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Energy Manager, City of Somerville

Full Time • Posted July 10

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Job Description

The City of Somerville is a leader in both climate change action and data-driven, efficient government services.  The City has created the new Position of Energy Manager to lead the reduction greenhouse gas emissions from City operations and bring new expertise in energy conservation and data management.  In its 2018 climate action plan, Somerville Climate Forward, the City set a commitment to lead by example on carbon reductions in its City operations, over 80% of which come from the City’s buildings. 

The Energy Manager’s primary focus will be on energy management and operations in the City’s portfolio of 30 buildings, but the position will also include responsibilities in ongoing and future development projects and vehicle fleet.  The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of best practices in the field of energy management and is eager to bring Somerville to a world-class level of energy efficiency.  As a member of the Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE), the Energy Manager will report directly to the Director of OSE and will work closely with the Department of Public Works, Finance Department, and SomerStat, among others. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, implement, and oversee program to reduce energy usage in the City’s buildings portfolio. Identify energy conservation measures (ECMs), prepare financial analyses, and implement and/or oversee contractor implementation.
  • Develop behavior change initiative to reduce energy consumption by building occupants.
  • Measure impact of ECMs and behavior change initiatives.
  • Manage the City’s energy data (currently in MassEnergyInsight). 
  • Identify building management system improvements and analyze data outputs. Serve as City lead for building management system expertise. 
  • Develop policy for net-zero carbon and net-zero carbon-ready municipal buildings.
  • Provide technical input on energy efficiency on new construction and major renovation projects for municipal buildings.
  • Work with the Somerville Department of Public Works (DPW) to oversee work of energy contractors and ensure efficient and complete delivery of services.
  • Work with DPW Buildings & Grounds staff to develop energy efficient operations by diagnosing system vulnerabilities, researching best practices and proposing solutions.
  • Assist the Purchasing Department, DPW, and OSE with the procurement of electricity and other sources of energy, potentially including renewable energy.  
  • Manage the City’s solar PV systems.
  • Oversee and expand the City’s demand-response activities.
  • Identify and apply for grants (e.g., Green Communities).
  • As directed, assist the Director of OSE to:  
    • Review new development plans for energy efficiency and LEED compliance
    • Provide input on energy efficiency programs and communications for residential and commercial buildings
    • Assist with energy disclosure programs.
    • Provide input on City’s exploration of internal carbon pricing 


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or environmental engineering, architecture, business or related discipline with five to seven (5-7) years of experience in energy management, mechanical systems design, construction, and/or maintenance, or related work experienceor any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Master’s degree preferred but not required. Previous experience as an energy manager is preferred.

Special Requirements

Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional, LEED, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager and/or Certified Energy Auditor certifications are preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Demonstrated mastery of the broad range of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that can reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in built structures; knowledge of the principles and practices of building maintenance; knowledge of the principles and practices of effective budgetary management, as well as financial modeling; knowledge of building energy systems including heating, hot water, ventilation, refrigeration and air conditioning systems and related electrical systems including Energy Management Systems (EMS) and controls; a certificate or diploma from a recognized HVAC program is preferred but not required.  Working knowledge of computer hardware and software in support of departmental operations; thorough knowledge of building and accessibility codes and statutes; healthcare knowledge preferred but not required.

Ability: Ability to work independently; ability to manage and/or design energy systems in buildings; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to handle problems effectively in response to day-to-day crises; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to deal appropriately with City employees, City officials, contractors, trade workers and the public. Ability to prioritize projects based on multiple factors, which may include political, financial, public health and safety, etc.

Skill: Skill in coordinating various programs and projects simultaneously; demonstrated skills and experience with energy data management;excellent oral and written communication skills required.

Expected start date September 2019.  Send your resume and cover letter by August 5, 2019 to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]