Francesca Amari Sajtar Palm Springs Feb 5, 2016 16:42 pm

Job Title: Commercial Behavioral Energy Assessor

Start Date: Immediately

Employment Type: Part-Time or Full-Time Employment

Location: San Francisco or San Jose, CA

Background: Empower Efficiency is a small and growing consulting company dedicated to making energy efficiency and renewable energy desirable to consumers. In partnership with local leaders and local electric and gas utilities, Empower Efficiency specializes in developing, implementing, and evaluating energy efficiency, renewable, and clean energy initiatives that combine social psychology, consumer-focused community-based social marketing, and grassroots outreach.

This position will support a large-scale behavioral initiative in two cities in the San Francisco Bay Area: San Francisco and San Jose. We are seeking a versatile person to work with our team on an innovative, behavior-based energy efficiency project in the commercial building sector.

This role collaborates with Empower Efficiency staff, client stakeholders, and initiative partners to: 1) assess behavior-based opportunities for energy reduction in large commercial buildings and collaboratively develop an implementation plan for achieving those reductions, 2) develop, implement, and evaluate field experiments to test the effect of program design elements, and 3) develop behavior-based campaigns to mobilize energy saving actions.

The duties include site visits with initiative participants (and a client representative) to: 1) apply social science approaches, such as interviews and structured observational research; 2) collect information about participants current energy practices; 3) communicate opportunities for reducing energy consumption through employee behavior change and potential barriers to change; 4) help initiative participants establish a savings plan to identify specific initiative elements, goals, and a timeline for completion; and 5) additional ad hoc support to initiative participants as needed to ensure initiative success.

We are looking for candidates with an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a passion for reducing energy waste in buildings.


Conduct Behavior-Based Energy Assessments for participating large companies
o Work with implementation team and client to set up and conduct half-day energy assessments (e.g., interviews, focus groups, observational research)
o Review assessment data from each participant, analyze data, and summarize findings
o Schedule and conduct follow up meetings to share assessment results; provide phone support and site visits to help participants develop action plans to achieve the savings opportunities identified by the assessment
o Coordinate with contractors and attend additional meetings with participating companies when deemed necessary to support the success of their action plans

Potential optional role: Execute simple field experiments
o Work with Empower Efficiency executive team and the client to identify promising areas of focus for field experiments
o Work with the Director of Innovation and various project personnel to coordinate and implement the experimental designs in a rigorous and timely manner
o Work with the process evaluation team to identify data collection and evaluation needs
o Monitor and review progress and evaluate results

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree in Social Science, Systems, Marketing, Business, or another relevant field
Graduate degree is a bonus
Three to Seven (3 to 7) years of experience with:
o Community-based social marketing, psychology, behavioral science, social science, consumer product marketing, experimental design, etc.
o Building technology use and waste reducing options, especially occupant-controlled energy actions (e.g., one-time and habitual actions), as well as low-hanging technology solutions (e.g., approval, purchase, and installation actions)

Desired Qualifications:
Experience working on California commercial energy efficiency initiatives and policies, and familiar with drivers of commercial energy consumption
Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area and willingness to travel to project locations
Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience in preparing and delivering public presentations; experience communicating directly with press is a plus
Ability to condense and explain technical information in concise and pointed summaries that can be understood by diverse constituents (i.e., not social scientists)
Ability to work independently and as a member of many teams at once; Well-organized and self-motivated, ability to work in an office or at home, by yourself
Ability to develop and manage interpersonal relationships
Ability to design work plans, and to prioritize and meet goals under strict deadlines and changing priorities
High attention to detail and the ability to perform multiple tasks under tight deadlines
Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and work productively despite competing priorities
Competent with standard software applications, including: word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations
Ability to observe human behavior, and competence in research methods

Compensation: $70,000 to $95,000, commensurate with experience

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents to
[email protected]:

Resume No more than three pages
Cover Letter Address the following questions in your cover letter:
o Why do you want this job?
o How do you fulfill the job duties and responsibilities?
o What are your top three to five strengths?
One or more work samples; would prefer to see one writing and one graphical example (e.g., a presentation)
At least two professional references (name, phone, email, position, company, span of dates that worked for the reference)

Subject line of the email should read: Commercial Behavioral Energy Assessor [First Name Last Name]

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as we receive them. Please submit your application no later than March 1, 2016.

Francesca Amari Sajtar
Empower Efficiency LLC
United States