Energy Manager

  • Green Job Crawler
  • Chicago, IL
  • 27 Apr, 2020

Job Description

Summary This position is located at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, IL. (537) - a Level 1b Complexity VHA Facility, and is organizationally aligned under the Engineering Service Line, within the Maintenance and Repairs Section. Responsibilities The incumbent functions as Energy Manager for one or more Medical Centers, inclusive of Medical Center (VA) owned and leased space including Outpatient Clinics, CBOCs or administrative space operated by the Medical Center. Energy Manager will work in a collaborative effort with other Energy Managers within their VISN toward accomplishing VISN wide and VHA energy goals. The incumbent works closely with the VISN Capital Asset Manager providing technical support for VISN initiatives. In addition, the incumbent provides technical and program support for the energy conservation programs at local NCA and VBA sites. The incumbent implements energy conservation initiatives and prepares project submission documents for cost effective energy conservation retrofit projects. He/she prepares and monitors utility budgets, advising management of potential budget shortfalls and other factors that may influence the energy budget. Energy manager works with NE firms in the development of energy conservation projects, reviews designs prepared by A/E firms for renovation and construction projects to ensure compliance with applicable local, National and VA regulations as they relate to energy performance. He/she will be required to review local facility-level project and maintenance activities that have the potential to impact energy performance. The incumbent works with the operations and maintenance sections to analyze and improve utility system energy performance, initiate and provide support for the development of operational procedures and controls, including but not limited to the following: - Monitor utility systems components looking for significant changes in consumption rates or quantities. - Evaluate data compiled from the computerized energy management system, looking for trends, such as under and over utilized equipment. - Monitor control and alarm set points within the computerized energy management system. - Work with energy plant personnel to monitor/improve efficiency of boiler and chiller operations. - Monitor natural gas prices to determine when utilizing alternate fuel such as fuel oil in facility boilers are of economic benefit to the facility. - Determine local set back parameters for unoccupied spaces after hours. - Evaluate existing energy savings systems, such as glycol loops, heat wheels and solar panels and recommending appropriate operational changes. - Review and monitor contracts and contractor performance for water treatment such as softeners for boilers, chillers and food preparation or cleaning equipment for appropriateness and billing accuracy. - Manage the building/energy management system(s) and utility metering initiatives (electrical, water, etc.) ensuring proper use, expansion and administration. Establish operating set points and monitor performance of Variable Frequency Speed Drives or similar devices. - Inspect and monitor the steam condensate return piping system and appurtenances. Work Schedule: M-F Shifts 8a - 4:30P Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Police Officer #09212O Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: None Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Position Description/PD#: Energy Manager/PD020238 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Work is generally performed in an office environment. However, inspections and other field work require frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing ladders, etc. WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in administrative and patient care areas as well as outside in inclement weather or in areas that are wet, very hot (boiler plants), cold (walk-in-freezers) or unventilated, such as crawlspaces and mechanical rooms or energy plants. May also be exposed to contagious disease(s) when working in patient care areas or asbestos containing materials/lead when performing inspection work. Safety procedures must be followed and appropriate protective safety gear must be worn, when appropriate, for the specific work area or task. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/27/2020. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Must have one of the following: Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. -OR Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) GS-13 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the Basic Requirements you must possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent in or related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience are: Expert knowledge to perform supervisory responsibilities such as planning and assigning work to subordinates and oversee day-to-day work within the Service. Provide advice, counsel and instructions to employees on both work and administrative matters. Identifies developmental and training needs. Oversee and approve the work of contractors. Must have good working knowledge of computer systems and software, and ability to clearly summarize and communicate. Ability to resolve issues and use independent judgment and professional knowledge in making decisions. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Contract AdministrationCustomer ServiceGeneral EngineeringInformation ManagementPlanning and EvaluatingProject Management Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.