Director, Utilities and Engineering

Washington, D.C.
Sep 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

Facilities and Campus Development (formerly Planning, Development & Construction and Facilities Services) is comprised of several units that operate and maintain university facilities, including but not limited to providing quality support services for the physical environment of the university, campus planning activities, construction projects, campus development projects, building maintenance and operations, and oversight on building related regulatory matters.

The Director of Utilities and Engineering (formerly Energy and Environmental Programs) will direct, strategize, and organize utility, plant, engineering, and environmental initiatives and services for 170+ buildings totaling in excess of 10 million gross square feet across three campuses. The successful candidate will lead a team of 20 staff; responsible for campus-wide environmental permitting, operational responsibility for a central utility plant and campus utilities, combustion gas turbine and a heat recovery steam generator. The Director of Utilities and Engineering reports to the Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Campus Development and includes following reporting units:
• Central/Cogeneration Plant
• Utilities
• Engineering
• Environmental Programs

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Develops a team environment for the different units of the Utilities and Engineering Department. Drives the customer-service and customer-response focus of the Department. Oversees the enhancement of the department's core functions (i.e. plant operations, responsiveness, environmental programs, and regulation compliance).

Directs subordinate staff on providing in-house consultations regarding plant operations, energy and environmental management issues in all facets of the Facilities and Campus Development Department's planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance.

Establishes and oversees the Department's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and business practices to ensure the achievement of the departmental goals of enhanced customer service, enhanced service levels, and higher operating efficiencies for all core competencies of the department. Oversees the continual improvement of processes and SOPs.

Oversees preparation, monitoring, and benchmarking of annual utilities' budgets for the University, in cooperation with other division finance managers and departments throughout the University.

Directs the management of University compliance with energy, environmental, building, health, safety, and fire codes/regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Virginia. Initiates required corrective actions as necessary.

Provides guidance and identifies efficient strategies for the Facilities and Campus Development Department regarding the execution of their duties related to utilities, plant operations, energy and environmental regulation compliance. Ensures close coordination and collaboration with Facilities Maintenance on routine maintenance, preventative and predictive maintenance, and emergency response Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's).

Collaborates with the Office of Sustainability regarding the preparation and reporting progress of the University's Climate Action Plan (CAP) and related programs. Recommends plans, programs, projects and budgeting as new energy conservation and environmental improvement opportunities are identified.

Conducts seminars and lectures, publishes articles, and performs other activities demonstrating the University's commitment to operational efficiency, energy and environmental management leadership.

Central/Cogeneration Plant:
Manages the daily and continuous operations of the Central Utility and Cogeneration Plant.

Develops short- and long-term operational strategies and goals to maximize plant operations, system controls, and proactive response protocols by evaluating ongoing/proposed energy and building control initiatives. Develops five-year energy and plant strategies and manages the execution of funded energy and environmental projects, such as those that support the Central Plant, utilities, and Eco-Building program.

Oversees third party consultants, maintenance vendors and Central Plant /cogeneration maintenance service contracts to ensure proper vendor performance, adequate sourced goods, schedules, life cycle costing, QA/QC, and service/maintenance costs are aligned with contractual requirements and University requirements.

Energy & Environmental Programs:
Uses business analytics, metrics, and historical/current data to develop strategies and recommend timing and approaches for energy purchases/options.

Ensures that the University maintains current awareness and knowledge of new energy and environmental legislation/regulatory requirements via open lines of communication with relevant organizations and through research efforts.

Oversees and conducts energy and water surveys/audits for all physical assets to include, but not limited to, electrical, mechanical, envelope, boiler rooms.

Develops strategies to enhance utility service reliability and physical development across the University's campus to support the growth and enrichment of enrollment, curriculum, technologies, and community presence.

Provide oversight to the team that monitors utility usages and bill payments, issues internally-generated utility bills

Serves as the primary point of contact for the University with utility companies for the University

Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree in engineering or closely related field.

8+ years of direct and progressively responsible managerial and leadership experience in plant operations and/or facilities management in a higher education environment or equivalent large institution.

Comprehensive knowledge of Central Plant and co-generation operations, preventative maintenance, routine maintenance, and operator management.

Experience developing and implementing short and long term strategic plans.

Solid experience in developing and adhering to schedules, budgets, and operational parameters; metrics and reporting; establishing, implementing and monitoring Standard Operation Procedures; administration of contracts with outside vendors; making staffing assignments aligned to support demands; interaction with university, city and utility company officials, and ensuring compliance with local and state codes.

Demonstrated experience with central plant industry best practices, sustainability, and BAS controls.

Demonstrated experience managing energy initiatives, environmental programs, and developing utility and plant operational budgets utilizing modern management principles, practices, and methods.

Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or equivalent large, complex decentralized environment.

Strong oral and communication skills and strong customer service focus.

Professional Engineer License preferred.

Advanced degree in mechanical engineering preferred.

Certified Educational Facilities Professional preferred.

Demonstrated experience in complex higher education organization.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Operations Family Facilities & Campus Ops Sub-Family Engineering Stream Management Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006598 Job Open Date: 08/21/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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