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Engineering Specialist (Energy & Sustainability) at Facilities Services Division of Judicial Council of California | SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO



The Judicial Council of California is accepting applications for the position of Engineering Specialist (Energy & Sustainability) for the Facilities Services Office.

Under the direction of the Facilities Supervisor for Sustainability, the Engineering Specialist (Energy & Sustainability) will be responsible for providing technical expertise and contributing to program development related to all aspects of energy and sustainability-related courthouse operations for existing court facilities and capital projects. The nature of the work will include providing technical expertise primarily in energy efficiency, mechanical, lighting, building automation systems, benchmarking, energy modeling, renewable energy and storage, zero net energy, GHG inventory management, and coordination of various assigned sustainability initiatives.

The Judicial Council strives for work-life balance and includes substantial vacation and holiday time. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, medical, dental, and vision coverage, flexible spending, a $130 monthly stipend towards public transit commuting costs, and retirement savings plans. In San Francisco, the office is only a 7-minute walk from the Civic Center BART station in downtown San Francisco.  In Sacramento, the office is located minutes from downtown, just north of Discovery Park.

The successful candidate will be expected to work in the San Francisco or Sacramento office.


  • Facilitate Benchmarking, Energy Auditing, and Management for Energy, Cost, and Greenhouse (GHG) Emissions Reductions in Court Facilities:
    • Assist in benchmarking the Judicial Council of California’s (JCC) portfolio of over 460 facilities and established systematic monitoring, data analysis, and reporting energy, water, and waste data.
    • Perform trend analysis on energy and water data to identify inefficiencies, usage spikes, electricity peak demand, and assist in developing technical standards for improving operational efficiencies, local control settings, setbacks, or non-occupancy shutdowns example.
    • Assess existing energy audits or retro-commissioning reports and provide analysis to identify the need for additional audits. Prioritize audits, energy efficiency, or other sustainability projects to reduce energy usage intensity per square foot (EUI), energy costs, and associated carbon emissions. Analyze energy efficiency projects, deep retrofit to zero net energy with building decarbonization, or other innovative programs towards low energy buildings for best-operating expenses reductions and long-term carbon reduction targets.
    • Prepare reports utilizing audit findings, analysis, and energy efficiency recommendations with the estimated total cost of construction, annual estimated energy, and GHG savings to calculate simple payback and life cycle cost analysis to develop prioritized project proposals to achieve the goals of the Sustainability Unit. If eligible, include rebate estimates from an application for incentives from the local utility provider or identify grants, partnerships, or other resources to leverage projects.
  • Energy dashboard Platform Management, Energy Data Analytics, and Life Cycle Cost Analysis:
    • Develop and utilize an energy and sustainability dashboard platform with data analytics/visualization to convey energy and water use data to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Support Sustainability Supervisor in preparing presentations for capital projects and existing facilities on life cycle cost analysis from major HVAC equipment decisions and deep energy retrofits towards ZNE/Zero Carbon. Provide energy data analysis and technical input on energy efficiency and sustainability projects to support project proposals with justifications for the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee process for funding approval.
    • Collaborate with the Sustainability unit to further develop and maintain the systems for monitoring energy, water, and waste data in 3 metrics: use, cost, and GHG emissions leveraging data visualization that measure progress against baselines and sustainability goals.
  • Provide technical support for Capital Projects & Facilities Modification projects, such as Capturing Incentives, Energy Performance design criteria, and strategies to meet JCC targets:
    • Initiate, track and manage incentive applications for new construction and lighting or express efficiency design and equipment installations at the beginning of the project. Track design team activities and ensure utility process through final inspection/audit and receipt of rebate checks.
    • Schedule and participate with the Sustainability Supervisor in a “kick-off” meeting with the architects, project manager, mechanical/electrical contractor, the commissioning agent, and the utility representative to plan the incentive project and provide a timeline for the necessary documentation.
    • Meet with the major Utility Representatives to review energy efficiency projects, rebates, new programs, potential rate increases, or new demand response programs.
  • Investigate various incentive programs and evaluate financing mechanisms toward the planning, feasibility, photovoltaics analysis, and management of renewable energy and battery storage and energy efficiency projects implementation. Potential projects may be solar, wind power, fuel cells, or zero net energy designs:
    • Provide technical engineering support to Sustainability Supervisor in developing a Solar Master Plan and approaches to Deep Energy Retrofit for ZNE/Zero Carbon Master Planning. Potential projects may be energy efficiency, solar, wind power, fuel cells or zero net energy, building decarbonization, or zero-carbon designs.
    • Assist in planning, feasibility design, and managing renewable energy and battery storage systems. Provide energy analysis, LCCA, benefits in the 3-sustainability metrics, Measurement & Verification, and ongoing monitoring to benchmark energy performance.
  • Present or coordinate Energy Efficiency Technical Training and Educational seminars for the Facility Management field staff and other JCC staff:
    • Facilitate virtual or in-person training on the critical changes to Title 24, sections 6 and 11 Building Energy Efficiency Standards updated every three years. Title 24 is mandatory for all State Buildings in California.
    • Coordinate with Supervisor to facilitate presentations on recently introduced technologies that may complement the goals of the Judicial Council: Zero Net Energy, Fuels Cells, Light Emitting Diodes (LED), Building Automation Systems, Solar Panels Advancements, Grid-Interactive Buildings and Optimization, Building Decarbonization, or others.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a directly related field, would provide the knowledge and skills necessary for technical facility and construction engineering. An additional four years of professional experience, as noted above, may substitute for a bachelor’s degree. Or, other directly related experiences and education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.


Valid driver’s license.


  • Licensed PE, LEED AP, and CEM
  • Project Management Certification – PMP
  • Water Conservation Qualification – CWEP, QWEL, or CWM
  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking experience preferred
  • Energy Modeling experience preferred
  • Familiarity with ZNE buildings, LEED EBOM v4, T24/Cal Green preferred
  • GHG Inventory Management & Calculation experience preferred
  • Controls System Programming Logic experience
  • Experience with Strategic Energy Management (SEM) initiatives such as ISO500001, Superior Energy Performance, Better Buildings Initiative


As a condition of employment, employees must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Proof of vaccination, if submitted, must be received before the start date. If you have questions about these requirements, you may confidentially submit them to Human Resources at

Additionally, if you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.


To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on June 24, 2022. This position requires the submission of our official application, a resume and a response to the supplemental questions.

To complete an online application, go to job opening #5602 at

The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.


$6,169.00 – $8,635.00 per month

(Starting salary will be $6,169.00 per month)

Some highlights of our benefits package include:

  • Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
  • 1 personal holiday per year
  • $130 transit pass subsidy per month
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flex Elect Program
  • Pretax Parking
  • Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)
  • Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

The Judicial Council of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Supplemental Questions

To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, please provide a response to the following questions:

  1. Do you have any other employment by the State of California that is not already provided on your application? If yes, please list the specific departments or agencies for which you worked. If you have no prior state service, please state “none.”
  2. Please describe your experience in performing cost-benefit analysis of proposed energy efficiency improvements.
  3. What exposure have you had to building science concepts, energy efficiency projects, or water conservation projects for large facilities?  Please describe.
  4. Please submit any supplemental samples of your relevant experience in Life cycle cost-benefit analysis, energy audit, energy/water efficiency retrofit work, or green building standards.
  5. Describe what you consider to be one of your most successful “sustainability” projects.  Why do you consider it a success?  What would you do differently the next time? How do you measure a successful “sustainability” project?
  6. Describe your experience with policy and procedure development and establishing best practices for a sustainability or facilities program.
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