Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, United States


Posted over 1 month ago · Full time · $70,655.00 - $80,000.00 Annually

Job Description

Program Manager

Arizona State University


Campus: Tempe



Job Description

As the United States and the globe work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and power global economies with clean energy, coal plant closures are being scheduled in the near-term.  If not managed carefully, these closures will cause significant direct and indirect economic and social disruption to local communities and citizens. Early, meaningful dialogue and engagement of communities, citizens, energy companies and affected stakeholders to address plant closures before they occur and envision alternative economic development pathways can help mitigate these impacts.


ASU’s Just Energy Transition (JET) Center is growing thanks to recent grants over $1 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and two philanthropic foundations.  Additional resources being made available through the Inflation Reduction Act and other federal programs underscore the importance of working with coal-impacted communities in order to successfully transition to a clean energy economy. 

As a result of this growth, the JET Center is hiring a new Program Manager position.  This position will support the growth and impact of the JET Center through management of complex task management activities; grant budget management and reporting activities; research into new funding opportunities; applying for new funding opportunities; student researcher logistics management; and stakeholder outreach and meeting logistics management. The Program Manager will be an integral member of the JET Center team working to expand our project and program offering on energy transition.  This position will report to Center leadership.


Salary Range

$70,655 - $80,000 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

Help develop and support existing and new programming at the JET Center, including but not limited to:

·        Attend weekly staff management meetings

·        Attend meetings (in person or remotely) with coal-impacted community members and other key stakeholders to learn about their experiences and priorities to help shape the future of the JET Center’s work

·        Monitor relevant Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission dockets and provide summaries of meetings to senior staff

·        Assist in the development of testimony for coal-impacted community use in utility rate cases

·        Research and write reports, as needed

Lead and manage the following tasks:

·        Develop Task Management procedures and tracking for JET Center projects and staff.

·        Work with JET Center staff on mapping out commitments made under grant proposals, deliverables, deadlines, and responsible staff members for carrying out the work

·        Existing Grant Management

·        Management of JET Center budget expenditures on all existing grants with regular reports to Center leadership

·        Coordination with the College of Global Futures budget management team to ensure budget reconciliation and on-time reporting

·        Drafting and submission of all grant reporting requirements -- e.g., biannual, annual, and final reports.

·        Identification of and Application for New Grants

·        Work with ASU staff on federal grant tracking

·        Research and identify federal, state, and philanthropic[AO1] grant opportunities and make strategic recommendations to JET Center leadership on opportunities for grant applications to be led by:

·        Coal-impacted communities in Arizona

·        JET Center

·        Determine information on applicability, requirements and application deadlines for grant opportunities

·        Work with JET Center staff and stakeholders to develop project ideas, identify partners, identify match monies and grant responsibilities

·        Draft initial versions of grant applications with support from other members of the Center, as needed.

·        Coordinate with the College of Global Futures grant application/management team and others to submit a successful grant application.

·        Student Researcher Logistics Management

·        Manage Barrett Fellow logistics -- e.g., coordination with Barrett Fellow program; ensuring deadlines for program are met (e.g., filing project descriptions annually, helping in the interviews and selection of students).

·        Manage Graduate Student logistics -- e.g., helping in the interviews and selection of grad students to work with the JET Center; manage hiring and renewal processes.

·        Stakeholder Meeting Logistics and Management

·        Support Center leadership on stakeholder meeting logistics -- e.g., reservations, meeting location identification, meal provision, invitations, RSVPs, etc.

·        Regional stakeholder meetings (city, county, and tribal governments; utilities; private sector entities, NGOs, etc.)

·        Community meetings with St. Johns and Joseph City 

·        Support operation and management of stakeholder meeting through develop minutes, tracking of action items, preparing agendas and securing speakers.

Management Responsibilities

·        Manage the JET Center Program Coordinator

·        Masters degree in the fields of energy, climate change, policy development, just transition, and other related fields, including newly-graduated Masters students

·        Complex project management expertise.

·        Excellent written and verbal communicator.

·        Experience working with diverse stakeholders from different sectors (e.g., tribes, local and state governments, private sector entities, NGOs).


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field AND five years administrative/coordination experience; OR, Master's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND three years administrative/coordination experience; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

·        Three (3) or more years of experience in the field.

·        Experience in higher education highly desired.

·        Experience in grant writing experience desired.

·        Experience in work that requires to be organized and capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously.

·        Experience in thinking creatively and strategically while handling complex issues; passion for new technologies.

·        Experience in thriving, adapting and re-prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.

·        Experience in work that requires organization and attention to detail.

·        Experience in working independently and in group settings.

·        Complex project management expertise.

·        Evidence in effective communications.

·        Experience working with diverse stakeholders from different sectors (e.g., tribes, local and state governments, private sector entities, NGOs).

·        Evidence of a Masters degree in the fields of energy, climate change, policy development, just transition, and other related field


Working Environment

·        Climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting. 

·        Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of desktop computer; 

·        Ability to clearly communicate verbally in English, read, write, see, and hear to perform essential duties. 

·        Expected to be responsive to customers, engaged in work production, resourceful, flexible, and respectful of others. 


Department Statement

For the eighth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all eight years the category has existed. 


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


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