Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Program)

Affordable Housing Energy Retrofits Director

Recruitment #230918-1753MP-001


Are you looking for a lead role with the State of Connecticut and enjoy building coalitions and leveraging resources to make a positive change? If so, this is an excellent opportunity for you to join us; apply today!

The Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (BETP) manages local, state, and regional energy and broadband policy and programs for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection with the goal of establishing an equitable, clean, economical and reliable energy and technology future. 

BETP is responsible for overseeing the Conservation and Load Management Plan, the Weatherization Assistance Program, the state's Lead by Example initiative, the development and implementation of transportation decarbonization policies and initiatives, the procurement of renewable and clean energy resources, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the microgrid and resilience program, the development of energy and thermal decarbonization policies and initiatives for the state through the Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy, and the provision of equitable access to broadband, among other responsibilities.
The position is full-time on first shift, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, based out of New Britain, Connecticut.  Flexible schedule is available with some telework but must be available to staff the office and attend meetings or events on short notice. 

In addition, the State puts an emphasis on:
  • Providing limitless opportunities;
  • Hiring for diversity and fresh perspectives;
  • Performing meaningful work and;
  • Encouraging a healthy work/life balance!
This position will report to BETP's Bureau Chief and Deputy Commissioner of Energy and Technology Policy, and will create an inclusive and equitable approach to building energy retrofits, including deployment of measures related to weatherization and energy efficiency, clean heat, solar + storage, electric vehicle charging, resilience, and broadband access. Additionally, you will: 
  • Develop a diverse and dynamic team to leverage existing programs and incentives while identifying barriers and implementing solutions to those barriers;
  • Apply for and/or manage related federal grants or programs; 
  • Work with other state and federal agencies, quasi-public agencies, non-profits, and other entities to define and reach common goals. 
Work planning, project management, and personnel management skills are key to success. BETP is committed to an equitable and inclusive workplace representing the people it serves, and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply. 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut's economy and creating jobs - and to fostering a sustainable, equitable and prosperous economic future.

The Office of Affordable Housing Energy Retrofits works to:
  • Design and administer existing and novel programs to meet policy priorities related to affordability, weatherization, decarbonization, and health and safety
  • Enhance energy equity, reduce energy burdens, and cultivate a comprehensive approach to housing retrofits in vulnerable households and communities
  • Meet 2050 emissions targets in the Connecticut affordable housing sector through participatory and inclusionary practices that
    • improve the public health and wellness of vulnerable communities
    • make energy affordable to populations disproportionately affected by climate change
    • economically revitalize historically overlooked markets
    • create jobs across all levels of the green economy

Selection Plan

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Benjamin Beaudry at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Office of Consumer Counsel this class is accountable for directing the staff and programs of an office.


  • Directs staff and operations of a major program office;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages office activities;
  • Formulates and implements office goals and objectives;
  • Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs, assesses options, develops recommendations for improvement and drafts policy statements and regulations;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in development of office budget;
  • Serves as liaison with other agencies, municipal, state and federal governments who might impact on program activities;
  • Meets with outside agencies to advise on departmental policies and procedures;
  • Evaluates operations and projects assigned to office;
  • Provides technical direction to unit staff;
  • Provides information to community;
  • Represents department at meetings;
  • Responds to inquires relating to assigned programs;
  • Prepares reports and correspondence;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May advise senior level staff on status of permits, process management, projects, legislation and policy and regulations pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal environmental, energy, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband, telecommunications, conservation and/or environmental justice or equity programs laws statutes, and regulations;
    • environmental protection and energy principles, practices and issues; 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and practices;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Analytical, negotiation and organizational skills;
  • Ability to initiate and direct programs.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the energy, environmental, broadband, and/or telecommunications field.


  1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline in energy, environmental, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband, telecommunications, and/or environmental justice or equity fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation, public policy or administration, economics, or related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. A Master's Degree in a scientific or technical discipline in the energy or environmental, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband, telecommunications, and/or environmental justice or equity fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation, public policy or administration, economics, or related field, or a Juris Doctor degree, may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with project management involving internal and external stakeholders;
  • Experience multi-tasking and prioritizing to achieve leadership's goals;
  • Experience collaborating and managing conflict to lead cross-functional teams;
  • Experience onboarding and training new team members;
  • Experience developing programs with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Experience in climate mitigation, energy efficiency, distributed energy, renewable thermal technologies, or affordable housing development;
  • Experience applying policies and procedures to lead or manage employees;
  • Experience with federal grant management.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.