The mission of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. CEO develops and implements programming to support that mission and achieve outcomes within Colorado's energy sectors. The Building Innovation and Energy Finance (BDFI) Unit is responsible for CEO's efforts to provide cost-effective energy services and financing to advance innovative energy solutions for buildings and facilities.
Description of Job
The Technical Specialist provides technical support and coaching to program participants in the Building Innovation and Energy Finance Unit. Primarily, he/she works in Energy performance contracting (EPC) which is a financing tool used to pay for energy and water efficiency improvements through annual utility savings and is a significant driver of energy saving projects in the public sector across the state. He/she will support multiple program initiatives including continuous improvement of program delivery, expansion of EPC to new vertical markets, and outreach to public jurisdictions and other program stakeholders. In addition to EPC, this position provides key technical support to other programs at CEO in the BDFI unit, including industrial, financial, agricultural, and K-12 markets.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide technical support to EPC program clients: preparation of feasibility studies; aid in the preparation and review of procurement documents including RFP/Qs; technical review and comment on investment grade audit reports, measurement and verification plans/reports, and post-installation reports; support throughout construction and commissioning; and coaching and guiding program participants through the process.
Track and manage EPC project metrics, documents, timelines, requirements, and critical project notes in SalesForce-based portfolio management platform; support analysis of archived data and new project metrics and reporting on progress toward goals, milestones, and program impact.
Provide technical support to the EPC team including updates to program contracts, processes/protocols, guidance documents, and collateral materials.
Develop and maintain effective relationships with program stakeholders including public agencies, building engineers, consultants, ESCOs, Office of the State Architect, and CEO staff.
Act as a spokesperson for EPC, providing introductory presentations to potential participants, post-implementation presentations to client leadership, facilitating meetings and working groups, presenting at public meetings and technical conferences, and representing CEO in technical organizations and associations.
Provide technical support to EPC markets under development, including public water and wastewater systems as well as private sector commercial buildings; lead technical improvements to the program that ensure it remains a national leader and is responsive to a changing market.
Provide technical support to existing and new programs and initiatives including the Industrial Strategic Energy Management Program, K-12 market, and Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency Programs; contribute to the development and launch of new programs and initiatives.
Conduct research on a variety of energy-related issues and technologies as needed.
Assist in the development of programming work plans, associated contracts, and the proposal of corresponding annual state and federal budgets.
Help develop, monitor, and report on progress toward program operational measures and goals.
Help promote data-driven decision making through the collection and utilization of program data.
Participate in the evaluation of program outcomes and propose changes to the Unit Director for program improvements and to support the annual strategic planning process.
Coordinate with the Unit Director and team members on strategic program outreach.
Adheres to all health and safety policies in the planning and execution of activities.
Maintain positive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders within the market area.
Abide by office policies and procedures in a manner that ensures fiscal responsibility and promotes efficient, effective and elegant government.
Uses word processing, spreadsheet, database, and scheduling software applications to prepare correspondence, plans, reports, schedules, and other documents related to the project.
Assist other CEO departments in carrying out unit and office wide priorities.
Participates in and travels as necessary to designated events and conferences in support of office programming.
Other duties as requested and required.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Three years of direct professional experience working with commercial building mechanical systems and equipment in the areas of energy or mechanical engineering, energy management, energy auditing, building systems analysis, or a related field.
Bachelor's degree in energy, electrical or mechanical engineering. Other engineering disciplines or related fields including architecture and construction or facilities management will be considered if combined with direct experience in building mechanical systems and equipment as noted above.
Thorough understanding of commercial building mechanical systems and equipment with demonstrated experience reviewing, commenting on, and QA/QC of technical documents such as energy audits and feasibility studies.
Demonstrates a high level of initiative as well as the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Strong time management and organization skills.
Strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills.
Dedication to providing quality customer service
Working knowledge of energy performance contracting preferred, with the ability to communicate and translate technical information to a variety of stakeholders and clients, including facilities, financial and sustainability staff, building occupants, and executive leadership.
Working knowledge of International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP) as well as the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) standard procedures and guidelines for measurement and verification preferred.
Experience collecting, tracking, and analyzing utility bill data for use in annual reporting, facility benchmarking and annual budgeting preferred.
CEM preferred, but not required
Colorado registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) preferred, but not required.
A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.
We offer a generous benefits package including:
• Annual leave accrued at 13.33 hours per month
• Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Medical and dental plans
• State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
• Choice of 2 retirement plans
• 401K and 457 plans
• State paid Short Term Disability coverage
• Additional optional life and disability plans
• Credit Union Membership
• RTD pass
• Training and professional development
To learn more about State of Colorado benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits
Conditions of Employment: Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.
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