Energy Code Compliance Principal Examiner

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Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

The City of Boulder is keenly focused on creating an energy future defined by significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, aggressive energy efficiency measures, technological and service innovations, and customer-focused solutions. The city has a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.  The city’s current energy codes are among the most stringent and innovative in the nation, and staff have recently developed a long-term strategy to achieve net zero energy (NZE) codes in effect for all building types by 2031.

Under limited supervision of the Building Services Manager/Chief Building Official, this position is responsible for scoping, developing, implementing, communicating, administering, and reviewing plans for the city’s energy codes. This position will structure and manage the long-term strategy, short term updates, implementation, compliance, and support of the city’s energy codes. This includes, but is not limited to, educating and training city staff and its customers as well as networking and collaborating with external organizations and staff working in other cities with innovative and progressive energy codes. This position will also work closely with the city’s Energy Systems Senior Manager to coordinate energy codes and regulations with the larger energy system transformation strategy. In addition, this position will play a lead role, in collaboration with other city staff teams, in developing energy strategies and projects to transition city owned facilities and fleet to clean, renewable energy. The position will also play a lead role in regional, state and national partnerships to advance best practices and achieve consistencies across jurisdictional boundaries.

The starting pay for this position is $39.28 – $48.01/hour, commensurate with experience.

As a senior professional level position, the Energy Code Coordinator should have and utilize the following competencies:
Energy Efficiency Expertise and Technical Skills: knowledgeable in current trends, practices, technology, evaluation methodology and information related to building science and construction, whole building energy modeling, outcome-based codes, HVAC systems, renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles, as well as the regulatory environment.
Expertise in Broad Sustainable Issues in the Built Environment: beyond just energy use of buildings, this applicant should possess knowledge and expertise in other sustainability topics related to the built environment such as embodied carbon, eco-districts, storm water management, water efficiency, heat island, sustainable materials, indoor environment air quality, etc.
Communication and Outreach Skills: possess excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to synthesize detailed, technical information into concise and easy to understand summaries. Comfortable and experienced giving oral presentations to large and small groups, and facilitating and leading smaller working groups.
Comfort around Higher Management and Business Leaders: demonstrates composure, confidence and respect when working with higher level management, boards and commissions, council members and business leaders and organizations. Believes in and supports the public process as a means to achieving better overall outcomes for the community.
Innovation Management: generates creative options to determine effective ways to create and improve services valued by customers and the community. Evaluates ideas for their practical and creative merits as solutions to current and future problems.
Dealing with Ambiguity: is comfortable with change and uncertainty. Can be effective and make work-appropriate decisions based on available data.
Organizational Agility: understands how to get things done in an organizational and/or/planning environment. Uses interpersonal skills and relationships to work through available processes and resources, using both informal and formal channels to achieve results.



1. Long Term Strategic Development
Provide leadership and engage staff and community stakeholders and partners to develop new energy and sustainability codes and supporting services.  This includes, but is not limited, to the following:
Researches and understands industry best practices and benchmarks the performance of city programs against other leading programs in the country.
Plays an active role in the development of national and state energy and sustainability codes.
Leads necessary stakeholder engagement on long term strategic discussion of energy codes.
Coordinates with and shares best practices with other leading cities and counties.
Designs and pilots outcome-based energy code strategy for commercial buildings.
Determines how the city’s codes can incentivize the reuse and retrofit of existing buildings.
Develops strategies to help advance the city’s equity and affordability goals.

2. Energy Code Implementation and Compliance
Monitors successes and concerns related to the city’s energy and sustainability codes, through engagement with both staff and customers. Continually evaluates and plans for code updates and amendments (every three years) to work toward goals and objectives, such as:
Creating a resilient and efficient building stock.
Having adequate sub-metering in buildings.
Determining how to allow off-site renewables or carbon offsets to assist with code compliance.
Phasing in key requirements from the International Green Conservation Code (IgCC) and resolves potential conflicts with other codes and design standards.

Continually reviews the compliance process (permitting and plan review, inspection, etc.) and develops:
New tools and methods for improving review time, compliance rates, and customer satisfaction,
Training and guidance materials for staff and customers, with a clear description of requirements and templates for what must be submitted with permit applications,
Options for providing incentives and support for exceeding the energy code and achieving net zero energy status before it’s required (financial and/or streamlined permitting), and
Creates new forms and processes and provides training to code officials and plans examiners.

