Associate Energy Engineer, Building Optimization

New York, NY, USA
24 days ago
Full time role


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DCAS's mission is to make city government work for all New Yorkers. From managing New York City’s most iconic courthouses and municipal buildings, to purchasing over $1 billion annually in goods and services for more than 80 City agencies — what we do ensures that all agencies can deliver on their mission. Our reach touches every facet of city government and is instrumental to the successful day-to-day operations of the City of New York.

Our commitment to equity, effectiveness and sustainability guides our work providing City agencies with the critical resources and support needed to succeed, including:

• Recruiting, hiring, and training City employees.
• Managing 55 public buildings.
• Acquiring, selling, and leasing City property.
• Purchasing over $1 billion in goods and services for City agencies.
• Overseeing the greenest municipal vehicle fleet in the country.
• Leading the City's efforts to reduce carbon emissions from government operations.

When you work at DCAS, you're not just working for one agency, but in service of them all. It's an opportunity to provide impactful support, quality customer service, and help protect the future of New York City for generations to come. Visit our website at to learn more about the work we do.

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Division of Energy Management (DEM) serves as the hub for emissions reduction and energy management for the City government portfolio. DEM develops the City’s annual utility energy budget; manages the City’s utility accounts; helps our agency partners identify and pursue energy-saving opportunities at their facilities; leads energy efficiency and distributed generation projects across the City’s portfolio; and helps implement operations and maintenance best practices.

Broadly, DEM is tasked with leading the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City government operations 40 percent by 2025 (40x25), 50 percent by 2030 (50x30), and 80 percent by 2050 (80x50). Beyond 40x25, 50x30, and 80x50, the City has also made other energy-related commitments, such as pledging to install 100 MW of solar photovoltaics on City buildings by 2025. DEM works closely with our agency partners to help them reduce emissions and improve energy management in their facilities, including providing them with project funding, project delivery vehicles, technical expertise, staff resources, strategic planning support, and data analytics.

The Associate Energy Engineer, Building Optimization will work within DEM’s Operations Unit, under the guidance of the Senior Program Manager, Preventative Maintenance (“PM”), but in extremely close coordination with DEM’s other units.


The Associate Energy Engineer will be charged with responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Project Management | Lead the management of a portion of the PM Program’s portfolio of projects and opportunities, by providing technical expertise that focuses on HVAC equipment and operation and maintenance best practices utilizing data across the buildings’ asset data, buildings’ energy data and buildings’ project data. This technical expertise will occur in the continual management of the RCx projects and the future management of the PM projects for LL97.

2. Performance Management | Monitor, report, and maintain RCx and PM project-level tracking of key metrics including recommended and implemented retro-commissioning measures (“RCMs”). This will also include associated energy, GHG, and cost savings, and any associated measurement and verification (“M&V”) work.

3. Agency Engagement | Support the Senior Program Manager, PM in facilitating RCx and PM correspondence with agencies in the advancement of RCx projects and in the development of a City-wide PM Program.

4. PM Program Expansion + Further Development | Support the Senior Program Manager, PM in the development and execution of an innovative City-wide PM Program that focuses on developing solutions for routine preventative maintenance. For context, developing a robust PM Program may include tapping into the necessary procurement mechanisms, supporting the hiring of a skilled operations and maintenance (“O&M”) workforce, and various other considerations. The goal of the program will be to transition from a primarily retroactive O&M model to a preventative maintenance program, to become the backbone for building optimization.

5. PM Resource Development | Provide technical expertise for all technical PM tools including energy conservation measure calculators, energy visualization dashboards, KPI tracking reports, and M&V templates. Additionally, assist with the development and delivery of training materials that support the PM program.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or

2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or

3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

NOTE: Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills:
  • Degree in engineering, construction management, facility management, energy management, or a related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of building science and energy-consuming building processes and equipment, including lighting systems, electrical systems, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, building automation systems (BAS), and energy distribution systems (chilled water, steam, and hot water). Ability to read architectural and mechanical drawings.
  • Experience in energy management program development and implementation.
  • Understanding of utility rates and utility billing protocols.
  • Credentials as one or more of the following: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), and/or Certified Demand-Side Manager (CDSM).
  • Strong quantitative and data analysis skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, with experience utilizing Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to create professional reports, memos, and presentations.
  • Experience providing strong customer support.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness:

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at 
Residency Requirement:

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
Additional Information:

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

Job ID: 580966

Title Code: 21744


Title Classification: Non-Competitive-5, No Exam Required

 Experienced (Non-Manager)

Work Location: 1 Centre St., N.Y.

 Engineering, Architecture, & Planning

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