Project Manager in Microgrids and Distributed Energy

  • Schatz Energy Research Center
  • Arcata, CA
  • Mar 29, 2023
Full time Change Management Project Manager Construction Engineering Research

Job Description

The Schatz Energy Research Center at Cal Poly Humboldt is seeking an experienced professional to join our team as a Project Manager. This full-time position will provide project management for efforts within our microgrid and distributed energy portfolio. This position is expected to start on or near July 16, 2023.

The Project Manager will support projects within our growing portfolio of work related to clean energy microgrids and distributed energy. These key technologies are critical to enable a broad transition to renewable and clean energy systems. The successful applicant will help manage innovative projects that will help decarbonize the electricity grid and provide resiliency benefits to communities. We are selective with the projects we take on, focusing on those with potential for significant impact in accelerating progress towards the clean energy transition on a just and equitable pathway.

The person selected for this position will report directly to the Operations Director and be embedded with a team of engineers and researchers — including faculty, professional staff, and undergraduate and graduate students — who are committed to understanding, deploying, and improving these emerging technology systems. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing several projects in the research area simultaneously (depending on the size and scope of the projects). This position has the potential to develop into a program management role, involving strategic leadership within a research area and management of a portfolio of related projects.

We work in a hybrid environment that supports flexibility and connection. Our team members currently have the option to work onsite all the time, or alternate between working remotely and at least 25% onsite at the Schatz Center. During the initial onboarding period, the Project Manager could telecommute, but ultimately will need to live within commuting distance of the Schatz Center.

We welcome applications from everyone who is legally eligible to work in the United States. Please note that we operate under the California State University mandate which requires all students, staff, and faculty to be either (a) fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or (b) qualify for a medical or religious exemption.

Who we are and what we do

Since 1989, the Schatz Center has been a leader in applied research and project development for clean and renewable energy. Our current portfolio includes microgrid development, sustainable transportation design, carbon life cycle analysis, solar product testing, offshore wind research, and planning and policy for clean energy access around the globe.

We are located on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California. Arcata’s 800-acre community forest and 11 miles of trails begin one block away — and we are within biking distance of California’s second largest inland bay and the Pacific Ocean.

As residents of a rural coastal community, we are keenly aware of our social and environmental responsibilities. We are committed to increasing energy access and resilience for communities worldwide — and to do so through clean and renewable design that reduces climate change and restores environmental and human health.

Our organizational commitments

Our vision
We envision a healthy planet with thriving, equitable, resilient communities powered by clean energy.

Our purpose
Our team is committed to addressing climate change and improving human and ecosystem health through work that supports clean energy, climate-resilience, equity, and justice. Our work includes:
– Research and development – we do applied research focused on energy and environmental issues.
– Technology deployment – we design, integrate, build, test, and operate innovative, renewable, and resilient energy systems that are responsive to social and environmental needs.
– Collaboration – we work with public and private partners including Tribal Nations, communities, agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and industry to exchange knowledge and implement innovative solutions locally and internationally.
– Education and Training – we support learning that provides practical, hands-on experience for current and future practitioners and leaders.

Our values
– Kindness: Treating people and the planet with care and respect through acts of inclusion, helpfulness, generosity, and encouragement.
– Integrity: Approaching one another and our interdisciplinary research with curiosity, open-mindedness, transparency, and humility.
– Equity, diversity, and inclusion: Providing a nourishing and rewarding environment for Center staff, students, and partners. Respecting the differences of our colleagues and actively seeking to identify and remove barriers to ensure opportunities to thrive.
– Justice: Working to advance racial justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment, LGBTQIA+ rights, economic equality, and environmental justice.
– Teamwork and collaboration: Supporting internal and external community building and engagement to create inclusive and innovative solutions. Sharing knowledge with and learning from our colleagues, collaborators, community partners, and the public to advance understanding.
– Effectiveness: Using our technical, scientific, and policy expertise to do good work that makes a difference.

How to apply

Please see the full job announcement for the core responsibilities and a list of required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

This position is open until filled. The deadline to be considered in the first review is April 24, 2023 at 9 am Pacific Time (US).

Applicants must submit the following via email to

– A formal letter of application (2 page maximum preferred). In your letter, please explain why you are interested to work with us to advance clean energy and describe how your background prepares you to be an effective project manager.
– A resume (2 page maximum preferred).
– An HSU SPF Employee Information Form for Applicants

Please include in your email how you learned about this vacancy. Additional materials may be required from candidates who are invited to interview.

Affirmative action and equal opportunity

The Schatz Center is a part of the university’s Sponsored Programs Foundation (HSU SPF), an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Learn more about our Equal Employment Opportunity hiring practices.

Questions and inquiries

For assistance with the application process, please submit an Accommodation Request Form or call the Compliance Support Coordinator at (707) 826-5169.


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