3. Technical Expertise
Provides technical leadership in building science and construction, whole building energy modeling, outcome based codes, commissioning and retro-commissioning, HVAC systems, renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicles.
Consistently performs qualitative and/or quantitative analysis that meets the city’s standard of quality, with the ability to develop tools and methods to measure program effectiveness.
Evaluates and recommends financial incentive structures that complement energy code and work to advance cutting-edge programs.
Understands commercial construction and industrial operations, buildings and uses.
Familiar with all aspects of energy codes including various compliance pathways, implementation, measurement and verification, and the development of codes including common cost-effectiveness tests.
Exercises insightful and innovative problem-solving techniques in addressing project or program requirements and develops new approaches and techniques when appropriate.
Provides building science and technical expertise internally in an academic or engineering discipline and routinely expands expertise.
Demonstrates insight and creativity in approaching and resolving technical problems in a manner that results in consistently high levels of team satisfaction.

4. Facilities  Workgroup Support and Collaboration
Collaborates with Facilities projects and maintenance staff to support the city’s energy and sustainability goals as it relates to our own facilities
Serves as an energy expert, helping to create a long-term strategy for the city to transition off of fossil fuels by 2030.
Helps evaluate, prioritize and recommend key capital improvement projects related to energy and sustainability.
Acts as the energy expert for major capital improvement and development projects
Acts as a resource and in-house consultant to Facilities to collaborate on many of the projects the city conducts each year to ensure we are developing work with the latest advancements in the industry.

5. Other
Works collaboratively and effectively with internal and external customers.
Attends division, department, team and city meetings.
Participates in professional development trainings as outlined in annual performance review.
Performs related duties as required by management to meet the needs of the city and those it serves.
Effectively manages consultants or contractors as needed to meet goals cost-effectively.
Stays knowledgeable and up-to-date on trends in the field.
Remains aware of and is sensitive to community issues impacting the business community.
Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents.  Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment.  Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures.  Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.

The City of Boulder is committed to service excellence for an inspired future and the following values:
Customer service – We are dedicated to exceeding the expectations of our community and our co-workers by demonstrating consistent and professional service with a solution-oriented approach
Respect – We champion diversity and welcome individual perspectives, backgrounds and opinions. We are open-minded and treat all individuals with respect and dignity.
Integrity – We are stewards of the public’s trust and are committed to service that is transparent and consistent with city regulations and policies. We are honorable, follow through on our commitments and accept responsibility.
Collaboration – We are committed to organizational success and celebrate our shared dedication to public service. We believe community collaboration and the sum of our individual contributions leads to great results.
Innovation – We promote a forward-thinking environment that supports creativity, calculated risks and continuous improvement. We embrace change and learn from others in order to deliver leading edge service.

(1) TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Chief Building Official

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Energy Engineering, Architecture, or related field, plus a minimum of five years progressively responsible experience managing, designing or implementing energy codes or related energy programs.  Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in whole building energy modeling, and other technical topics related to energy and building codes. Demonstrated ability to create successful strategies, to coordinate and manage complex projects, and resolve issues.  Demonstrated strength in project management and work plan management.  Ability to research, analyze and synthesize complex information and data, develop and present recommendations and prepare concise written reports, correspondence and recommendations.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with business contacts, the public, advisory boards, consultants and with employees at all levels of the organization.  Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations.  Demonstrated facilitation skills.  Ability to lead and participate in teams.  Ability and willingness to attend evening meetings.  Valid driver’s license.  Have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history and motor vehicle history.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications:
Master’s degree in Mechanical or Energy Engineering, Architecture, or related field, plus at least seven years of progressively responsible experience managing, designing or implementing energy codes or related energy programs. Experience in facility management. Demonstrated experience in managing projects and public processes involving the design, review, evaluation, implementation and evaluation of energy codes.  Experience with and knowledge of outcome based energy codes. Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.  Previous experience managing energy codes in local government.  Knowledge of electric and gas utility Demand Side Management programs, rebate structure and cost effectiveness methodologies. Knowledge of progressive facility management sustainability practices.

WORKING CONDITIONS – Required Physical and Mental Effort, and Environmental Conditions:
Physical and Mental Effort: Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively on the telephone and in person.  Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written documents and materials.  Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate computer equipment and other office equipment.  Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes, that permits the employee to work in an office setting.  Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and/ or operating a keyboard.  Ability to work under stress from demanding deadlines, public contact, and changing priorities and conditions.
Work Environment: Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment.  Works in a setting subject to continuous interruptions and background noises.
Machines and equipment used include, but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computers, telephones, calculators and copy/fax machines.

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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