GREEN BUILDING MANAGER - ENERGY & CLIMATE

Arlington County

Arlington, VA United States

Position Information

The Services’ 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 a Program Manager to lead its Building Design for Energy and Climate ProgramThe employee will assume primary responsibilities for implementation and cyclical updates of the County’s Green Building Bonus Density Program, Affordable Housing and Energy Performance, and other initiatives and site plan review such as those for passive housing and zero-net-energy buildings. This energy professional is expected to manage several energy programs, provide primary technical assistance to peers, and provide strategic planning to the climate and energy programs addressing the broader community greenhouse gas reduction goals.
 
In September 2019, Arlington County adopted an updated Community Energy Plan (CEP) that sets defined goals for renewable energy resourcing and arriving at a carbon-neutral community, integrates dramatic transition and emerging technologies in the transportation and storage sectors, creates a pathway toward energy resilience, and introduces energy equity into policy and program design.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Site plan review for new construction under the Green Building Bonus Density Program;
  • Supervise outside consultants providing professional services related to the Green Bonus Density Program, such as annual building benchmarking;
  • Collaborate on planning and implementation strategies for County buildings and operations to achieve building and transportation electrification benchmarks and standards;
  • Manage or collaborate with colleagues across multiple County departments on green, sustainable, passive and net zero energy building construction and improvements for County sites and facilities including Affordable and Special Needs Housing;
  • Collaborate with peers who develop and manage the County’s analytics and measurement program to define methodologies and metrics for measuring the positive impact of green, sustainable, passive, and net zero energy buildings on greenhouse gas emissions reductions and other Community Energy Plan goals;
  • Review scopes of work and conduct return on investment analyses for energy efficiency projects and energy performance contracts, budgets, and project timelines;
  • Support or lead grant project development, application, and execution;
  • Communicate complex energy concepts in an accessible way to staff, elected officials, and the public through verbal presentations, written memos and position papers, and Board Reports;
  • Represent the County on regional and state-wide committees, and participate in regional, interdepartmental, and community work groups on energy- and climate-performance building design and construction issues; and
  • Comment on VA Assembly proposals and legislation and statewide utilities commission initiatives.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated background/expertise in LEED and other building performance certification programs;
  • Professionally demonstrated technical, analytic, and urban development skills using Building Science, Green Building, Living Building Challenge, and Passive Building design, preferably enhanced with experience in promoting Net-Zero Energy Building design;
  • Working knowledge of clean transportation vehicles of various vehicle classes, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure as they relate to building design and construction;
  • Familiarity with building design and improvement impacts on greenhouse gas inventories, and developing effective reduction strategies that align with the building sector; and
  • Excellent communications skills.

 

 

Selection Criteria

Minimum:

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, architecture, urban planning, energy engineering, or a related field; and
  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in the area of developing and/or reviewing building design and construction for LEED, energy-performance (including energy efficiency, renewable energy, storage, EVSE, demand-response and/or automated building systems), sustainability measures and passive or net-zero energy design. 

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience can be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. A Master's Degree in environmental science, architecture, urban planning, energy engineering, or a related field may be substituted for up to 2 years of above listed experience. 

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • LEED AP Credentials;
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification;
  • Master’s degree in environmental science, physical science, architecture, urban planning, engineering,  or a related field;
  • Experience driving regional partnerships with other local governments, utilities, or private-sector stakeholders; and/or
  • Experience identifying and understanding indicators and impacts of environmental justice and equity in the energy sector.

 

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.

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, 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 recruitment is open until filled with a preferred filling date of 2/15/22. 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. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
None Selected
Specialty
Sustainability or Climate Protection Planning
Salary Range
$88,212.80 - $134,742.40 Annually