The Hawai‘i State Energy Office (HSEO) is leading the state’s charge toward clean energy independence. A key part of that responsibility is identifying strategies to achieve a 50% reduction of GHG emissions by 2030, in support of Hawaii’s statutory goal to sequester more than the state emits as quickly as practicable but no later than 2045. HSEO is developing and deploying high-impact solutions that will maximize Hawai‘i’s renewable energy resources and improve efficiency and transportation standards. Through effective policies and innovative programs, HSEO has positioned Hawai‘i as a leader in clean energy innovation, which will generate quality jobs, attract investment opportunities, and accelerate economic growth.
HSEO has an exciting opportunity to join our management team.
HSEO is seeking a highly-motivated individual who believes in Hawai‘i’s energy and climate goals and wants to play a key role in achieving them. Reporting to the Managing Director of Resilience, Clean Transportation, and Analytics (RCA), the RCA Manager provides leadership support in administering the branch activities broadly and oversight of one of the three subject matter areas of the RCA branch depending on experience.
The ideal candidate will have experience in one or more of the subject matter areas (resilience, clean transportation, data analytics), experience mentoring staff, and strong project management skills. Importantly, the candidate will be a team player who can complement a strong team of subject matter experts and can work tactfully and constructively with local, state, and federal agencies, and the private sector. The manager must be able to foster relationships and identify common ground to advance policies, programs, and grant applications that support Hawai‘i’s goals.
If you are up to the challenge, we would love to hear from you!
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.
The position provides management, professional, and technical services to support the technical, analytical, coordination, and organizational functional capabilities required by HSEO’s mission to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation to help achieve a resilient, clean energy, and ultimately carbon negative economy. The position supports HSEO’s role, as designated by Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, of primary and coordinating agency for State Emergency Support Function 12: Energy in a senior leadership capacity.
Job Responsibilities: Plans, organizes, and directs work activities of branch staff engaged in developing and carrying out resilience, clean transportation, and analytics programs consistent with State statutes, primarily but not limited to Chapter 196 of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS 196). As opportunities arise, participates in complementary and related Federal programs, such as the State Energy Program, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), and other Federal initiatives consistent with HRS 196. Coordinates the work of the branch with other organizational units within HSEO as well as outside HSEO. Develops and maintains contacts with key officials in government, the private sector, the utilities, community groups, and other organizations to obtain and provides assistance, participation, collaboration, and critical reviews of resilience, clean transportation, and analytics policies, programs, and projects. Oversees and participates in drafting proposed legislation on resilience, clean transportation, and analytics matters. Oversees and participates in reviewing bills and resolutions being considered by the Legislature, in drafting testimony, and in drafting comments and recommendations on bills and resolutions passed by the Legislature. Attends public hearings of legislative and regulatory bodies to testify as a resource person. Assists with managing personnel of the branch with a focus on one of the three subject matter areas as determined by the branch manager. Makes work assignments, reviews, and evaluates completed work and work performance. Interviews candidates for employment and internships and makes recommendations on hiring; recommends personnel actions affecting branch personnel; recommends approval of leave requests; provides orientation and training. Takes a senior leadership role in the administering HSEO’s responsibilities as primary and coordinating agency for State Emergency Support Function (SESF) 12: Energy, covering both the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Shortage Management Center (SMC).
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Knowledge: Knowledge of characteristics and economics of the energy eco-system and its interdependencies between fuel sources including electric, liquid, and gaseous fuels, and end uses including residential, commercial, industrial, as well as ground, air, and marine transportation. Knowledge of energy assurance and emergency response as it relates to energy and the services energy enables. Knowledge of one or more of the subject matter areas of Resilience (encompassing energy assurance and emergency response), Clean Transportation (primarily ground transportation but also aviation and marine), and Analytics (including data governance, modeling, and data visualization). Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to energy; governmental structure and processes; research methodology; principles of administration.
Skills/Abilities: Ability to supervise the work of others; make effective oral and written presentations; deal effectively and tactfully with HSEO staff, sister agencies, and local and national stakeholders; project manage and develop comprehensive plans for subject matter areas including resilience, clean transportation, and analytics; project manage grant applications; direct analysis of energy productions, delivery, and demand problems and issues; develop framework for data governance, access, analysis, and visualization to support formulation of policies, procedures, and solutions; conduct research on resilience, clean transportation, and analytics matters; assess economic conditions as they relate to Hawaii’s energy eco-system.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in one of the following fields of study: engineering, physics, economics, business or public administration, public planning, business statistics, marketing, finance, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
General Experience: One year of professional experience as a manager or administrator, or as a staff analyst to a manager of a public or private enterprise; and a combination of five years of professional work experience in the functional areas of resilience, clean transportation, and analytics.
Substitutions Allowed: Full-time equivalent graduate-level study of procurement or federal grants management may be substituted for the work experience requirement on a year-for-year basis. 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 Hawaii 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.
As a condition of employment with the State of Hawaii, all qualified external candidates who have been given a conditional offer of employment must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and shall be fully vaccinated by his/her/their employment start date. A reasonable accommodation will be provided if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.
Direct all inquiries regarding this position to: [email protected]
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