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Building Energy Benchmarking & Tune-up Program Associate (Temporary)

Seattle Municipal Tower Seattle, WA 98104
United States

Buildings have a major impact on almost every aspect of Seattle's environment. Approximately 33% of Seattle's core greenhouse gas emissions stem from energy used in buildings. To address the critical area of energy use in existing buildings, the City of Seattle has enacted mandatory energy benchmarking and tune-up requirements. These policies will help Seattle buildings reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions to support Seattle's Climate goals. The City of Seattle, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan, is aiming for a 39% reduction in building-related emissions by 2030 and an 82% reduction by 2050.

The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) is seeking a Program Associate (Temporary) to support implementation of the building energy benchmarking and tune-up policies. You will work with building owners and their representatives, local stakeholders, federal agencies, and members of the real estate and utility sectors to assist in implementing the benchmarking and tune-up ordinances to increase public awareness and compliance with policy requirements. You will manage the benchmarking database, define and guide IT enhancements, conduct building energy data analysis and provide customer support as needed.

For additional information on the benchmarking and tune-up regulations, visit:

About Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment
OSE was established as an executive office in 2000 to lead environmental policies and programs. With a staff of 20, OSE designs, coordinates, and pilots leading edge policies and programs to achieve Seattle's ambitious environmental goals. OSE has a strong commitment to advancing race and social justice through Seattle's environmental work. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranks Seattle 5th in the nation for policies and programs advancing energy efficiency. http://www.seattle.gov/environment

Job Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Program Associate will broadly support benchmarking and tune-up program implementation. This position requires strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills, and the ability to both work independently and to collaborate with other OSE programs and partners.

Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

Program outreach and education
- Participate in the development of guidance to instruct building owners and their representatives on procedures and documentation required to comply with the new tune-up regulation.
- Maintain benchmarking and tune-up training materials (how-to-guide, checklists, FAQ's, etc.)
- Advise building owners and property managers on program goals, requirements, and compliance obligations.
- Develop, maintain, and manage the production of program outreach materials (Website, fact sheets, presentations, case studies, e-news, blogs, weekly reports, etc.)
- Assist in the development of media campaigns including press releases, editorials, articles etc.
- Support and conduct speaking engagements involving national and local trade, professional, owner and manager organizations as well as other interested stakeholder groups.
- Assist with implementing outreach plans to encourage action and showcase data analysis results (Annual report, scorecards, articles etc).
- Conduct administrative tasks (editing, mailing coordination and outreach budget tracking).

Compliance support
- Assist with annual production of notification, reminder and warning letters to facilitate compliance.
- Provide benchmarking technical assistance as needed to help building owners and managers annually comply.
- Assist in responding to non-routine requests for interpreting benchmarking & tune-up program compliance requirements.
- Perform research to address questions escalated from technical support staff.

Data management, disclosure and analysis
- Manage building's database and lead oversight for enhancements with IT department
- Track database and benchmarking technical challenges (Portfolio Manager web services data exchange) and assist in identifying solutions.
- Coordinate with Department of Information Technology, Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, and Seattle Steam to identify and correct recurring errors and implement system solutions.
- Track compliance and generate other data analysis as needed.
- Assist with the development and production of benchmarking data analysis highlights report.
- Oversee tune-ups database development and benchmarking database enhancements to track compliance with new regulation.
- Assist with the transition of the help desk log to MS Dynamics.
- Develop data in a compatible format to annually publish benchmarking data on the Seattle Open Data platform.
- Prepare benchmarking data for annually publishing on a visualization website and/or dashboard.
- Prepare data for annual production of scorecards.
- Provide QAQC of benchmarking and tune-up data as needed.

- Conduct other duties as defined.

Required Qualifications:
Experience: Requires three years of experience in planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation; or other work directly related to City planning and development activities

Education: A baccalaureate degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies, public administration or related field (or a combination of education and/or experience and/or training which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).

Desired Qualifications:
- Five years or more of experience in planning and research related to environmental issues, conservation, energy efficiency program implementation; or other work directly related to City planning and development activities.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Public speaking experience
- Highly organized and efficient
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively
- Data management
- Ability to manage competing deadlines and priorities
- Work flow planning and project management experience
- Problem solving and analytical skills
- Ability to synthesize complex processes into clear, concise instructions
- Familiarity with building sciences and/or energy efficiency in buildings.
- Experience benchmarking buildings using EPA's Portfolio Manager.
- Experience with public outreach, program communication and graphic design.
- An understanding of policy implementation at the state or local level.
- Ability to work with multi-ethnic, multi-racial communities, businesses, colleagues and programs.
- IT project management.

This is a temporary, benefits-eligible position with funding until 2019.

Please Note: The submission of a resume, cover letter and a 1-2 page writing sample is required.


Seattle Municipal Tower Seattle, WA 98104
United States