ENERGY MANAGER
University of California Merced
Merced, CA

$85,000 - $95,000 a year

EducationSkills
Description:
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced technical project management professional with a full understanding of industry practices and policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues in relation to sustainable practices in design and operation. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. This position requires high analytical skills, experience in building controls, energy modelling, measurement and verification and Title 24.

The Campus Energy Manager assists the Director of Energy, Engineering and Sustainability in creating, designing, developing and implementing energy conservation measures and efficient operations to meet annual energy and GHG reductions. This involves improvement of the ongoing operations and evaluation of the campus systems; including co-generation, chilled water, high temperature water, electrical, mechanical systems, metering, building and utility management systems and natural gas. Play a key role in ensuring that UCM facilities are operated economically, efficiently, reliably and in the best interest of the University. Lead campus efforts in the technical oversight and implementation of programs to ensure continuous metering, analysis of usage and performance and accurate billing to customers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Energy Data Analysis:
  • Working experience with proven track record of the ability to provides analysis, on-site measurements, interviews, data logging and computer based modeling to evaluate energy upgrade opportunities. Perform analytical studies using internal Energy Accounting Systems (SQL Databases and Energy CAP) related to utility consumption projections, energy audits and department resources
  • Conducts moderately complex analytical studies related to the allocation and utilization of campus utilities and related costs. Completes special research assignments as required for various UC Merced departments and external City, State and local agencies. Provides administrative analysis and support to various departments including the metering, Business and Finance department, Electric Shop, Environmental Health and Safety department (EH&S) and others upon request.
  • Coordinates with and provide completed reports to FM Business and Finance for processing of recovery amounts through the FM work order system. Coordinate with Electrical/Mechanical and HVAC shops to conduct load studies of electrical service and transformers as requested by campus customers. Set up data loggers used for load studies. Download collected data when the load study is complete. Analyze data recorded and create reports and graphs to explain the test results.
Energy Billing Analysis:
Monitors project progress, construction schedule, and budget. Coordinates all miscellaneous needs of the contractors. Track costs associated with special projects and process necessary paperwork or forms. Distribute costs to appropriate cost centers.

  • Research and respond to all types of utility, energy and conservation questions from both internal and external customers including, but not limited to: questions about electricity, natural gas (both core & non-core), domestic water, reclaimed water, seawater, thermal energy, deregulation, commodity tariffs, consumption projections, rate increases, budget projections, utility metering and wireless metering and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR).
  • Provide purchase utilities data reports to FM Business and Finance as needed to resolve vendor invoice discrepancies. Serve as division contact to provide responses to campus-wide requests for information regarding campus utilities. Generate data report using EAS, analyze and provide summarized data in the form of an Excel spreadsheet to customers as requested. In collaboration with FM Business and Finance, work with Utilities providers and Real Estate group to establish new accounts and terminate old ones. Reconcile monthly utility data from internal campus meters with vendor accounts before month end deadline and forward to FM Business and Finance for processing.
  • Research and respond to all types of utility, energy and conservation questions from both internal and external customers including, but not limited to: questions about electricity, natural gas (both core & non-core), domestic water, reclaimed water, seawater, thermal energy, deregulation, commodity tariffs, consumption projections, rate increases, budget projections, utility metering and wireless metering and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR).
  • Analyzes existing campus facilities and make recommendations for needed metering including associated costs and projected payback and submit to the Director of Energy, Engineeri9ng and Sustainability.
  • Leads Campus efforts in the implementation and ongoing application of a fully automated purchased utilities software metering and billing software system. Assure all vendor bills for natural gas, electricity and water are paid electronically and any billing and tariff errors are corrected on a monthly basis. Assures all internal campus energy and utility usage is metered and recharged to fully balance with external utility bills.
  • Works closely with FM Meter and Energy Management Team and Business and Financial Services to ensure that all energy and utility data is collected and billed correctly on a monthly basis. Assists Campus Energy Manager in the duties associated with purchasing of wholesale natural gas, electricity, renewable energy, water and sewer commodities.
  • Assists Director of Energy, Engineering & sustainability in the duties necessary to Lead the Campus Purchase Utilities Work Group, including: coordinating and disseminating utilities information, or as assigned, energy information between Facilities Management, Business & Finance, Facilities Design and Construction, RMP Financial Services Unit and the Campus Budget Office to ensure prudent management of campus financial resources.
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Qualifications: • Bachelors degree in engineering, energy or technology field and five years of progressively responsible related experience in sustainability, energy, performance tracking field or equivalent experience/training required.

  • Advanced degree in engineering discipline preferred.
  • Certification in Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) Preferred Certified Energy Manager (CEM) , LEED, Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) Professional Certification, Measurement and Verification certification. (M&V) preferred.
  • Knowledge of green building principles, particularly related to heating, controls, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems, Chilled & Hot water systems required.
  • California Driver's License required.
  • Strong background and experience in the design, maintenance, and operation of HVAC, Building Automation Systems, and lighting control systems required.
  • Broad knowledge of energy management related initiatives and an understanding of impact to organization of such initiatives required.
  • Experience in facilities management, preferably in a higher education or institutional environment, with emphasis in HVAC construction, commissioning, controls, operation, and maintenance required.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following areas: natural gas, biomethane, carbon management, energy efficiency, direct access and/or wholesale electric power preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of building code requirements especially with regards to HVAC and lighting control systems & industry trends required.
  • Working knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. MS-Word, Excel, SQL, Web pages and other common desktop applications required.
Must have working knowledge of Building Controls, specifically ALC required.

  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing required.
  • Ability to address concerns or problems and ensure cooperative and productive working relationships required.
  • Solid ability to multi-task with demanding time frames/deadlines required.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and faculty preferred.
  • Working skills to analyze information and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail required.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns preferred.
  • LEED Green Associate Certification highly desired. Preferred Knowledge of sustainability topics and concepts preferred.