Technical Project Officer

Office of State Community Energy Programs
Organization Summary

This position is in the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP). SCEP, within the Office of the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, works with state and local organizations to significantly accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies, catalyze local economic development, and create jobs, reduce energy costs, and avoid pollution through place-based strategies involving a wide range of government, community, business, and other stakeholders. The Office is responsible for managing a portfolio of nearly $16 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and annual appropriations. The incumbent will represent the Department of Energy and SCEP. The Project Officer (PO) role involves technical, administrative, financial management, and effective internal and external communication with grantees and their stakeholders. Activities include monitoring and management processes, ensuring the effective and efficient deployment of funds, and ensuring grantees comply with legislative requirements specific to the program. Develops and maintains relationships with assigned grantees and advises them on grant compliance and project development. Synthesizes insights gained from interactions with awardees and makes recommendations for program technical assistance and strategy. Oversees grantee projects/programs; monitors milestones and funding requirements and makes recommendations to keep project/programs on track and within funding constraints. Actively mitigates the potential of waste, fraud, and abuse of grant funds.

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Location in MN
Job type

$82,764 - $153, 354 GS-11/ 12/ 13 Term role not to exceed 4 years  


40 hours a week

Primary Duties

Serves as a PO, overseeing the work of others, including providing training and assistance to grantees, and ensuring quality work products. Ensures work products are consistent with statute requirements, overall DOE policies and objectives and conducted in accordance with program established processes. Based on established performance measures, the PO monitors and assesses performance of the project portfolio and ensures compliance with statutes, regulations, and requirements, and that financial assistance is executed in compliance with established administrative and financial assistance policies and procedures, and sound business practices. Responsible for evaluating financial assistance methods and processes and providing advice and guidance on improvements, as needed. DOE Clean Energy Corps • Works with Contracting Officer (CO) to prepare grants and other financial assistance documents (e.g., funding opportunity announcements, technical and budget evaluations, and other award-related documents). Solicits applications for funding and serves as a liaison between the DOE and the recipient organization. • Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates tribal energy grants/assistance applications, plans, and estimates. Plans and facilitates merit review committees. Provides written input and advice prior to and during negotiations, including costs, schedules, and oversight responsibilities. Helps DOE applicants and recipients develop adequate project plans and budgets to reasonably assure project success. Prepares reports and other documentation required in conjunction with assigned projects. Reviews reports submitted by recipients and notes deficiencies; directing necessary changes and aiding when required. • Work performed by the employee has a significant impact upon the Department’s and SCEP programs.


Preferred experience related to this position is described below: • Grant management experience is desired. • Familiarity with Active Project Management (APM) principles is desired. • Experience engaging with the rural, urban, distressed, Tribes, or historically disadvantaged communities is desired. • Skill in evaluating and reviewing energy or other environmental programs is desired. • Customer service experience. • Knowledge of tribal governments and their organization, codes, ordinances, policies, strategies, constraints, and the unique relationship which tribes have with Congress and the federal government in general is desired. • Knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of energy programs work. • Ability to research, interpret, and apply energy policies and regulations. • Ability to communicate effectively orally. • Ability to identify, define, and resolve critical problems in the specialty area and apply new developments in making decisions and recommendations which significantly change, interpret, or develop important public programs. • Ability to analyze and resolve problems. • Ability to communicate effectively in writing. How You Will Be Evaluated Desired Skills and Qualifications Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Desired to Perform the Work

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