Program Manager (Building Technology and Urban Systems)

Lawrence Berkeley National Labratory
Closing Date: 
Sun, 01/15/2017

Program Manager (Building Technology and Urban Systems) - 82709

Organization: BU-Bldg Technology Urban Systems

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Position Summary:

Berkeley Lab’s Building Technology and Urban Systems Division has an opening for an Program Manager. Experienced engineer and program manager in support of commercial building operational efficiency, energy management and information systems, analytics, controls, and savings verification. You will apply engineering expertise and project management discipline to meet assignments and objectives. Under limited supervision, you will lead planning efforts for programs of moderate to large scope and size. Will formulate and recommend corrective actions such as technical approach, schedule revisions, fund allocations, and staffing requirements. Lead in program implementation and execution of technical work, and monitor performance to meet customer requirements. Classification will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities. This position will be filled at the Program Manager level 2 or 3, dependent on experience.

Program Manager (Level 2) Specific Responsibilities:

• Plan, document and track project objectives, milestones, deliverables, and accomplishments.

• Work with Principal Investigators (PIs) to communicate goals, progress, and accomplishments to key internal and external stakeholders.

• Capture, track, and verify completion of programmatic requirements.

• Work with PIs to establish and manage subcontracts including scope, budget, contracting, and tracking.

• Technical leadership in project task areas in aspects of measurement and verification, technology field testing and demonstration, fault detection and diagnostics, existing building commissioning, and utility efficiency program implementation.

• Documentation of technical results, development of project-related publications, reports, and presentations.

• Documentation and tracking of program milestones, deliverables, and accomplishments.

• Coordination of monthly and quarterly reporting, oversight of subcontract development and management.

• Support and lead research proposal development, budgeting, and negotiation.


In addition to the above, Program Manager (Level 3) Specific Responsibilities:

• Scope of work managed would be larger and more complex, with leadership of technical tasks, and supervisory responsibility. 

• Responsible for the planning and management of large and complex projects/programs, including independently managing more than one project simultaneously.

• May develop long-range objectives and strategic plans.

• Independently establishes and assures adherence to budgets, schedules, work plans and performance requirements. 


Additional Responsibilities as needed for the Program Manager (Level 2 & 3):

• Proposal development including communication with sponsors, budget negotiation, coordination of tasks, and working directly with PIs to develop proposal materials, scopes of work, and other proposal materials.

• Communication and presentations to interested organizations and potential partners.

• Development of outward facing materials, including presentations and documents.

Program Manager (Level 2) Required Qualifications:

• Bachelors degree in engineering and/or equivalent training and experience in a related field, or equivalent work experience.

• A minimum of 5+ years work experience including technical work in commercial building operational efficiency, particularly in the areas of technology measurement and verification, fault detection and diagnostics, controls, analytics, field demonstrations, and/or utility efficiency program implementation.

• Understanding of accounting and budgeting principles.

• Knowledge of business processes and operations.

• Demonstrated experience in all aspects of technical project planning, execution, and collaborative technical work.

• Experience in the use and/or testing of technologies for building monitoring, diagnostics and control.

• Ability to synthesize project results into clear and compelling documents.

• Knowledge of HVAC systems.

• Advanced interpersonal skills to work with peers, supervisors, supervisees, and clients to manage group and interpersonal stakeholder concerns is needed.

• Demonstrated experience in building energy engineering.

• Strong computer skills, including experience with engineering data analysis and coding.

In addition to the above, Program Manager (Level 3) Required Qualifications:

• Increased level of demonstrated experience, particularly in the areas of communications, technical leadership, and energy engineering. 

• Ability to build and develop relationships with team members, sponsors, and other stakeholders would be required. 

• A minimum of 10 years work experience including technical work in commercial building operational efficiency, particularly in the areas of technology measurement and verification, fault detection and diagnostics, controls, analytics, field demonstrations, and/or utility efficiency program implementation.

Additional Qualifications as needed for the Program Manager (Level 2 & 3):

•MBA or other master’s degree in a related field.

• Industry experience in energy analytics and software tools.

• Certification in Project Management.

• Experience working with state and federal governments.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.


• This is a 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of renewal and with the possibility of conversion to career.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• This position requires completion of a background check.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process. 

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