Energy Program Manager

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Position Information

The Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management (OSEM) within the Department of Environmental Services is seeking a highly skilled technical and programmatic Energy Program Manager with an entrepreneurial sense of emerging energy markets and technologies, to strategically lead climate and energy efficiency renewable programs.  

The OSEM operates as Arlington County’s core agency for climate mitigation and adaptation programs, and a growing portfolio of cross-departmental and community-facing energy programs. Additionally, Arlington County adopted and updated the Community Energy Plan (Download PDF reader) (CEP) 2019 which reflects the climate, energy, and social will of its citizens and businesses.  The CEP sets defined goals for renewable energy resourcing and arriving at a carbon-neutral community, integrates emerging technologies in the transportation and storage sectors, creates a pathway toward energy resilience and introduces energy equity into policy and program design.

Specific duties include:


  • Providing technical assistance and strategic planning to the climate and energy programs which address the broader community greenhouse gas reduction goals;
  • Leading strategic design and development of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and projects with an emphasis on performance and cost-effectiveness;
  • Planning and implementing strategies for County operations to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2025;
  • Organizing utility contract specifications, developing work scopes for energy efficiency projects, and participating in negotiations related to energy efficiency, clean transportation and renewable energy projects;
  • Determining and assessing opportunities for on-site renewable installations at government sites and facilities;
  • Developing, managing and implementing energy programs and initiatives to reduce the county’s energy consumption; 
  • Developing scopes of work for energy efficiency projects including energy performance contracts, budgets, and timelines for projects, and performing return on investment analyses;
  • Conducting regular reviews of energy monitoring, including utility bill payments, account review activities and providing energy-related input into the design and operation of County facilities;
  • Supporting or leading grant project development application and execution;
  • Communicating and improving complex energy concepts to staff, elected officials, and the public through verbal presentations, written memos, position papers, and Board Reports; 
  • Representing the County on regional and state-wide committees and participating in regional, interdepartmental and community work groups on energy and sustainability issues;
  • Addressing VA Assembly proposals and legislation, and statewide utilities commission initiatives;
  • Maintaining relationships with Dominion Energy and other utilities to enhance potential partnerships and future negotiations; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.  
The successful candidate will possess:
  • Demonstrated expertise in renewable energy resources and transactional mechanisms (e.g., power purchase agreements and off-site virtual power purchase agreements, and renewable energy credits);
  • Experience in clean transportation vehicles of various vehicle classes, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • Ability to assess grid demand and load data, knowledge of demand-side management and distributed generation;
  • Familiarity with greenhouse gas inventories and developing effective reduction strategies that align with energy, buildings, transportation, renewables and other optimization and conservation measures and technologies;
  • Familiarity with state and national energy regulation and legislation;
  • Experience with national or state programs, including ARRA, Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants, and carbon tax-funded grant programs;
  • Familiarity with design and installation of energy efficient system modifications;
  • Experience developing operational procedures, detailed reports and proposed legislation;
  • Experience with energy accounting, including benchmarking, weather adjustments, and consideration of utility rate schedules; and
  • Experience supporting calculation of cost effectiveness, rates of return, and consideration of future energy price escalations.


Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in environmental science, physical sciences, engineering, planning, or related field, plus three years of experience in environmental planning, environmental management, energy efficiency and renewable energy programs or related program areas. 

Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in related field and experience/certification(s) in one or more of the following;
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers;
  • Driving regional partnerships with other local governments, utilities and/or private-sector stakeholders;
  • Identifying and understanding indicators and impacts of environmental justice and equity in the energy sector;
  • Effective communication and outreach experience with low-to-moderate income, underserved or disadvantaged communities; and
  • Energy procurement and contracting skills.

Special Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record. A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted.  It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information. 

Additional Information

Work hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday, may include some weekend and evening work. Currently teleworking under COVID-19 practices and policies.

The official title for this position is Environmental Management Specialist, Principal.
Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous" with a preferred filing date of March 29, 2021. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered.

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