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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
Arlington, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2203422

Energy and Sustainability Specialist

Want to apply your analytical skills to support the development and execution of clean energy and sustainability programs? You can at ICF. We solve the most challenging issues facing the energy industry today while informing the future of global energy use.  

ICF is seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated candidate to help government clients implement and evolve their energy efficiency, decarbonization, and sustainability programs. This position will be based in our Fairfax, VA office. Successful candidates will support the implementation of high-profile public-private partnership programs to drive energy efficiency and emissions reductions across commercial, multifamily, institutional, and industrial markets. They will be part of a team that builds and maintains relationships with key market actors, reviews and analyzes energy and water consumption data, develops marketing material that recognizes market leadership, and collaborates with other team members and clients to develop national and regional strategies to increase participation in energy and decarbonization programs.


  • Supporting the execution of government clean energy research, development, and deployment (RD&D) programs, especially for building and advanced manufacturing technologies

  • Providing technical assistance to assist the energy development needs of a variety of program stakeholders (e.g., private companies and local communities)

  • Supporting all phases of government program or project management, from project inception to closeout

  • Conducting technical, energy, environmental, and economic benefits analyses

  • Performing market and technology assessments

  • Synthesizing and analyzing data and models related to energy technologies and trends

  • Synthesizing and analyzing technology R&D project and program information 

  • Developing technical communications (reports, white papers, fact sheets, research summaries, briefings)

  • Preparing, reviewing, and analyzing technical reports and assessments

  • Conducting internet and literature research

  • Engaging and communicating with internal and external program stakeholder groups, including understanding stakeholder group needs, priorities, and issues

  • Conducting research and analysis of energy efficiency, electrification, renewable energy, and decarbonization programs and policies

  • Supporting the review and analysis of large volumes of program data, in order to support core program processes, ensure program integrity, and distill data into narratives for reports, case studies, etc.

  • Serving as a source of technical assistance for program participants, and maintaining detailed records in a customer management system.

  • Reviewing energy consumption and greenhouse emissions data for single buildings as well as large portfolios of facilities, to assist building owners in benchmarking performance against peers, improving performance, and achieving recognition for decarbonization achievements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, integrated science and technology, engineering, or a related field with a minimum of 3+ years of relevant experience; OR a Master’s degree in science, integrated science and technology, engineering, or a related field with a minimum of 1+ year of relevant experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; advanced analytical and Excel skills

Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Professional demeanor and ability to balance respect, decisiveness, and tenacity

  • Ability and interest to learn and adapt in a dynamic environment

  • Demonstrated experience in energy analysis or consulting 

  • Experience working with U.S. federal government agencies

  • Experience working with U.S. energy research and development programs

  • Experience working in the commercial or multifamily building sector, or for an energy efficiency vendor/service provider serving the building sector.

  • Demonstrated expertise working with large spreadsheets or databases.

  • Experience in energy performance benchmarking or energy modeling.

  • Experience with greenhouse gas inventory calculations.

  • Basic programming skills.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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