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Associate Product Manager/Energy Coach, Michaels Energy

Energy Efficiency Engineer, Michaels Energy

Executive Director, IAEE

Conference Coordinator, IAEE


Associate Product Manager/Energy Coach

Who are we?

Michaels Energy is a veteran-owned energy efficiency firm with a team of professionals who are hard-wired to optimize systems and eliminate waste. Energy efficiency, resource preservation, and long-term cost-effectiveness are integral to everything we do to preserve this big, beautiful planet that we call home. Our passion is developing long-term client relationships with energy users, utilities, consultants, and partners. Our core values are to provide:

  • Responsive and proactive client service
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Intuitive analysis
  • Fanatical execution

What is the role?

Michaels Energy is seeking an energy efficiency professional with experience in client and project management. The Associate Product Manager will have two primary responsibilities: Product Management and Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Coach.  The Associate Product Management role is responsible for small client portfolios or portions of larger client portfolios. While training under an experienced Product Manager, this role will manage budgets, efficiency goals, timelines, and deliverables for their clients. The SEM Coach is the non-technical lead for the SEM program. Responsibilities include leading educational sessions with customers, removing barriers to efficiency for customers, public speaking and organizing training session logistics. We are looking for someone with a passion for energy efficiency who wants to solve energy issues for clients and will exemplify our core values.   

1.     Program and portfolio management

  • Collaborates with engineering to set scope, budget and processes for assigned programs.
  • Establishes the program and marketing strategy, roadmap and deliverables.
  • Monitors budget and timelines at the program level.
  • Determines level of staffing resources needed and works with engineering to secure those resources.

2.     Client Satisfaction

  • Main point of contact for client
  • Responsible for goal achievement and client satisfaction
  • Works to expand client share
  • Tracks and reports on key metrics for assigned programs
  • Responsible for escalated issues and program/process changes

3.     SEM Coach

  • Facilitates educational sessions with SEM participants
  • Performs on-site assessments with engineering partner to identify energy efficiency measures
  • Organizes logistics and materials for educational sessions
  • Coordinates events for hosting workshop sessions

After 3 months, you will have….

  • Learned Michaels internal processes and business practices
  • Completed at least one customer site visit
  • Begin delivery for the 2022 SEM cohort

After 6 months, you will have….

  • A thorough understanding of the SEM program design and guidelines
  • Led customer educational sessions and project report outs
  • Led meetings with assigned clients

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of two years combing any of the following:
  • Energy efficiency industry – e.g., utilities or performance contracting
  • Project Management
  • Public speaking experience
  • Must be detail-oriented and organized
  • Excels at communicating complicated ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Strong interest in energy efficiency/energy industry
  • Able to work independently with limited direction
  • Able to develop plans and road maps for program delivery

 Travel

  • Up to 50% regional travel for site visits, customer meetings
  • Occasional overnight travel

Location

  • Michaels office locations: Cedar Rapids, IA (preferred); La Crosse, WI; Minneapolis, MN or
  • Remote in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Illinois

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Energy Efficiency Engineer, Michaels Energy

Who are we?

Michaels Energy is a veteran-owned energy efficiency firm with a team of energy professionals who are hard-wired to optimize systems and eliminate waste. Energy efficiency, resource preservation, and long-term cost-effectiveness are an integral part of everything we do to help preserve this big, beautiful planet that we call home. Our passion is developing long-term client relationships with energy users, utilities, consultants, and partners. Our core values are to provide:

  • Responsive and proactive client service
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Intuitive analysis
  • Fanatical execution

What is the role?

Michaels Energy is seeking an experienced engineer to provide technical support for Strategic Energy Management (SEM) in Iowa. This position will identify energy efficiency measures, coach customers on energy best practices, and perform energy analysis for commercial and industrial buildings.

Technical tasks include conducting building investigations to identify energy saving measures, project costing, calculating energy savings and ROI, installing data logging equipment, building energy use regression models, and performing custom energy analyses. Client and customer communication is critical in this role. This position will work closely with a partner to lead energy efficiency collaborative educational sessions with customers.  We are looking for an engineer who is passionate about energy efficiency and removing barriers for the customer that will result in the implementation of energy efficiency projects.

  • Data Collection & Analysis
    • Develops data collection plans prior to site visit
    • Gathers data while on site, including: visual inspection of equipment and operations, customer/operator interviews, building plans and documents, photos, spot measurements, and data logging
    • Identify operational efficiency opportunities
    • Performs energy engineering calculations using MS Excel and other software tools
    • Develops appropriate engineering calculations/simulations to accurately portray the equipment or system under study
       
  • Customer and Client Communication
    • Lead educational sessions with customer energy team to prioritize energy efficiency measures
    • Documents the project findings including baseline conditions, proposed conditions, and specific details related to the project
    • Write reports that can be understood by a technical and non-technical audience using proper grammar, punctuation, and company templates.
    • Provides regular updates on project status to customer, clients and/or project manager
    • Communicates with end-users, vendors, and other engineering consultants to gather information required for project completion
    • Completes project to meet customer expectations while adhering to project budget and scope

After 3 months, you have

  • Learned company processes and procedures
  • Completed at least one customer site visit
  • Identified energy efficiency measures

After 6 months, you have

  • A thorough understanding of the SEM program design and guidelines
  • Led customer educational sessions and project report outs
  • Completed at least one full energy study for a customer facility

Qualifications

  • Four-year degree, preferably in mechanical, chemical, or building systems engineering
  • At least 3 years of experience combining any of the following:
    • Energy efficiency industry – e.g., utilities or performance contracting
    • HVAC operations, controls, and/or building energy investigations
    • Utility program experience in SEM, retro-commissioning, ASHRAE level 2 energy audits, or custom rebate calculations
  • PE or Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) preferred but not required
  • Public speaking experience
  • Excels at communicating complicated ideas to a variety of audiences
  • Skilled at persuading customers to implement efficiency projects
  • Deep interest in energy, systems, and process efficiency, and improving productivity
  • Lifetime self-learner

Travel

  • Up to 50% regional travel for site visits and customer meetings
  • Occasional overnight travel to customer sites and company headquarters

Location

  • Cedar Rapids, IA, Central or Eastern Iowa
  • Office, remote or hybrid

Michaels Energy Diversity Statement

We strive to build and nurture a culture that is inclusive and welcoming for all employees. We know diversity and inclusion are essential to innovation, a strong work environment and exceptional results. This fits in well with our culture that celebrates the unique, the different, and the individual. For us, this is who are and what we do, not just words in a policy.

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Executive Director, IAEE

Description In striving towards its mission of championing the efficient use of energy, for the benefit of all Iowans, by serving its members through education and collaboration, the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency has become the preferred organization for energy professionals. As the future of energy changes and evolves, IAEE continues to provide resources and information on the critical issues of energy efficiency.

IAEE is currently seeking a talented Executive Director to spearhead the efforts of this volunteer organization. This enthusiastic self-starter will develop, enhance, coordinate, and administer strategies and tactics, based on direction from the board of directors, to reach organizational goals. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

General Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for planning and organization of the IAEE’s operations and programs.
  • Oversees and reports on results to board of directors.
  • Prepares accurate and timely analyses that capture and communicate fundraising results, variances, and performance trends.
  • Coordinates and leads periodic and annual budget reviews with Treasurer.
  • Ensures that services and funding relationships are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives.
  • Routes communication for the organization; including solicitation, sponsorship opportunities, and other inquiries.

 

Board Meetings

  • Responsible for leading IAEE in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Coordinate meeting locations, dates, times, and meals.
  • Create agenda and prepare/distribute meeting materials.
  • Remind board members to complete individual actions.
  • Manages the Board and organization calendars; distribution lists, invites, and other platforms as needed.

 

Membership & Sponsors

  • Serve as IAEE’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Respond to email inquiries regarding IAEE and energy efficiency.
  • Respond to correspondence on a regular basis.
  • Maintain membership database and email groups.
  • Compose, edit, and layout articles/photos for quarterly newsletter and distribute quarterly newsletter via email.
  • Actively recruit new corporate sponsors and members.

