Director, Federal Energy Management Program

Washington, D.C
Apr 30, 2021
May 05, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) represents and provides the national programmatic expertise in Federal facilities energy management, formulates, and executes national energy policies and programs, and is responsible for establishing priorities among sub-programs within the Office. FEMP is identified as an entrepreneurial organization that takes maximum advantage of unique legislated authorities to reduce federal energy and water use and costs.

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As the Director, Federal Energy Management Program you will lead a dynamic and passionate team responsible for coordinating policy/procedure development necessary to implement Federal energy legislation and executive orders directed towards federal facilities and fleets. The FEMP director will:
  • Manage and direct the development, implementation and evaluation of a national Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) that consists of technology planning, demonstration, and regulatory strategies and administer products and services to Federal agencies to enable them to "lead by example."
  • Direct the implementation of the Departmental Energy Management Program within the Department of Energy (DOE) facilities to "lead by example" in energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable and distributed energy, procurement, and utility management. Develop, coordinate, and maintain standards, procedures, and guidelines under the Departmental Energy Management Program for the management of energy use in DOE facilities to achieve the lowest cost and most efficient use of energy with minimum use of fossil fuels to achieve Departmental mission and the FEMP objectives.
  • Provide Federal agencies with an array of expect technical assistance and information for implementing energy (renewable and efficiency) and water projects, including design assistance for high performance buildings, industrial process assessments; training, procurement recommendations, energy evaluations and audits, peak load assessments, best practices, and energy planning guidance.
  • Direct the implementation of Federal energy legislation and executive order guidance by coordinating Federal policy development activities and organizing the Interagency Federal Energy Management Task Force, a variety of interagency working groups, and public-private groups such as the Federal Energy Management Advisory Committee.
  • Manage the transfer of the technology to the Federal sector in cooperation with other EERE programs, enabling the Federal government to become early adopters and "market pull" enablers of energy efficient and renewable technologies.
  • Direct the development and implementation of innovative contracting and alternative financing approaches, such as the Super Energy Savings Performance Contracts, to provide mechanisms for agencies to implement energy projects through non-appropriated funds and which substantially involves the private sector.
  • Provide the FEMP technical and programmatic considerations for analysis and support of planning and policy development; and provide policy and analytical support to the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Energy Efficiency (EE) and DAS for Renewable Power (RP) and other senior management. Direct analysis and reviews to ensure conformance of program execution within established Office of Technology Development policies, and develops, with support from the DAS for Operations, funding and guidance issued to Golden Field Office and at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), and National Laboratory recipients.
  • Manage the FEMP activities performed by the DOE field offices; national research laboratories, universities, contractors, utilities, and energy service companies (ESCOs), including evaluation and feedback regarding technical and managerial objectives. Conduct periodic customer surveys to evaluate performance.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of multi-year program plans and annual operating plans and manages the application of assigned resources to effectively achieve planned objectives. Develop annual program budget requirements, manages the utilization and distribution of approved funds, and provides interpretive guidance to research performing organizations.
  • Consolidate Federal agency reporting to the President and Congress. Coordinate and develop annual reports, scorecards, and guidance including life cycle costing methods. Organize annual recognition and awards for the Department and for the Federal government. Coordinate with the OMB to organize the annual Presidential award for Federal Leadership in Energy Management. Develop awareness materials for use by all federal agencies to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation during Energy Awareness Month and throughout the year.
  • Serve as a focal point for the U.S. participation in matters related to the FEMP community and the FEMP aspects of the international energy efficiency and renewable energy community, including supporting EERE's technology program offices, exchanges of technical information, conferences, workshops, and summit meetings.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional overnight travel (1-5 nights per month) may be required to attend conferences, meeting and training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - N/A


Conditions of Employment

  • This employer participates in the eVerify program.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • New appointees must successfully complete a 1-year probationary period.

  • CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a career position in the SES. Unless the selectee is already a member of the SES with career status or has successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program certified by OPM, executive qualifications must be approved by OPM before the appointment can be effected. If you are selected, you will be responsible for working with a DOE Executive Consultant or QRB Writer to develop an ECQ narrative for submission to OPM.
  • Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12). A selectee's appointment is contingent upon compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.
  • PUBLIC FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT (OGE 278): If you are selected for this position, will be required to file this report prior to entry on duty in accordance with the Ethics of Government Act of 1978.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: You maybe required to obtain and maintain a DOE-Q level security clearance at a later date.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a one-year probationary period.


Resume-Based Resume: Applicants must show possession of the ECQs and any technical qualifications via resume. Your resume presented will reflect that you possess the ECQs and give a synopsis of your accomplishments. The application process used to recruit for this position is the RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package (MTQ narrative ). The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME BASED method. Although applicants cannot address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) separately, evidence of each must be clearly demonstrated in the five (5) page resume and throughout the rest of the application package.

