Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$103,625.60 - $129,521.60 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
Public Works Administration
Job Number
11/26/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on November 7, 2018 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be November 26, 2018.

Are you interested in working for a County that is continuously improving energy utilization efficiency? Do you have a record of success in developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to optimize energy conservation? If so, apply for the County of San Mateo's position of the Energy Program Manager! 

Under direction from the Senior Capital Projects Manager, the Energy Program Manager will ensure energy-efficient operations in County facilities, direct long-term planning to define County energy maintenance and equipment replacement needs and manage, coordinate and administer the work of consultants and contractors.  

This position requires a valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the mechanical engineering discipline, issued by the State of California. The ideal candidate will have the leadership and technical expertise to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that the position presents, including:
  • Develop a comprehensive energy management plan.
  • Review the internal County program to improve energy-utilization efficiency.
  • Modernize building controls and energy management systems.
  • Expedite energy efficiency projects.
  • Implement a building retro-commissioning program.
  • Implement the recommendations of multiple building energy audits.
  • Pursue alternative funding sources, e.g., grants and loans.
  • Train and educate Stationary Engineers.
  • Oversee development of technical specifications for energy conservation projects and programs.
  • Oversee the design of energy conservation measures and projects; estimate project costs, payback periods, and return of investment.
  • Inspect and monitor energy conservation projects on site to ensure specifications are met.
  • Monitor monthly utility billings; track energy consumption of all County buildings; record and report on the impact of implemented energy programs.
  • Negotiate and coordinate the implementation of utility contracts.
  • Develop recommendations for the County's utilities budget.
  • Research and apply for grants, rebates and other funding sources for energy savings projects.
  • Develop recommendations for energy policies for County facilities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of section goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to optimize energy conservation.
  • Coordinate activities with other County departments and divisions to insure effective delivery of services and compliance with County policies.

NOTE: The eligible list created from this recruitment may be used to fill other future vacancies.


Licensure/Certification: Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the mechanical engineering discipline, issued by the State of California.

Education and Experience: Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field AND three years of experience in facility engineering, design and operation, with emphasis on building controls for heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), boilers, lighting, electrical power distribution, and automatic control systems.

Knowledge of: Theories, principles and procedures of energy conservation including project analysis, cost estimating and scheduling; principles and practices of electrical and mechanical engineering; building systems, including electrical, mechanical, and temperature control systems; automated building controls and energy management systems; building commissioning and retro-commissioning; principles and practices utilized in conducting energy audits; building, electrical and mechanical laws, codes and standards; current utility rate schedules and tariffs; pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules, regulations, codes, and ordinances and enforcement procedures.

Skill/Ability to: Analyze data and develop sound recommendations based on quantitative and statistical analysis; design and implement energy conservation systems including building automation systems, variable air volume systems, cogeneration, thermal storage and lighting control systems; develop plans for cost-savings of utilities usage; plan, develop and implement a comprehensive energy conservation policy and county-wide program; stay abreast of the latest and greatest in building technology aimed at reducing energy consumption; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; prepare comprehensive administrative, statistical, fiscal, and technical reports, studies, specifications and correspondence; direct and coordinate a large number of projects simultaneously consisting of a variety of contractual activities throughout a large geographical area; train stationary engineers on procedures and practices; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in course of performing assigned responsibilities; climb, walk, stand, stoop and crouch for extended periods of time.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

~ Tentative Recruitment Schedule ~
Final Filing Date: November 26, 2018
Application Screening: TBD
Civil Service Interviews: TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day.
County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Christina Chan (102618) (Energy Program Manager - D046)

Application Instructions

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