Reports to: Manager, Sr. Energy Consultant
Group/Division: DC SEU
JOB SUMMARY: (What is done and why.)
Identifies, advocates for and advises on energy efficiency improvements in new construction and existing commercial and multi-family residential buildings and facilities. Participates in the development and delivery of market-based services to maximize operational and energy efficient cost savings in business markets while contributing to a mission-driven, creative, enjoyable and stimulating work environment.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Majority of duties, but not meant to be all-inclusive nor prevent other duties from being assigned as necessary.)
- Works with wide range of stakeholders, including business owners, architects, engineers, vendors, trade allies and other relevant players to promote the installation of cost-effective efficiency improvements in customers’ future and existing buildings/facilities and to creatively overcome barriers to installation in accordance with DC SEU’s strategic plans.
- Provides technical support that increase participation of stakeholders with DCSEU Energy efficiency services.
- Performs in-person building energy audit to identify opportunities for savings in commercial and multifamily buildings. Provides audit reports to customers.
- Performs and presents insightful and strategically targeted custom energy and financial analysis reflecting identified unique business knowledge for customers for who long term business relationship is critical to realizing full savings potential including but not necessarily limited to, account managed customers. Educates customers, contractors, and design professionals as needed.
- Plays an active role in identifying innovative technical solutions and applies that knowledge in work with customers regarding new technical products, process improvements, and substantial technological opportunities and occasionally presents to staff about these.
- Excels at building and maintaining relationships with customer decision makers and implementation staff to develop project energy savings goals in a manner that leads to consistent repeat business.
- Determine, present, and negotiate the appropriate rebates. Manages customer expectations and capably persuades customers to make investments in energy efficiency.
- Works with customers to identify and prioritize site specific project needs and opportunities, develop customer relationships and manage customer expectations. Consistently collaborates with several long-term customers to incorporate opportunities into customer’s planning process.
- Supports and collaborates with other DC SEU staff to deliver market-based services. For example: supporting business developments efforts, assist with development of training for clients and internal staff, researching new products, technologies, and identifying and implementing improvements to our processes and approaches.
- Maintains accurate and timely project records and documentation within DC SEU’s database system.
- Delivers and assists with improving technical results and has responsibilities below which includes but is not limited to the following areas.
- Provides consulting services pertaining to equipment and facility energy use for commercial and institutional customers. Services include customer-specific energy and financial analysis, site inspections, building and systems diagnostics, and oral and written feedback and recommendations;
- Provides training, field mentoring for less-experienced DC SEU staff, and guidance to customers and relevant market actors in accordance with energy efficiency service protocols and approaches;
- Partners with general contractors, manufacturing representatives and design professionals to promote and implement energy efficiency measures that encourages future participation in DC SEU services;
- Provides public presentations relating to commercial and institutional building and facility energy efficiency to various audiences;
- Assists customers to develop project specifications, solicit contractor submittals, evaluate proposals, and participate in pre-bid meetings for projects moderate in size and complexity as appropriate;
- Reviews other Energy Consultant savings calculations and authorizes incentives following established protocols;
- Performs on-site inspections which may include measuring dimensions of building components, verification of installed heating, cooling, and/or ventilation systems, diagnostic testing and collecting and recording data; Analyzes building energy efficiency levels using energy rating or other modeling software or through other accepted tools and provides reports and documents as well as oral and written recommendations to customers.
- Works closely in partnership with Account Management team to service discreet lines of business and/or specific clients.
- Supports the coordination of activities with other staff, groups, and divisions within VEIC and the DC SEU as is necessary to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: (Minimum education, experience, technical and communication skill levels and licenses/certificates normally required to perform the duties of this position.)
- Strong personal commitment to the mission, vision, goals and values of VEIC and the DC SEU.
- Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical, electrical or related engineering field plus.
- Minimum of five years’ experience analyzing commercial or institutional energy use, identifying opportunities for energy improvements, and assisting customers.
- Good Understanding of Energy efficiency goals/policies of District of Columbia. Knowledge of relevant energy codes and standards and demonstrated leadership internally and externally in at least one significant area of technical and/or financial expertise.
- Experience in building energy audits of multifamily/commercial buildings and experience with building commissioning is preferred.
- Strong understanding of buildings, facilities and/or manufacturing systems, building energy use, building construction, and energy analysis techniques. Experience with large scale commercial/institutional facilities a plus.
- Demonstrated and applied understanding of negotiations skills, financial analysis and business strategies.
- Demonstrated success in handling multiple, concurrent project’s as it relates to project management, construction management and building long-term customer relationships.
- Experienced with building energy modeling tools, spreadsheet, word processing and database software.
- Strong interpersonal skills and competent written and oral communications skills and ability to apply them within a team environment.
- Demonstrated ability to be organized, detail-oriented, accurate, and able to track progress to ensure timely involvement in multiple projects of moderate size and complexity and associated tasks and competing priorities in a dynamic and fast paced environment.
- Willingly and positively adapt to new situations, processes and innovation; ability to adapt style to meet the needs of stakeholders and/or the organization.
- Must be able to work independently and use sound decision making practices while maintaining high level organizational goals.
- Certifications/Licenses such as LEED AP, CEM, CMVP preferred.
- District of Columbia Resident strongly preferred.
WORKING CONDITIONS: (Typical working conditions associated with this type of work and environmental hazards, if any, that may be encountered in performing the duties of this position.)
Internal- Work is normally performed in climate-controlled office environment, where exposure to conditions of extreme heat/cold, poor ventilation, fumes and gases is very limited. Noise level is moderate and includes sounds of normal office equipment (computers, telephones, etc.). No known environmental hazards are encountered in normal performance of internal job duties. Currently, work is remote due to pandemic and is re-evaluated on a quarterly basis.
External- Work requires moderate to extensive travel (2 – 4 days per week) throughout the District to visit sites where efficiency measures are possible, proposed or installed. Very limited travel outside of the state is required. Site visits may include entry into existing residential and light commercial buildings or construction sites. Site visits may involve examination of mechanical or electrical systems and/or processes, as well as building components. Site visits are considered on a case by case basis during the pandemic.
Moderate exposure to heat/cold, poor ventilation, building material and finishing product off-gases and particulates (fiberglass fibers and sheet-rock dust). Limited exposure to other air-borne contaminants such as mold spores and animal frey. Dust masks are provided for tasks that may result in particulate exposure.
Noise level is moderate and includes sounds of diagnostic equipment, and may include building construction noises (hammering, air compressors, and heavy equipment such as tractors and forklifts.)
Known environmental hazards may be encountered including suspected asbestos containing insulation. Disturbance and handling of such material is not required and appropriate precautions and training is made per OSHA guidelines.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical effort generally associated with this position.)
Work involves standing and walking for brief periods of time, but many duties are performed from a seated position. There is potential for eyestrain from reading detailed materials and computer screen. Deadlines, workloads during peak periods and changing priorities may cause increased stress levels. Work may include occasional pushing, pulling, or carrying objects weighing approximately 40 pounds such as files, documents, and some equipment. Work normally requires finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination to operate computer keyboards at a moderate skill level. Repetitive motion injuries may occur. Company will provide adaptive devices as needed.
External work involves travel in reliable employee provided transportation, inspecting and crawling in confined spaces such as attics and crawlspaces as well as climbing ladders. Carrying of testing equipment weighing approximately 50 pounds is required.