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Energy Engineer, Elevate Energy

Created 3/9/2018 by Dianna Parkman
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Elevate Energy seeks candidates for the position of Energy Engineer in Portland, Oregon where Elevate Energy is working in collaboration with New Ecology, Inc. and Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) to continue to provide energy efficiency services to affordable multifamily housing owners. The work requires technical, architectural, and mechanical competency; knowledge of building science and green building practices and technologies; experience with the implementation of energy efficiency improvement strategies; and working experience with LEED, Enterprise Green Community, or other certification projects.


The Energy Engineer is a member of the New Markets Initiatives team and reports to the Portland Senior Project Manager. The Energy Engineer will work closely with property owners and real estate development teams to improve the performance, occupant health, and durability of multifamily buildings. The Energy Engineer is expected to coordinate with other technical staff across New Ecology and Elevate Energy’s offices.


The Energy Engineer will implement green building projects from pre-design through construction to operations optimization which could include retrofit-type projects. The Energy Engineer will collaborate with internal and external team members on coordination and communication, schedules and budgets, oversight of technical resources, and delivery of work products. The Energy Engineer will be responsible for developing and delivering work products.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Conducting energy assessments
  • Assisting with development of and participating in design meetings to identify and target cost-effective greening strategies
  • Attending project meetings and participating in discussions on relevant sustainability issues
  • Assisting with developing energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies for new construction, renovation, and retrofit projects
  • Assisting with reviewing technical documents such as building plans, specifications, and submittals to ensure that green design intent and certification requirements are incorporated and that green features are buildable
  • Implementing green building rating systems, such as LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, and Energy Star
  • Assisting with construction management responsibilities, including inspections, to ensure that projects are built as designed, that program requirements are met, and that problems are identified and resolved to the owner’s satisfaction
  • Assisting with post-occupancy evaluations of projects to ensure they perform as intended
  • Coordinating with utility representatives and filing rebate forms
  • Writing reports and case studies
  • Maintaining relationships with clients


The Energy Engineer position is located in Portland, Oregon and may be expected to travel as needed to enable New Ecology and Elevate Energy to meet client deliverable expectations and develop business.


The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, results-oriented, and a team player. The candidate must have a technical knowledge of building systems and operations. A strong desire to work on energy efficiency and sustainability issues at the building level is required.

  • Academic or work experience that demonstrates strong verbal and written communications
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong MS Excel and Word and writing skills
  • Experience conducting energy assessments, experience with ASHRAE Level 2 requirements a plus
  • Technical competence in reading and interpreting specifications and plans
  • Experience in building science, experience in multifamily buildings
  • LEED accreditation or BPI certification, or ability to obtain; experience working on certification projects and/or retrofit programs
  • A valid drivers’ license is required


New Ecology is an innovative, nationally-recognized, nonprofit corporation. Their core work is providing energy efficiency and green building services that cost-effectively improve the performance, health, and durability of buildings. Their clients are typically owners of multifamily housing (with an emphasis on affordable housing) and community-based projects such as municipal, educational, and arts buildings. Projects include buildings that are being newly constructed, renovated, or are seeking improved performance.

NOAH is a nonprofit lender working to solve Oregon’s housing affordability crisis. NOAH provides an array of financial tools, including pre-development, bridge and permanent loans, as well as technical assistance to affordable housing developers. Since its beginning, NOAH has funded over $316 million in loans for over 260 properties and more than 9,800 units, leveraging more than $1.28 billion in total project capital. NOAH supports the acquisition, renovation, and construction of affordable housing properties throughout the state.

Organization Description

We design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate Energy is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

This is an Exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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