Energy and Sustainability Engineer

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-04-29
Req: R0024090
Facilities Management (FM) supports the University of Virginia's wide range of research, academic and patient care programs. With over 1,200 employees dedicated to excellence, Facilities Management is responsible for the day-to-day operation, repair and maintenance of UVA's buildings, infrastructure and grounds as well as other University-owned and leased properties. Staff in Facilities Management represents our core values of Respect, Diversity, Safety and Sustainability in everything we do.

The UVA Office for Sustainability is seeking an Energy and Sustainability Engineer to contribute to developing solutions to meet university-wide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and overall environmental stewardship. The Energy and Sustainability Engineer focuses on implementing innovative projects that incorporate best practices in sustainability and conservation in the use of energy, water, raw materials, and other resources through retro-commissioning, energy audits and technical analyses. He/she will identify, vet, and implement projects to improve O&M, enhance building automation and energy management systems through field improvements and software programming, ensuring accurate metering and billing, and advocating for sustainability. The incumbent supports the goals of providing consistent, cost-effective, and efficient use of energy and other natural resources by applying expertise and knowledge of building systems to inspect, evaluate, analyze, and solve complex building mechanical, electrical, controls, and plumbing deficiencies. Working independently, the incumbent supports complex and technical energy programs, in addition to providing guidance to colleagues.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supports the design and implementation of innovative and independent conservation projects that incorporate best practices in sustainability and conservation in the use of energy, water, and other resources through retro-commissioning, energy audits and technical analyses
  • Supports the implementation of projects and manages them to completion ensuring schedules are met and disruptions are minimal
  • Calculates conservation (MMBtu, kWh, gallons, tons of materials) and investment (dollars) payback periods to support sustainability initiatives
  • Measures and documents all achievements (metered) or quantified (calculated) and writes or participates in the development of communication materials on programs
  • Identifies, evaluates, recommends, and/or implements sustainability opportunities by reviewing energy, water, and material trends using the building automation/energy management system.
  • Collaborates with clients and provides excellent customer service in resolving customer service inquiries
  • Conducts timely and comprehensive design reviews of sustainability issues for new construction or renovation projects, acting as an owner's representative for sustainability as needed
  • Assists with LEED certification on new construction and provides LEED training and guidance to the University community while serving as a central information source
  • Ensures educational materials for building occupants and maintenance personnel are innovative, positive, and motivating, and support and enhance sustainability goals set for each audited facility
  • Supports training of maintenance personnel on initiatives implemented in their buildings / areas of responsibility
  • Revises and enhances preventive maintenance to support sustainability initiatives
  • Fosters, supports, and guides sustainability efforts by faculty, staff, and students, engaging stakeholders in stewardship programs and projects. Participates in committees or working groups as requested
  • Applies expertise and knowledge of building systems to inspect, evaluate, analyze, and solve complex building mechanical, electrical, controls, and plumbing deficiencies.
  • Supports teams consisting of commissioning, controls, and air balancing expertise; metering, Systems Control, and maintenance personnel, and other subject matter experts are well managed and organized in conducting the audits and implementing improvements
  • Fosters a safe work environment by complying with all OSHA, BOCA, federal, state, and local regulations
  • Organizes, analyzes, and clearly communicate data, metrics and ongoing analysis to assist in quantifying and qualifying progress towards meeting sustainability goals and to support the development, expansion, and creation of University-wide sustainability services and programs - both technical as well as outreach and engagement programs. This includes inventories, projections, and annual reporting for topics such as greenhouse gas, energy, materials/waste, water, nitrogen - university-wide, school/unit, building, and project levels

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, schedule, track, and manage multiple projects exclusively are essential.
  • Technical knowledge of or background in operations and maintenance of engineering principles and systems, including HVAC/mechanical systems or controls is required.
  • Knowledge of the LEED certification process for new and existing buildings is essential.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with and engage diverse groups and develop relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public to promote and educate on sustainability initiatives are required.
  • Familiarity with, or working knowledge of, building energy systems, utility metering metrics, building commissioning processes, measurement and verification processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with large data sets related to energy, emissions, and other sustainability-related metrics, with experience analyzing large data sets
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite. Strong computer skills, with the ability to create advanced spreadsheets, with strong math skills and the ability to perform accurate calculations
  • Demonstrated ability make independent decisions, a high level of initiative, and proactive approaches to problem-solving
  • Attention to detail, organization and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Demonstrated self-starter, analytical skills with ability to use strong problem-solving, strategic thinking, and project coordination skills to organize information
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear manner

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience maintaining and reporting on a greenhouse gas inventory
  • Experience using energy modeling software

Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, sustainable design, or similar field is required. With an engineering degree, a minimum of 2 years' professional experience working in an engineering-related field, designing, constructing, or evaluating building energy systems or controls is essential. A degree in sustainable design or similar non-engineering field will require a minimum of three years' professional experience working in an engineering-related field, designing, constructing, or evaluating building energy systems or controls.
  • Four years of experience with HVAC and controls design or project management is strongly preferred.
  • Certification/registration as a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Associate, LEED Accredited Professional, CEM (Certified Energy Manager), Engineering in Training or ability to become registered as a Professional Engineer is preferred

Budgeted hiring range: $78,000-$80,000, with UVA benefits. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week exempt position. We support workplace flexibility when appropriate but 100% remote work is not possible.

To Apply

Please apply through Workday, and search for "Sustainability and Energy Engineering Specialist.” Complete an application online and include all required documents – including a resume/CV and cover letter. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per University policy. Please no email or phone call inquires. For questions about the application process please contact Michele Jarman,

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time