Senior Director, Energy Services and Sustainability

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5235 S. Harper Court

9065601 Facilities-O&M Administration

About the Unit
Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Senior Director, Energy Services and Sustainability is responsible for visionary and strategic energy services and programs for the University of Chicago. It is responsible for developing and maintaining the Sustainability Plan to ensure that the activities align with the overall University mission and goals through partnership with the Assistant Vice President, Campus Planning and Sustainability. This position will direct, strategize, and organize utility plant and environmental initiatives and services for over 165 campus building totaling 11 million square feet. This includes master planning, conservation efforts, managing renewable energy portfolios, strategic procurement of natural gas and electricity, and other energy-related strategic initiatives. Other responsibilities include monitoring centralized building automation systems, oversight of the building commissioning process, budget management and adherence to all safety rules and regulations. The Senior Director will lead the tactical effort to integrate sustainability practices and considerations into University operations and activities. Develops and recommends plans to advance the University's sustainability efforts. Provides leadership for the development and implementation of goals, policies and projects related to energy and natural resource conservation and efficiency, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and sustainable buildings, and waste reduction and diversion in partnership with the Assistant Vice President, Campus Planning and Sustainability. Oversees program implementation for student, faculty and staff engagement.

This position makes decisions on strategic initiatives with the goal of meeting the University's commitments to energy reduction. In addition, she/he is responsible for coordinating the energy procurement and utilization of the campus' central utility plants in order to maximize efficiency and minimize cost.

The incumbent manages the Energy Services unit, which includes Central Utility Manager, Building Automation Manager, Campus Energy Manager, Energy Utilities Manager, Commissioning Engineer, and Sustainability Specialist. The Senior Director will work with and provide recommendations on sustainability and energy management initiatives to Capital Projects Delivery, Operations, Campus Planning units and works closely with the senior leadership to help balance short term and long term strategic sustainability and energy management efforts. Acting as subject matter expert to provide leadership in order to develop awareness campaigns and promotions that heighten awareness of energy issues.


  • Develop strategic initiatives tied to utility management plan, consumption measurement, conservation technologies, renewable energy, sustainable systems, policy program development and implementation, utility recharge and forecasting, energy commodity market analysis and procurement of natural gas and electricity.
  • Facilitate the advancement of the department toward the vision of becoming a “national model for effectiveness in enhancing the physical environment of the University.”
  • Lead the University's efforts that provides guidance and identification of effective strategies for energy efficiency programs and optimization of energy conservation.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of procedures to comply with regulatory programs as they apply to the central plants distribution systems
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; implements changes required for improvement. Implements strategies for continuous improvement of campus infrastructure, capital planning, systems, operations, and energy conservation.
  • Proactively engage utility users' group to establish constructive dialog, credibility and cooperation through informal authority.
  • Provide oversight for energy efficiency projects including identifying and prioritizing opportunities and project implementation in cooperation with Capital Project Delivery.
  • Manage utility vendor relationships to leverage value and influence service levels.
  • Establish appropriate key performance metrics to evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Manages development of building construction guidelines for new construction and renovations that ensure proper use of energy wise methods and materials
  • Direct Central Utility Plants Manager's activities to ensure reliable, efficient and cost effective operations of the steam plants, steam and condensate distribution and metering systems, chiller plants, distribution, and metering systems.
  • Ensure comprehensive maintenance management system is in place, benefits are fully realized, and are compliant to all city, state, and federal regulations.
  • Direct the sustainability staff's activities to ensure reliable, efficient and cost effective operations of the sustainability programs, academic and student engagement, and partnering with the Office of the Provost.
  • Oversee and build involvement and support for sustainability efforts among faculty, staff, students, and the campus and local community.
  • Develop improvement action plans derived from comprehensive campus-wide Sustainability Plan that includes the collection, analysis, and evaluation of data points over the course of 9 areas of focus.
  • Manage the monitoring of and document the University's overall sustainability performance.
  • Partner with Assistant Vice President, Campus Planning and Sustainability to lead the Office of Sustainability Advisory Council and other associated working groups both internally and externally.
  • Provide technical support and subject matter expertise for all policy and programming in collaboration with Assistant Vice President, Campus Planning and Sustainability.
  • Identify opportunities for outside grant funding, rebate programs, or other savings programs and manage application submittals, grant program management, and various reports.
  • Identify building mechanical problems impacting energy consumption; analyze heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting systems to determine optimum operating conditions.
  • Advise maintenance shops on energy efficient operation of building mechanical systems. Develops and recommends maintenance project priorities for equipment and operational strategies to maximize operating efficiency.
  • Provide direction to the Building Automation Systems Manager to ensure establishment of and adherence to standards for existing control systems and new installations, and direction to ensure functionality of utilities sub-metering systems.
  • Lead building re-commissioning and new commissioning efforts.
  • Support initiatives to optimize building systems operation.
  • Develops a team environment for direct reports that support customer service and customer-response focus.
  • Enforce strict adherence to safety rules, practices and regulations.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

  • Effectively Manage Performance
  • Create Strategic Vision & Purpose
  • Lead Performance & Flawless Execution
  • Build High Performing Team
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • BS/BA in engineering or related field required.
  • Master's Degree in Engineering, MBA or other advanced degree, preferred.

  • Ten years of experience in utility infrastructure, university utility and facilities operations preferred; ten years of experience in related field, required.
  • Demonstrated experience managing the operation and maintenance of central utility plants, preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of environmental / sustainability experience including implementing environmental or sustainability programs, resource management, environmental initiatives, or equivalent experience required.
  • Supervisory experience required; working with unionized workforce preferred.

  • Certified Energy Manager or Certified Energy Procurement Professional preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Demonstrated experience in sustainability or LEED AP credentials preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with energy, water, and waste conservation in buildings required.
  • Skilled in budget preparation, financial management and analysis, required.
  • A flexible, problem-solving approach to leadership, required.
  • Demonstrates effective leadership skills within a complex, multilayered organization required.
  • Ability to think strategically and drive priority initiatives through the organization required.
  • Strategic planning skills. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments required.
  • Skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures required.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals required.
  • Sensitivity and diplomacy required to balance competing campus interests, required.
  • Experience in financial modeling and risk management concepts, required
  • Advanced Excel, PowerPoint and Access skills or equivalent, required
  • Computer literacy in Windows NT and Microsoft Office environments, required
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, required
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior leadership required.
  • Demonstrated management skills with ability to relate to a diverse and complex operation and supervision of exempt and non-exempt staff required.
  • Utilize principles of management to ensure responsibilities are met effectively and efficiently. This includes planning, controlling, leading, and organizing required.
  • Demonstrated skills in using sound analytic methods and ability to work with complex analytic issues required.
  • Ability to effectively interact with departmental staff, as well as campus, and university wide administrators required.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to effectively communicate within and outside of the department required.
  • Ability to effectively interpret University and departmental policies, procedures and practices required.
  • Skill to effectively communicate orally, in writing and electronically required.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail in a fast-paced environment of changing priorities required.
  • Respond promptly by phone or in person as appropriate to emergency situations and therefore must be available 24/7 required
  • Must have a valid driver's license and successfully complete the University's Motor Vehicle Records background check process is required

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to move around campus to inspect buildings and infrastructure including use of stairs, ladders and walking in below grade utility tunnels in extreme temperature conditions.
  • Ability to review architectural/engineering plans and specifications.
  • Keyboarding; bending; stooping to reach files; light lifting; standing.
  • Some travel may be required.

Required Documents:
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and References.

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 4/22/2018
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