Description of Work
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work site for this position may be remote/virtual on a temporary basis until it is determined that this position will report to a permanent office location when conditions allow. This position, if remote, may require attendance at designated workplace meetings or in the performance of business at various on-site locations.
Salary Grade: GN14
Recruitment Range: $64,519 – $70,000
The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is to provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is the lead stewardship agency for the protection of North Carolina’s environmental resources. The organization, which has offices from the mountains to the coast, administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public’s health, and also works to advance an all-of-the-above energy strategy that fits North Carolina’s needs. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state’s school system. DEQ touches the lives of all North Carolinians in many ways to enhance and ensure our quality of life. To learn more about the Department of Environmental Quality please visit our website at http://deq.nc.gov.
State Energy Office Information:
The State Energy Office (SEO) serves as the agent of energy policy and energy program development to ensure a sustainable energy future for the citizens of North Carolina. SEO provides services and technical expertise focused on energy efficiency, encourages the growth and development of the state’s energy economy, works to increase the use of renewable energy and alternative fuels, provides home weatherization services to low income residents, and serves as the principal source of information for energy focus areas. SEO also provides staffing for the state Energy Policy Council. The Utility Savings Initiative (USI) supports energy efficiency in public buildings by assisting North Carolina governmental units manage the use and cost of electricity, water and other utilities in their facilities. To learn more about the State Energy Office, please visit our website at https://deq.nc.gov/energy-climate/energy.
This position provides senior-level technical and advisory expertise for the USI program, performance contracting assistance, and grant programs management for public sector organizations in assigned region(s). This position provides services to state agencies, universities, community colleges, K-12 public schools, and local governments across the state. It provides training and guidance to energy managers on all facets of energy management, including strategic energy planning, rate review, performance contracting, technical workshops, and conservation awareness. Responsibilities include the following:
Engineering Review, Decision Making & Analysis:
- Evaluate assigned projects and report findings to the State Energy Director.
- Conduct site visits to perform project assessment and determine project viability through engineering audits of architectural, mechanical, electrical, control, metering, and process systems.
- Travel to in-state facilities and monitor projects to assure compliance with contract documents, General Statutes, and NC Administrative Code.
- Review assigned performance contracts to assure that proposals are evaluated by a third party engineer, an agency engineer or the Department of Administration’s State Construction Office.
- Assure that assigned performance contracts include a measurable reduction in fuel costs, energy costs, water costs or operating costs for proposals that are evaluated. Assess that project savings have not been inflated in order to meet payback requirements of the contract.
- Document and promptly alert the State Energy Director of any concerns or irregularities identified with respect to a performance contract.
- Participate in the development and implementation of the USI strategic plan.
- Participate in weekly meetings to maintain effective communication with USI members.
- Prioritize and execute assignments to meet statutory requirements, goals, and objectives of program.
- Conduct training for public employee energy managers for all facets of energy management, including strategic energy planning, rate review, performance contracting, technical workshops, and conservation awareness.
- Provide technical expertise and deliver services to ensure that:
- Governmental units are assisted to identify energy and water efficiency measures, optimize utility rates, and implement conservation measures.
- Collection of data and data analysis is performed to (determine effectiveness of the programs), and periodic progress reports are made to management.
Technical Assistance, Reviews, Research and Promotion:
- Provide engineering and technical expertise to governmental units to calculate energy and water consumption; evaluate existing equipment, operations, maintenance and processes; and recommend short- and long-term improvements.
- Evaluate new technologies, processes, and products for applicability to the program.
- Research topics as requested by legislators, contractors, state and federal entities, and general consumers for recommendations.
- Assist in promoting the objectives of the USI program and educating both target audiences and the public through presentations, exhibits and the preparation of written materials, such as fact sheets, articles, and papers.
Communicate in written and oral form regarding the USI program. This includes reporting; oral presentations to Boards or other entities; preparation; tracking and analysis of reports or data; and assist in the preparation of USI budget.
The work schedule for this position is Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and may require working beyond normal work schedule to meet the business need. This position is physically located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wake County.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
***To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. ***
Qualified applicants must possess an application that clearly reflects work experience
that demonstrates the following:
- Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Demonstrated experience with energy efficiency and conservation technologies, processes, procedures & products.
- Ability to evaluate and approve moderately complex program/project specifications for completeness, compatibility, compliance with engineering principles, standards, codes and design needs.
- Ability to prioritize and execute assignments to meet statutory requirements, goals, and objectives of program.
- Ability to evaluate assigned projects and report findings to management.
- Ability to provide engineering and technical expertise to governmental units to calculate energy and water consumption.
- Ability to deliver reports, spreadsheets, letters, and other written materials as requested and required by legislation.
- Provide timely responses to inquiries from the governor’s office, legislators, fiscal research, other state agencies, and the general public.
Applicant must meet both the Minimum Education and Experience Requirements and all posted Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies requirements to be considered Qualified for the position.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field of engineering from an appropriately accredited institution and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Necessary Special Qualification
May require registration as a professional engineer by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors.
Supplemental and Contact Information
To apply for this position, please click the APPLY button. All relevant experience must be included on the application to receive proper credit. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit. “See Resume” or “See Attachment” will NOT be accepted.
If multiple applications are submitted by an applicant to an individual position, only the most recent application received prior to the posting closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Applicants requesting and / or receiving an accommodation via the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax but must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Persons eligible for veteran preference must upload a copy of Form DD-214 and attach to the application. Persons eligible for RIF priority must upload their letter of notification and attach to the application. This applies to those employees that are subject to Articles 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 of G.S. 126. This does not include employees of the legislative and judicial branches, the public school and community college systems, or other employees that are exempt from these Articles of the Human Resources Act.
DEQ uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For technical issues with your
application, please call the NEOGOV Help Line at 855-524-5627.
For additional information, please contact:
Phone & Fax: 919-707-8434