Salary: $53,964.00 – $72,552.00 Annually
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-08834
Department: Dept. of Commerce
Division: Energy Division
Opening Date: 07/24/2023
Closing Date: 8/4/2023 12:00 AM Pacific

At the Department of Commerce (Commerce), we are creative, collaborative, and trusted. We identify opportunities to deliver critical funding and services to strengthen communities, we cultivate an environment in which we continuously learn, and we own our work. The Energy Division (Energy) catalyzes the transition to a clean and just energy future. The Commerce Specialist 2 works within the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Office (SEEP) in the Energy Division. This position is responsible for providing professional level program coordination and contract administration in implementing the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program and other SEEP Office programs. The SEEP Office supports and guides state agency efforts related to electric vehicles (EVs), energy-efficient and zero energy facilities, sustainable purchasing and clean electricity. It identifies and pursues opportunities to fund cost-effective improvements in state agency environmental performance. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies that occur over the next 60 days.


The Commerce Specialist 2 works closely with internal and external stakeholders including state agencies, the Governor’s Office, the SEEP Governing Council, and state program and policy partners. Here are some of the duties performed in this role.

ZEV Program coordination and support

  • Identifies available funding opportunities activities that help state agencies lead by example and support state agency alignment with the state’s climate and clean energy goals and mandates.
  • Coordinates and supports project/proposal team. Aligns approach and brings together key partners and funding match requirements.
  • Supports negotiation, drafting, and executing grants and contracts and subsequent
    amendments to scopes of work and special terms and conditions.
  • Supports proposal development including staffing plans, budgets, key deliverables and
  • Ensures application of executive orders, federal/state laws and regulations.
  • Utilizes spreadsheets, databases, and information systems to aggregate data for reporting and evaluation to federal and state funders.
  • Aggregates reporting of activities for federal and state funded grants and contracts.
  • Tracks budgets and expenditures to ensure timely invoicing to funders.

Support SEEP Working Group Leads and Collaboration With Partners

  • Provides technical assistance and support to SEEP working group leads
  • Conduct SEEP working group meetings
  • Promotes state agency participation in SEEP working group and Governing Council meetings.
  • Prepares and conduct presentations at SEEP working group and Governing Council meetings.
  • Works with SEEP team and working group leads to support communication and reporting efforts in collaboration with state agency partners.
  • Collect and manage data from agency partners to support SEEP performance measures, dashboards, and reporting efforts.
  • Works to build strong collaborative relationships that will support the work of SEEP and the State Energy Office, both internally to Commerce and externally with stakeholders.
  • Participates in division and agency-wide project workgroup opportunities such as outcome measures, contracting risk workgroup, strategic breakthrough initiatives and other opportunities that align with the duties of this position.

Required Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, or related field (Additional professional level work experience in community, trade, or economic development may be substituted year-or-year for Bachelor’s degree).


  • Two years of professional level experience in community, trade or economic development with one or more of the following:
    • Program management experience
    • Procurement
    • Grant making processes


  • Strong communication skills, demonstrating an ability to clearly convey information and ideas to individuals and groups through a variety of communications modes, including formal presentations and informal discussions. Practices attentive and active listening.
  • Develops challenging but achievable goals, has excellent follow-through, approaches challenging tasks and obstacles with a “can-do” attitude. Works with honesty and integrity, keeps commitments, takes ownership of work and one’s own actions, and seeks opportunities for improvement
  • Stays focused under pressure, performs duties with minimal supervision, uses time efficiently and effectively to accomplish priorities. Motivates and encourages project team members to persevere through change and adversity, skillfully negotiates competing needs and priorities, and facilitates consensus-based decision-making when appropriate.
  • Operates within the organization’s formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across the division and agency, seeks to understand others’ roles and perspectives, and navigates organizational structure with diplomacy and goodwill. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Collaborates with and involves others with divergent viewpoints, as well as diverse people and groups, contributing to developing an environment that is equitable, inclusive, respectful and cooperative.
  • Effectively adjusts to changes in work processes and environment and alters behavior to align with evolving situations. Openly receives new ideas and accepts other perspectives.
  • Skilled in the use of computers and database applications. Learns new technology quickly, keeps abreast of changes, use computers to improve productivity.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Three years’ experience managing energy projects or working in the energy sector. Solid knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 
  • Two years’ experience navigating and complying with federal and state procurement, contracting, and budgeting policies and practices. 
  • Experience collaborating with marginalized communities, Tribal communities and vulnerable populations and/or experience centering equity in program design and implementation.
  • Advanced level proficiency in project management software, MS Office Suite, contract management databases, cloud-based productivity tools


To be considered for this position the following are needed in your application:

  • A complete and detailed online application;
  • A Cover letter (enter online);
  • At least three (3) professional references (enter online).

For more information and to apply:

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