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Job Posting: Special Project Lead

California Energy Commission

Special Project Lead

$8,721.00 - $10,837.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 5/22/2022

Job Description and Duties

The California Energy Commission seeks a Special Project Lead (Energy Resources Specialist III (Supervisory) for the Fuels and Transportation Division. The incumbent will initially report to the Deputy Director of the division. The role may not have direct reports at inception but will have the opportunity to build a team depending on the complexity and quantity of assigned tasks.

The Fuels and Transportation Division (FTD) is seeking exceptional people to shape California’s transportation and zero-emission future. FTD administers the Clean Transportation Program, which is investing more than $1 billion to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission transportation infrastructure, support in-state manufacturing, and workforce training and development. The program plays an important role in achieving California’s ambitious goals on climate change, petroleum reduction, and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, as well as efforts to reach air quality standards. The program supports the state’s sustainable, long-term economic development.

The Special Project Lead will have a range of tasks. There is a need to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure in an equitable manner and to mitigate barriers to that goal. A primary task of the incumbent will be to organize and lead a public stakeholder process to determine, define, analyze, and track the benefits of the CEC’s infrastructure investments. While the location of an electric vehicle charging station or hydrogen station is important, it is not always the optimal way to determine which communities are benefiting. The stakeholder process will result in ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged communities benefit from pubic infrastructure investments.

Additional tasks include advancing important regulations and rulemakings such as tire efficiency standards, supporting requests from commissioners and the executive office, and developing, overseeing, and managing grant funding solicitations. The incumbent must be outcome focused, be able to create a project plan, stick to deadlines, and work across units and divisions. Strong communication and strong writing skills are necessary. The person must have the ability to multitask across several projects, work independently when needed, and manage a team.

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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The California Energy Commission offers a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers that relies on a high level of telework. Limited-in person attendance and occasional travel may be required based on the needs of the division. Regular and consistent attendance -whether office-based or remote-centric- is essential to the successful performance in this position. This position is remote centered which means the incumbent works 50 percent or more of their time monthly from an alternate work location (i.e., teleworking).

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Special Project Lead
$8,721.00 - $10,837.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The California Energy Commission (formally named the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission) is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency and is leading the state to a 100% clean energy future. Come be a part of the action and join our team today!


As a State agency serving all Californians, the California Energy Commission is committed to being an organization that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Energy Commission plays an active and meaningful role in creating an environment that enables each employee to thrive.

The Energy Commission encourages a hybrid workplace model that is designed to support a distributed workforce of both office-based and remote-centric workers. The California Energy Commission headquarters are located in Sacramento, California.

Department Website:

Special Requirements

If submitting your completed application packages by mail or in-person, you must include the following: 1) eligibility (list, transfer, reinstatement, SROA/Surplus, etc.), 2) JC 301735 3) RPA 610-320 in the “Explanation Section” of the State Examination/Employment Application (STD. 678), and 4) an original signature. Electronic submittal of application package through CalCareers ( is preferred.

Do not include any confidential information within your application package, e.g., Social Security Number (SSN), birthdate, age, exam results/scores, Limited Examination Appointment Program (LEAP) status, disability information, etc.

Please review the Minimum Requirements (or minimum qualifications) within the Class Specification and ensure that your application package clearly indicates how you meet the minimum qualifications as this will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment.

Include unofficial transcripts and/or degrees within your application package if you are applying for a classification with an educational requirement on which you are basing your eligibility on. If hired, you may be required to provide official transcripts and/or original degree.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a STD. 678. All applications must include: “to” and “from” dates (month/day/year); time base (full-time/part-time/number of hours per week/month); and civil service class titles where applicable.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/22/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

California Energy Commission
Attn: RPA 610-320 | JC 301735
715 P Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

California Energy Commission
RPA 610-320 | JC 301735
1516 9th Street, MS-3
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • Other -

    Include a cover letter of no more than two pages in length describing why you are the best candidate for this position.

  • Statement of Qualifications - See Instructions Below
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Strong ability to create project plans, set deadlines, and be outcome focused. Ability to complete assigned special projects and tasks. 
  • Ability to work as a sole contributor or as a supervisor, depending on the task, and drive towards outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated qualities as an effective employee, including ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team; ability to work independently and under pressure effectively; effective communication with management; ability to follow verbal and/or written instructions. 
  • Demonstrated organizational qualities including the ability to plan and determine the goals, objectives, and activities of projects, and to organize and direct the work of staff, to ensure high quality work products and timeliness of deliverables, including near- and long-term planning of concurrent activities and deliverables. 
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including the abilities to mentor, coach, train, and champion individual staff members; motivate a diverse workforce by providing positive reinforcement, acknowledgement, and recognition; build and develop a team; and to encourage creativity and constructive differences of opinion. 
  • Experience with regulations, rulemakings, and information gathering. Specific experience in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, zero-emission vehicles, transportation, and tire or appliance regulations is preferred. 
  • Specific experience managing contracts or portfolios of contracts; experience with grant funding; or experience with financial management. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to interact effectively with both internal staff and external parties 
  • Excellent writing skills and experience reviewing and editing written materials; and ability to communicate ideas and thoughts effectively with a variety of audiences with varying levels of technical expertise is a must. 
  • Proficiency on a personal computer and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Teams.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Personnel Services Office
(916) 654-4309

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Carousel Gore
(916) 661-8122
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Statement of Qualifications Instructions

When completing the SOQ, be sure to title the page “Statement of Qualifications” and include all relevant experience, education, and training for each question below and explain your answers thoroughly. Please include relevant places of employment, pertinent dates, duties performed, etc. when responding to each question. SOQ should be no longer than 2 pages, size 12 text.

The responses should address the following:

  1. Describe your education, experience, and training as it relates to this position and the Desirable Qualifications. 
  2. Describe, using examples, of your ability to create project plans, set goals, meet deadlines, and achieve a favorable outcome through a process driven approach. 
  3. Describe your leadership and management experience. Provide specific examples of your leadership role(s), challenges, and your ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team. 
  4. Describe your specific experience with grants, contracts, or financial management. 
Applications received without the SOQ will not be considered. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be evaluated or considered in place of responses to the SOQ.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail