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14 Oct 2022

Full-Time Associate Director of Building Decarbonization Policy

Colorado Energy Office – Posted by susannahblythe Denver, Colorado, United States

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Job Description


The mission of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy costs by advancing clean energy, energy efficiency, and zero emission vehicles to benefit all Coloradans. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Description of Role:

The Associate Director of Building Decarbonization will lead CEO’s work on implementing building codes and building performance standards to help achieve Colorado’s ambitious climate goals. While CEO has worked on building energy efficiency for years, with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) we are significantly expanding our focus on building decarbonization, including  through new building performance standards, developing stronger statewide minimum energy codes, engaging with gas utilities on clean heat plan implementation, and administering building electrification grant programs.

The Associate Director will work closely with office leadership to implement electrification and energy efficiency programs, develop innovative energy codes, and implement the building performance standards program. This work will involve engaging with and leveraging industry stakeholders, conceptualizing and designing market transformation initiatives, and implementing programs that effectively address barriers to sector decarbonization. In addition, it is expected that this role will represent the Energy Office in regional and national conversations on building decarbonization.

While the primary initial objective will be to implement new state legislation, this position will also be key in securing and programming new federal funds from the Infrastructure & Investment Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. This position will also closely coordinate with other Energy Office teams, particularly the Building Finance and Innovation team, to ensure alignment. An ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about energy codes and building efficiency, experienced in managing projects and staff, and extremely communicative and easy to work with. Candidates should be ready to speak to their vision for building codes and performance standards, as well as the possibility of overseeing a much larger scaling effort to implement new federally funded programs.


Starting Salary Range: $90,000.04 – $105,000.22

Building Decarbonization Programs and Policy

  • Help build the Energy Office’s residential building decarbonization program and create a supportive policy framework
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Oversee implementation of statewide commercial building benchmarking and performance standards
  • Lead implementation of new legislation on statewide requirements for solar and electric ready building and development of a low carbon building code
  • Work with our regulatory team on clean heat plan implementation at the PUC and AQCC Other duties as requested and required
  • Support staff management of program application queues, program tracking, budgets, and metrics development and reporting
  • Manage contractors and projects
  • Engage with policy making and advisory groups
  • Contribute to CEO efforts in workforce development, technology development, and investments groups on issues related to buildings
  • Work with the communications team to update program information on the website and send emails about program updates to stakeholders;

Team Development

  • Manage 1-3 direct reports responsible for building codes support, a building performance standards program, and other programs to support the Office’s vision.
  • Develop annual work plans and coach and mentor team members.
  • Support the productions of reports, research, or studies, to advance the Office’s agenda, including the management of contractors when required.
  • Participate in annual strategic planning related to building decarbonization.
  • Help to lead the Beneficial Electrification League of Colorado (BELCO).
  • Manage procurement of federal awards to support the state’s work on building codes.
  • Monitor project schedules and run reports to track project status, results, and internal operating efficiency.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in the sector, including at two years of managing a team
  • Experience managing consultant and contracts
  • Knowledge of building decarbonization policies and technologies including electrification and advanced energy codes
  • Excellent people skills, management experience preferred
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Strong written, oral, and presentation communication skills
  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative, the ability to work independently, and on a team
  • Excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Office and Google suite
  • Preferred experience working with federal funding and grantmaking

Click here to apply online. Deadline October 28, 2022.

Supplemental Questions:

  • Did you attach the required resume and cover letter? YES / NO
  • Do you have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the energy, sustainability, or related field? YES / NO
  • Do you have a minimum of 2 years managing a team? YES/NO
  • What interests you most about working for the Colorado Energy Office?
  • Please describe how you would prioritize CEO’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion in your work in this role.

The State of Colorado/Office of the Governor offers a generous benefits package including: 

To learn more about State of Colorado benefits, please visit the state’s benefits portal:

*For information on mandatory employee salary deferral (in lieu of contribution to Social Security), see COPERA for details:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. 

ADAAA Accommodations

The Office of the Governor is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship.  If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Staffing Coordinator (the Director of Human Resources) at [email protected].

Conditions of Employment

Applicants must pass a thorough background check prior to employment.

Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have thirty (30) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Employees who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged (and may be required) to test before and/or wear a mask while spending time in person at the Energy Office.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online. Deadline October 28, 2022. A cover letter and resume must be submitted with the application for consideration. Your cover letter and resume must provide sufficient detail about your background and experience to allow the screening panel to properly assess your experience in the required elements, including your experience and achievements.  

Job Categories: Energy Efficiency. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: government and policy. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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