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Sr. Technical Project Manager - Federal Energy Management Program

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4603 




The Integrated Building Performance (IBP) Group in the Buildings and Transportation Science Division (BTSD) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a senior technical project manager position that focuses on applied research and development projects, financial analysis and training in the area of Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) for commercial buildings. This position augments ORNL's team operating in support of DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP facilitates the federal government's implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation's energy security and environmental stewardship. This position would be a part of ORNL’s team to facilitate performance contracting project development for federal agency customers with multi-million-dollar ESPC projects and other alternatively financed projects.


The IBP Group works to optimize the energy performance of commercial, institutional and residential buildings through applied research, technical assistance, and technology deployment. The team’s comprehensive knowledge of buildings and energy use spans multi-building sites, whole-building systems, system components and building equipment.


Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct statistical analysis, research and evaluations on the performance of individual ESPC projects by reviewing all financial aspects of project proposals such as project financing, costs for individual energy conservation measure, savings and utility rates.
  • Evaluate and analyze the performance of ESPC programs for the overall program and trends within the program
  • Assess proposed costs of energy conservation measures in new projects using data from previously awarded ESPC and UESC projects
  • Develop methods of assessing ESPC and UESC financing offers and methods of reducing financing costs
  • Advise sponsors on the measures necessary for program and project improvement
  • Lead FEMP program outreach activities to promote third-party financing, including serving as a technical trainer at workshops and conferences.
  • Develop and provide customized training for community, institutional, federal and other public sector customers
  • Collaborate with program managers on new program development opportunities within the area of applied research pertaining to implementing ECMs and energy project financing
  • Guide and advise Federal agencies through alternative financing and procurement approaches to facilitate energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency and water conservation projects at federal facilities
  • Provide technical project management for the development of multi-million dollar alternatively financed energy efficiency improvement projects at federal facilities - from project idea to contract award
  • Monitor and report on progress on alternatively financing project portfolios
  • Identify key barriers to implementing energy savings performance contract opportunities, developing strategies for eliminating these barriers, and creating and implementing initiatives to enhance the implementation of energy savings opportunities
  • As lead author/contributor, write peer-reviewed papers for high impact scientific journals, conference papers, technical reports and sponsor progress reports to summarize the results of applied research and evaluations
  • Present research results to sponsors, academia, industry, professional societies and Laboratory staff, in the form of peer reviews, conference presentations and invited talks
  • Network with related organizations and interact with existing sponsors in pursuit of additional research funding



Basic Qualifications


  • M.S. or PhD in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, engineering management, or related discipline; or B.S. in engineering with MBA.   Required work experience for a M.S. or MBA candidate is 12+ years and for a PhD candidate it is a minimum of six years
  • Knowledge of building science, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, heating and cooling technologies, and mechanical systems and controls is required
  • Experience with building energy modeling and analysis tools is required
  • Knowledge of Measurement and Verification Protocols (i.e. IPMVP) is required
  • Proficiency with the use of Excel and/or other tools in engineering data reduction, analysis and visualization (e.g. R, Python, Tableau, Power BI) is essential
  • Ability to work creatively and cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to support regular interactions with sponsors, industry, academia and laboratory staff to prepare journal papers, proposals and reports are required
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills to support team building, partnering and leadership
  • Willing to travel. You will be involved in meetings with DOE sponsors in Washington DC and will attend key conferences and workshops. Travel will be periodically required to visit federal facilities. Travel is estimated at 5-10 times per year


Preferred Qualifications


  • Professional society certifications such as: Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) or Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP)
  • Professional licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Active participation (committee membership/leadership), in professional societies such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)



This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Nearest Major Market: Knoxville