Energy and Sustainability Analyst

  • Durham NC
  • 2011 Fay St, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  • Feb 23, 2018
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Energy Efficiency Environmental Science - Engineering Green Building - Sustainable Development Sustainability

Job Description

The City of Durham General Services Department (GSD) is seeking a Sustainability and Energy Analyst to lead the City's Sustainability and Energy Program.  We are looking for an individual who wants to make a difference to meet the needs of our community in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner – for all Durham residents, present and future.
In Winter 2016, GSD was asked to take the lead in developing a City-wide Sustainability Plan that would define what sustainable operations look like for the City, set a long-term shared vision, and a path towards achieving that vision. We would like for you to be a part of this. 
Sustainability has been a priority here in Durham since the early 1980s when we first became a Tree City USA and established a joint City-County Environmental Affairs Board. These early sustainability efforts demonstrate the solid foundation on how to improve the City's sustainable vision. The past year has resulted in the first-ever 2017 City of Durham Sustainability Report, certification as a 4-STAR community, and the City's Sustainability Roadmap.
GSD is proud of our work supporting the sustainable growth of the "Bull City".  Home to great weather year-round, friendly people, beautiful natural sites, a prominent art culture, rich history and award-winning restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and breweries – it's no wonder that Durham is one of the top places in the U.S. to live, work, and play. The 4th largest municipality in the state, Durham's population has grown by 20 new residents and 5 new households EVERY DAY for the past 10 years. With all this growth, supporting a well-run organization is more important than ever. But to do this, we need the very best people.
When you join GSD, you are joining a team of innovative, highly-qualified, service-oriented individuals committed to the sustainable natural and built environment of the City we all love. The department's portfolio of responsibilities includes the acquisition and sale of properties, design and management of new construction and renovation projects, building maintenance, landscaping and horticultural services, pruning, planting and removal of trees, cemeteries management, and supporting the nonprofit Keep Durham Beautiful, among others. Building and maintaining city facilities and public spaces is what we do. Supporting the quality of life and serving as a foundation of a healthy economy for all Durham residents is why we do it.
Use your unique skills to make a difference, to give back to the Durham community. The General Services Department's work culture is one that offers the opportunity for professional growth, to work with other innovative, talented people, and to do meaningful and important work. Be part of something great. Join us as we build the future of Durham together.

The focus of this position will be on energy and sustainability efforts and execution of the City's Sustainability Road Map.  The position will gather, review, analyze, audit, educate and report on a variety of issues in support of policy and programs, including but not limited to sustainability issues, energy use/consumption, conservation, innovation and pilot projects and more.


  • Conducts research and analysis of sustainability initiatives, energy efficiency and other related topics including operational problems, trends and areas for efficiency and improvement related to the data being developed and analyzed.  Performs in-depth research and analysis, including the review of available datasets to analyze ways to enhance City operations and effectiveness. Conducts research and analysis by utilizing proven statistical methods; maintaining electronic and web-based resources; developing written and oral correspondence; and compiling and submitting departmental reports.
  • Researches innovative funding mechanisms for energy efficiency programs and makes recommendations regarding implementations; provides oversight by researching and writing proposals and potential grant or reimbursement opportunities; and maintaining financial records and reports relating to grants, or other funding opportunities.
  • Evaluates new programs, grants or other opportunities,  recommends programs and technologies that maximize environmental protection and resource conservations to minimize environmental liability and impact. Designs education and outreach activities to support behavior change. Drafts and updates city policies, and provides education, outreach and training related to programs.
  • Identifies energy saving measures for City buildings and operations and works with facility managers and owning department to reduce energy use; monitors and communicates energy costs, usage, and utility tracking progress reports. Assists with greenhouse gas reduction efforts, energy efficiency, renewable energy development and resiliency planning.
  • Assists with management of complex and significant strategic planning projects, supporting City's strategic plan and Sustainability Roadmap. Creates presentations, prepares correspondence and reports and performs variety of complex, diverse and advanced level professional and technical duties in support of the City's sustainability and strategic planning efforts. 

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Over three years of related increasingly responsible administrative and analytical experience with a focus in Sustainability or Environmental Science. 
  • Work requires functioning as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed, and includes overseeing work quality, training, instructing, and scheduling work.
  • North Carolina Public Notary maybe required. 
  • Some departments may require a NC Class C Driver's License.

Additional Preferred Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Renewable Energy, Engineering, Environmental Science/Studies, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field.
  • Knowledge of local government financial and management concepts.

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$48,575.00 - $75,755.00 Annually