A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): the ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed as an SES; they also reinforce the concept of an "SES corporate culture." Your resume and application must demonstrate and address the ECQs and include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize their level of responsibilities; address the scope and complexity of the programs, activities or services managed; program accomplishments; describe policy initiatives undertaken; define level of contacts; convey the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; the results of actions taken. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the SES prior to appointment.
The five ECQs are as follows:
  • ECQ 1: Leading Change - Ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals and establish an organizational vision an dto implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • ECQ 2: Leading People - Ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, and provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • ECQ 3: Results Driven - Ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations, and make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • ECQ 4: Business Acumen - Ability to manage human, financial and information resources strategically.
  • ECQ 5: Building Coalitions - Ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive core qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment.

For additional information on ECQs, please review the detailed information provided by OPM at the following link: Executive Core Qualifications .

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs):A supplemental narrative must be submitted separately addressing each MTQ listed below. No more than one (1) page per MTQ is allowed; additional informational information will not be considered. MTQs must provide specific examples that address relevant experience and accomplishments. Applicants must reflect superior technical qualifications demonstrated through leadership and management in the following MTQs:
  • MTQ 1: Knowledge of national markets for energy and environmental technologies. This includes knowledge of demand-side and supply-side domestic policies and other market stimuli necessary to deploy advanced energy/environmental technologies at a faster rate in a competitive manner with conventional technologies resulting in improved energy security and in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • MTQ 2: Knowledge of program management including strategic planning, technology development/deployment planning, budgeting and resource forecasting, project implementation and financial control, evaluation and analyses for overseeing the development and execution of multi-year program planning and contractor annual operating plans in order to maintain an effective market transformation program for advanced energy technologies across the federal government.
  • MTQ 3: Knowledge of fiscal transactions related to financing energy projects, power plants, or energy efficiency in order to oversee a robust market transformation program promoting widespread installation of large scale advance energy projects across the federal government related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.


This position does not have a positive education requirement; however, a technical background is helpful.

Additional information

  • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit ."
  • The Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veteran's preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service.
  • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • You may be required to complete an OF-306, "Declaration for Federal Employment" form used to (a) determine your suitability for Federal employment and/or (b) in conducting an investigation to determine your suitability or ability to hold a security clearance.
  • Applications contain information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93 579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
  • Faxed or e-mailed applications and/or resumes will not be accepted.
  • Veteran's Information
  • Telework

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education (if applicable). Your application will be rated and ranked by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) Panel, comprised of at least three SES members, using only the information submitted within the application package. Applicants who do not demonstrate in their application sufficient possession of the ECQs and MTQs will be determined ineligible for further consideration.

As part of the "Resume Based" recruitment method, the ERB panel conducts a structured interview for all applicants, both competitive and non-competitive, who are determined to be in the top category from the ERB Rating Panel. Based on the Panel's evaluation, applicants who were determined Best Qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

Once a candidate has been identified for selection, reference checks may be completed. The Department's appointing official(s) will make a final approval of the selection, an in competitive cases, OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) must certify the ECQs before final appointment can occur. If OPM approval is required for the ECQs, the candidate is required to assist in the development of the QRB template for submission to the QRB. Verification of performance, suitability and security information from reference checks will be taken into consideration when making offers of employment.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you will be rated "ineligible."
  • All applicants - Five (5) page ECQ-based Resume including the following:
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day & evening telephone numbers
  • Education information including:
    a. Name, city, state of colleges/universities attended, major & type of degree received
    b. Report only schools accredited by the accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • All related work experience (paid and unpaid) including:
    a. Job title, duties/accomplishments, employer's name/address, start/end dates (include month, day and year), average hours worked per week, salary
    b. Honors, awards, special accomplishments
  • All applicants - MTQ Narrative (no more than one page per MTQ)
  • Current or former career SES members must provide your SES appointment SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), and an SF-50 showing current status or reinstatement eligibility.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their certification.
  • Current or former Federal civilian employees, please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (non-award) documenting show the following: 1) Full position title; 2) appointment type; 3) occupational series; 4) pay plan, grade, and step; 5) tenure code; 6) service computation date (SCD).
    • Note: If you are a current DOE/NNSA employee, you do not need to submit an SF-50. This note does not apply to FERC and BPA employees.

  • Applicants will be prompted at the "Vacancy Documents" section of the application to add their required documents. Please review and follow the instructions listed to successfully submit your documents. Failure to submit the required documentation by 11:59 pm EST of the closing date will result in loss of consideration. Make sure you include the announcement number for this position. Incomplete applications will result in a loss of consideration.

    If you are selected for this position, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your responses.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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