Director of Utilities, Energy Management, and Sustainability

Stony Brook, NY
Sep 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Director of Utilities, Energy Management, and Sustainability-1702781

Required Qualifications (as evidenced by attached resume):

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business or related field. Seven years of full time directly related experience in utilities. Prior management and supervisory experience. Must have, keep and maintain the appropriate valid NYS Driver's License; have a motor vehicle record which is free from major violations or a pattern of repeat violations. (***Out-of-State Applicants, see "Special Notes.").

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years of experience in the operation and management of heating and cooling plants. Experience supervising personnel in a union environment. Experience working in a large academic setting or similar facility.

Brief Description of Duties:

The Director of Utilities and Energy Management/Sustainability is responsible for the daily operation of East and West Heating and Cooling Plants, Campus Utilities, High Voltage, Energy Management/Sustainability, HVAC and Electric Trades. The Director is also responsible for every aspect of Facilities Operations at the Stony Brook Southampton Campus. The Director will recommend and oversee conservation efforts; utilities coordination and monitoring; project management; and environmental compliance within areas of responsibilities. The Director will oversee the management of approximately 93 staff members in multiple unions (UUP, CSEA, PEF.) The Director is also responsible for the administration of the operating budgets in excess of $8 million and utilities consumption budgets exceeding $54 million.

Meets with HVAC, Power Plant, High Voltage, Electric, Southampton, and Energy Management/Sustainability managers to review activities and provides direction on meeting the departmental and division objectives. Oversees expenditures in other functions in his/her area of responsibility. Coordinates with other divisions of the department in creating a unified public image and the most efficient provision of services. Responsible for emergency response and coordination in critical situations.

East and West Heating and Cooling Plants: Direct the daily operations for both the East and West Power Plants, including new East Plant chiller building and High Voltage switching station and West Plant chiller and switchgear addition. Reviews work assignments, maintenance schedules, service programs, procedures, and practices and makes improvements as needed; develops and directs preventive maintenance programs, procedures and policies. Request and oversee capital projects.

HVAC: Direct the day to day operations. Reviews work assignments, maintenance schedules, service programs, procedures, and practices and makes improvements as needed; develops and directs preventive maintenance programs, procedures and policies.

Utilities - High Voltage Shop: Direct the daily operation and maintenance of the East and West Campus 69KV sub-stations 10A, new sub-station 10B with all associated systems, campus emergency generators, and the campus natural gas system. Reviews work assignments, including electrical shut downs; maintenance schedules, service programs, procedures, and practices and makes improvements as needed. Administer procedures and policies and oversee capital projects.

Electric Shop: Direct the day to day operations of the electrical shop and street lighting. Review work assignments, maintenance schedules, service programs, procedures, and practices and make improvements as needed. Develop and direct preventive maintenance programs, procedures and policies. Direct work order flow making sure work orders are completed in an efficient timely matter.

Southampton: Direct the operation of the Southampton campus through subordinates who manage the daily maintenance and repair activities of the campus in support of the academic mission of the University and its research environment.

Directs the collection and verification of all utility data, and meets regularly with campus budget office. Acts as liaison between cogeneration plant operator, regional utility providers, and energy performance contractor.

Prepares and prioritizes recommendations for maintenance and repair projects which includes; evaluating building structural/mechanical/electrical systems for deficiencies and improvements. Prepares special reports for the Assistant Vice President involving all areas of Physical Plant management including, High Voltage, Electric, HVAC, Southampton, and Energy Management/Sustainability responsibilities and furnishes reports as necessary. Direct surveys and studies and makes recommendations on specific operations, including energy conservation.

Direct Stony Brook University’s Department of Sustainability/Energy Management to work as a proponent for positive change by partnering with the university community to help develop a sustainable culture. The office serves as a resource for best practices of sustainable solution that looks to increase operating efficiencies, promote environmental awareness and conserve resources. Focusing on advocacy, policy development, reporting and communications, the Office of Sustainability utilizes a multifaceted approach to increase the University’s sustainability programs, such as directing efforts to enhance environmental stewardship practices, and campaigns and projects such as; Earthstock, Sustainability Task Force, EcoLeaders, SBU Bike Share, etc.

