Program Development Manager – Beneficial Electrification

Center for Energy and Environment
Organization Summary


Center for Energy and Environment is a data-driven, consumer-focused, and community-based clean energy nonprofit with locations in the North Loop of Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway. We provide practical, and research-based energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities to cut energy waste and harmful carbon emissions. Our workplace invites open door communications, respect for diverse backgrounds and points of view, and an emphasis on work-life balance.

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Dependent upon qualifications and experience, we expect the hiring range for the position to be $77-83K

Primary Duties

Program Development Manager – Beneficial Electrification

CEE is at the cutting edge of working across the Midwest to promote energy efficiency, beneficial electrification, market transformation and decarbonization to provide maximum benefits to end-use customers and society. CEE has a growing portfolio of work that involves deeply understanding the technical and market components of energy efficiency. Some key technologies of focus over the next five years are air source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.

CEE is seeking a motivated and entrepreneurial individual to manage the development of existing and new beneficial electrification program opportunities in the Midwest. CEE has deep experience with heat pump technology research that will be foundational in delivering energy efficiency and decarbonization in the Midwest. This individual will need to have or quickly gain a deep understanding of air source heat pump and heat pump water heater technology and translate those findings into actionable services that will help accelerate adoption of these markets. The services include utility technical consulting, planning, program design, and assistance with training development and research. This person would join a team of experts in these areas and manage current contracts as well as pursue expansion and new business with Midwest utilities. The ideal candidate will have utility-scale energy efficiency experience, some business development experience, strong project management and communication skills, a grasp of technical/energy-related issues, have a collaborative work approach, and have an interest in expanding impact in the clean energy sector.

This is a full-time position that provides a wide range of benefits including Paid Time Off (PTO), medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance as well as a profit-sharing retirement plan.  The Program Development team during non-COVID times is primarily based out of our North Loop office, with some staff working virtually in other states. We are open to this position working primarily virtually in another state, particularly in Illinois, Michigan, Oregon or Wisconsin.


  • Lead interdisciplinary teams of CEE program and technical staff to identify and plan for new energy-efficiency service and program opportunities
  • Grow project work in air source heat pump and heat pump water heater technology topic areas including, market intervention planning, market research, emerging technology consulting, program design
  • Develop product launch plans, and lead or assist in implementing launch plans
  • Monitor and document results to ensure that product development activities achieve strategies, adhere to process, maintain schedule, and manage risk and budget
  • Develop relationships with current and potential new clients to understand business opportunities in the commercial sector that match CEE’s capabilities and strategic interests
  • Assist in developing and writing proposals for new work (including responding to Requests for Proposals from potential clients)
  • Participate in and/or lead client-funded consulting projects related to clean energy and energy efficiency
  • Assist the Director of Program Development in developing and managing the infrastructure that supports ongoing, effective business development
  • Other duties as assigned


Our ideal candidate will have direct experience in energy efficiency program implementation and business development; technical knowledge of energy efficiency issues; an aptitude for generating and launching new concepts that will advance a clean energy future in the Midwest; working in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment to move forward others’ ideas; experience and interest in leading client-funded consulting projects; the ability to think strategically and creatively; have clear and effective communications skills for both verbal and written communication; and a passion for reaching goals. The specific requirements and preferred skills and experience we are looking for include:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in energy efficiency program implementation, program development or related experience required
  • Supervisory experience preferred, preferably supervising direct reports, but cross-functional team supervision also acceptable
  • Project or program management experience required, including budget management responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate ambiguity and drive ideas forward
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent technical experience in energy efficiency


  • Excellent communications (both verbal and written).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc.)
  • Willingness and ability to provide strong supervision and development of direct report staff.
  • Ability travel to Minneapolis office locations, as well as external locations including some out-of-state travel (10-20%) (i.e. client sites, vendor sites).

Working Conditions

  • Ability to work overtime as needed or required to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment with high daily pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to perform work indoors in an office environment, regardless of whether cubicle, open office, or private office.
  • Ability to view and operate a computer, either desktop or laptop, for extended periods of time.


Throughout the pandemic, CEE has made the safety of our workforce our first priority. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is provided based on disability or sincerely held religious belief. Candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon hire.

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