DEPARTMENT: Operations Administration
UNION/GRADE: NU/Grade 14
Provides management of Energy Management Unit. Responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive Energy Management Plan. Oversees MWRA's renewable energy portfolio, energy efficiency initiatives, and cost reduction programs and contracts related to the operations of MWRA facilities. The position will play a central role within the agency, providing coordination and communication with MWRA management and staff, as well as outside agencies and regulators, to ensure the continued success of these programs.
Works under the general supervision of the Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
Provides matrix supervision of the Program Manager, Energy Management; Program Manager, Energy and Environmental Management; and Project Engineer, and other staff as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develops and oversees implementation of a Comprehensive Energy Management Plan.
Stays abreast of energy-related federal, state and local regulations, and energy markets to minimize MWRA energy costs and reduce MWRA's greenhouse gas footprint.
Works closely with the Director of Planning and Sustainability to establish energy policies consistent with MWRA's mission, and Business and Master Plans.
Oversees and directs MWRA and consultant staff in the execution of projects related to energy supply for all MWRA facilities, including power and/or combined heat and power generation, transmission and distribution, and fuel supply.
Coordinates energy management team with representation from variety of MWRA Departments.
Oversees MWRA's renewable energy portfolio, and manages Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) Contracts for renewable energy certificates (RECs).
Recommends new renewable energy projects and oversees the development of the planning and design phases of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects including feasibility and operational impact reports, detailed plans and specifications, permitting, work schedules, technical assistance, progress review and evaluation.
Oversees management of new projects from development of scope of services, specifications, cost estimates, work schedules, through negotiations, and preparations of contract award recommendations. Oversees compliance with contract budgets, schedules and terms.
Oversees management of ongoing energy contracts.
Oversees the development of energy management budget. Seeks out and identifies grant funding opportunities related to energy-related infrastructure, projects, and studies.
Oversees the management of energy-related data including collection, evaluation and summary of energy usage, costs, savings, and variables impacting them.
Directs and oversees the developments energy conservation programs. Such programs include: (a) a method for evaluating what level of energy conservation is cost-effective for particular facilities; (b) facility energy conservation plans; and (c) a priority list for energy conservation projects.
Recommends agency, program or division energy policy by analyzing cost, operational and environmental impacts of proposed policy on division projects.
Represents MWRA and coordinates projects with communities, government agencies, professional organizations and other MWRA departments. Oversees the provision of technical information and assistance. Addresses professional and community groups, initiates outreach projects as required, and acts as liaison with representatives of other agencies.
Oversees the preparation of and reviews, as necessary, staff summaries to the Board of Directors.
Ensures compliance with MWRA policies, procedures and directives, and regulatory requirements and applicable engineering standards. Ensures all activities are coordinated with operation staff, MWRA divisions and outside concerns as appropriate.
Serves on MWRA consultant selection committees as requested.
Oversees personnel management. Ensures that major initiatives and policy changes are properly communicated to all staff. Identifies needed improvements to work practices and works with Operations Management and Labor Relations staff to bring about changes.
Identifies organizational needs and proposes re-organization plans to address changing needs.
Oversees staff productivity monitoring and continual improvement through staff skills development, strategic planning, standard operating procedures (SOP) improvements and research and implementation of technology advances.
Reviews assigned employees' performance per MWRA procedures.
Assists in maintaining harmonious labor management relations through proper applications of collective bargaining agreement provisions and established personnel policies.
Education and Experience:
A Bachelor's degree in environmental, civil or mechanical engineering or related field required; Master's degree in public policy, public administration, planning, environmental, civil or mechanical engineering with a focus on energy/sustainability preferred; and
Ten (10) or more years of experience in the area of energy management related to complex industrial/wastewater/water facilities, with at least 4 years in a supervisory capacity; or
Any equivalent combination of education or experience.
Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of energy markets at the state and federal level.
Knowledge of equipment energy demand principles, energy production systems and their impacts on plant performance and budgets.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations related to energy.
Outstanding computer skills to include proficiency with MS Office Suite including MS Project and statistical data analysis packages.
Demonstrated excellent organizational, written, and verbal communication skills.
A valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
May be required to respond after hours on an as needed basis for issues that develop as this position is ultimately responsible for oversight of MWRA's renewable energy operations, including wind turbine operations.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Office machines as normally associated with the use of telephone, personal computer including word processing, databases and other software, copy machine and fax machine. Field equipment used may include flashlight, tape measure, air, water and soil sampling equipment and sampling containers, and various hand held measuring devices such as LEL meters.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle or operate objects, including office equipment and controls, and reach with hands and arms, and unroll plans. The employee is also required to stand, walk and be able to climb staging and or ladders as associated with construction site visits in order to see facilities, associated equipment, and observe conditions, record information, and collect samples or take meter readings. In addition, the employee will need to be able to lift and carry reports, proposals and project files.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee would encounter performing the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job the employee works in an office environment as well as working in the field, at facilities, construction sites, or pipelines and easements.
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.
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