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Director of Energy Services - (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Role Mission: The Director of Energy Services will identify and prioritize energy projects, ensure broad organizational understanding of energy management priorities, and guarantee operational and capital allocation to support program success. This will be done by monitoring energy usage across the organization, and working closely with Facilities team, Business Office, and Campus Leadership to guarantee the most effective energy efficiency measures. This role will also create trainings and training guides for Facilities Managers regarding energy consumption and deliver 1:1 and group training workshops.


What We Offer




  • Compensation for this role is set at a salary ranging between $82, 090 for 0 years of experience and $100,971.
  • This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment. 


Other Benefits: 

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include: 

  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to​ 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability. 
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more.   


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses and professional development. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable. 




5% reduction in district kwh usage

  • Identifies the appropriate kWh usage targets per region and campus.
  • Create professional development sessions to ensure that FMs, APOs and Campus Leadership are aware of energy budget, policy, and guidelines.
  • Collaborate with maintenance and operations personnel and District administrators to

provide optimum facility comfort while reducing energy consumption levels.

  • Tracks campus performance and partners with regional leaders, campus leaders and facility managers to meet the kWh goal and implement energy utilization strategies.
  • Monitor the general operation of the Building Automation Systems to ensure compliance with

District Energy Conservation Guidelines.

  • Supervise the implementation of projects that pertain to energy conservation.
  • Develop and implement an energy policy that complies with local, state, and federal guidelines. Implement said policy among IDEA Public school facilities.
  • Review utility bills for correctness and implement strategies based on identified trends


100% of campuses meet the kWh with an A rating in the Facilities Energy Audit

  • Develop, implement, and assess an effective energy management program for each facility that

will provide occupant safety and comfort while maximizing energy savings in support of

instructional goals.

  • Perform walk-through energy audits (during and after operating hours) on targeted District

facilities on a weekly basis and publish efficiency reports.

  • Manages the creation and improvements to the Facilities Energy Audit to ensure the audit effectively and efficiently allows Facilities Managers to maximize energy utilization.
  • Designs effective professional development sessions for regional leaders and facility managers to entrench and improve energy utilization and controls management at each campus.


100% of preventative maintenance are scheduled and performed with 0 preventable HVAC breakdowns

  • Provides strategic and tactical leadership in the areas of HVAC controls and maintenance.
  • Indirectly manages Facility Managers by providing technical training, ongoing support, and by building the capacity of their managers (APOs) to oversee their HVAC work effectively.
  • Works with Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs) to mentor and support Assistant Principals of Operations (APOs) on best practices, analysis and tracking mechanisms to ensure effective monitoring of HVAC systems.
  • All Preventative Maintenance (PM) plans are fully developed and implemented through the district by the established timeline.
  • Manage the procurement of performance contract and select vendors that add the best value to IDEA Public Schools


Ensure all new utility service meters are transferred to IDEA within 2 weeks of TCO/CO

  • Work diligently with our construction team to facilitate the transition of temporary construction utility accounts from the contractor to IDEA Public Schools.
  • Collaborate with construction and facility planning personnel on District renovation and new

construction projects during design and construction phases to insure District energy management specifications are implemented.

  • Monitor CapEx projects to set up service of electricity, water and gas infrastructure to existing building additions, portable buildings, and competition fields.
  • Establish relationships with regional utility providers to streamline the coordination of all temporary and permanent utility accounts.
  • Collaborate with the Project Analyst to ensure that all accounts are included in the facilities dashboard


100% of program schools are operational 2 weeks before the FDOS

  • Coordinate with FMs and Regional Directors of Facilities to make certain that all campus HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems are working properly 2 weeks before FDOS
  • Collaborate with all HVAC control companies to confirm that 100% of campus HVAC controls are programmed with schedule and aligned with aligned with campus activities.
  • Manage Water Signal software by setting up new accounts, establishing alert ranges, and coordinating with FMs and Regional Directors of Facilities in case of leaks.


We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics: 

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students can get to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism, and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Architecture, Construction,

Environmental Science, or closely related field from an accredited college or university

recognized by the US Department of Education.

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Professional designation of Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and/or certification from the

Texas Energy Managers Association (TEMA) or the ability to obtain one or both certifications within 12 months of employment.

  • Experience: 5 years in an Energy Management Role
    • 5 experience in controls/building automation system (BAS)
  • Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record to travel to sites in the IDEA area


Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of all aspects of energy management to include program development.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of mechanical and electrical systems including Direct Digital Control (DDC) and pneumatic controls.
  • Strong knowledge of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and Network Oriented Document Abstraction Language (NODAL) systems.
  • Strong knowledge of electricity, gas, and water markets.
  • Skill in mathematical and statistical techniques and models.
  • Skill in gathering/organizing/analyzing/interpreting information and formulating conclusions and developing recommendations and solutions.
  • Skill in developing and presenting training modules of building performance, efficiency, and comfort awareness and changes related to energy management coupled with evaluating training needs and course effectiveness.
  • Skill in project planning management and implementation of programs on a large scale.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with diverse groups, both verbally and written, utilizing professionalism, poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Skill in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and energy management software
  • Ability to comprehend complex systems and technical information and explain effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures, budget, data, and highly technical information.
  • Ability to manage assigned personnel and multiple tasks simultaneously and independently to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of District and external personnel, outside organizations, elected officials, and the public. 
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