Engineer, Codes and Standards

Remote - Portland, OR

The Code and Standards Engineer contributes to NEEA’s strategic goal of accelerating the adoption of energy efficient products and practices in the Northwest.  This position requires excellent communication skills, technical abilities, political & business acumen, and strategic thinking.  The Code and Standards Engineer develops and implements strategies to maximize the progress of each code and standards opportunity that impacts the Northwest.  This includes collaborating within NEEA to collect market and product data that demonstrate the value of more stringent codes and standards; coordinating with other efficiency organizations focused on advancing codes and standards; developing relationships with organizations impacted by energy policy and developing solutions that help them navigate changes; and actively participating in the public process that develops energy codes and establishes state and federal test methods and efficiency standards. 

The incumbent will share our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and advancing practices, strategies and policies that achieve equitable outcomes for all.

Salary range: $100,000 - $110,000 exempt

As a federal contractor, NEEA requires all employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.

Could This Be Your Dream Job?

Are you passionate about energy policy and how it can benefit the Northwest by keeping energy costs low, increasing the quality of buildings and products, and lowering our environmental footprint?  Do you enjoy finding collaborative solutions to complex problems with diverse stakeholders?  Are you interested in building science and how products work?  Would you like to work for a respected organization that enables access to corporate and policy leaders around the country but is still small enough to see the direct impacts of your contributions? Are you interested in working for an organization where employees really do believe in the mission of the organization and help each other to achieve it?

If you answered yes to these questions, please read on to learn more:

The Typical Day May Include…

  • Partnering with NEEA’s emerging technology group and market sectors to ensure that there is an explicit codes and standards strategy in their initiatives where appropriate.
  • Working with commercial and residential building industry stakeholders, including equipment manufacturers, to demonstrate advanced building technologies and practices, and to develop new general standards of practice.
  • Participating in codes and standards development processes at the state and national levels, including U.S. Department of Energy efficiency test procedure & standards rule-making processes and national model codes development. This work requires strategic policy thinking as well as technical analysis, and may involve multi-party, multi-state, and regional partnership work in developing new code change proposals, standards and test and rating procedures.
  • Working with NEEA contractors and other stakeholders to develop outreach and education programs for new codes and standards to ensure high compliance rates.
  • Collaborating with NEEA contractors and other stakeholders to develop field research, stakeholder outreach and education programs.

What Are You Good At?

  • Strategic policy thinking as well as technical analysis.
  • Experienced presenter in public and persuasive writing.
  • Effectively providing direction, guidance and coaching to others.
  • Keeping yourself organized and focused in an environment with many priorities and distractions.
  • Quickly learning and adopting new technologies.
  • Working easily with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

You Likely Have the Following:

  • Collaborative and stakeholder engagement skills.
  • Strong work ethic and drive to get things finished.
  • Proven records of project management and execution.
  • Direct experience with design and construction of commercial and/or residential buildings, particularly mechanical systems.

Your Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or other relevant engineering.
  • At least five years of experience in building design and energy efficiency industry.
  • Demonstrated expertise in both the technical and political aspects of codes, standards and the rulemaking process including the U.S. DOE standards rulemaking process.
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of both the technical and political aspects of codes and standards rulemaking process.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and proven ability to influence crow-functional teams without formal authority.
  • An equivalent combination of educations, experience and training that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the successful performance of the essential job duties.

While NEEA’s office is located in Portland, Oregon consideration will be taken for applicants who may not be in the Portland metro area to work remotely.  NEEA will facilitate ongoing off-site work arrangements for employees when such arrangements allow all business commitments to be met at the same level as if the employee were working in the office environment.  We are happy to discuss our telecommute policies throughout the hiring process.