Program Manager, Good Jobs Challenge (GJC)

Philadelphia Energy Authority

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), an independent municipal authority, is working to build a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. Chartered by City Council and the Mayor in 2010, PEA is a quasi-governmental entity based in City Hall. In 2016, in partnership with City Council President Darrell Clarke, PEA launched the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 jobs. Through 2022, PEA has helped launch over $800MM in projects and created over 7,000 jobs. We focus on municipal assets, schools, low- and moderate-income housing, small businesses, and commercial and industrial projects and programs. We view energy as a high-impact tool for reducing poverty, improving education, strengthening communities, and leveraging public investment.

Title: Good Jobs Challenge (GJC) Program Manager
Reports to: Kate Lunger, Director of Workforce Initiatives
Number of direct reports: 0-1
Location: 1400 JFK Blvd (City Hall), Room 566, Philadelphia, PA 19107, hybrid work model with some remote and some in-person work.
Open Date: April 2, 2024
Close Date: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled
Exempt/Non-Exempt Status: Exempt (Full-Time)

Job Description:

The Good Jobs Challenge Program Manager (GJC-PM) is a pivotal role within the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), responsible for managing the day to day operations of the Good Jobs Challenge project funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration via Philadelphia Works. This position is responsible for developing and growing industry-led workforce training systems in five counties, placing 500 workers into quality jobs and supporting regional economies with the skilled, diverse workforce necessary to compete in the 21st Century. This initiative aims to develop a comprehensive workforce training program in the healthcare, energy, and infrastructure sectors, fostering local economic growth and addressing critical societal challenges. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is the Energy sector backbone organization, leading the expansion of our energy workforce programs into the surrounding counties, with responsibility for placing 500 direct hires in sector-specific roles by the end of the project in the fall of 2025.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate, and execute the day-to-day operations of the Good Jobs Challenge project. Including identifying, developing, and sustaining new training partnerships in 5 counties that align with the goals of the project, conducting program evaluation, and connecting partners to the PEA employer engagement team for placement services. 
  • Ensure collaboration with training partners, efficient management of project schedules and resources, and the execution of critical initiatives to ensure successful outcomes.
  • Promote cross-functional communication and coordination to foster collaboration of partnerships and guarantee the attainment of project milestones. 
  • Develop and maintain project timelines, budgets, and performance metrics to meet project milestones and grant requirements.
  • Provide coaching and technical assistance to support the successful execution and replication of PEA’s workforce training programs into the 5 surrounding counties.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and liaison between PEA, Philadelphia Works, partner organizations, and other stakeholders involved in the Good Jobs Challenge project.
  • Develop strategies for effective implementation and continuous program improvement.
  • Prepare regular progress reports and updates for the Director of Workforce Initiatives, stakeholders, and funders.
  • Engage with relevant technology platforms to facilitate communication, collaboration, and project management.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., business administration, workforce development, sustainability, social services)
  • 3+ years of proven experience in project management, preferably in workforce development, re-entry, energy, or related sectors.
  • Strong proficiency with project management tools and software, excellent organizational and leadership skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to foster effective relationships with internal teams, partners, stakeholders, and the broader community.
  • Must be able to work independently and demonstrate initiative.
  • Use language reflective of a commitment to diversity, demonstrating cultural competence.
  • Experience working with Philadelphia and surrounding counties community-based organizations or systems that serve justice-impacted individuals. Lived experience is welcome.
  • Must have reliable transportation, clean driving record and valid Driver’s License.
  • Proficient in Google,, and other database or CRM platforms a plus.
  • Passion for addressing societal challenges related to energy, sustainability, climate change, poverty, equity, and economic development and commitment to Philadelphia.
  • Experience in grant-funded projects and familiarity with grant reporting and compliance is a plus.
  • Philadelphia residency within 6 months of the date of hire required.

Salary & Benefits: 

Benefits include but are not limited to a generous healthcare package, retirement and fringe benefits, and significant paid time off. Salary budgeted for this position is $80,000 -$90,000 commensurate with experience.

How to apply: 

Please send a resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you’d be a good fit for the position to The subject line must include “[FirstName LastName] GJC Program Manager.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please send any inquiries or questions via email. 

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.

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