Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

TITLE: Energy Resource Manager

CLASS: Management

FLSA: Exempt



Under the direction of the Physical Plant Director, oversees efforts to reduce energy, water and waste consumption and improve the interior space ambient air quality at campus facilities located throughout the College District.  Responsible for strategic planning, implementation and leading the College's Energy Management program. Assists the Director with management of energy and sustainability projects; field adjustment, repair and change out of existing mechanical system controls; management of a campus energy management program; and overall operation of the energy management system. 

Position is responsible for a preventive maintenance program relative to all facets of mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Energy Management Systems and related electrical components and the supervision of Energy Management System Technicians and HVAC Technicians.


  1. Supervises Facilities Management Services technical/support and classified staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary. Oversees contractors hired to perform energy management system work, HVAC, plumbing and other mechanical work.
  2. Assists the Director in development of strategic plan to meet the PCC Climate Action Plan commitments in terms of building and energy management, water consumption and solid waste measures along with other related utilities to meet the Climate Action Plan's objectives, goals, strategies and measures. Works with the Director in developing the operational strategic plan for Facilities Management Services.
  3. Establishes effective standards and procedures for operation of the heating, air handling, electrical and mechanical control systems, and annual review procedures to ensure adherence to safety regulations and energy conservation policy. Monitors operation maintenance of all mechanical systems equipment, including distribution systems, furnaces, boilers, hot water tanks, ventilation and air handling equipment, motors, pumps, valves, compressors, air conditioners, steam traps and related environmental equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  4. Works in collaboration with the Director, Sustainability Manager, Facilities Support Services Manager and calculates the district’s carbon emissions and tracks carbon emissions on a trend basis.  Develops and reports Green House Gas emissions and meets other regulatory reporting requirements.  Develops current district water consumption data and compiles baseline information to reduce water consumption.  Works in collaboration with district committees to analyze recycle and refuse programs to increase recycling efforts and composting resulting in decreased waste tipping costs.
  5. Conducts energy audits of district facilities with assistance of energy consultants to identify projects that will result in return in investment (ROI) and short payback to reduce energy costs.  Conducts cyclical energy audit walk through of each building to determine existence of sources of high energy using devices. Recommends effective methods to correct the situation or performs onsite repairs. 
  6. Provides oversight of co-generation and investigates incorporating renewable energy technologies into other district operations. Participates in design and reconstruction of present energy consuming equipment, including mechanical, electrical, and centralized computerized control as required. Takes part in bond construction, LEED standards and energy efficiencies in newly constructed facilities.
  7. Works with federal, state and local municipalities to seek funding and leverage resources to fund and implement energy related projects that will benefit the College. Project work involves the use of private sector engineers and consultants in meeting the objectives of the Climate Action Plan and e6 Net Zero programs. Works with the Bond team on bond projects to identify ways building system components can be maximized or utilized to achieve net zero facilities as well as LEED certification.
  8. Provide mechanical engineering oversight of retrofitting of controls in district facilities. Implements energy retrofit recommendations in conjunction with retrofitted building controls that will result in decreasing energy consumption and increased energy efficiency.
  9. Assist with preparation of utility budgets by formulating utility use projections.  Researches rebate programs from utility providers (natural gas, electric, water and sewer) to fund energy projects and renewable energy technology.  Investigates use of ESCO or ESPC agreements to fund retrofitting efforts.  Investigates other funding sources such as grants and contracts to fund programs or projects and to find ways of growing revenue streams or reducing costs in electricity, natural gas, water and sewage charges.  Collaborates and works with all utility service providers utilized by the district to negotiate electrical, natural gas, natural gas transportation costs, and back-up fuel for generators. Recommends to Director which contracts to accept.
  10. Develops and monitors an effective preventive maintenance program. Oversees the development of a computerized software system that is flexible in design and adapts to other facilities systems. Performs monthly monitoring of data recorded including the status of operating capacities, service demands, fuel supplies, and progress in a preventative maintenance program.
  11. Works with Facilities Services Support Manager to reconcile and verify that all utility charges are accurate.
  12. Plans and presents workshops on energy conservation programs to faculty, staff, and/or maintenance personnel and provides annual reports.
  13. Maintains knowledge of existing vendors and vendor products; meets with sales staff and sales engineers to solicit most efficient and effective products needed.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Minimum seven (7) years of mechanical and engineering experience related to energy management. Work experience must demonstrate the ability to reduce energy costs through policy, programs and projects to avoid or reduce consumption and demand. Experience in the development, implementation, and management of ESCO and/or ESPC agreements; and projecting capacity and demand by profiling utilities to meet the College's utility needs.  Experience must also include demonstrated ability to supervise, lead and manage employees.


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced principles and practices in the area of resource conservation;
  • Leadership and management principles;
  • Energy management and systems to achieve energy savings;
  • Energy Services Performance Contracting (ESCO's) or Energy Performance Service Contracts (EPSC's) in terms of development, negotiation of agreements and management of performance contract efforts.
  • Power or heat and cooling plant operations, including electrical electronic and pneumatic control equipment;
  • Centralized computer maintenance programs involving HVAC systems, database, spreadsheet and other software applications;
  • Statistical analysis and modeling techniques and supporting software;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes;
  • Utilities, facilities maintenance and operations infrastructure;
  • Budget principles and practices;
  • Project management principles and practices;
  • Supervisory principles;
  • Strategic planning principles.

Demonstrated Skill in:

  • Working from building drawings, architectural plans, operational and maintenance manuals common to the trade;
  • Analyzing data and performance of boiler, heating units, air conditioning machines and other mechanical equipment;
  • Directing and providing leadership to subordinate staff;
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, rules and regulations;
  • Coordinating complex, multi-disciplinary projects involving multiple locations;
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals;
  • Coordinating activities with internal and/or external groups and agencies;
  • Assembling and interpreting statistical data applicable to design and evaluation of energy conservation;
  • Public speaking and presentation;
  • Monitoring legal and regulatory changes;
  • Developing, recommending, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures;
  • Communicating effectively through oral and written communication; using oral persuasion and written mediums allowing for open dialogue to occur;
  • Preparing a variety of reports in relation to operational activities, including statistical analysis;
  • Utilizing computer technology used for communication, data gathering and reporting;
  • Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and staff.


Work is generally performed in both an office environment and an outdoor environment, with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Frequent walking, standing, climbing, lifting, stooping, or carrying of equipment and materials may be required. Incumbent may be exposed to extreme temperatures, close quarter situations, high and precarious places, moving mechanical parts, and vibrations.

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