Program Manager- Emerging Markets (Geothermal)

Company Details

State of Colorado Job Opportunities

Department Information

The mission of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency, and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans.

Description of Job

The Program Manager will provide critical programmatic support and shape key market development in the geothermal energy market and a variety of other cutting edge sectors for the Building Innovation & Energy Finance team at CEO. In 2022, the Colorado Legislature passed the HB22-1381, Colorado Energy Office Geothermal Energy Grant Program. This program will help unlock geothermal’s potential in Colorado and bridge the gap to a renewable-energy future. The Geothermal Energy Grant Program incentivizes the expansion of Colorado’s use of geothermal energy by providing grants to start programs supporting geothermal for electricity generation, space heating and cooling, water heating, and district heating. The $12 million program will support the development of geothermal heating and cooling as well as public-private partnerships on the development of geothermal electricity generation.

This position offers a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to make real and measurable change. This new position will help lead development and implementation of new initiatives, including the Geothermal Energy Grant Program, the first of its kind in Colorado. In developing this new program, the program manager will work with the BDFI team to research similar programs, manage stakeholder engagement, design program criteria, launch and administer the program, and track and report impacts and outcomes. Candidates for this position should demonstrate the ability to perform under a high degree of autonomy, think creatively and thoughtfully about new program development, and manage multiple program components from initial design through full implementation and reporting.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the design, launch, and implementation of the Geothermal Energy Grant program and, if necessary, oversee a 3rd party administrator for the program.
  • Act as CEO’s representative for all geothermal inquiries and lead coordination with key state agency partnerships and the Governor’s Office
  • Work with CEO’s policy and regulatory team to propose strategic policy initiatives for the geothermal sector.
  • Foster a strong network of geothermal stakeholders and launch a Geothermal Stakeholder committee.
  • Occasional travel around the State to build and manage relationships with community partners
  • Develop and oversee implementation of the Geothermal Energy Grant program outreach engagement plan, as well as updating and revising the CEO geothermal strategic plan as required
  • Represent CEO to prospective partners and key collaborators
  • Follow key developments in the geothermal space
  • Perform all necessary program administration duties including procurement, vendor/grantee invoicing and reporting, and budget management.
  • Develop and manage program and project-level data collection and reporting for internal and external audiences and stakeholders
  • Assist in advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives

Other Market Duties and Responsibilities:
  • As needed, provide programmatic support to existing and new programs and initiatives at CEO including: Cannabis, Solar, Industry, K-12, Greening Government; and contribute to the development and launch of new programs and initiatives.
  • Conduct research on a variety of energy-related issues and technologies as needed.
  • Help promote data-driven decision making through the collection and utilization of program data.
  • Participate in the evaluation of program outcomes and propose changes to the Unit Director for program improvements and to support the annual strategic planning process.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in project or program development and management.
  • Preference given to candidates with general understanding of geothermal heating/cooling systems and/or energy generation
  • Preference given to candidates with knowledge of energy consumption and management practices.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills.
  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite.

Supplemental Information

To Apply:

A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.


The State of Colorado/Office of the Governor offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan*, plus optional 401(k) and 457 plans – https://www.copera.org/
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance coverage – including extensive prescription drug coverage (many preventive medications covered at no cost)
  • Wellness programs – participation can reduce employee premiums
  • Automatic Short-Term and Optional Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) job protection and State of Colorado Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML)
  • 11 Paid Holidays Annually and Accrued Annual and Sick Leave
  • Hybrid work arrangements
  • Variety of discounts on services and products available through the State of Colorado’s Work-Life Employment Discount Program
  • Access to the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP): offers confidential mental health counseling, professional coaching, employee mediation, 24/7 crisis support
  • Free RTD EcoPass to all eligible State Employees
  • Training and professional development opportunities, including reduced college tuition through CSU Global
  • Credit Union of Colorado Membership Eligibility


To learn more about State of Colorado benefits, please visit the state’s benefits portal:
https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

  • For information on mandatory employee salary deferral (in lieu of contribution to Social Security), see COPERA for details: https://www.copera.org/member-contribution-rates


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.


ADAAA Accommodations

The Office of the Governor is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Staffing Coordinator (the Director of Human Resources) at [email protected]


Conditions of Employment

Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have thirty (30) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Employees who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged (and may be required) to test before and/or wear a mask while spending time in person at the Energy Office.

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