Energy Analyst - Facilities-18001310

Medford, MA
Jun 15, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

Energy Analyst - Facilities-18001310

It is a fundamental tenet for all employees within the Operations Division to support, engage and enliven discussion, solutions and behaviors that promote university investment in environmentally sustainable yet economically defensible models that balance our stature as a prominent environmental steward with our need to deliver preeminent, cost effective education.

The Department of Facilities Services is responsible for the efficient and cost-effective operations and maintenance of buildings and utility systems, consisting of approximately 5.5 million square feet of space on three campuses (Somerville/Medford, Grafton, Boston and the SMFA).

A broad range of services are provided to support each campus which include the repair and maintenance of the University’s assets, engineering, asset renewal, waste management, event management, care of grounds, janitorial and pest services.

The effective operation of Facilities Services and its Engineering & Utilities Department (E&U) requires close coordination with Campus Planning and Capital Renewal, Capital Programs, The Office of Sustainability, Finance, Procurement, Tufts Shared Services, Business Technology & Process Management, Tufts Technology Services, the Department of Public and Environmental Safety. This collaborative team is committed to developing the highest standards of quality, performance, and service dedicated to continuous improvement across the department.

This position reports to the Director of Engineering who leads the Engineering and Utilities (E&U) Department. The E&U Department manages the University’s production, distribution, conservation, and strategic planning for energy and utilities including electricity, steam, hot water, chilled water, storm and sewer. Infrastructure assets across the University include centralized and distributed boilers, chillers, power generation and heat recovery systems. Using best practices in stewardship, sustainability and efficiency, E&U is responsible for establishing performance criteria, design guidelines and technical standards for building systems, managing campus power plants and horizontal utility infrastructure, measuring and tracking utility consumption data with the goal of reduction, and coordinating with the Purchasing Department in the procurement of energy. E&U is responsible for value added relationships with key industry vendors, equipment and system suppliers, and project development teams helping guide investment in sustainable buildings and utility infrastructure.

Emerging technologies and demand on resources are reshaping our energy use requiring a deeper evaluation of how we measure, control, and optimize its use. In order to accommodate the constantly fluctuating price of energy, this role will also be working closely with energy suppliers, utility companies, and energy consultants to help the University develop policies that purchase energy in an economically efficient manner, while managing risk and price volatility. The Energy Analyst utilizes the data collected from plant management systems, building automation systems, metering systems, and the utility bills to perform administrative and budgeting functions associated with purchase and distribution of electricity, city water, natural gas, chilled water, steam, hot water, fuel oil and propane. The University has invested in a Utility Bill Management platform to support the Energy Analyst in validating and processing the large volume of utility bill data which is monitored for variances and deviations.

The Energy Analyst uses these sources of data to help our internal and external clients better understand their energy usage, emissions, and operating costs by hosting this data in various formats, reports and dashboards. This supports Facilities Services with fault detection, troubleshooting equipment issues, systems optimization opportunities, and energy audits. The Energy Analyst will also host data to support project planning strategies, project performance measurement, and verification of energy models. Through data analyses, reporting, and dashboard development, the Energy Analyst will bridge information gaps that will enhance the University’s abilities to meet energy, sustainability, and resiliency goals.

Basic Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Engineering, or closely related discipline; and 5-7 years of experience.
  • Job related experience in a similar role may be may be substituted for experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to make quick and sound economic judgments based upon dynamic market conditions and tight operating deadlines.
  • Ability to perform financial analyses and communicate the results in a clear and concise manner in writing and in meetings.
  • Ability to assume ownership of and provide leadership for significant projects, possibly in a client-facing role.
  • Willing and able to rapidly learn new modeling and software platforms.
  • Willing and eager to work on a variety of energy-related models and analyses.
  • Knowledge of power and natural gas market.
  • Experience with negotiations and project coordination.
  • Ability to make decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to handle confidential employee and administrative information with tact and discretion.
  • Self-starter focused on continuous improvements and executing transformative change.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks based on deadlines and project requirements.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of interstate natural gas and power transmission systems.
  • Knowledge of rate design and utility billing structure.
  • Knowledge of relevant building energy codes, green building rating systems, and ASHRAE standards.
  • Experience creating energy data using engineering software such as eQuest, Cradle, Ecotect, Trane TRACE, EnergyPlus, IES, Sefaria will be considered.
  • EIT, LEED AP and/or Energy Management experience will be considered.
  • Job related experience at an institute of higher education.
  • Certified Energy Manager or Certified Energy Auditor experience will be considered.
  • Certified Public Accountant, Energy Risk Manager or similar background will be considered.
  • Experience working with the MassSave Program for Combined Heat & Power Systems will be considered.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Required to be on site during emergency situations related to weather and/or man made such as power outages and scheduled utility shut downs.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Facilities
Organization: Facilities Medford - Trades A
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: May 30, 2018, 12:24:45 PM


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