Assistant Director, Utilities and Energy Management

USA, Colorado, Denver
May 23, 2017
University of
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

Under the general management of the Director of Facilities Management, the Assistant Director of Utilities and Energy Management is responsible for the direction of the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) and HVAC shops as well as the operations and maintenance of the central steam and chilled water plant. The Assistant Director of Utilities and Energy Management oversees the University's comprehensive Energy Conservation Plan (ECP) identifying long-range goals for conservation, and is responsible for tracking, reviewing forecasting, and establishing campus utility consumption and budgets. This position also oversees utilities load and demand forecasts for water, steam, electrical, chilled water and natural gas.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the Direction of the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) department supervising the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing shops as well as operations and maintenance of the central steam and chilled water plant and distribution systems.
    • Manage technical information and guidance to foremen and subordinates to ensure that HVAC, mechanical and electrical systems being installed, replaced or repaired will perform in an efficient manner with minimal maintenance.
    • Coordinate and schedule HVAC, electric, water, gas, steam and chilled water utility outages to include customer notifications.
    • Identify and assess test and balance and duct cleaning needs related to comfort and IAQ concerns.
    • Establish a preventive maintenance program for repair and upkeep of MEP, HVAC, and central plant equipment. Utilizes and is efficient in the use of computer maintenance management system (TMA) for the preventive maintenance and planned maintenance program.
    • Direct the HVAC Controls Technician and the HVAC Maintenance Shop on the efficient operations of BAS and the related equipment. Utilize Iconics BAS graphical user interface to monitor and assess the operation of critical HVAC systems.
    • Use Direct Digital Control (DDC) and Energy Management System (EMS) theories and principles to design automation control systems for new in-house installations and existing system retrofits. As requested, review and approve outside consulting engineer project designs and inspect/recommend approval on contractor field installation of new projects. Coordinate the update of Iconics graphics to accommodate new and renovated space.
    • Review and evaluate HVAC and Electrical plans for new construction and major renovation projects including equipment replacements or upgrades and retro-commissioning projects. Support the commissioning RCx process from selection of agent, through the completion of construction project.
    • Assist the construction Project Managers during the punch-list process of project close-out. Support and advise Project managers during all phases of Xcel Energy Design assist process which includes selection of modeling consultants.
    • Conduct studies and make recommendations for life cycle cost and logistical maintenance support cost analysis for large HVAC equipment slated for replacement through the Integrated Facilities Planning program.
    • Review, maintain and update the Critical Building Contingency plan on an annual basis. Coordinate the response to MEP emergencies as need.
  • Directs and manages the University's comprehensive Energy Conservation Plan (ECP)
    • Analyze and identify ways and means, both technical and procedural, to improve the effectiveness of energy consumption on campus.
    • Track quantitative improvements in energy consumption and prepare energy reports for higher authorities utilizing the Energy Cost Avoidance Program (ECAP). Updates energy models and databases to reflect energy savings projects.
    • Survey/audit University facilities for energy savings opportunities and operational efficiencies.
    • Provide technical advice and assistance to the University's Sustainability Council, as required.
    • Coordinates, conducts and monitors studies to direct, develop, evaluate and recommend solutions to utility and energy cost and consumption problems.
    • Investigate alternative energy sources and water consumption reduction programs. Coordinate energy initiatives, monitor and track energy strategies. Develop, coordinate and track all Utility rebates.
    • Reports, maintains, and improve our Carbon Footprint Inventory that supports the University's position on sustainability as defined by the Chancellors Commitment Letter to the Presidents Climate Commitment Initiative.
    • Primary interface between the Facilities Department and campus community as it relates to the education and coordination for achieving greater efficiency and cost savings in the use of utilities at all of the University's facilities.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Valid Colorado driver's license.
  • 6 years of HVAC & Utility Operations experience.
  • 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience with BAS System and energy based software management.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.