Program Manager II (Energy, Climate & Compliance Grants Lead)

Montgomery County, MD Government Published: January 12, 2024
Wheaton, Maryland
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Program Management
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The mission of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting and improving Montgomery County’s air, water, and land in a sustainable, innovative, inclusive, and industry-leading way while fostering smart growth, a thriving more sustainable economy and healthy communities.

DEP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals and values diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and cultures. DEP encourages BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Program Manager II (Energy, Climate & Compliance Grants Lead)
Montgomery County, MD Government
Department of Environmental Protection
2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, Maryland 20902


This Program Manager II position in the Energy, Climate, and Compliance Division (ECCD) is a key part of a team focused on addressing climate change in Montgomery County. Working with ECCD program staff, this position will lead the Division’s efforts to identify, apply for, and implement grants supporting ECCD’s innovative programs. The recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act provide unprecedented levels of funding to help reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, create a more climate resilient community, and address racial equity and the needs of underserved communities.

Key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying grant funding opportunities relevant to the County’s climate change goals and DEP programs.
  • Establishing and managing processes that engage County colleagues efficiently and effectively in the pursuit and management of grant funding.
  • Working with program staff to write compelling and persuasive grant applications.
  • Integrating racial equity and social justice considerations into the grant search and application process.
  • Establishing and managing processes to gather and develop required information for grant proposals and reporting, ensure appropriate review and approval procedures are followed, and ensure proposal and reporting deadlines are met.
  • Fulfilling all necessary steps required to submit grant applications, as well as to meet reporting and other requirements of grants received
  • Working with departmental and County grants, procurement, and legal staff as necessary to successfully apply for and implement grants.
  • Coordinate with County staff to identify funding needs related to climate priorities and perform research, analysis and coordination to position the County to pursue funding opportunities as they become available.
  • Ensure proper management, administration, and implementation of grant awards received.
  • Develop and monitor distribution of outgoing County funds and incentives to residents, organizations, and businesses associated with various climate programs.
  • Facilitate the development of partnerships aligned with funding priorities.


  • You are passionate about addressing climate change, as well as addressing racial equity and social justice issues.
  • You have a good understanding of strategies and programs used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create climate resilient communities.
  • You are excited about the opportunity to access unprecedented levels of federal funding to address climate change activities at the local level.
  • You have strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple activities at once, and the desire to be part of a dynamic team.
  • You create processes that allow your organizational partners to focus their time and efforts on the programmatic inputs and not getting lost in the details.
  • You breakdown complicated and complex information to make certain it is accessible to a diverse range of stakeholders/audiences and that the story behind the information is clear.
  • You enjoy working with people, including staff colleagues and community partners, guiding them through a variety of administrative matters to achieve a successful outcome.


  • Experience: Thorough five (5) years of professional experience related to the development and issuance of grant funding or applying for and managing the use of grant funding.
  • Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


  • There are NO Preferred Criteria Assessments. All Applicants will be reviewed by the Office of Human Resources (OHR) for minimum qualifications. 
  • Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be rated “Qualified”, placed on the eligible list, and may be considered for an interview.  Employees meeting minimum qualifications of the same grade or higher will be placed on the Eligible List as a “Transfer” candidate and may be considered for an interview.


As part of your application, please submit a writing sample where the candidate is the sole author. The writing sample should reflect the candidate’s expertise as listed in the preferred criteria below.

Email your writing sample attachments as PDF documents to Nicole Cardwell, DEP Human Resources Liaison, at with the subject line “Program Manager II – Grants Lead - First Name, Last Name.”

To be considered for this position, your email attachment must be received by the Closing Date of the job announcement.

IMPORTANT: Applications submitted without writing samples will not be considered for interview.

Preference for interviews will be given to applicants with the following:

  • Content of the writing samples provided. *** Please see instruction above ***
  • Experience addressing climate change through the development of greenhouse gas reduction or climate resilience programs, with a particular focus on paying for such programs.
  • Experience integrating racial equity and social justice considerations into climate programs and/or grants management processes, particularly addressing needs of under-resourced communities.
  • Knowledge and experience with competitive grants programs, the development of grant proposals, and the development and oversight of grant agreements
  • Experience with grant management activity.
  • Experience with project management and training related to grants management
  • Experience communicating effectively across a diverse spectrum of internal and external stakeholders

Note: If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.


A criminal background check will be conducted on the selected candidate prior to appointment and will be a significant factor in the hiring decision.

To ensure a positive workplace and to comply with federal, state and County laws, the incumbent is responsible for completing mandatory trainings within the first three to six months or within the specified timeframe.


  • Salary Range: $73,173 - $117,424 Montgomery County Government offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
  • For information about Montgomery County’s comprehensive benefit offerings, please visit the MCG Careers Total Rewards webpage and check out our competitive benefits!


  • To view the complete job announcement and to apply, please click here to visit our website at and click on the “Search Jobs and Apply”.  Read the full job description under the “General Professional” Job Category.
  • The requisition number is IRC60444.
    Interested candidates must create an online account in order to apply.
  • This Recruitment Closes November 21, 2023
  • All resume submissions must address the preferred criteria for the position,
    which are listed in the full advertisement, preferably in a separate section of the resume.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Resume Preparation Tips
    listed under the “Resources” tab on the Office of Human Resource’s MCG Careers webpage.


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