Energy and Utilities Manager

California State University System Los Angeles, CA
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Job ID: 7791

Job Title:

Energy and Utilities Manager

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Date Posted:

August 10, 2018

Closing Date:

Open until filled

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Energy and Utilities Manager (JID 7791)

Administrator II

Facilities Planning

Full Time

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CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.


Under the direction of the Director of Energy and Sustainability, the Energy and Utilities Manager is responsible for the oversight, planning, implementation and monitoring of all energy use and management for purchased utilities for California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The incumbent oversees, develops, and manages an annual utility budget of over $8 million and implements programs to ensure the campus exceeds CSU system-wide goals for energy management; represents the University as the liaison with utility companies; develops and implements procurement strategies; oversees contract negotiations for purchased utilities; develops metrics for reporting for effectiveness and compliance; sets annual saving metrics and works with Campus Planners, Energy Controls Specialist, Center Plant Operators, Physical Plant staff, etc. to ensure annual goals are met; is responsible for energy conservation and actively works with Physical Plant, Central Plant Operator, Energy Controls Specialist, Campus Auxiliaries, and Campus partners to ensure energy use on campus is optimized throughout the year; publishes the Annual Energy Report detailing realized savings to the University; evaluates and examines the existing utility infrastructure of the campus and identifies efficiencies for resource conservation, cost savings, sustainability, and climate protection; actively identifies and models projects that require an investment and bring best value and savings to the institution while meeting the overall campus goals of the University; reviews, collaborates, and establishes policies and methods for best practices in energy management; coordinates with Facilities Planning to assure compliance with the Strategic Energy Plan; ensures continuity of communication and is responsible for communicating updates, changes, needs, and impacts to internal and external stakeholders; as related to campus energy management programs; observes, investigates, and evaluates day-to-day operating strategies and infrastructure to ensure best practice in energy management. Interfaces with and monitors the campus Energy Management System (EMS) to ensure that the HVAC system operating functions and scheduling are optimized for efficiency; uses the campus EMS, Energy Information System (EIS) and other available resources to gather data regarding the operation of mechanical, electrical, and water consuming equipment; makes recommendations to management for strategies and procedures in alignment with the University's Strategic Energy Management, Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan that will reduce consumption or provide better control and feedback; implements elements of the CSU Sustainability Policy related to energy and water conservation; coordinates awareness and educational campaigns for energy and water conservation; develops and implements energy conservation strategies to encourage behavioral changes from the campus community; develops energy related projects and forecasts; monitors all consumption and costs for University utilities; prepares and distributes monthly, quarterly, yearly and bi-annual reports; works closely with departments and auxiliaries on energy related issues; develops reports for monitoring and verification by energy savings project funding organization; prepares of conceptual plans and development of potential energy conservation projects; models potential projects that can be undertaken by the University to conserve energy and yield savings; seeks out and push forward projects on an annual basis for consideration for future funding; develops and maintains a list of priority projects; responsible for incentive and rebate management and seeks out various alternate funding sources available including grants, utility rebates and incentives, etc.; provides economic analysis for the purpose of making recommendations for the lowest cost financing alternative; prepares, prioritizes and submits rebate applications and funding proposals; and performs other duties as assigned.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Energy, Engineering or Technology or in a job-related field. Equivalent to five years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience; with two of the five years in a managerial role preferred. Experience in Energy Management, Sustainability, and energy performance tracking; in facilities management, preferably in a higher education or Institutional environment, with emphasis in Central Plant, HVAC, commissioning, controls, operation, and maintenance is desired. Valid California Driver's License is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following areas: natural gas, carbon management, energy efficiency, water efficiency; heating, ventilating, air condition (HVAC), power, electrical services and variable frequency drive (VFD) systems. In-depth knowledge of industry standards of procedure and utility systems characteristics when inspecting or surveying building infrastructure for the basis of project design development. Working knowledge of Siemens Controls System, frontend, graphical interfaces, Powers Process Control Language (PPCL), etc.; California Building Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical codes, Title 24, Fire Protection codes, ADA standards and other applicable codes and standards required to achieve project objectives. Skills and abilities to: understand the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) principles and familiarity with LEED Existing Buildings; understand operations and maintenance; delegate and oversee assignments to ensure successful and timely completion as well as to obtain the cooperation of others within and outside the unit; possess Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification from the Association of Energy Engineers or the ability to gain certificate within one year of employment.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $80,000 - $88,000 per year dependent upon qualifications and experience.

General Information

This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a 'limited reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How To Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing: link and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current resume, including names of three professional references. NOTE: Internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources/Employee pagelet.

Applications received through August 30, 2018 will be considered in the initial review and review will continue until position is filled.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at ext. 2101.