Energy Programs Specialist

Job Type
Development/Grant Writing
Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Job Description

DHCD is seeking an Energy Programs Specialist in the Division of Community Services!

(This is a temporary two-year position with benefits)

SUMMARY (Not All Inclusive):

Responsible for carrying out research, writing, and analytic assignments related to federally funded energy efficiency programs:  the Department of Energy funded Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE WAP) and the Heating Emergency Assistance Retrofit Task Weatherization Assistance Program (HEARTWAP), DHCD’s heating system repair, replacement, and maintenance program, as well as other topics for the Energy Conservation Unit (ECU) and the Division of Community Services (DCS). 


DHCD is within the Housing and Economic Development Secretariat and its work touches the lives of all Massachusetts residents.

DHCD's mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of Massachusetts residents by providing leadership, professional assistance and financial resources to promote safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities and sound municipal management.


Responsible for assisting with:

  • Grant management and grant reporting as it pertains to the delivery of energy efficiency program services to income-eligible clients.
  • Grant writing and editing in response to federal energy-related grant opportunities.
  • Developing and reviewing Request for Proposal (RFPs) and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
  • Acting as an ECU liaison with contracted consultants.
  • Assists with the preparation and coordination of grant-related contracts, budgets, and budget amendments.
  • Reviews Subgrantee contracts, budgets, and budget amendments for accuracy.
  • Assisting in the development and coordination of the program operators’ guidelines and State plans.
  • Responding to questions and concerns from entities and persons that are involved with WAP and HEARTWAP. 
  • Completing research and writing assignments related to energy efficiency programs and associated issues/topics for the Energy Conservation Unit (ECU) and the Division of Community Services (DCS). 
  • Other duties as assigned by the ECU Supervisor, ECU Energy Programs Coordinator, and/or Community Services Unit Manager. 


  1. Ability to interpret federal and state policies, statutes, and regulations.
  2. Some basic technical expertise related to residential weatherization and heating system work is preferred.
  3. Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills; ability to produce clear and accurate reports and recommendations.
  4. At least intermediate proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  5. Ability to identify, develop, and implement new methods and procedures to achieve program goals.
  6. Ability to work with local community action agencies, state officials, and private sector professionals.
  7. Ability to be sensitive to the needs of income-eligible residents.
  8. Bachelor’s degree in related field is preferred.
  9. Demonstrated ability to interpret various laws and regulations and to communicate effectively with a variety of public and private agencies.
  10. Ability to prepare and/or direct preparation of contract documents and to analyze budgets.
  11. Experience with grant management and grant writing.
  12. Familiarity with DHCD housing and/or energy programs is preferred but not required.


This is a 2-year temporary position with benefits. The end date may be extended based on availability of funding.

Please upload resume, cover letter and writing sample.

This position is currently a telework position. In Spring 2022, this position would be expected to follow a hybrid model of reporting to work that combines in-office workdays and work from home days.

Salary placement is determined by years of experience and education directly related to the position and the Human Resources Division’s Recruiting Guidelines. In the case of a promotional opportunity, the salary provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement will apply to placement within the appropriate salary range.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.


When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.

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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements.  We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Marjie Lalli - 6175731254

Official Title: Program Coordinator I

Functional Title: Energy Programs Specialist (Temp 2 year with benefits) 

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street

Job: Administrative Services

Agency: Department of Housing & Community Development

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Posting: Jun 16, 2022, 10:15:45 AM

Number of Openings: 1

Salary: $55,469.70 - $79,070.16 Yearly

Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.

Confidential: No