The Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ Division of Energy Management (“DCAS 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 Program Manager – Strategic Planning (“SP”) will work in the SP Unit, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Commissioner – SP. DEM’s SP Unit plays a critical role in structuring and advancing DEM’s overall work, effectively operating as an in-house consultant for the division. Strategic Planning helps support cross-division workflows, identify shared priorities, and communicate DEM’s strategic and programmatic vision to DCAS management and external City partners, such as the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Office of Management and Budget.
In addition, the SP Unit directly manages major in-house initiatives, including DEM’s agency outreach efforts; DEM’s training efforts, including the Energy Management Institute (“EMI”) Program; and DEM’s Agency Energy Personnel (“AEP”) Program. Through EMI, DEM provides training in energy management best practices to City staff across our partner agencies. Since 2014, we have trained over 1,700 City employees through EMI. Through our AEP Program, DEM provides funding to our partner agencies to hire dedicated energy management professionals to advance emissions reductions efforts. In FY20, DEM will be seeking to nearly double the size of both the EMI and AEP Programs to respond to new City mandates; thus, the Program Manager will be entering the division at a moment of transformation.
Under the leadership of the Deputy Assistant Commissioner – SP, and working in close collaboration with the other members of the SP Unit, the Program Manager – SP will be charged with the following responsibilities:
- Supporting ongoing program activities within the SP Unit: The person will help manage ongoing program activities within the SP Unit, including those associated with the Energy Management Institute and the Agency Energy Personnel Programs. S/he will help ensure that programs meet their budgetary and performance objectives. The person will identify and propose solutions to any programmatic issues and assist with program transformation where needed.
- Contributing to program strategy development within the SP Unit: The person will gather and analyze data to guide program strategy development, including answering specific strategic questions. S/he also will help create essential program documentation and develop program procedures and controls to ensure program accountability and effectiveness.
- Helping structure and deliver ongoing training for Agency Energy Personnel: The person will collaborate with other DEM staff and agency staff to design a more systematic onboarding and ongoing professional development process for AEPs.This effort is critical given the AEP Program’s planned growth in FY20. The person will work with AEPs to gather information to promote peer-to-peer sharing of energy management best practices at regular Agency Energy Forums.
- Assisting with special projects as needed: The person will assist with special projects within the SP Unit and overall DEM division as necessary. The person will help prepare for special events that bring together stakeholders from across the agencies, including helping refresh the content for the Energy Learning Fair.
- 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
- 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.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- Strong background in program management.
- Demonstrated interest in sustainability and energy efficiency.
- Knowledge of NYC’s energy and emissions reduction efforts, including relevant policy, legislation, and programs.
- Capability to manage confidential information related to program management with discretion.
- Experience working in City government or knowledge of City government operations.
- High capability to operate as a strategic thinker who can identify multiple paths to problem-solving.
- High level of productivity: able to meet and even exceed deadlines and handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously; supremely organized, detail-oriented, and flexible.
- High capability to operate as an independent self-starter: takes initiative, is highly entrepreneurial and creative; and resists “business as usual” at all costs.
- Exceptional oral and written interpersonal communication skills.