Program Manager-Emerging Markets (Sustainable Cannabis)

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.


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.

Description of Job

The cannabis sector has blossomed within the state of Colorado since the plant’s recreational use was made legal in 2012. The growth of in-state cannabis production in the past decade has also led to a significant increase in use of energy and water resources, with an estimated consumption rate of ~2% of the state’s annually generated electricity, (equating to ~680,000 MT of CO2e) and over 106 million gallons of water used annually.

In Fall 2022, CEO will launch
The Cannabis Resource Optimization Program (CROP) which will provide eligible cannabis cultivation businesses with no-cost technical resource use audits and renewable energy assessments to better understand energy and water use drivers and cost-effective resource management opportunities. The program will also create a first of its kind low interest loan to incentivize implementation of projects.

Description of Job
The Program Manager will primarily be responsible for launching the CROP program. This role will be a part of the Buildings Innovation & Energy Finance Team (BDFI), reporting to the Director of BDFI. The Program Manager will be responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the CROP program and the design and launch of pioneering financing for the industry in coordination with the Colorado Clean Energy Fund. This role will oversee the 3rd party contractor who will administer the program, connect and develop relationships with key cannabis stakeholders, interface with potential program participants, community leaders, and other stakeholders across the state. The Program Manager will also support other emerging market programs and initiatives, as needed, including, but not limited to, solar, agrivoltaics, and strategic electrification.

Programmatic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the design, launch, and implementation of the CROP program and oversee the 3rd party administrator for the program
  • Act as CEO’s representative at the Governor’s Cannabis Cabinet and work directly with the Governor’s Special Advisor on Cannabis.
  • Foster a strong network of cannabis stakeholders and launch a Cannabis Stakeholder committee, if needed.
  • Occasional travel around the State to build and manage relationships with community partners
  • Develop and implement the CROP outreach engagement plan, as well as updating and revising the CEO cannabis strategic plan as required
  • Represent CEO to prospective partners and key collaborators
  • Work with the Colorado Clean Energy Fund to launch a first of its kind financial product for the cannabis industry.
  • Work with the CEO’s policy and regulatory team to propose strategic policy initiatives for the cannabis sector.
  • Follow key developments in the Cannabis sector
  • 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:
  • Conduct research on a variety of energy-related issues and technologies as needed.
  • Assist in the development of programming work plans, associated contracts, and the proposal of corresponding annual state and federal budgets.
  • Help develop, monitor, and report on progress toward program operational measures and goals.
  • 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.
  • Up to 20% of time will provide programmatic support, as needed, to existing and new programs and initiatives at CEO including: solar, agrivoltaics, and strategic electrification; and contribute to the development and launch of new programs and initiatives.

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 the cannabis industry
  • 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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