Energy Systems Specialist



To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

The Department of Facilities and Administrative Services is a large operational service organization that provides abroad array of services to the campus community through the following offices: Access Control Services, Automotive Services, Building Services, Energy and Central Utilities, Facilities Operations, Grounds and Landscape Maintenance Services, Mailing and Receiving Services, Occupational Safety and Environmental Services, and Risk Management Services. This position is assigned to the Office of Energy and Central Utilities.

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Sustainability and Energy Management, the Energy Systems Specialist is responsible for assisting the Senior Director in maintaining high quality energy services throughout all campus facilities and to facilitate customer relations through focused service. This includes providing professional expertise in the central utilities plant to deliver reliable, safe, and cost-effective services; researching and implementing sustainability and energy savings initiatives; development and control of budgets; management of the Sustainability and Energy Management service contracts; assisting in the management of the Title V air permit and requisite reporting, and assisting in the coordination of the HVAC and Energy Management Systems activities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Serve as manager for projects initiated by the Sustainability and Energy Management office, including assisting in the establishment of goals and objectives to implement as work programs. Provide direction to dispatch Central Utility Plant equipment and resources in the most economical manner.
  • Perform analysis to inform recommendations, administration and monitoring of the utility and operating budgets for the Sustainability and Energy Management office, which is the largest operating budget at the College, and maintaining balances within the established operating budget. Collect and analyze data and modeling of the operating cost and performance of existing campus buildings and utilities. Prepare reports that utilize this data to identify utility/infrastructure/building deficiencies. Develops remedial plans and budgets to address said deficiencies.
  • Initiates, modifies and executes the latest technology to improve the operating efficiency of facilities, utilizing local and central controls and monitoring systems. Performs the compilation of information and summarizes statistical and other data from various sources for use by the Department or the College. Maintains central utility plant computer systems, archive and backup databases of Computerized Emissions Controls Systems (CEMS), energy meters, and maintain control room process PCs, upgrading and installing new software and backing up data. Works closely with College's IT department to ensure proper operation of all process computers in Central Utilities Plant.
  • Researches alternative energy sources and the potential for implementation. Remains current on emerging sustainable energy trends and technologies, and develops project scopes of work and requests for proposals for potential initiatives.
  • Familiarizes oneself with all college buildings and supporting infrastructure, and clearly understands existing conditions and needs. Reviews and interprets applicable principles, federal, and/or state laws and regulations in the course of official duties.
  • Prepares central annual service contracts and assists in negotiations and service contract administration with outside vendors for operating equipment in the areas of central utilities and energy management. Assists in the procurement of electric and fuel to support the campus, power generation, and steam production. Ensures that all procurement practices are adhered to.
  • Identify and document environmental impacts as they pertain to the Central Utilities Plant, including, but not limited to, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CFCs and Air Quality Works closely with the Environmental Programs Specialist to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental regulations.
  • Compiles, maintains and analyzes Peak demand and energy consumption for individual buildings, feeders and total campus.
Knowledge, Skills & Ability:
  • Must possess analytical ability to utilize Microsoft Excel to develop models to assist in decision making. This includes the use of measured and published energy data to predict energy consumption for proposed new facilities and renovations; estimate energy costs associated with campus buildings; and, assist in performing accurate energy and utility budget projections.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, analytical, verbal and written communication skills. Must have the ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication. Must be able to write hardware specifications.
  • Must have the ability to create and maintain accurate records of work performed using a computer and college supported software programs (e. g. Microsoft Office, FAMIS/School Dude), and be able to schedule work for others to complete.
  • Must have the ability to develop energy conservation initiatives to reduce costs; methods to reduce energy consumption; and, participate and develop sustainability practices.
  • Must have the ability to collaboratively work with the College's HVAC, Electric and Plumbing trades to advance energy and sustainability initiatives and advance the College's strategic vision.
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to walk distances in extreme weather conditions, navigate stairs, climb ladders, kneel and negotiate tight spaces.
  • Must be capable of lifting tools, materials and equipment commensurate within the functions of this position (up to 50 pounds).
  • Must be able to ensure limited lighted situations with extreme temperatures (e.g., non-air-conditioned spaces).
  • Must be able to safety use various tools and equipment.
Education & Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree. Applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute on a year for year basis.
  • Three years of full-time comprehensive experience in a facilities operation’s environment, sustainability, engineering, or an energy management related role.
  • Exhibited proficiency in the use of computers, computer technology and various software programs, with an emphasis on Microsoft Excel analytics.
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing issued by state of residence.
  • Superior organization, analytical, verbal and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college/university with a Bachelor’s degree in financial analysis, economics, environmental studies, or architecture/engineering - Experience in energy management, sustainability, and central utilities plant, including cogeneration.
  • Work experience in an institutional setting (e.g., school, hospital, correctional facility).
  • Three (3) years of full-time comprehensive experience in a facilities operation’s environment, sustainability, or an energy management related role.
Employer Qualifications:
  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of background check and reference checks
  • COVID-19 Testing and Compliance - The College has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement. To learn more, please read the policy here: COVID-19 Requirements and Protocols. You will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the Human Resources office prior to your first day of employment. https://hr.tcnj.edu/covid-19-employee-info/
NJ CSC Title: Professional Services Specialist 2, Facilities
Job Spec Code: 81263
Union Description: CWA​​​
State Class Code: 24
Salary Range: P24/ $66,479.38 - $75,778.40

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About TCNJ

TCNJ is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 "Most Competitive" schools in the nation by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter - an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools - Arts & Communication; Business; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. TCNJ faculty members are teacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty and has 39 major buildings.

Contact Information

Qualified candidates should apply online and submit a letter of interest, resume (CV), as well as the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications will be considered until a viable finalist has been found.

In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.

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