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Energy Systems Specialist

The College of New Jersey
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 9, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 Director of Energy and Central Utilities, the Energy Systems Specialist is responsible for assisting the 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 Energy and Central Utilities service contracts; assisting in the management of the Title V air permit and requisite reporting, and assisting in the coordination of the Energy management Systems office (MS and fire safety).

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Assists in organizing and planning the activities for the Office of Energy and Central Utilities, including assisting in the establishment of goals and objectives to implement as work programs. Assists in decisions to dispatch central plant equipment in the most economical manner.
  • Assists in the development, recommendations, administration and monitoring of the utility and operating budgets for the Office of Energy and Central utilities, which is the largest operating budget at the College, and maintaining balances within the established operating budget. Assists in analyzing data and modeling of the operating cost and performance of existing campus buildings and utilities. Prepares 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 computer technology to improve the operating efficiency of the central plant, utilizing 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 utilities plant computer systems, archive and backup databases of Computerized Emissions Controls Systems (CEMS) 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 computes 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. May coordinate annual Fume Hood testing/calibrations with Honeywell.
  • Assists with the implementation of environmental concerns as they pertain to the Central Utilities Plant, including, but not limited to, the Clear Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CFC’s 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, SchoolDude) 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.
  • Two years of full-time comprehensive experience in a facilities operation’s environment in a technical or energy 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.
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.

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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.

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