| Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked very hard to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. (http://www.seattle.gov/light/) City Light operates Lighting Design Lab (LDL), a semi-autonomous lighting technology center in the SODO district of Seattle with eight full-time employees. Established as a resource to the region, LDL helps end-users (customers and building managers) and other market actors make better informed decisions about lighting products, operations and techniques. LDL is primarily funded by City Light with support from other regional utility and energy management stakeholders. (www.lightingdesignlab.com) City Light is seeking an Executive Director of the Lighting Design Lab. This position is responsible for overseeing the operational administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization; cultivating and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, ensuring their needs are reflected in LDL's service offering and that the Lab remains financially viable. The ED plays a central role in establishing the Lab's reputation as the expert in emerging lighting technologies, and serves as industry and regional connector through strong relationships with academic, utility and private sector contacts – LDL chief "Champion". It provides management oversite to develop LDL staff and ensure the Lab delivers on its vision and mission as it responds to evolving customer needs. Though this position reports directly to the Technology Services manager in the Customer Energy Solutions Division (CES) at City Light, maintaining positive stakeholder relations is a key indicator of meeting performance expectations. The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated and possess a desire to positively impact the Northwest lighting market. This includes executing City Light's promise to reinvent how LDL identifies and provides its services to support customer business value in light of the complexities of ever-evolving emerging and connected technologies. Job Responsibilities |
Organization Operations •Directs and oversees LDL's operations and service delivery through LDL's five functional areas: 1) Engineering & Technical Support; 2) Education Development; 3) Industry Support; 4) Marketing & Program Management; 5) Facilities Management & Safety •Development and execution of: an integrated marketing plan; a revitalized education and training program; lighting systems and product validation process; and updated demonstration capabilities •Direct the pursuit of research and grant opportunities of emerging technologies and approaches that support validation NW applications •Direct and oversee the solicitation, hiring and management of contracted services •Oversee timely and responsive reporting to meet grant, contractual and organizational requirements •Develop industry relationships to ensure access to latest technologies and applications methods, and to facilitate industry participation in LDL funding support Strategic Plan and Mission – Works with stakeholders and staff to ensure LDL's mission is fulfilled through strategic planning and marketing of programs that support utility customer's business value.•Direct strategic development of LDL products and services to achieve LDL's long-term goals - e.g., prepare long-term plans and transition strategies, assess and recommend new opportunities and services to accelerate high efficiency commercial lighting solutions •Direct and oversee LDL staff preparation of annual LDL plans and budgets for SCL and stakeholder advisory group review and approval •Track and respond to market and policy developments (codes & standards, deemed and assigned savings values, etc.) as well as stakeholder needs to ensure LDL is responsive to needs and opportunities in a rapidly changing technology environment •Develop strategic partnerships and enter into agreements with other lighting and technology centers/organizations in an effort to leverage benefits for Pacific Northwest utility customers Stakeholder Engagement & Relationship Management •Lead LDL in a manner that supports stakeholder energy programs to maintain stakeholder support for LDL •Establish and oversees annual stakeholder technology and oversight meetings (more frequently, as needed), incorporating feedback into LDL strategic and business plans •Communicate effectively and on a regular basis with SCL management and regional stakeholders, providing accurate and timely information to inform decision making •Track and provide visibility for stakeholder customer and trade ally activities, highlighting successful engagements and achievements Fiscal Oversight and Management •Oversee, develop and grow LDL's budget of approximately $1.5 million, including purchasing and contracts, negotiating funding, and identifying new partnerships, funding methods, and sources. •Participate in SCL's annual and by-annual fiscal management/budgeting process •Develop strategies to achieve annual funding and revenue goals, e.g., recommend fee schedules, seek and assist grant funding to support LDL development LDL Team Leadership and Development •Supervise, directly or indirectly, LDL's FTE staff of 7; augmenting staff with consultant, student and on-loan staff to support projects as needed; Manage efforts that support metrics teams across SCL •Overseeing hiring, discipline, training, informal coaching and feedback, and formal performance management •Manage staff training and professional development to expand capabilities to serve current and future needs •Actively participate in CES management leadership team, providing/gathering insights and feedback, regularly updating LDL staff of information and activities Representation and Travel •Represent LDL and SCL as technology expert at speaking engagements to local, regional and occasionally national lighting community groups and organizations regarding LDL mission and services, and City Light's energy technology innovations programs (as the occasion requires). •Leads and participates in advisory groups and committees and shapes the strategic and long-term direction of emerging technologies for the utility, the region, and beyond •Travel in the Northwest and other parts of the country via car, train, bus, airplane, etc. •Engagements in-person, phone and via other electronic means; workshops, conferences, etc. Other duties as assigned.
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.
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