Direct benchmark sustainable businesses, facility and vehicular best practices, and implement such practices as dependent on financial support. Responsible for increasing the University’s sustainability program by directing efforts to enhance environmental stewardship practices, campaigns and projects; create reports, reviews statistical practices, contacting SUNY and private Universities, etc. Additionally, develop policies for the sustainability department, including the internal policies on hiring student assistants.

Develop, implement and enhance best practices for sustainable solutions that looks to increase operation efficiencies, promote environmental awareness and conserve resources. Direct the timely completion and submission of all Executive Orders and utility data.

Direct and review the timely completion and submission of required reports for: The American College & University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Program, which includes the implementation profile, tangible actions, Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports, Climate Action Plans, and Progress Reports; EPA’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA); Executive Order #4 – maintaining a Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program; Executive Order #88 – works with the SBU Office of Energy Management to reduce energy consumption by 20%; and manage and/or communicate sustainability initiatives generating positive publicity for Stony Brook University with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Direct the efforts for Tree Campus USA to ensure Stony Brook University meets the five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.

Ensure the University’s Bike Share Program is meeting the biking needs of the University. Research, develop and implement efficient operational improvements to the bike share program in order to increase ridership and customer satisfaction.

Acts as liaison with the department of Environmental, Health & Safety to ensure Facilities Operations compliance with NYSDEC and USEPA mandates as they relate to power plant operations and NYS Department of Labor required safety training.

Assess manpower needs and capabilities, and implements changes as needed, revise job descriptions and performance evaluations, screen and interview job applicants and select new employees. As necessary, serves as Physical Plant management representative at grievances. Counsels supervisory and management personnel on all matters related to collective bargaining agreements and refers questions for specific contract interpretation to the Assistant Vice President of Facilities & Services.

Assists the AVP of Facilities & Services in developing and revising policies pertaining to the provision of services, e.g., priorities, scheduling, nature of service provided, degree to which service is provided, evaluates the effectiveness of services provided, and performs inspections of work in progress and upon completion. Attends meetings with members of the University staff and faculty as required to review the operations and supports the department, the University and the academic mission.

Reviews and approves purchase requisitions based on need and oversees all expenditures under areas of responsibility. Prepares scope of work/specifications for competitive bids and evaluates contractor proposals prior to award by Procurement. Participates in negotiations for contracted maintenance services, monitors contractors’ work performance and approves invoices for payment. Assists the Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Services and the Director of Business Management in preparing operational and project budgets, and manages same for designated departments.

Other duties as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes:

FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain the FLSA exemption.

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Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

***Out-of-State Applicants: Please note as a condition of employment and in order for this position to be tendered, the successful incumbent will be required to provide evidence of a valid license and driving abstract from the state issuing the license within five business days of a conditional offer and must obtain a NYS driver's license within 30 days of acceptance of offer.

Essential Position:

This has been designated as an essential position based on the duties of the job and the functions performed. Positions that are designated as such are required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.

About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff. SBU is a comprehensive research-intensive university and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which includes 34 public universities among its 62 members. SBU consists of 12 schools and colleges and a teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art healthcare in the Long Island region. SBU also manages and performs joint research with Brookhaven National Laboratory, the only Department of Energy Laboratory in the Northeast, and shares doctoral programs with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned molecular biology institute. Home to the Emerson String Quartet, the Jackson Pollack House in East Hampton, New York, the Humanities Institute, and the Southampton Arts Program, and with endeavors that extend to the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, SBU sustains an international reputation that cuts across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stony Brook University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, women and minorities to apply.

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Official Job Title: Facilities Program Coordinator
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Facilities Operations-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Facilities Operations-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Sep 13, 2017
Posting End Date: Sep 27, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade: SL5


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