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State of Massachusetts Clean Heat Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description As part of the Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will impose a long-term, declining cap on emissions from the use of heating fuels (gas, oil, propane) in buildings as one of the major strategies to help the Commonwealth halve statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To inform the development of the cap, the Commonwealth is convening a Governor-appointed Commission (“Commission”) on Clean Heat. The Commission will make a recommendation to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) before the end of 2021 regarding a framework and level for the emissions cap. Before the end of 2022, the Commission will recommend statutory, regulatory, and financing mechanisms needed to ensure the development of reliable and affordable clean heating solutions for buildings in the Commonwealth. The work of the Commission will be supported by a Task Force (“Task Force”) on Clean Heat, which will be primarily staffed by the Department of Energy Resources, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Task Force will develop materials, gather resources, and scope additional technical support if needed for the Commission to review, deliberate, and consider as part of their scope of work. EEA is seeking a Clean Heat Manager to shepherd the Clean Heat Commission and Task Force effort to successful completion on an aggressive timeline. The Clean Heat Manager will be part of the EEA Climate Team and report to the EEA Undersecretary of Energy. The Manager will be responsible for 1) coordinating the activities of both the Commission and the Task Force on Clean Heat, 2) managing the procurement and work of consultants, and 3) managing stakeholder outreach and engagement around the work of the Commission. In addition, the Manager will also dedicate a portion of their time to supporting contract and project management for the MA Climate Change Assessment, another 2021-22 priority of the EEA Climate Team. The MA Climate Change Assessment will utilize updated Massachusetts climate change projections to assess impacts on the Commonwealth’s regions and sectors. This assessment will inform the first five-year update to the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan—the Commonwealth’s primary risk reduction strategy for natural hazards and climate change—that are anticipated for 2023. The Clean Heat Manager’s core duties will include but are not limited to: * o Act as the main liaison between the Clean Heat Task Force, Clean Heat Commission, the Administration, and any consultants brought on to support the work of the Task Force and Commission; o Lead and facilitate the Clean Heat Task Force meetings and support the facilitation of the Clean Heat Commission meetings; o Organize and manage stakeholder outreach and engagement, as well as public meetings, for the Clean Heat Commission; o Prepare materials for meetings and stakeholder outreach and engagement, including public facing outreach materials, internal briefing materials, one-pagers and fact sheets, website materials, and compiled meeting minutes/notes; o Research and manage the logistics of bringing on technical and policy experts to advise the Clean Heat Commission and inform the work of the Commission; o Procure and manage consultant services as needed to support the work on clean heat; o Coordinate the activities of the Clean Heat Task Force and Clean Heat Commission with other clean heat and buildings decarbonization efforts within and outside of Massachusetts; o Work with the Undersecretary of Energy on developing and/or conducting analyses that support the Clean Heat Commission or Clean Heat Task Force. o Dedicate 10% time to support contract and project management for the MA Climate Change Assessment, primarily through: 1. Contract management for the project vendor including weekly hours, timeline, and budget tracking, and invoice approvals to ensure the project remains on timeline, scope, and budget. 2. Communication management and coordination between the vendor and EEA to identify and resolve relevant contract issues or amendments 3. Working with the Climate Team’s Director of Climate Adaptation and Resilience on additional project management support, as needed. Other duties will be assigned as appropriate and needed. /This position is a grant-funded 2-year contract position and is contingent upon funding availability and approval. Please note that pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, contracted employees are not paid for the eleven scheduled holidays; do not receive any paid, vacation, or personal leave benefits; or contribute to the state retirement system or social security. As a State contracted employee, you must participate in direct deposit and contribute towards the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ State Alternative Retirement Plan (“OBRA PLAN”). / First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days of this posting. Please include a cover letter and recent resume in your application. Preferred Qualifications: * Demonstrated ability to engage, manage, and facilitate diverse stakeholders, executives, and staff members at meetings to elicit information on both policy design and technical modeling inputs; * Ability to work with technical experts, policy makers, stakeholders, and consultants to develop policy relevant outcomes; * Demonstrated experience in project management and contract management; * Demonstrated experience conducting outreach and engagement with racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups; * Broad knowledge of climate change risks in Massachusetts; * Technical knowledge of issues related to building sector emissions, building sector decarbonization, heating fuels, renewable fuels, and/or heat pumps; * Ability to develop and support analyses pertaining to decarbonization pathways as identified in the Massachusetts2050 Decarbonization Roadmap; * Excellent meeting facilitation and writing and oral communications skills—formal facilitation training and/or experience with consensus building is a plus; * Strong organizational skills in terms of meeting deadlines while managing multiple work streams, circulating timely information, communicating needs and priorities effectively with team members and consultants, and prioritizing and evaluating goals. * *An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Administrative Services* *Organization: Exec Office Of Energy and Environmental Affairs *Title: *Clean Heat Manager Location: Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street Requisition ID: 210003XQ