 

Website/Social Media

  • Maintain fresh & current website content and ensure links are active.
  • Post calendar information on iowaenergy.org.
  • Promote the use of the website to membership.
  • Create and publish content to social media platforms.

 

Committees

  • Assist committees including annual Energy Summit Conference committee with organization, planning, and execution of tactics.
  • Assist committee chairs on deadlines and required actions.

 

Events

  • Assist in conference planning and operation.
  • Manage registration & financial aspects.
  • Plan and coordinate IAEE events other than annual conference.
  • Research topics, develop promotional materials, and facilitate the delivery of webinars or educational seminars.

 

Finances

  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support IAEE’s mission.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of IAEE, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Pay all accounts payable invoices.
  • Coordinate the annual dues renewal process.
  • Complete monthly reconciliation reports on all bank accounts.
  • Complete monthly budget analysis.
  • Correspond with Treasurer on a regular basis regarding account activity.
  • File yearly tax forms (990 and all 1099 related forms).

 

Records Archival

  • Review paper files for relevance, destroy or store as needed.
  • Create & maintain electronic storage system for all historical documents.
  • Maintain organization records.

 

Position Requirements Qualified contractors will have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Communications, Environmental Studies, or a related field or of study or demonstrated education plus experience to meet the job description. Interest or experience in business administration, non-profit administration, or related field.  Knowledge of energy efficiency information resources, activity, and market in Iowa also a plus.

Proficiency in all Microsoft Office products. Experience with Constant Contact, Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Quicken, a plus.

This position requires excellent organizational skills, and the ability and desire to take initiative and provide solutions. The successful contractor must have excellent proven verbal and interpersonal communication skills, and the desire to contribute as part of a team.

Resources: The contractor will supply their own work location, PC computer, internet access, printer, and camera. Supplies and mileage are reimbursable expenses.

This is a contract, non-employee position with contractual requirements including insurance coverages or proof of qualifying coverage.

Desired Skills    

Demonstrated leadership skills.
Ability to multi-task.
Takes initiative.
Works independently.
Creative problem-solving skills.
Enthusiastic.
Flexible.
Well-organized.
Collaborative.

 

Commitment       Up to 65 hours per month (Approximately 600-660 hours per year), contract position (non-employee).

Availability          Immediately – start date is flexible.

Compensation    $15k - $23k based on qualifications and experience, plus mileage and expenses.

Position               Executive Director

Location              Iowa (flexible within state)

About the Organization IAEE is in its 34th year of promoting the efficient use of energy, for the benefit of all Iowans, by serving our members through education and collaboration. It is led by a Board of Directors and hosts an Energy Summit annually in the fall. iowaenergy.org

 

Posting Date      June 24, 2021

Interested candidates apply by sending a cover letter and resume to csteinbock@iowaenergy.org


Conference Coordinator, IAEE

Description In striving towards its mission of championing the efficient use of energy, for the benefit of all Iowans, by serving its members through education and collaboration, the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency has become the preferred organization for energy professionals. As the future of energy changes and evolves, IAEE continues to provide resources and information on the critical issues of energy efficiency.

IAEE is currently seeking a talented Conference Coordinator to ensure the success of the annual Iowa Energy Summit. This enthusiastic self-starter will work closely with the conference committee and the IAEE Administrator/Executive Director to ensure a successful event.

The Iowa Energy Summit is a two-day event held each year in Oct/Nov. The conference committee is formed in January with committee meetings starting in Feb. or March. This is a remote, part-time, contract position. Candidates must be located in Iowa. Travel is required for committee meetings and the conference. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Venue

  • Explore options for an appropriate venue, per parameters set by the conference committee, reflecting the city selected by the conference committee/board, appropriate dates, the number of expected attendees and vendors, number of tracks needed, etc. Present options to the board/program committee as requested so that board may choose between various options. This will include working with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, visiting any/all appropriate facilities, obtaining comparison bids, and taking any other appropriate actions to obtain the best possible site for the IAEE conference.
  • Handle contract negotiations with venue, have venue prepare contract for board designee to sign after board approves the venue and contract details (pricing, date, etc.).
  • Work with venue on all details, including meeting room setup, sleeping room block, AV, meals/breaks, parking, etc.
  • Review and manage banquet event order (BEO) details to ensure that all details are accurately input into the system, priced per contract, and per IAEE requests.
  • Review and sign off on billing at the conclusion of the conference so that administrator can pay promptly. Work with venue to handle any disputed charges.
  • Keep appropriate records, including copies of signed contracts, BEOs, billings, and more, as a reference for the following year’s conference.

 

Speakers

  • Review/suggest changes to the form/details sent out to potential speakers.
  • Revise Terms and Conditions form to reflect current needs/desires of conference committee.
  • Manage speaker submissions. 1. Abstracts and bios from potential speakers will be emailed to the conference coordinator. 2. The conference coordinator will follow-up with potential speakers to ensure everything is filled out. 3. The conference coordinator will forward them to a designated IAEE representative to complete the preparation and selection processes 4. Coordinator will prepare documents and scoring sheet for committee review. 5. After the speakers/sessions are finalized, and information forwarded to the conference coordinator, the conference coordinator will file the selected sessions for details needed throughout the conference cycle.
  • Distribute acceptance and rejection emails to speakers.
  • Work with committee to assign moderators for each session. Include moderator information with acceptance emails to serve as an introduction between speaker and moderator.
  • Periodically follow up with speakers for such details as: obtaining Terms and Conditions forms, taking care of their sleeping room needs, reminding them to register, getting a list of their AV needs, obtaining copies of their presentations for uploading to the website.
  • Answer speaker emails/phone calls regarding changes in speakers, their needs and questions.
  • Provide speakers with feedback of their sessions and a thank you after the conference.

 

Exhibitors/Sponsors

  • Prepare Constant Contact content for recruiting exhibitors.
  • Make suggestions for changes to the way we request information on registration materials, including some changes that may be made in the coming year for ease in sorting data.
  • Answer questions via email/phone regarding exhibiting details.
  • Prepare/send details about setup, reception, etc. to all exhibitors
  • Send promo code to qualifying sponsors and exibitors to use for discounted or free registrations.
  • Work with exhibitors and sponsors to get information for print materials (logos, contact information, etc.).
  • Prepare print materials to meet guidelines of “perks” offered to sponsors/exhibitors, and offer suggested changes to those perks for the following year.
  • Work with venue and administrator to place exhibit hall layout on website.
  • Conduct evaluation of exhibitors/compile and file suggestions for the following year.
  • Thank exhibitors for their involvement.

 

Attendees

  • Prepare/send many Constant Contact emails to encourage signup/attendance. Work with administrator and conference committee to determine frequency and topics addressed in each email blast.
  • Work with conference committee/administrator to determine creative methods of reaching potential attendees (appropriate groups/newsletters to approach, details to include in Constant Contact email blasts to appeal to particular demographics, etc.).
  • Answer phone/email questions from potential and registered attendees about membership and various aspects of the conference, location, payment, billing and other details.
  • Monitor Constant Contact database frequently to stay on top of details that are critical for running the conference (number of registrants, vegetarians, number attending the reception, whether board members, exhibitors, speakers have registered, and much more).
  • Recalibrate Constant Contact emailings to eliminate sends to those already registered, as needed.
  • Arrange for printing/delivery of attendee name badges.

 

Preconference Additional Management Steps

  • Attend portions of board meetings and/or conference committee meetings in person or via phone as needed.
  • Complete and distribute monthly conference committee meeting minutes.
  • Keep conference committee informed on progress, any decisions they must make, and more.
  • Ask conference committee chairs/members for advice and decisions as needed, and remind them of steps they should be or can take to further progress in program planning.
  • Review website, and suggest editing and changes for better placement for more effectively marketing the conference.
  • Review/edit emails to be sent from conference committee chair and administrator as requested.
  • Assist in editing/reviewing online registration setup for accuracy, grammar/spelling and for best marketing practices. Make suggestions on changing the online registration process for streamlining or capturing better data.
  • Develop/have printed conference materials to meet needs of attendees and to carry out “perks” offered to sponsors/exhibitors.
  • Develop evaluations for administrator and conference committee approval to gather data necessary to improve the conference and to meet Iowa Energy Center guidelines.
  • If outside assistance is needed for development of materials (PhotoShop, Excel, signage), get approval from conference committee/administrator and coordinate such development.
  • Assist IAEE Chair to write/send grant application to the Iowa Energy Center. Allow administrator and conference committee chairs to review/incorporate their suggestions.
  • Work with conference committee to determine where volunteers might be useful and how to recruit (handlers, registration desk, helping speakers test their slides, etc.) (Americorps, students, committee members, etc.).
  • Work with administrator to determine/order/arrange for delivery of any “prizes”
  • Maintain files of data and details necessary to manage the conference.
  • Maintain a list of suggestions for making the following year’s conference run more smoothly.

 

Onsite at the Conference

  • Check to be sure exhibit hall and meeting rooms are set up according to BEO and our needs.
  • Ensure that AV is set up appropriately per each speaker’s request; have volunteers or hotel staff available to assist speakers in testing their slides.
  • Have speaker bios in the appropriate location, available for the moderators
  • Make sure the name badges get delivered, and that badges are inserted into sleeves, alphabetized and ready for attendees to pick up.
  • Monitor all aspects of the conference to ensure that sessions run on time, meals/breaks are on schedule … and work to correct any problems.
  • Be available to answer questions, find solutions, troubleshoot as necessary.
  • Distribute/gather evaluations.
  • Stay at the facility until exhibitors, speakers, attendees have left to ensure that everything is cleaned up and out of the facility.
  • Maintain notes on suggested changes for the following year.

 

Post-Conference

  • Compile evaluation summaries (exhibitor and attendee) and provide feedback to board, conference committee, and speakers.
  • Prepare summary for the Iowa Energy Center, if requested.
  • Send thank you details to speakers, exhibitors, and others as needed.
  • Summit appropriate documentation to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for attendees seeking GBCI credit from the Summit.
  • Provide PDH certificate to attendees (upon request).
  • Review bill from venue, approving and sending on for payment. Work through any disputed billings.

 

Position Requirements Qualified contractors will have a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Communications, or a related field or of study or demonstrated education plus experience to meet the job description. Knowledge of energy efficiency information resources, activity, and market in Iowa also a plus.

Proficiency in all Microsoft Office products. Experience with Constant Contact, Photoshop, and/or InDesign, a plus.

This position requires excellent organizational skills, and the ability and desire to take initiative and provide solutions. The successful contractor must have excellent proven verbal and interpersonal communication skills, and the desire to contribute as part of a team.

Resources: The contractor will supply their own work location, PC computer, internet access, printer, and camera. Supplies and mileage are reimbursable expenses.

This is a contract, non-employee position with contractual requirements including insurance coverages or proof of qualifying coverage.

Desired Skills    

Demonstrated leadership skills.
Ability to multi-task.
Takes initiative.
Works independently.
Creative problem-solving skills.
Enthusiastic.
Flexible.
Well-organized.
Collaborative.

Commitment     Up to 480 hours per year, contract position (non-employee).

Availability        Immediately – start date is flexible.

Compensation  $7k - $11k based on qualifications and experience, plus mileage and expenses.

Location             Iowa (flexible within state)

About the Organization IAEE is in its 34th year of promoting the efficient use of energy, for the benefit of all Iowans, by serving our members through education and collaboration. It is led by a Board of Directors and hosts an Energy Summit annually in the fall. iowaenergy.org
 

Posting Date      August 4, 2021

Interested candidates apply by sending a cover letter and resume to csteinbock@iowaenergy.org


 

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