Chief Engineer (Administrator I)/Facilities Management

CSU San Bernardino - 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino
Apr 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Employment Status: Full-time, "exempt" position, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, with the possibility of converting to an alternative work schedule.

"Please attach a cover letter, resume (or curricula vitae) and diversity statement. The diversity statement may include your interpretation of diversity, inclusion, gender equity and must include specific examples of how your educational/professional experiences, background/philosophy has prepared you for the role you are applying for at California State University, San Bernardino. (Maximum 250 words)"

Under the direction of the Building & Mechanical Services Manager, the Chief Engineer provides leadership and direction for the Heating & Air Conditioning department including the preventative maintenance and operation of the Central Heating and Air Conditioning Plant and all building mechanical systems.  The incumbent will oversee the effective management and daily operations of assigned staff which include Shop Leads, Refrigeration Mechanics, and Building Service Engineers, helping to define priorities of work and communicating this information to all staff involved.  

Typical Activities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Implement best management practices on campus. 
  • Supports and moves new initiatives forward. 
  • Identifies current and future challenges and proposes solutions and anticipates campus community needs.  Build relationships with both internal; and external customers.
  • Facilitates an environment that motivates, empowers, and inspires commitment from employees. 
  • Demonstrates commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. 
  • Works with a spirit of collaboration, inclusion, respect and collegiality. 
  • Creates a team environment where employees are recognize individually and as a team for their accomplishments and success. 
  • Builds competence in others through effective coaching, performance management and mentoring. 
  • Provides outstanding customer service to campus partners. 
  • Understands the importance of the Central Plant in student success.
  • Ensures a community focused approach to Heating and Air Conditioning management.  

The successful candidate will  

  • Set Heating & Air Conditioning expectations for campus building and infrastructure including the Central Plant.
  • Manage the operation, maintenance, repair, inspection, water treatment and adjustment of main hot water generators (boilers), centrifugal chillers, and related auxiliary equipment, including pumps, air compressors, cooling towers, electromechanical control systems and the campus wide building automation system.
  • Monitor work progress and completion utilizing a computerized maintenance management system. 
  • Manage heating & air projects and new project installations.
  • Manage heating & air contracts and notifies the Union of contract work as appropriate.
  • Review construction projects for compliance with campus standards and requirements.
  • Assist in the formulation, development, interpretation, implementation, and development of policies, procedures, standards and programs related to Heating & Air Conditioning and the Central Plant. 
  • Oversee and exercises control over University budgets pertaining to Heating & Air Conditioning and the Central Plant in coordination with the Building and Mechanical Services Manager.
  • Perform 24/7 call-in duties.
  • Specifically works to find opportunities to create "living labs" within the built environment to support academic endeavors.
  • Work with outside groups to bring recognition to the campus for our energy management and efficiency efforts pertaining to mechanical systems.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Engineering supplemented by 10 years of experience in facilities management and central utility plant operation & maintenance in a complex campus environment (or other industrial related field) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing a 24/7/365 operation in a union environment.
  • At least 3 years of experience supervising the work of journey level personnel, construction contractors and repair technicians. 


  • In-depth knowledge of central utility plant operations, reciprocating engines, generators, building systems, control logic and operating protocols, plumbing/water distribution and sewage systems, fire alarm and high voltage distribution.
  • Knowledge of energy conservation practices and sustainability initiatives.


  • Sound judgment and problem resolution ability as demonstrated by a past record of solving facilities-related challenges. 
  • Ability to read drawings, understand code compliance and work with State code enforcement officials. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing with customers, department administrators, and staff at all levels including non-University personnel.
  • Ability to manage multi-site systems operations and set up systems, records, and protocols to ensure equity at all facilities sites.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, proficiency and success in the use of: 
    • Interpersonal communication skills, reporting and other strategies to effectively inspire, influence and lead others and to achieve and maintain exceptionally high rates of customer and personnel satisfaction. 
    • Project management skills and solutions to manage institutional business and administrative practices and initiatives. 
    • Analytical, problem solving and conflict resolution strategies including demonstrated success of collaboratively, diplomatically and effectively working to resolve sensitive matters. 
    • Staff supervision and management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects.
  • Knowledge of public contracting and fire/life safety regulations.
  • 5 years or more of progressive, demonstrated experience and success in a higher education or other governmental/institutional environment. 
  • Experience with CSU system-wide policies and procedures regarding: financial, contractual, administrative, construction, environmental health & safety, fire safety, space utilization, facilities management procedures, rules and practices.
  • BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association) or IFMA (International Facility Management Association) certification.   
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people. 

Duties may involve the use of a state vehicle, which would necessitate possession of a valid California driver's license and the successful completion of the campus Defensive Driving examination.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. 

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.  Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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