The Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (“DCAS”) Division of Energy Management (“DEM”) serves as the hub for energy management for City government operations. Today, we develop the City’s annual Heat, Light, and Power Budget; manage the City’s electricity, natural gas, and steam accounts; help our agency partners identify and pursue energy-saving opportunities at their buildings; do energy efficiency and clean power generation projects across the City’s portfolio; and implement operations and maintenance (O&M) best practices.
DEM is tasked with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (“GHG”) by 80 percent by 2050 from a 2005 baseline (“80x50”). As part of the Climate Mobilization Act, the City also recently set new targets to reduce emissions from City government operations by 40 percent by 2025 (“40x25”) and by 50 percent by 2030 (“50x30”). To meet these goals, DEM is committed to collaborating very closely with our agency partners to help them achieve major emissions reductions in their buildings. We are actively working to provide them with the energy efficiency and clean energy project funding, project delivery vehicles, technical expertise, staff resources, strategic planning support, and data analytics that they need to succeed.
The Deputy Director – Strategic Planning will work in the Strategic Planning Unit, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Commissioner – Strategic Planning, with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. DEM’s Strategic Planning Unit plays a critical role in structuring and advancing DEM’s overall work, effectively operating as an in-house consultant. In addition, the Strategic Planning Unit directly manages DEM’s agency outreach efforts; DEM’s major training program, the Energy Management Institute (“EMI”); and DEM’s Agency Energy Personnel (“AEP”) Program, through which DEM provides funding to agency partners to hire dedicated in-house energy management professionals.
Specifically, this person will be charged with the following responsibilities:
- Supporting program development, management, and transformation across the division: The person will contribute to program development and refinement both within the Strategic Planning Unit and across the broader division. As part of these efforts, the person will assist in budget management, performance tracking, and reporting activities. The person also will help put effective policies, procedures, and controls in place.
- Managing special projects: The person will assist with special projects, including specific plans and studies. In addition, the person will help staff throughout the division structure and deliver on workplans.
- Supporting ongoing outreach to and strategic planning with our agency partners: The person will be a critical touchpoint for our agency partners. S/he will help us socialize important programmatic and procedural information with our agency partners and coordinate the flow of information about agencies among our team. S/he also will select and enlist agencies to participate in new programs.
- Serving as a thought leader within the Strategic Planning Unit and DEM team: The person will bring expertise in project management, workplan development, structured thinking, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis to DEM. S/he will be able to structure and execute analyses to deliver actionable insights and recommendations and support productive problem-solving.
This position requires a highly strategic, innovative thinker who is eager to realize programmatic and organizational change.
Skills and responsibilities
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- Be a highly strategic thinker who can identify multiple paths to solving problems and move forward despite barriers
- Be entrepreneurial and creative; no “business as usual”
- Be supremely organized, detail-oriented and flexible to handle multiple responsibilities and deadlines simultaneously
- Have exceptional written and oral interpersonal communication skills
- Have at least five (5) years of full-time relevant professional and managerial experience
- Have a master’s degree from an accredited college in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, or a closely related field
Minimum Required Qualifications
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and five years of full-time paid experience acquired within the last fifteen years, of supervisory or administrative experience including handling of business promotion or urban economic problems, at least 2 years of which must have been in a managerial or executive capacity with primary focus on business promotion or urban economic planning; or
2. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and experience. However, all candidates must have 2 years of managerial or executive experience as described in "1" above.
Appropriate graduate study in an accredited college or university may be substituted for the general experience on a year-for-year basis. All candidates must have a four-year high school diploma or its equivalent approved by a State's Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization.
Additional Information: A baccalaureate or master’s degree from an accredited college with a concentration in economics, statistics, finance, business administration, urban planning, urban affairs, marketing research, public administration, public policy or a related field is required. A satisfactory equivalent combination of education and full-time experience in one or more of the fields of finance; economic, fiscal or statistical research; policy analysis; or quantitative, business, market or financial analysis is acceptable toward meeting the qualification requirements.