City of Salem seeks Energy and Sustainability Manager


TITLE:  Energy & Sustainability Manager

DEPARTMENT:Planning and Community Development

STATUS: Full Time, 35-hours per week Grant Funded Position

REPORTS TO: Director of Planning & Community Development



The position of Energy Manager is a full -time position and receives direction from the Mayor, Director of the Planning & Community Development Department (DPCD) as well as the City’s Renewable Energy Task Force.  The position will be staffed within the DPCD and reports to the Director of DPCD on day-to-day operations and personnel matters.  The Energy Manager is responsible for the administrative, technical and supervisory tasks related to all renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation policies, practices and projects for the City of Salem. The  Energy & Sustainability Manager will work accordingly with the City’s Renewable Energy Task Force, carrying out the objectives of the Task Force and reporting back to the members at monthly meetings.


Establish energy municipal conservation measures and programs.

Track energy usage, costs and savings for all city facilities and vehicles.

Responsible for researching various technologies, infrastructures and projects that the City can undertake to achieve its sustainability goals and reduce its overall carbon footprint.

Serve as City liaison to upcoming Energy Services Contract.

Research and apply for energy efficiency and renewable energy grant opportunities.

Recommend measures to come into compliance with the Green Communities Act.

Serves as City staff liaison to the Renewable Energy Task Force.  Organizes materials and attends the nightly monthly meetings of the Task Force and implements the recommendations and objectives of the Task Force.

Responsible for community outreach and education.

Assists in the planning of “green” community events.

Other duties as assigned.


Extensive experience in environmental and energy efficient programs. Thorough knowledge of the latest principles, methods and techniques of renewable  energy and energy efficiency programs.  Skill in planning, management, organization, supervision and leadership.

Extensive knowledge of laws, rules and regulations regarding energy procurement practices, the Green Communities Act and various other environmental and renewable energy federal, state and local regulations.

Ability to recognize and set City-wide priorities and work cooperatively to support their accomplishment.  Ability to establish goals and objectives for the division.  Ability to analyze complex issues and to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to establish positive public relations for the City, department and/or division; and to interact effectively with a wide variety of people.


Bachelor’s degree or higher from accredited college or university.  In particular, experience or training in the field of Public Administration, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy/Management or a similar field preferred, with a minimum of two years of related professional experience including development and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  Master’s Degree preferred.  Knowledge and experience in environmental management, climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental sustainability principles. 

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, to assume responsibility, to prioritize and resolve problems, to work under pressure in a fast paced work atmosphere and to coordinate and manage complex projects.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain effective working relationships with the business and non-profit community, the public, boards and committees, consultants and employees at all levels of the organization. Ability and willingness to attend evening meetings.

Experience in research, policy development and report writing.

Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.


The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, see, drive, walk, uses computer keyboards requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity, and perform fine finger manipulation in the use of the computer.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; the noise level may intensify when the employee is outside performing the job while on site visits.


Commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply.  Please submit application in person to the Human Resources Office, 120 Washington Street, 4th floor, Salem, MA  01970.  Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is chosen.


Lisa B. Cammarata, Esq., PHR, Director,

Human Resources


DATED:          August 11, 2009

The City of Salem is an equal opportunity employer.