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Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability in Montgomery County DGS

Job Title  Manager III (Chief, Office of Energy and Sustainability), Grade M3

Location  DGS-EOB 9th Flr

Organization Name  DGS 36 Energy and Sustainability

Closing Date: December 6, 2019

The Department of General Services (DGS) seeks an experienced Manager III to oversee the Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES) and ensure that government operations are led by example with the utmost stewardship of the environment. Montgomery County OES is core to the Montgomery County Executive priority of a greener County and an 80% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2027.

This individual will be responsible for management of a team whose mission is to expand operational efforts, capital projects and public private partnerships focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and maintaining sound financial practices. The portfolio includes direct oversight of the County’s sustainability plans for County operations, energy and utilities management operations and advanced capital energy projects. The selected candidate will also coordinate with other Departments and Agencies on efforts to improve resiliency of public infrastructure, reduce fleet emissions, implement programs to encourage employee behavior changes, and other efforts to promote sustainability practices, improve resiliency and reduce resource use from County operations. This candidate will be responsible for interacting with and advising boards, authorities, utilities, executive and elected officials. The successful candidate will be the DGS go-to person responsible for providing expert advice in energy and sustainability practices.

The candidate will be responsible for oversight and management of operational programs, capital projects and public private partnerships (P3). Capital projects include large scale energy efficiency retrofits of County buildings and properties, and installation of electric vehicle charging stations. P3s include negotiated Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for renewable energy installations, microgrids and microgrid ready projects. Operations include the development of energy management plans, energy purchasing and utility bill processing and verification. The successful candidate will also be responsible for overseeing the development of annual reports, websites and social media to bolster awareness of the County’s efforts and provide transparency to the general public.

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in supervising and managing staff in both a union and non-union work environment, including experience in managing performance appraisals and achieving goals with a diverse workforce. The candidate will be comfortable making presentations to community groups and Department Directors, as well as presentations to the County Executive and the County Council.

Prospective applicants should have a proven track record navigating the procurement, legal and technical elements of implementing energy programs and sustainability projects in a government context often with limited resources. An expansive knowledge of current trends in energy management, sustainability and resiliency is essential along with the vision to translate these trends into successful projects. Prospective applicants should have experience with performance management and lean government.

Minimum Qualifications 

Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of engineering or architecture, capital project management, and the management of professional and non-professional staff.

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.


Preferred Criteria  

The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:

  • Experience managing the development of capital plans for energy projects, negotiating contracts and monitoring projects.
  • Track record developing innovative projects and programs. Experience developing sustainability plans with key performance measures and milestones.
  • Experience preparing and presenting County plans and project information to internal and external stakeholders including regulators, utilities and planning commissions.
  • Experience in the procurement and oversight of professional consulting firms and construction companies for successful implementation of the projects.
  • Experience in leading, supervising, coordinating and directing a team of professional and nonprofessional staff representing diverse disciplines, both Union and non-Union.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Samples of authored works may be requested.
  • Qualification as a Certified Energy Manager, USGBC LEED Accredited Professional or similar credential.

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