View the current employment opportunities available at the Local Government Commission below.

Salary Range

Full-time or Half-time

Position Overview


The Local Government Commission (LGC) – in partnership with the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative – is recruiting to fill the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator position (Local Government Energy Coordinator). Currently, funding for this position is secured through 2020, and is subject to annual renewal by the partnership. 

The position was created by the California Public Utilities Commission in Decision (D. 09-09-47) for the 2010-12 Energy Efficiency program cycle. The position is funded by the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), PG&E, SDG&E, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company, and reports to the three statewide associations. The Local Government Energy Coordinator’s scope of work will be focused on assisting local governments to meet goals within the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan). 


The Local Government Energy Coordinator and the three statewide associations work closely together to support and increase the effectiveness of local government climate and energy efficiency activities. 

The Coordinator is responsible for: 

  • Assessing statewide progress toward achieving the local government energy and climate goals 
  • Provide targeted assistance to local governments to increase efficacy of climate and energy policies and programs 
  • Identify and promote climate and energy best practices and lessons learned
  • Facilitating partnerships between local government energy staff
  • Provide strategic support for local governments to maneuver successfully within the rapidly shifting energy sector
  • Identify diverse funding opportunities to support for local government energy activities 
  • Provide strategic guidance and support for the Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum
  • Coordinating closely with the three statewide organizations, ICLEI, ILG and LGC, to leverage and promote Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative resources. 


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of energy efficiency issues, policies and practices, including understanding of local, regional and state policies, investor owned utility energy efficiency programs, and California Public Utilities processes. 
  2. Knowledge of local government, including California local government planning, policy and administrative practices. 
  3. Established reputation for leadership in energy efficiency, climate change and/or other sustainability areas. 
  4. Excellent writing and oral presentation skills. 
  5. Ability to work independently, while at the same time, collaborating closely with different organizations. 
  6. A minimum five years’ experience in energy efficiency, sustainability, climate change or government. 


The Local Government Energy Coordinator is a Local Government Commission employee located in Sacramento. The annual salary range of this position is between $60,000-$80,000 depending upon qualifications. This position can be structured as full time or half time depending on the candidate. The benefits package includes 100% employer-paid medical, dental and long-term disability coverage and a 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution equal to 4% of salary. 


Applicants should send their resumes and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position to Mary Davis at the Local Government Commission ( Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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Position Title: Climate & Energy Project Manager (2)
Salary Range

$54,080 – $72,000

Position Overview


We are looking for two experienced and dynamic individuals to join the Climate & Energy team to lead the management and execution of complex projects. We are seeking a motivated and committed individual with strong communications, stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning with the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.


Successful candidates will demonstrate their dedication to playing a leading role in the rapidly evolving fields of climate change mitigation and/or adaptation with the experience and skills necessary to be an effective project manager. We are searching for candidates with the following key attributes and qualifications:

• At least 3 years of experience managing multiple projects with excellent organizational and time management skills.

• A bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental policy, planning, or a closely related field. (relevant work experience may be considered in place of a degree on a case-by-case basis).

• Demonstrated knowledge of innovative policies, practices, and technologies related to climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, energy, and/or land use planning in California.

• Clear understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation science and frameworks, and California local government planning, policy, and administrative practices.

• Working understanding of equity, environmental justice, and/or social/racial justice principles, frameworks, and practices as applied in the fields of climate change and energy.

• Excellent verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience and skills in managing relationships, facilitating meetings, engaging diverse stakeholder groups and/or community members, and preparing and delivering presentations.

• Excellent written communication skills, including experience preparing concise, comprehensive, and understandable policy memos, technical reports, community engagement plans, fact sheets, and other written materials.

• Experience with event planning, including developing agendas, coordinating with speakers, organizing logistics, and moderating panels.

• Experience with fundraising, including grant writing or sponsor recruitment.

• Experience with key software programs including Microsoft Office Suite, iOS/Apple, Google Suite, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and Survey Monkey.


Project Management: Oversee and coordinate the activities of specific LGC climate- and energy focused projects and initiatives; oversee the management and implementation of contracts and grants; and manage all project deliverables, timelines, and administrative and financial responsibilities of projects.

Program Development: Identify emerging trends, potential challenges and new opportunities; lead and/or participate in program development and fundraising activities; and actively participate in project-level and organization-wide strategic planning activities.

Relationship Management: Oversee, supervise, manage and motivate staff; effectively delegate tasks to staff and provide clear guidance and training as needed; work collaboratively with all members of the Climate & Energy Team and LGC staff; cultivate and maintain relationships with funders and project partners and stakeholders; and represent LGC at various meetings and workshops.

View the full position description below to see more project-specific responsibilities and to learn about the application process.

These positions will remain open until filled and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The first priority deadline is February 19th, and the second priority deadline is March 4th . 

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Position Title: CivicSpark Network Development Manager
Salary Range


Position Overview


We are looking for a motivated and committed individual to join the management team of the CivicSpark Program. CivicSpark is a statewide Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address community resilience issues such as climate, water, housing, and mobility.

The Network Manager will elevate awareness of and engagement in CivicSpark by developing and coordinating marketing and outreach efforts, spearheading Fellow and partner recruitment campaigns, and fostering and sustaining various CivicSpark ally networks.


We are searching for candidates with the following attributes and qualifications:

  • Experience in developing and executing marketing campaigns and initiatives (ideally non-profit or public sector)
  • Creativity about and initiative for expanding and building our program story
  • Experience with social media, graphic design, and web tools (e.g. InDesign, WordPress, and other media development tools)
  • Comfort with public speaking and experience communicating with large and varied audiences
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative setting
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Adaptable, dependable, accurate, detail-oriented, and responsible
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation

Additional contributions we value (but are not required):

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited 4-year institution in a relevant field (marketing, communications, etc.)
  • Experience with media relations including press releases and cultivation of media coverage
  • Experience creating, managing, and maintaining multiple contact lists and networks
  • Experience in developing marketing studies and executing the results
  • Recruitment and outreach experience
  • Event management experience
  • Experience with AmeriCorps, VISTA, or other National Service Programs helpful, but not necessary

View the full position description below to see more job responsibilities and to learn about the application process.

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