Energy Program Manager

Prairie Island Indian Community
Organization Summary

Located in Southeastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for the Mdewakanton people, who have lived on the island for countless generations.

Prairie Island Indian Community offers exciting opportunities in law enforcement, land & environment, family services, education, utilities and more.

Prairie Island owns and operates Mount Frontenac Golf Course, Dakota Station, and Treasure Island Resort & Casino.

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The Prairie Island Indian Community is seeking a qualified Program Manager for Prairie Island’s energy initiatives, including the Net Zero Emissions Program (Net Zero Program). The Net Zero Program’s goal is to create and sustain a compressive energy system that results in net zero emissions.

The Net Zero Program is comprised of several project categories:

Energy Efficiency – Measures that reduce energy consumption that target equipment, devices, behavior, and processes designed to decrease electric energy or natural gas. Implementing measures that improve energy efficiency reduce the Tribe’s carbon footprint, save the Tribe significant financial resources, and improve the environment for the benefit of current and future generations.

Electrification – Measures that reduce carbon by replacing existing natural gas and propane systems or appliances with electric equipment. For example, natural gas boilers and air-cooled chillers will be replaced with a geothermal heat pump. Electrification of natural gas loads represents most of the Net Zero Program carbon reduction.

Renewable Energy Generation – Renewable energy comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished – the sun, wind, water, Earth’s heat, and plants. Solar energy is the most effective renewable resource for the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Net Zero Program will include a large ground-mounted solar array and rooftop solar in the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Energy Resiliency – The ability to keep necessary systems operating is of high importance to the tribe and membership. Energy resiliency ensures a reliable, regular supply of energy and contingent measures are in place. The Net Zero Project provides an opportunity for the Prairie Island Indian Community to progress down the path towards energy resiliency and energy sovereignty.

The employee will assume primary responsibilities for implementation and management, of the Net Zero Emission Program, and drive the achievement of program goals. This energy professional is expected to manage several energy projects within the program and provide strategic planning to the climate and energy programs addressing the broader community’s greenhouse gas reduction, energy resiliency, energy sustainability and energy sovereignty goals of the Tribe.

Job Responsibilities & Duties:
Project Management
· The Energy Program Manager oversees the implementation of a portfolio of clean energy projects to achieve the goals of the Net Zero Program and future projects.
· Daily program management throughout the program life cycle. Review and manage program budgets, timelines, deliverables, and contracts.
· Manage consultants providing professional services that are related to the Net Zero Program, such as return on investment analyses for energy efficiency projects and energy performance contracts, annual building benchmarking, and construction oversight.

Planning and Governance
· Help the Tribe develop a long-term energy resiliency program that is scalable and may include a Tribal Utility Authority or Energy Department.
· Collaborate on planning and implementation strategies for Tribal buildings and operations to achieve building and transportation electrification benchmarks and standards

Stakeholder Management
· Collaborate with other energy management peers and facility personnel on clean energy projects, sustainability, and the implementation of the Net Zero Program buildout.
· Communicate complex energy concepts in an accessible way to staff, elected officials, and the public through verbal presentations, written memos and position papers, and Tribal Council reports.
· Represent the Tribe on regional and state-wide committees, and participate in regional, interdepartmental, and community work groups on energy and sustainability issues.
· Maintain relationships with local utilities to enhance potential partnerships and future negotiations.

· Comment on legislation and statewide utilities commission initiatives.
· Support or lead grant project development, application, and execution

Perform other related duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, architecture, urban planning, energy engineering, or a related field and at least 5 years of relevant professional experience successfully facilitating or coordinating multiple projects, working with diverse group of stakeholders.
· Demonstrated background/expertise in either energy efficiency, net zero, building management, energy management or renewable energy.
· Demonstrated background/expertise in either energy efficiency, net zero, building management, energy management or renewable energy.
· Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with others and within the existing department and governmental structure.
· Strong organizational, project management, communications, analytical and planning skills, and the ability to perform within required deadlines.
· The ability to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision.
· If needed, the ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.
· Sensitive to Native American Culture
· Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal and organizational skills
· Pass drug screen (UA) and a criminal background check
· Valid driver’s license and proof of insurability

· PMP highly desired
· Familiarity with effective carbon reduction strategies that align with energy, buildings, transportation, renewables and other conservation measures and technologies.
· Professionally demonstrated technical, analytic, and urban development skills using Building Science, Green Building, and Passive Building design, preferably enhanced with experience in promoting Net Zero Energy Building design.
· Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and/or LEED AP Credentials is highly desired
· Master’s degree in environmental science, physical science, urban planning, engineering, computer science, or a related field
· Experience driving regional partnerships with other local governments, utilities, or private sector stakeholders
· Experience identifying and understanding indicators and impacts of environmental justice and equity in the energy sector
· Effective communication and outreach experience with underserved or disadvantaged communities

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