Manager of Campus Energy

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Department: Environmental Health & Safety
Position Type: Staff Full-time
Categories: Energy and Sustainability

Benefits Eligible: Yes
Pay Classification: Exempt (Salaried)
Position FTE: 1.0
Pay Grade: Exempt - Grade 15

Position Overview:

The purpose of the Manager of Campus Energy is to provide leadership to the campus energy program and utility systems, to support and advance Carleton’s efforts to continue its leadership in sustainability as it relates to campus energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and manage related capital projects. The Manager will develop strategies to embed principles of sustainability in the areas of energy management and conservation and the operation of the College, both in its role as a place of learning and research, and as a member of the local community.

The Manager of Campus Energy will play a key role in implementing Carleton’s energy and sustainability goals. This includes:

  • Collaborating with College faculty, administration, students, and staff in the integration of energy management and other sustainable concepts and practices into the operation of Facilities and the College.
  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing the College’s energy programs, including procurement and production strategies, energy capital investment strategies, energy conservation, campus energy monitoring, and sustainability objectives within the energy environment.
  • Provide project management and act as the College’s representative on capital projects, campus planning initiatives, and other projects as assigned.
  • Acting as a representative of the College to communicate with students, faculty, staff, Northfield citizens, city and state regulatory agencies, and with other outside entities, including the media, in the areas of energy goals, sustainability, campus projects, and community relations.

Essential Job Functions - Responsibilities:

Energy Management

  • Manage the campus energy budget including sourcing, production, and purchasing strategies, metering, and energy usage. Oversee and manage energy contracts and agreements with third parties. Develop and review monthly utility consumption reports and billings for accuracy and trends. Identify opportunities for further efficiencies, energy conservation, and system retrofits and re-commissioning to further reduce energy costs and consumption.
  • Coordinate with Xcel Energy on rates, energy audits, energy conservation programs, rebates, and utility system technical issues.
  • Manage renewable energy systems including wind turbine maintenance, contracts and data acquisition.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Maintenance to ensure the efficient and reliable delivery of utilities to campus. Work with maintenance staff to identify facility system upgrades to reduce energy costs, improve building occupant comfort, and support academic programs.
  • Manage the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) including data verification and integration, reporting, dashboards and tracking of energy conservation projects.
  • Support energy-related reporting to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), AASHE STARS, Sightlines annual benchmarking, campus greenhouse gas inventory, and Facilities department reporting.
  • Manage the campus metering systems including maintenance, calibration, replacements, additions and data integration to the campus EMIS.
  • Develop and implement plans and projects to manage and reduce the College’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Collaborate with staff, faculty, students, Facilities staff, consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies with regard to energy program and conservation project implementation.
  • In partnership with the Director of Facilities, implement sustainability and energy goals, practices, and standards in new construction design and update the College design and construction standards accordingly.

Project Management

  • Facilitate the planning, scope, and budget development of capital projects including, but not limited to, new construction, renovations and retrofits, energy management and conservation, water conservation, and implement these projects with the appropriate offices on campus.
  • Participate in the development, monitoring, and communication of project goals, budgets, and timelines. Provide administration of consultant and construction contracts, change orders, payment applications, and invoices as required. Ensure projects are completed within budget, project scope, and project schedule.
  • Oversee the design, construction, start-up, and commissioning of capital projects as assigned.


  • Collaborate with others to conceive, develop, and implement strategies for the campus to achieve carbon neutrality in support of the commitment made by the College to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • Work with other sustainability focused positions and committee structures at the College to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and implement best practices throughout the Facilities department.
  • Measure, track, and annually update the College’s greenhouse gas inventory.
  • Work with the student Sustainability Assistants assigned to Facilities and energy related goals and task them as appropriate with initiatives and projects.
  • Support the efforts of and serve as a voting member of the Sustainability Revolving Fund Committee to further energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Support External Relations in working to increase public awareness of the College’s sustainability initiatives through various media as it relates to Facilities related issues and work.


  • Communicate energy related and sustainable project planning details to Trustees, executive and other administrative staff, Facilities staff, faculty, students, alumni, and visitors.
  • Provide energy efficiency, training, and educational services to College constituents as required.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of energy management, facility planning, design and construction principles, contract and budget management, energy and building codes, environmental regulations, and project scheduling and management.
  • Demonstrated experience with sustainability issues and implementation of best practices.
  • Strong organizational skills to simultaneously handle multiple projects of varying size and complexity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to document technical and financial information and ability to relate them to the general community.
  • Effective leadership, collaborative, and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of constituencies across the organization.
  • Excellent computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, along with 5-10 years of proven accomplishment and experience with the planning, development, design, implementation, and management of complex capital projects and experience with facility management and operations.
  • Five years minimum experience with energy management principles and central utility systems serving multiple facilities.
  • Experience with greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability and net zero emissions programs and initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current Professional Engineering license.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.
  • Certified Energy Manager Accreditation.
  • Supervisory and budgeting experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

As per the Carleton Upward Mobility Program, priority consideration for internal applications will be given to those who apply by the end of day Friday, June 17, 2022. Pending the review of those internal applications, external applications will be considered at that time. External applications are welcome at any time.

Salary and Benefits:

This is an exempt level position. The selected finalist’s salary will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, internal pay structure, and our overall compensation package. Carleton offers a generous benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plans with a 10% employer contribution with immediate vesting, a health savings account with college contribution, a generous paid time off, as well as access to many other campus amenities.

Carleton College is a AA/EEO employer. We are committed to developing our staff to better reflect the diversity of our student body and American society. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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