Decarbonization and Energy Program Manager

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Northridge
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! 

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.



Under the general direction of the Director of Energy and Sustainability within Facilities Planning, the Decarbonization and Energy Program Manager is responsible for the oversight, planning, implementation and monitoring of all energy use and management of purchased utilities for California State University, Northridge. The incumbent oversees, develops, and manages an annual utility budget of over $10 million and implements programs in alignment with CSUN’s sustainability plan, climate action plan as well as the CSU system-wide goals for decarbonization and sustainability.

  • Collaborates with various campus constituents including Sustainability Staff, Campus Planners, Architects, Project Managers, Energy Controls Specialists, Central Plant Operators, Physical Plant Management staff, etc. on the implementation of new projects and programs to ensure the campus is moving towards its various sustainability and climate goals.
  • Ensures all utilities are being tracked and monitored effectively through the Energy Information System (EIS) and utilizes the EIS to produce the utility budget, annual reports on utility consumption, provide access to data and metrics through dashboards and datasets, track progress on decarbonization goals and projects, monitor the Fault Detection and Diagnostics system, etc.
  • Responsible for ensuring campus metering infrastructure remains operational and works with Physical Plant Management on repairs or replacements and actively identifies and models projects that require an investment, bring best value, savings and carbon reduction to the institution, while meeting the overall goals of the University.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in engineering, energy, technology or job-related field. 
  • Equivalent to five years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience, preferably in Energy Management; with two of the five years in a managerial role preferred. Progressively responsible related experience in energy management, sustainability, and energy performance tracking is desired.
  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification from the Association of Energy Engineers – or ability to gain certificate within 1 year of employment.
  • Valid California Driver License


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership

  • Working knowledge of Siemens Controls System, frontend, graphical interfaces, Powers Process Control Language (PPCL), etc. Working knowledge of California Building Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical codes, Fire Protection codes, ADA standards and other applicable codes and standards required to achieve project objectives.
  • Experience in facilities management, preferably in a higher education or Institutional environment, with emphasis in Central Plant, HVAC, commissioning, controls, operation, and maintenance. 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.
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following areas: natural gas, carbon management, energy efficiency, water efficiency, decarbonization, microgrids, renewable energy, energy storage, metering and metering technology, etc. Advanced knowledge of heating, ventilating, air condition (HVAC), power, electrical services and variable frequency drive (VFD) systems.
  • Understanding of the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) principles and familiarity with LEED Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. LEED Accreditation
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $85,000 - $100,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
  • The position is currently hybrid (4 days in office, 1 days remote); however, this is subject to change based on student and/or operational needs.


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.
  • The person holding this position may be 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.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • Applications received through August 22, 2022, will be considered in the initial review and review of applications will continue until position is filled.
  • CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more visit our Matadors Forward site:


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 818-677-2101.

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