CER Program Manager, Community & Commercial - Oahu

Date: Jun 27, 2024

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

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Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.


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The M SI DER PROGRAMS SIA & CBRE Department of the M CUSTOMER ENERGY RESOURCES PROGRAMS Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has 1 Management vacancy available. (Role: Professional)



Serves as the Program Manager for the Smart DER Program, Standard Interconnection Agreement (SIA) and Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) programs. Plans, organizes, develops, and provides overall management of programs as they evolve in response to public, regulatory, and the Company's business and strategic drivers.



  • Plans, organizes, and manages all program processes and tasks associated with the development of the Smart DER, SIA and CBRE programs in an evolving public, regulatory and Company business strategic environment.
  • Provides leadership and work direction and secures commitment from team members in meeting milestones and program goals.
  • Develops necessary strategies required to meet program goals. Makes early identification of potential problem areas and solves problems to ensure attainment of program objectives. Develops and maintains program schedules. Prepares and presents progress and cost and status reports internally and externally as required.
  • Administers contracts with consultants, contractors, vendors, and suppliers, etc., associated with the Smart DER, SIA and CBRE programs.
  • Supports the Division with interconnection reviews of other DER programs (e.g., Customer Grid-Supply Plus, Smart Export, Customer Self-Supply, Customer Grid-Supply, Net Energy Metering Plus).
  • Manages program budgeting, re-design, resource requirements and approval requests, procurement, implementation, monitoring/tracking, and financial accountability. Manages all program processes and tasks associated with the Smart DER, SIA and CBRE programs within the constraints of the programs' strategic objectives and budgets.
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders to plan, re-design, and implement program tariffs and related policies, practices, and procedures in response to public, regulatory, and the Company's business and strategic drivers.
  • Researches, evaluates, and recommends new technologies that can be applied as customer-sided solutions in achieving objectives. In the case of regulatory updates to tariffs, works with stakeholders to develop such revisions.
  • Prepares and provides reports, testimonies and presentations at internal strategic meetings, public meetings, and regulatory hearings as necessary.
  • Serves as the focal point for all program-related matters. Works with and through community groups, neighborhood boards, government agencies, the media, other utilities and private companies, the City Council, the State Legislature, and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to disseminate information, address concerns, obtain approvals, and resolve program-related problems.
  • Works with others across the organization to obtain review and secure approvals for technical, regulatory and Tri-Company policy compliance.
  • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Electrical or Mechanical Engineering degree (Bachelor of Science or Master of Science) from an ABET-accredited college or university is highly preferred. An additional degree in Business Administration (Finance, Accounting, Marketing major or Masters of Business Administration) is also preferred. Demonstrated relevant experience may be considered.
  • Working knowledge of power systems engineering, marketing, and pricing rate design principles and concepts, project management and coordination, usually acquired through college level courses or equivalent experience.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) and/or Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification is desired.
  • Ability to perform detailed financial analysis using skills usually obtained through completion of Engineering Economics, Capital Investment courses or similar collegiate course work. Additional course work in Finance, Accounting and Marketing is desired.
  • Ability to perform independent research and work in a creative, innovative, and motivated fashion.
  • Detailed knowledge of personal computers and standard software applications such as Microsoft (MS) Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), MS Project and MS Visio is highly desired.


Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated leadership skills including effective written, oral, and listening communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all levels of the company and with outside contractors, consultants, governmental agencies, community groups, and customers.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills to influence, motivate and persuade various groups and/or individuals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill with business contracts including the solicitation, negotiation, and management of contracts.
  • Demonstrated in-depth analytical and administrative skills for tasks such as preparing and monitoring project requirements and resolving budget and time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confrontational, difficult and/or sensitive issues with professionalism. Ability to handle such issues while using tact, courtesy, respect, and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team leader in a matrix organization with team orientation.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within budget and time constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and adapt to rapidly changing priorities and strategic direction. Ability to conceptualize new ideas quickly.
  • Must be a self-starter with a clear ability to research, plan, organize, execute, and report on work with little supervision.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver's license in order to travel to/from customer sites on a frequent basis. Must meet the standards for required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.


Experience Requirements

  • Several (3-5) years of relevant experience in the field of electrical or mechanical engineering and developing and implementing business plans or projects.
  • Several (3-5) years of relevant experience in project or program management, preferably within the electric utility industry.
  • Working experience of a utility Distributed Energy Resources program.
  • Experience with regulatory, social, and public affairs processes.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Location: Kahului – Maui

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the CER Program Manager, Community & Commercial - Maui [Req ID 9089] position is $85,700.00 to $109,300.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. 


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.

The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at http://hawaiianelectric.com.

Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates: 1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.
By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount up to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.  

In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company. 

Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”

Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.” 

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This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.  

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii