Position Summary: The NYC Department of Education, Division of School Facilities, Office of Sustainability leads a dynamic and diverse range of programs that support the City and public schools citywide to meet ambitious emissions reductions and sustainability goals, including the largest school solar program (“NYC Solar Schools Program”) in the country. NYC has committed to installing 100 megawatts of solar on City-owned buildings by 2025 in contribution to the overall goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The DOE, with the largest agency building portfolio, currently comprises nearly 13 megawatts of the 16 total megawatts (or over 80%) of installed solar to date across 61 existing sites and nearly 200 additional projects in various stages of delivery (analysis, design, construction).
DOE Sustainability’s Clean Energy Team oversees complex construction project work across numerous contracts and contractors teams, the delivery and management of solar installation projects, ongoing operations and maintenance plans/procedures, technical specifications, and coordination with key school-based stakeholders and school communities. The number and types of projects are increasing across various procurement mechanisms.. Interest in resilient solar and green infrastructure is also on the rise and expected to further expand and diversify the DOE clean energy portfolio. Additionally, the NYC Solar Schools Program encompasses a multifaceted Education Program (teachers) and Career and Technical Education Program (teachers and students) to support the connection between renewable energy, innovative technologies, climate goals, and the classrooms of our 1.1 million students. Performs related work.
Reports to: Solar Program Manager
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: DCAS Division of Energy Management, School Construction Authority, numerous vendor teams, Custodian Engineers, Deputy Directors and Directors of Facilities, the DOE Maintenance & Optimization team, school administration and staff, nonprofit partner organizations and other City agencies.
- Oversees multiple solar PV construction projects from initiation to completion, including budget, timelines, communications, and contracts. Supports the Solar Program Manager and Director of Sustainability in the development of recommendations that inform the NYC Solar Schools Program strategy, procedures, and optimization based on analysis and monitoring
- Maintains close oversight of contractor teams necessary throughout the planning, design, construction, and ongoing maintenance phases, including solar installers, engineers, architects, electricians, construction project managers, maintenance and operations staff, roofers, Supervisors of Mechanical Installation and Maintenance.
- Exercise administrative and technical responsibilities to directly manage the professional and technical staff engaged in overseeing the execution of capital construction projects within DOE facilities. Perform site visits, review site feasibility assessments, complete comprehensive solar project design reviews, ensure adherence to DOE protocols and specifications, ensure compliance with City and other applicable regulatory codes and permitting processes, make performance estimates, and make recommendations on strategy of construction schedules and project delivery.
- Makes high-level decisions that impact the City’s capital budget and capital construction. Assists in developing policies and procedures to ensure timely, cost-effective program implementation and conformance to applicable rules, regulations, industry standards and contract specifications. Develops and recommends policies and procedures to install and repair solar photovoltaic arrays, including effective coordination amongst and between building trades and contractors. May develop and/or evaluate and approve cost estimates, contract and technical specifications, solar designs, change orders and scope of work. May authorize payments to contractors and vendors; or performs assignments equivalent to those described.
- Developing project requirements in conjunction with end users, specialized research and analysis, and managing all work streams associated with solar and other clean energy installations.
- Leads complex technical project management operations regarding solar PV equipment selection and installation along with the annual inspections of solar PV sites and the performance thereof.
- Directs the resolution of complex construction problems, ensuring final reviews and overseeing close-out processes to ensure that construction completion meets DOE requirements and standards.
- Represents the DOE on matters associated with clean energy and solar installations. Within the Office of Sustainability, help to participate in and/or coordinates training efforts, events, and development of outreach materials.
- Responsible for the management and administration of program agreements with delivery vendors as well as the development of delivery infrastructure in support of programs assigned. Identifies and develops opportunities for new, innovative, cost-effective products. Analyzes and develops positions on emerging technologies as well as provides input into program and technology strategy development. Evaluates cost effectiveness of engineering proposals, maintains compliance and program delivery of other identified solutions.
- Eight years of full-time experience in construction, repair, alteration and/or rehabilitation of multiple dwellings, commercial, industrial or public buildings in the capacity of general contractor, superintendent of construction, procurement specialist, evaluator responsible for cost estimation, or as a field supervisor or as an inspector, at least 18 months of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity involving responsibility for a large number of buildings; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above. Education in an accredited college leading toward a baccalaureate degree in engineering, architecture, engineering technology or a closely related field will be accepted on a year-for-year basis up to a maximum of four years. However, all candidates must possess at least 18 months of the specialized supervisory or administrative experience described in 1" above.
- Experience managing multiple complex projects with diverse groups of stakeholders.
- Experience in the development, installation, and operation of solar PV projects including system design reviews, construction schedules, effective vendor and stakeholder management and coordination, and procedure development.
- Advanced Excel and project management skills.
- Excellent relationship management and customer service skills.
- Experience with solar PV data acquisition and performance tracking systems and analysis.
- Familiarity with energy cost, savings, and greenhouse gas calculation methodology.
- Well organized; detail oriented; strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- NABCEP Certification.
Salary: $81,361- $87,500
(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.
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