Friday, August 14, 2020

Energy Project Manager

Recruitment #19-9696-01



THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION. If you have previously applied or started an application for the Energy Project Manager, Examination #19-9696-01, read this entire bulletin. There are specific instructions on how to reapply for this position.


The scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you have previously submitted an application and choose to reapply, you new score/disposition will replace your current disposition.


Application and Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


Applications will only be accepted on-line.



Alameda County General Services Agency (GSA) delivers a host of logistical support services to County agencies and partners from maintenance of facilities and County fleet to energy and environmental management services, capital project management, procurement services, and clean commute and recycling programs. The GSA Community strives not only to provide these services but to also facilitate collaborative and innovative approaches in its efforts.


While the GSA Community largely focuses on support services for Alameda County departments and other public agencies, the work has a direct impact on the communities. GSA builds structures such as libraries and youth centers that transform communities, provides opportunities for local businesses, and works towards ensuring that County work practices minimize negative impacts to the environment. GSA employees take great pride in their work and strive to provide the highest-quality service.



Under general direction, the Energy Project Manager manages the planning, design, biding, construction, inspection, and contract administration of assigned projects related to energy efficiency; provides specialized consultation on energy and water efficiency matters related to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and building automation systems; and, performs related work as required.    


For additional information about the job classification, visit:  Energy Project Manager (#9696).


In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, successful candidates will have a combination of expertise in two or more of the following: building automation systems, commissioning or retro-commissioning buildings, efficient and cost-effective energy use technologies, renewable energy technologies. Additionally, successful candidates must possess strong analytical written and oral communication skills and demonstrate the following attributes:


  • Skilled in project management requiring coordination and collaboration with multiple agencies to deliver a project on time and within budget.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to independently prioritize tasks and focus on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Build and develop collaborative relationships in order to successfully meet project goals.
  • Understand the need for change and maintain a positive attitude towards change while encouraging others to value new approaches, methods, and technologies.
  • Maintain current knowledge in technology related to building automation systems, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, in order to compare, contrast, evaluate, and recommend the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for County facilities.
  • Problem solve, creatively, and innovatively.
  • Gather, examine, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources to make comparisons and to solve problems.




Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in mechanical or electrical engineering, or a closely related field.  



The equivalent of three years of increasingly responsible experience which includes energy project/construction management or engineering design and commissioning experience, emphasizing heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, distributed generation systems, electrical lighting systems, or building control systems.   

Possession of a Master’s degree in a field noted above, or professional registration or licensure issued by the State of California for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in electrical or mechanical engineering, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.  


Possession of a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.  

Special Requirement:  

-Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.

-Must be able to travel to locations throughout the County.  

NOTE:   The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of the examination.  


The most suitably qualified candidate will possess the following competencies:  

Knowledge of:  

·  Principles and practices of electrical and mechanical engineering.

·  Principles and practices of energy efficiency, including energy audits, project analysis, cost estimation, and scheduling.

·  Principles and practices of building commissioning and retro-commissioning. 

·  Design and implementation of energy and/or water efficiency systems including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building automation, renewable and distributed generation, solar thermal, electrical storage or  lighting control systems.

·  Principles and practices of contract management.

·  Effective public relations and communication techniques.

·  Building, electrical, and mechanical laws and codes, United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.  

Ability to:  

·  Plan, organize, direct and evaluate energy and water efficiency, and distributed generation projects.

·  Manage contractors and field crews.

·  Manage and coordinate engineering consultants and energy services companies.     

·  Makes sound recommendations and decisions.

·  Analyze and develop budgets.

·  Negotiate.

·  Interpret standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Illumination Engineering Society (IES).

·  Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

·  Establish and maintain effective working relationships.  



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2) A review of candidates’ supplemental questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process.

3) An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.




Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.


For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:





Deadline for Filing:

Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, June 12, 2020

Supplemental Questionnaire Review for Best Qualified

Friday, June 26, 2020

Oral Interviews

Week of July 20, 2020


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website:


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Irene Lu | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6469 |


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.