Building Emissions Performance Standard Technical Advisor

  • Full Time
  • Seattle, WA
  • Salary Range: $91,000 - $137,000
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Apr 24, 2024

City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment

Position Description

THE DEPARTMENT

The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) develops and implements citywide environmental policies and programs that propel our city toward a sustainable, equitable, and carbon neutral future.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

OSE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The sustainability and environmental fields have often failed to reflect the experiences and identities of people affected by their decisions and outcomes, including Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Immigrants, Refugees, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. All applicants are welcome, and in particular we strongly encourage people with these identities or from other marginalized communities to apply.

THE CONTEXT

Seattle recently passed a new climate law, the Building Emissions Performance Standard (BEPS).   The law focuses on emissions reduction or “decarbonization” and establishes greenhouse gas emissions targets that larger existing nonresidential and multifamily buildings must meet over the next two to three decades. The policy is projected to reduce city-wide building emissions 27% by 2050, making it one of the most impactful climate actions Seattle is taking. This law, and the success of this program, will have a real and lasting effect on Seattle’s climate future and climate justice.

 

Job Responsibilities

THE JOB

OSE is recruiting a BEPS Technical Advisor to join the growing BEPS team.  This is an opportunity to take part in cutting edge work to combat the climate crisis.  In this role, you will use your subject matter expertise and collaborative skills to develop technical requirements during the rulemaking process, which will clarify the new legislation’s requirements for building owners and service providers (e.g., what the City will require in emissions reports and decarbonization plans). You’ll also recommend and develop technical content for materials to help building owners and operators comply with the BEPS requirements and develop compliance process workflows for internal use.

We are looking for applicants with significant experience and technical expertise in building energy efficiency, decarbonization analysis and strategies, building energy audits, as well as the ability to work with and communicate clearly and respectfully with a diverse range of private, nonprofit and institutional building owners, and facility managers and energy service providers.  You will rely on these communication skills throughout the rulemaking and program development process, ensuring that those impacted have opportunities to provide feedback and can understand the compliance options available.  And you will rely on your technical skills and subject matter expertise to address and respond to complex compliance questions from service providers and owners.

 

Your key responsibilities will be:

Leadership and Technical Advisory Role for Rulemaking and Program Development

Act as OSE’s and the BEPS team’s energy efficiency, retrofit and building decarbonization subject matter expert during the rulemaking process.
Interact with a diverse range of building owners, including key sectors such as commercial real estate, nonprofit affordable housing, and institutions such as schools and hospitals by hearing questions and concerns, and recommending options for consideration. Recommend and develop technical content for tools, training, fact sheets, and other materials to help building owners and operators understand how to reduce emissions and comply with BEPS requirements.
Manage consultant contracts for research and building type case studies.
Compliance Guidance and Oversight

Offer early compliance guidance to service providers, facility managers, and sustainability staff seeking to understand paths to compliance and to resolve technical questions for their building or campus.
Review compliance reports for accuracy and adherence to requirements and advise on best practices and options for equitable resolution of non-compliant reports. Inform BEPS Program Manager and/or leadership as sensitive issues or problems arise.
To be successful in this role, you are committed to:

Climate justice and racial equity.
Approaching this work with a mindset of equity and inclusion to ensure equitable service to the public.
Clear communication and collaboration with BEPS team and stakeholders to ensure results are delivered and building emissions are reduced.
Qualifications
To be effective in this role, you should have experience with:

Program and project management – initiating workflows and processes, meeting deadlines, finding solutions and adjusting appropriately when responding to emerging issues.

Strategic engagement and outreach – engaging with a variety of stakeholders with varying degrees of understanding and differing concerns, listening, level-setting expectations, and offering constructive advice and solutions.

Building energy experience – understanding of building energy efficiency retrofits, decarbonization or electrification, and energy audits, including HVAC and water heating system types in large commercial and multifamily buildings.

Interpretation of codes and standards – referring to and using energy and building codes, building regulations, standards like ASHRAE, or certifications like ENERGY STAR and LEED.

Technical and data analysis – interpreting and/or conducting technical analyses for energy efficiency, building decarbonization/electrification/emissions reduction.

Program support – developing reporting tools and training materials, establishing document review protocols and processes, and creating key performance indicators to measure program success, inform decision-making and recommend program and process improvements.

Program requirements guidance – using good judgment and a measured approach when responding to technical questions, making recommendations, and making decisions about whether a project meets program requirements. Defending decisions to non-technical audiences and leadership.

Communications and presentations –  communicating clearly and concisely in written and oral formats.

 

You also have any one of the following certifications/licenses:

Licensed professional architect or engineer in the State of Washington
Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certified by ASHRAE
Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) certified by AEE
Building Operator Certification (BOC) Level II from Northwest Energy Efficiency Council
Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) certified by an ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012 accredited organization
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) in current standing certified by AEE
Energy Management Professional (EMP) certified by EMA
Candidates with a similar certification to any of the above may also be considered.
Additional Information

Why work at the City?

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.

In addition, to completing the application at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle fully, please attach:

A PDF of your current resume (please be sure to include applicable licenses and certificates)
A cover letter explaining how your experience and skills align with this job
Questions? Please contact Kate Moore at kate.moore@seattle.gov
Who may apply: This position is open to all applicants that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

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