reporting; working knowledge and application of energy assurance, energy resiliency, emergency management, homeland security, and energy information and data sources, public policy and planning methods; quantitative analysis and research methods relating to energy; familiarity and understanding of Federal, State, and County government functions, organization and governing laws; and familiarity and understanding of Hawaii’s energy-related statutes, and State energy goals, policies, and objectives.

This position requires working knowledge, understanding, and application of research methodology and information collection and management; including the use of computer software and software packages (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, presentation), and other software applications, to perform duties and responsibilities of the position.   

 Skills/Abilities: This position requires strong analytical, program and project management, computer, and communication skills. Ability to independently plan, organize, implement, and manage energy projects and programs; recognize issues and project development needs. Ability to analyze and process information and effectively present, report, and communicate the information and the analysis results.  Ability to analyze facts and issues; make sound recommendations on complex and sensitive problems/situations.  Ability to work collaboratively in team approach to program implementation. 

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in one of the following fields of study: in social, physical, business, or natural science such as one of the following: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, project management, business or public administration, public planning, or homeland security. Master’s degree in engineering, project management, planning, business, public administration, or emergency management-related area preferred.

General Experience: Three years of progressively responsible and professional experience in the energy or emergency management or homeland security related positions involving conducting studies, developing energy plans and policy recommendations to management, and managing related programs or projects. Completion of a full-time equivalent graduate course study in law or engineering may be substituted for the work experience requirement on a year for year basis. 

Substitutions Allowed: Other combinations of education and/or experience may be allowed, subject to review and acceptance by the Chief Energy Officer.

Citizenship Requirement: The State of Hawai‘i requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.

This position is exempt from the civil service and considered temporary in nature. Therefore, if you are appointed to the position, your employment will be considered to be “at will,” which means that you may be discharged from your employment at the prerogative of your department head or designee at any time.

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