Director of the Office of Energy Innovation - Career Executive

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County(ies): Dane

Classification Title: / JACPROGRAM AND POLICY CHIEF 20-00374

Job Working TitleDirector of the Office of Energy Innovation

Type of EmploymentFull Time (40 hrs/week)

SalaryThis position is in pay schedule range 81-02 with a starting salary of $74,880-$95,763 annually, depending on qualifications, plus excellent benefits. A twenty-four month Career Executive Trial Period will be required. Pay for current State of Wisconsin employees or those with reinstatement eligibility will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin Compensation Plan.

ContactHannah Brown, HR Specialist-Sr, 608-264-9970,

Bargaining UnitNon-Represented

Area of Competition:Open

Deadline to Apply3/3/2020
The deadline to apply for this position is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Assessment Information09480 -  069  PROGRAM AND POLICY CHIEF 
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The Office of Energy Innovation is one of 56 designated state energy offices in the United States and Territories, as determined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The OEI includes to teams: the Focus on Energy team and the State Energy Program team. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin's statewide energy efficiency and renewables program. The State Energy Program manages a variety of federally-funded strategic energy projects and programs, including: Energy Innovation Grants, Wisconsin Energy Statistics, Wisconsin's Energy Assurance Plan, Statewide Assistance for Energy Resiliency and Reliability, and Rural Propane Efficiency Incentives for farms and agribusinesses.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is a great place to work! We provide amazing benefits, which include an excellent retirement plan, extensive health insurance options, ample paid time off, as well as the opportunity for challenges and advancements that will enhance your professional career. To learn more about the PSCW, please visit our website.

This position is headquartered at the brand-new Hill Farms State Office Building located on the near-west side of Madison, WI.

Current Career Executives are not eligible to apply by taking the assessment. If you are a current Career Executive and interested in applying, please see the How to Apply section for details on the application process.

Position Summary:   

The Director of OEI is responsible for overseeing Wisconsin's State Energy Office, including the Focus on Energy program and the State Energy Program (SEP). The OEI is an office within PSC's Division of Digital Access, Consumer and Environmental Affairs. This is an exciting, critical role within the Division and PSC management team. The Director of the OEI will manage the OEI's strategic planning, daily operations, and program objectives. This position is responsible for implementing a broad variety of grant, technical assistance, financial incentive, outreach, and other planning and programs, as well as supervising a team of staff daily. This position is also responsible for serving as a liaison, as directed, with the Commissioners' Office, other state agencies, and local, federal, and private organizations. This is an opportunity to directly contribute to statewide programs and projects related to renewables, energy efficiency, energy assurance, energy data, and energy innovation, to the benefit of Wisconsin's economy, environment, and energy future.

Special Notes:   

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check.

The Public Service Commission is a registered participant in the federal work authorization program commonly known as E-Verify to verify employment eligibility of all employees hired on or after June 18, 2015.

RELOCATION INCENTIVE: The Wisconsin Compensation Plan permits granting a one-time Relocation Incentive Award to employees who relocate as a result of a promotion or transfer and expense reimbursement in any dollar increment up to an amount equal to 125% of the monthly minimum for this position in the pay plan. Moving expenses may also be awarded to the selected candidate.


A qualified candidate will have all of the following:

  • Experience managing multiple programs concurrently
    Activities may include: providing program goals, monitoring program success, identifying improvement opportunities, analyzing effectiveness of program(s), consulting with stakeholders the needs of the program, budget/revenue analysis, financing analysis, organizing and planning meetings/events, ensuring deadlines are met, etc.
  • Experience leading a team of professional staff (formal or informal leadership
    Experience may have been in a formal supervisory role, leading a project team on a large-scale/organization-wide impact project, acted as a lead worker for a unit/area, etc.
    Activities may include: coaching staff, analyzing workloads, assessing employee performance, motivating staff/team, facilitating discussions, etc.
  • Experience working as a liaison for a program with governmental stakeholders (state or federal, legislature, local, etc.) and public or private interest groups
    Experience may include developing interpersonal relationships, negotiating with various groups, representing the organization, promoting partnerships, developing policies, etc.

Experience directly related to energy utilities, energy efficiency, renewables, energy-related economic development, transportation fuels, emerging energy technologies, energy assurance, and/or energy emergency and response is preferred.

In addition to the qualifications listed above, a well-qualified candidate will have at least one of the following:

  • Experience developing and implementing policies and procedures related to budget or grant administration
  • Training or experience working with state or federal government processes or procedures

How To Apply:   

To apply, click "Log In" to access your existing account or to create a new account if you do not already have an account with Wisc.Jobs. Once you are logged in, click "Apply Now." You will be asked to provide your personal information, attach a resume, and insert your letter of qualifications. Applicants must submit both a resume and a letter of qualifications to be considered.

Current Wisconsin state employees with Career Executive status or reinstatement eligibility to Career Executive status need only apply with a resume and letter of qualifications submitted directly to Hannah Brown at

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application at PSC and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process for available vacancies. Questions can be directed to Hannah Brown at (608) 264-9970 or by email at

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