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Energy Specialist

Date Posted:  Oct 9, 2021
Requisition ID:  261301

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA):

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is committed to serving the entire spectrum of housing, from homelessness to homeownership.  Our charge is to provide housing opportunities, promote self-sufficiency and strengthen communities, in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice.  To learn more about IHCDA visit us at www.in.gov/ihcda



The salary for this position may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

About the Job:

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is a quasi-agency of the State of Indiana and is committed to serving the entire spectrum of housing, from homelessness to homeownership.  Our charge is to provide housing opportunities, promote self-sufficiency and strengthen communities, in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice.  To learn more about IHCDA visit us at www.in.gov/ihcda. 


The Energy Specialist contributes to fulfilling IHCDA’s mission by providing policy support to energy-related program managers, managing relationships with Utility vendors, managing the grant process for new energy-related opportunities, and assisting with reporting and other projects to ensure the successful operation of IHCDA’s energy-related programs.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Apply Energy Expertise and Analysis to IHCDA Energy Programs
    • Develop and maintain expertise in the field of Energy Programming for Low-income households;
    • Track national and state trends, promising practices, and legislation concerning energy programming for low-income households;
    • Assist with requests for information from IHCDA, State and Federal leadership;
    • Request, analyze, and interpret IHCDA program implementation and outcome data; 
    • Work with the Director and Managers to implement IHCDA program and policy changes;
    • Assist with the development of the annual DOE Weatherization, LIHEAP, and any other Energy or Utility-related state plans;
    • Assist in reviewing subgrantee policy documents and policies to ensure they meet Manager expectations for clarity and completeness;
    • Assist in collecting data for and ensuring the timely submission of federal and state reports;
  • Engage with Indiana Utility Vendors and Stakeholders
    • Actively build and maintain relationships with Indiana Utility vendors around IHCDA’s energy program needs and updates;
    • Engage with Indiana utility affinity groups around issues of interest to IHCDA’s energy programs;
    • Manage the Vendor MOA process and actively work with any vendors that are reported to be in violation of the MOA;
    • Respond to vendor questions regarding IHCDA’s energy programs;
    • Create external and internal standard operating procedures for utility vendor management and engagement;
    • Conduct vendor monitoring annually and address with the vendor(s) any issues found;
  • Take an Active Role in Special Projects/Opportunities for IN’s Energy Programs
    • Work with the Community Programs Director and Energy Program Managers to explore new funding opportunities;
    • Manage the process of applying for funding opportunities the team decides to pursue;
    • Take an active role in drafting Federal and/or Philanthropic grant applications to support IHCDA’s energy programs;
    • Work with program managers to draft and implement policies that align with special project goals/requirements;
  • General Team Support
    • Maintain positive and successful working relationships with all members of the Community Programs staff as well as local service providers, vendors and other program partners;
    • Assist in responding to constituent emails and calls regarding IHCDA’s energy programs;
    • Contribute to monitoring visits made by federal or state funders;
    • Represent IHCDA and Community Programs on external committees, at sub-grantee events, trainings, conference calls and webinars and at national organizations events;
    • Acquire and maintain any certifications needed to perform job duties;
    • Perform related duties as assigned. 


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Six years of professional level experience may be substituted for a degree. Master’s degree preferred;
  • Three years of experience working with non-profit or governmental organizations;
  • Experience in two or more of the following areas is required: 
    • Policy, public health, or social services research;
    • Program or grant management;
    • Coalition building or community development;
    • Grant writing;
    • Working with federal grant funding;
    • Weatherization, construction, or building performance;
    • Energy, water or other utilities;
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
  • Highly collaborative style; works well with a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds, education, and economic levels;
  • Demonstrates exceptional writing and editing skills;
  • Able to influence and persuade within the team, across IHCDA, and with external stakeholders.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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