Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

San Francisco, CA


Public Programs Project Manager (2 Positions)

$116,726.69 – $148,037.76 Annually

Remote Employment:  Flexible/Hybrid

Closing Date:  2/4/2024 11:59 PM Pacific




First round interviews tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged


Be ready to rethink your assumptions about the public sector.  Dedicated and motivated colleagues?  Beautiful, high amenity building for on-site work and collaboration?  Flexible schedules and hybrid work options?  Yes, yes, and yes!


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the state designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC provides services to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).  For more information about MTC, visit www.mtc.ca.gov.


The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a regional program that includes the nine Bay Area counties and is led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). BayREN’s mission is to support communities to equitably achieve California’s climate and energy goals. BayREN works towards this mission by designing and implementing effective energy saving programs, drawing on the expertise, experience, and proven track record of Bay Area local governments to develop and administer successful regional and local climate, resource, and sustainability programs.


ABAG/MTC is hiring two Public Programs Project Managers to oversee the design, start-up, and implementation of the various components of BayREN’s new public sector programs—including an Energy Concierge service, an Energy Roadmapping service, a Decarbonization Showcase, and a Decarbonization Education and Financing program—as well as components of the Codes & Standards program. The Project Managers will be part of ABAG/MTC’s Energy Section and will carry out other related tasks to support BayREN and the Energy Section.


The successful candidates will have direct experience with local governments and with climate and energy-related activities. In addition, experience managing contracts and budgets, collaborating effectively with colleagues and partners, excellent written and oral communication skills, and working with data and metrics is required. Knowledge of energy efficiency program operation is strongly desired.


All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Service Workers.



The ideal candidates will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


Knowledge of:

•   Direct knowledge of local government operations;

•   Contract administration and management;

•   Principles and practices of project management and control, including techniques to facilitate inter-agency cooperation;

•   Principles and practices of program, budget and schedule development, analysis, administration and evaluation;

•   Principles and techniques of quantitative analysis, including spreadsheets and database analysis and management;

•   Interrelationships among government agencies;

•   Methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments;

•   Methods and techniques for record keeping, report preparation, writing and public presentation;

•   Methods and techniques for effective meeting management;

•   Proper English, spelling and grammar.



•   Excellent verbal and written communications skills;

•   Strong organizational skills;

•   Motivation to take initiative and to work independently;

•   Flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances and taking on new roles;

•   Significant computer experience working in the MS Office Suite of programs including Word and Excel, and a variety of presentation, database and other software applications.



•   Provide lead support on complex energy efficiency service delivery programs;

•   Manage multiple simultaneous project tasks in a timely manner, with limited supervision;

•   Make adjustments to standard operating procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness and comply with regulatory changes as appropriate;

•   Develop, implement, operate and evaluate service delivery programs;

•   Develop and administer a program or project budget and schedule;

•   Work independently, meet deliverables and deadlines, and juggle competing priorities;

•   Work effectively with contractors and outside consultants;

•   Conduct spreadsheet analysis and translate technical data and information into language understandable to the general public;

•   Analyze complex program issues, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions;

•   Serve as a technical resource to MTC staff and officials;

•   Prepare and make presentations to a wide variety of audiences;

•   Attend evening meetings as required;

•   Work independently;

•   Keep accurate records;

•   Make sound decisions within established guidelines;

•   Follow written and oral directions;

•   Implement, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations;

•   Use initiative and sound judgment within established procedural guidelines;

•   Plan, organize, and provide functional direction to project team members;

•   Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner;

•   Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and

•   Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships.



An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation planning, project management, public finance, transportation engineering, economics, business or public administration.  A Master’s degree is desirable.  Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with their application.


Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment.


Preferred Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as city planning, project management, building science or architecture, economics, business or public administration. A Master’s degree is desirable.


License/Certificate:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.



Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


Consultant Management

•   Hire and oversee multiple consultants

•   Work effectively with consultants to develop and implement BayREN program activities

•   Coordinate consultant activities with each other and with BayREN members


Project Design and Management

•   Develop actionable plans and timetables for program startup activities

•   Work with consultants to develop program manuals and other required documents

•   Ensure all program activities are aligned with program goals

•   Assess program performance, develop recommendations for improvement, and plan for implementation

•   Oversee program data handling and maintenance, and review and report on program metrics



•   Facilitate monthly meetings with BayREN members to report on program activities and solicit input on related needs

•   Provide presentations on program activities as needed


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