Pacific Gas & Electric Company Corporate Sustainability Rep, Chief in San Francisco, California

Requisition ID # 14012

Job Category : Corporate Affairs / Communication

Job Level : Director/Chief

Business Unit: Strategy and Policy

Job Location : San Francisco

The Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a public utility operating in Northern and Central California, is the primary operating subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company (NYSE: PCG).

Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States with operations that span power generation and procurement; electric transmission and distribution; and natural gas transmission, distribution and storage. The company’s 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout its Northern and Central California service area stretching from Eureka in the north to Bakersfield in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada in the east.

As a California utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is at the forefront of changes in the utility industry to support the transition to a cleaner energy economy. The company is ranked among the nation’s cleanest utilities and is one of the industry’s largest investors in infrastructure modernization and technology to support the addition of more renewable resources, strengthen safety and reliability, and build a smarter, more resilient grid to meet customers’ evolving energy-related needs. Thirty-eight percent of the energy PG&E delivered in 2016 came from state-qualified renewable resources, and nearly 70 percent comes from sources that emit no greenhouse gases. The company is also a leading voice shaping clean energy policies at the state and national levels.

PG&E is an integral contributor to California’s economy, supporting jobs, stimulating economic growth and contributing to the tax base in hundreds of communities from Bakersfield to Eureka. In total, the company’s operations support an estimated 70,000+ jobs and generate more than $22 billion in annual economic output in California. Pacific Gas and Electric Company had approximately $69 billion in assets as of December 31, 2016, and generated revenues of approximately $18 billion in 2016.

Since a highly publicized and very unfortunate explosion that occurred in San Bruno, California along one of PG&E’s natural gas pipelines in 2010, the company has taken full responsibility, making reparations, accepting penalties and fines. PG&E has redoubled its commitment to create and maintain a business culture centered on employee and public safety, integrity, ethics and compliance. Additionally, PG&E has made significant investment in its gas system and integrity management, resulting in certification and recertification by Lloyd’s Register on two of the highest internationally recognized safety certifications (ISO 55001 and PAS 55).

To affirm its commitments to ethics and compliance, PG&E Corporation has a senior-level officer over ethics and compliance reporting directly to both the CEO and the Audit Committee of the Board.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Corporate Sustainability team, which is part of the Strategy and Policy organization, works to integrate and align PG&E’s sustainability strategy with its business strategy. With the support of PG&E’s Chief Sustainability Officer, the team works collaboratively to advance energy and environmental policy issues important to our business and customers; tell our story by measuring and communicating PG&E’s corporate sustainability performance; identify, benchmark, and implement best practices to drive continuous improvement within our business; and engage with a wide range of stakeholders, both within and outside the company, to guide and advance PG&E’s sustainability strategy.

Position Summary

The Corporate Sustainability Representative, Chief will lead company efforts on climate change resilience and adaptation from an operational and policy perspective. This includes proactively initiating, driving, and implementing visible integration, engagement and policy initiatives for the company, and collaborating with key legislative, community, and internal partners on climate change resilience, as well as other key environmental and energy policy issues. It includes implementing best practices within our business and engaging in strategic platforms for our business through relationships with key external stakeholders. It also includes identifying, developing, and enhancing relationships with important stakeholders. The successful candidate will have existing and strong stakeholder relationships, demonstrated leadership and management skills, industry knowledge, and experience with environmental, energy, economic vitality, and other corporate sustainability issues and best practices. Additionally required are outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences and constituencies. The candidate will have strong research, analytical, organizational, creative, and strategic thinking skills. The candidate will also have the ability to excel both independently and as part of a team and to manage multiple projects simultaneously and from conception to implementation. This position requires approximately 20 percent travel.

Reporting Relationship

This position reports to Director, Corporate Sustainability.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as the company’s lead representative on climate change resilience from an operational and policy perspective.

  • Communicates, orally and written, and provides strategic advice and consultation to PG&E’s leadership regarding climate change resilience policies, initiatives, and performance metrics,as well as other environmential and policy issues important to our business and customers.

  • Leads collaborative initiatives with internal partners to increase the climate resilience of PG&E's operations and infrastructure.

  • Acts as a primary liaison between various departments and key external stakeholders from the private, non-profit, government, and academic sectors.

  • Seeks, builds, and maintains cooperative/new relationships with key external stakeholders and leads partnership opportunities for benchmarking, outreach, sponsorships, engagement on business issues, and best practices.

  • Represents PG&E in influential forums on issues related to climate change resilience, as well as other environmental and energy policy issues and best practices.

  • Leads planning and execution of multiple highly visible, highly complex, community events for new major programs that promote key PG&E partnerships and initiatives.

  • Drives strategic initiatives on other key emerging sustainability issues.

  • Manages at least one of the more complex agreements or contracts with external vendors.

Leadership Qualities

PG&E expects its leaders to conduct themselves with the highest ethics and integrity and to embody specific leadership qualities.

Strategic Mindset

  • Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

  • Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.

A Leader in the Community and Industry

  • Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

  • Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.

Demonstrates Safety Leadership

  • A safety champion in words and deeds with respect to both employee and public safety.

  • Maintaining an environment of open dialog and free of retaliation.

Influences and Inspires

  • Using various- communications that convey a clear understanding of the needs of different audiences.

  • Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related dynamics.

Optimizes Team Performance

  • Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.

  • Creating a climate where people are developed and motivated to do their best to help the organization.

Values Diversity and Creates Inclusion

  • Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.

Fiscally Responsible

  • Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.

  • Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.

Leads Ethically and in a Compliant Manner

  • Sponsoring and sustaining a high integrity speak-up corporate culture which prioritizes ethics, safety and compliance.

  • Building on necessary level of industry, company and subject-matter expertise, including laws and regulations.

Provides a High Level of Customer Service

  • Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.

Background Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job-related experience.

  • Minimum 12 years of relevant work experience.

  • Minimum three years of professional writing experience.

  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s license or ability to obtain by first day of employment.


  • More than 12 years of relevant work experience.

  • Master’s degree.

  • Prior program management and administration experience within the areas of environmental, energy, risk management, or other corporate sustainability initiatives.

  • Prior utility industry experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.

  • Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals.

  • Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

  • The ability to make recommendations based on relevant expertise.

  • Consistently achieving results, even under difficult circumstances.

  • Ability to work independently with limited oversight.

  • Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

  • Knowledge of public/community awareness, public outreach, education, and philanthropy.