Position Summary: The Department of Education (“DOE”) is a critical partner in contributing to 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 (LL 97 of 2019), 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”).
The DOE Energy Team is committed to implementing energy management best practices across the DOE’s portfolio of 1,400 buildings, accounting for 131M square feet, to help meet the City’s emissions reduction targets, including 40x25, 50x30, and 80x50. The DOE Energy Team is located within the Division of School Facilities, and consists of staff within the Office of Maintenance and Optimization and the Office of Sustainability. The DOE Energy Team works to track overall energy usage and identify energy-saving opportunities in buildings; implement energy-efficient operations and maintenance (O&M) practices; and deliver energy efficiency retrofit and clean energy projects.
Load Management (LM) is a strategy that aims to balance supply and demand by reducing the power use of electrical devices during critical periods instead of increasing power generation. The incumbent will use scientific analyses and evaluation in determinations regarding operational goals and Mayoral initiatives.
The Load Management Scientist will support the Office of Sustainability and the Engineering, Maintenance and Optimization team with aspects of energy management and sustainability, including City, State, and Federal laws and standard adherence, including measurement and assessment, testing involved with new and existing equipment, and research and development and enhancements to existing structures. The incumbent will review production to ensure that all functioning equipment is performing in accordance with its design, and ensure compliance with City, State, and Federal requirements. The Load Management Scientist will also participate in sensory evaluations and trials, finding new ways to improve safety and efficiency on behalf of NYC residents. Performs related work.
Reports to: Associate Director, Energy
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Relationships will be fostered with all levels of staff and management to the support overall attempts at satisfying the City’s effort to reduce greengouse gass emissions.
- Researches scientific approaches to load management measures and uses tools and resources to identify effective load management efforts that can be implemented across the DOE’s platform to reduce monthly energy usage, costs, and emissions.
- Scientifically measures emmissions and expands upon the resources necessary to reduce the load platform.
- Makes and records observations on the progrerss of research/investigations and evaluates data to arrive at scientific findings related to energy consumption and management.
- Supports the optimization analysis of new products, including the review and testing of new prototypes geared toward new construction and retrofits, competitive products, and production samples for compliance with Federal and NYC regulations associated with load management; reviews product specification documents and labels for accuracy and alignment with established standards.
- Creates scientific documents related to load management measures and implementation. Provides highly technical and analytical support for Demand Response and Real Time Metering Programs. Makes scientific recommendations for advancement of Mayoral initiatives to reduce consumption.
- Utilizes a proprietary load management system to analyze consumption aspects of equipment citywide and creates monthly in-depth depth reports; reviews new initiatives and projects to verify adherence to established laws and guidelines.
- Scientifically identifies opportunites to perform building management system upgrades to support LM implementation. Assesses findings and works toward effectuating these measures.
- Assists with an equipment management system that requires extensive research and verification of data, including centralizing optimization, pricing, and general product information from multiple sources and workgroups; tests software systems and assists the maintenance and optimization team with determining information gaps.
- Reviews analysis reports related to the quality of new equipment required of contracted vendors, with a focus on load reduction efforts; ensures the maintenance of these requirements; determines course of action in cases of adverse analysis reports.
- Assists in the coordination of research efforts of the Department of Education with various research rojects pertinent to DSF initiatives and within the greater DOE.
- Maintains all maintenance optimization and/or sustainability-related standard operating procedures to reflect the most up-to-date information for the internal DSF teams as well as for audits and public knowledge use.
- Oversees, researches and investigates specific problems in support of the Energy team as related to Load Management, and as directed by supervisor; provides guidance to teammates in research methods and techniques.
- Manages a portfolio of LM projects to implement and commission Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) at NYC Schools facilities in partnership with agency facilities staff, by utilizing available energy data (e.g. real-time interval data, endpoint data, energy management tools.
- Provides technical assistance for city-wide NYC Schools Energy programs, specifically on existing and in-development tools, including ECM calculators, energy visualization dashboards, and HVAC asset inventory tools. Supports the development of training materials and the delivery of field training to empower behavioral change among NYC Schools building operators. Evolves current measurement and verification protocols and tools to help improve energy quantification accuracy.
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.
For Assignment Level II To be appointed to Assignment Level II, candidates must have:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
- Experience managing a large amount of data and data analysis programs.
- Flexibility in managing competing tasks, working independently and as a part of a team.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
Salary: $75,505 - $85,000
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
* New York City Residency is NOT Required *
We encourage all applicants from the New York City tri-state area to apply.
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