5644 Principal Environmental Specialist

Airport Energy Program Manager (AEPM)

Recruitment #TEX-5644-098253


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement will close at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

The Department
SFO is a world-class, award-winning airport that serves nearly 58 million passengers annually. SFO offers non-stop flights to 51 international cities on 44 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport also connects non-stop with 85 U.S. cities on 12 domestic airlines.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and is committed to redefining air travel. The Airport, an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, has a workforce of approximately 1,700 City employees who are focused on providing the best level of service to our guests.

For more information, visit www.flysfo.com. You can also watch this video about careers at SFO.

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX) Full-Time, up to 36 months, this position is exempt from Civil Service rules pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and serves at the discretion of Appointing Officer. Appointee must participate and be successful in a Civil Service Examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent appointment.

Position Description
SFO is seeking an Airport Energy Program Manager (AEPM) to work cross-functionally across sustainability, engineering, finance, and facilities teams, to develop and implement airport-wide building energy strategies that enable the Airport to grow in a cost-effective, carbon-free, reliable and resilient way.  This individual will be SFO’s lead energy advocate, establishing accountability for energy consumption and load management across campus through the development, monitoring and continuous improvement.  This position will be required to develop creative solutions to novel cross-organizational and complex problems in creative and effective ways.

SFO’s AEPM establishes strategies, policies, tools and guidelines in order to track, analyze and reduce utility consumption and related costs, and also oversees the utilities budget.  The AEPM is responsible for improving operations by supporting the scoping and budgeting in energy efficiency retrofits and (retro) commissioning projects delivered both through professional service contracts and engineering teams. Projects will be prioritized using data from both the Energy Management Control System (EMCS) and Energy Benchmarking Studies, and the AEPM will coordinate this work delivered by SFO’s engineering and field technical staff. The AEPM will also help define and prioritize SFO’s energy related capital projects that are implemented during design, construction and renovation of SFO facilities. Further, the AEPM will provide direction and leadership in deployment, as the lead asset manager of campus distributed energy resources (DER), including onsite renewables, load management tools, battery storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure; they will also manage data collection and analytics related to these systems.

The work of the AEPM will also complement the ongoing projects held by other staff that relate to non-building energy uses like mobile source fuel reduction and electrification.

The essential functions of this position include:

Project Review, Implementation, & Analysis

  • Lead professional services contracts to design, develop and implement airport-wide strategic energy projects
  • Evaluate business models, conduct life cycle cost analyses, and develop case studies to guide new energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to reduce onsite energy use with minimal capital investment during new construction and existing facilities
  • Support staff review of design submittals for projects to identify energy       
  • Develop resources to capture, analyze, budget and forecast building energy trends using data and tools gathered through the Enterprise Analytics Engine (EAE) Engineering Team
  • Help guide the update or development of design standards and technical specifications to improve the energy efficiency of new projects and retrofits

Energy Resilience

  • Support Master Utility Infrastructure Study, Infrastructure Capital Improvement Program, and City/Airport Resilience Projects to prioritize measures that achieve overall demand reduction - optimizing consumption of energy using efficient HVAC and lighting systems or other means (windows, doors, behavior change, BMS)
  • Oversee assets directly, and in partnership with other campus asset owners, including onsite load management, emergency and backup power sources
  • Identify new opportunities to mitigate expenses associated with outages and high peak demand charges, and using DERs to increase the reliability of supply
  • Seek cost-effective proposals to utilize daylight, photovoltaics, passive solar heating, and groundwater cooling to meet energy demands  

 Administration and record keeping

  • Advise, assist and make recommendations within Capital Project Stakeholder Engagement Process meetings or the Zero Energy & Resilient Outcomes Committee (ZERO) on alternative energy sources, consumption, and general energy conservation measures
  • Aid in making energy requirement estimates and allotments for all Airport facilities, capital projects and tenant improvements; develop procedures for efficient utilization of energy
  • With support from a Data Analyst, maintain all utility consumption records and respond to periodic data and information requests by tenants, the City, State, and other interested parties
  • Work with Finance to track energy-related grants available, applied for or received by the Airport 

 Accountability and reporting

  • Report monthly and quarterly the status of onsite energy use (kWh, $) & key savings projects
  • Coordinates, reports, and aligns with PG&E and SFPUC ·      
  • Document all energy investments on campus via a tracking tool to quantify savings to justify future Capex and OpEx investments

  Utility management and compliance

  • Ensure regular "walk-through" audits are conducted of priority Airport's facilities to ensure efficiency projects are operationalized and sustained
  • Supports establishment of night setback program for every building on weeknights, weekends and holidays, if, and where, applicable
  • Ensure that the Airport is on proper utility rate schedule and is receiving correct billing
  • Ensure Airport participation in any rebate or grant program offered, in partnership with finance, and if not available, develop new proposed incentive programs for consideration by stakeholders

Nature of Work

  • Work is performed in an office (20%) and in the field (80%)
  • Irregular hours as needed (night, weekend, holiday and summer audits)
  • Be able to climb, bend, stoop, and reach
  • Be able to walk and stand for long periods
  • Ability to work in confined spaces as needed
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid California driver's license required

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and seven (7) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR
  2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college, and five (5) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs. Four (4) years of this experience must be in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR  
  3. Possession of a juris doctor or a master's degree in public administration, business administration, environmental science or a closely related field from an accredited college of university, and three (3) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach, recycling or toxics reduction; OR  
  4. Possession of a Ph.D. degree in public administration, business administration, environmental sciences or a closely related field from an accredited college or university, and two (2) years of professional experience managing and implementing environmental programs in one of the following areas: clean air, energy, public outreach and recycling.   

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred to hiring.  

  • One or more of the credentials: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or LEED AP
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college in engineering or related field and a minimum of eight years’ experience related to energy management in either a campus or similar environment or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Extensive content knowledge in energy, energy efficiency, and project management and 3 years’ experience in managing teams or staff in delivering work
  • Work-related experience applying and interpreting building energy codes, standards, and requirements
  • Experience with conducting financial analysis, energy modeling, building energy management technologies and operating procedures
  • Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during work
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills to independently make sound judgments and creative solutions to extremely complex problems.
  • Talent for working well under pressure and handling multiple tasks to achieve broadly defined group and institutional goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, direct and coach a diverse technical team. Have skill in consensus-building, coordination and conflict management, particularly across organizational and institutional boundaries
  • Proficient in Google and Microsoft office software programs with emphasis on data analysis and graphical representation methods using Microsoft Excel and/or similar applications

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

One year full-time employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40 hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time employment.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, or the Airport Commission Human Resources office at 710 N. McDonnell Road, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94128.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Vicky Lei, by telephone at 650-821-2022, or by email at vicky.lei@flysfo.com.

Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found here.

Verification of qualifying experience, when requested, must be documented on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed, and signature of the employer or the employer’s authorized representative. Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted. Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Failure to provide the required verification, or request for waiver when requested may result in rejection of application.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance
Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request
Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation here.

Terms of Announcement
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Copies of Application Documents
Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Issued: 8/16/19
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID #: 098253



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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