Arlington County

Arlington, VA United States

Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES), Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management (OSEM), which operates as the County’s core agency for climate mitigation, adaptation programs, and community-facing energy programs is seeking an Energy Program Specialist. The employee will support the design, administration and management of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or clean transportation programs and projects under the County's Community Energy Plan (CEP) and CEP Roadmap with primary responsibility to track and translate Program progress into virtualizations, dashboards and web-based communication.  In addition, the position will serve as the liaison for the County's intra-governmental working group for climate, energy, and resilience.  OSEM seeks a climate/energy specialist with technical skills, implementation experience, and a record of cross-disciplinary innovation.  This is a growth opportunity as the County drives toward aggressive climate, energy, and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

In September 2019, Arlington County adopted an updated CEP that sets defined goals for renewable energy resourcing, smart buildings, decarbonization of transportation, and becoming a carbon-neutral community.  The CEP is updated on a 5-year cycle, to allow for new financial and transactional mechanisms, emerging technologies, increased systems resilience, and an evolution of energy equity.  

Specific duties include:

  • Development, publication, and update of energy, climate, and/or sustainability data dashboards, websites, and other communications tools;
  • Convene and liaise with intra-governmental partners in organizing cross-departmental programs, principles and policies that advance the County's climate, energy and resilience goals;
  • Contributing technical assistance and strategic planning to the climate and energy programs addressing the broader CEP goals, including greenhouse gas reduction goals;
  • Support development and execution of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation programs and projects;
  • Collaborate on planning and implementation strategies for County operations to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2025;
  • Coordinate energy programs and initiatives to reduce the County’s energy consumption; 
  • Support measurement, evaluation, and reporting of metrics that calculate GHG emissions reductions and other CEP/CEP Roadmap milestones, benchmarks, and goals;
  • Support or administer grant project development, application, and execution;
  • Participate in regional, interdepartmental, and community workgroups on energy and sustainability issues;
  • Contribute to development of Bureau-level recommendations for policy and legislation; and 
  • Supporting relationships with Dominion Energy and other utilities.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated experience in climate and energy program metrics, measurement, and reporting and translating data into dashboards, visualizations, websites, and other communications tools;
  • Program experience in energy efficiency (residential/commercial), renewable energy (on-site and off-site), and/or clean transportation;
  • Experience or understanding of equity in climate and energy programming;
  • Familiarity with greenhouse gas inventories, and developing effective reduction strategies and technologies for energy use, buildings, transportation, waste, and other operations; and
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.


Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor’s degree in physical science, engineering, business administration, environmental science, or related area; and
  • Two (2) years of progressive Environmental Planning experience, including developing or managing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and/or clean transportation programs and projects.

Substitution: Additional education may be substituted for experience.
Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related field and experience/credentials in one or more of the following:

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP Credentials, or LEED Green Associate; 
  • Dashboarding tools, e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, and Google Data Studio, and coding dashboards using R Shiny; Energy Building programs and use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager;
  • Cross-departmental (cross-disciplinary) collaboration on energy performance (with government departments and agencies, utilities, third-party developers, stakeholders);
  • Identifying and understanding indicators and impacts of environmental justice and equity in the energy sector; and/or
  • Effective communication and outreach experience with low-to-moderate income, underserved or disadvantaged communities.


Special Requirements

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.

Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff.  In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.


Additional Information

Work hours: Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  May be required to work outside of normal hours and during emergencies regardless of whether some or all County facilities are closed.
The official title for this position is Environmental Management Specialist, Associate.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington’s family friendly benefits click here.
NOTE: This recruitment is open until filled. Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered.

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. 

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Sustainability or Climate Protection Planning
Salary Range
$74,380.80 - $113,651.20 Annually