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Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services and University Engineer

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
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Jun 30, 2021

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)


FS-Engineering - Construction-247000

Working Title:

Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services and University Engineer

Appointment Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Position Posting Category:

Engineering and Architecture

Salary Range:

$117,900- $212,300

Full Time/Part Time?:

Full-Time Permanent

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Position Summary:

Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services, University Engineer: The Executive Director of Engineering and Construction Services functions as the University Engineer. The Executive Director leads a team of professional facilities, energy, and specialty engineers, technicians, and commissioning agents in Engineering Services, who together provide project management, engineering design and facilities engineering services within Facilities Services. This department provides integrated engineering services to capital projects, informal projects, ongoing building maintenance issues and construction shop projects. This position leads Facilities Services’ energy management and water conservation requirements and projects, building commissioning program, and provides specialized engineering services for complex high containment lab systems and animal vivarium. The building portfolio includes academic offices and classrooms, research labs including high containment laboratories and animal vivarium, student residence halls, and recreation facilities. Responsibilities include annual reporting to the State Construction and State Energy Office. The position reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Services.

The Facilities Services Division (FSD) is responsible for the planning, design, engineering, construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of the entire campus including its buildings, grounds, housekeeping, and other support services. The Engineering Services Department (ES) within the FSD division provides engineering services to the UNC at Chapel Hill campus, a highly complex campus with a large number and variety of buildings and structures. ES provides engineering expertise for all engineering facets for the campus. ES is responsible for project development for all University Engineering led projects including repair, renovation and new construction; management of capital budgets and administration of design contracts associated with these projects. In addition, ES is responsible for development of high functioning campus engineering design standards, design of engineered systems, inspection of all projects implemented within campus buildings, engineering support of Building Services personnel, leads energy management and water conservation efforts, and building commissioning services.

This position has assumed leadership of Construction Services and Construction Management. This position now has direct responsibility for leading the Construction Services in-house construction group which supports the entire campus in customer requested projects for renovation and repair. In addition, Construction Services supports the Engineering Services and Facilities Planning and Design Divisions with estimating, construction, bid and contract award, and construction management services for all projects less than $500K. Also, this position now has direct responsibility for leading the Construction Management Division who administers and manages all construction contracts for formal capital projects (greater than $500K) and supports Facilities Planning and Design in the project planning and design phase. This position is responsible for resolving disputes and claims with contractors including meetings, negotiation, mediation, hearings at the State Construction Office and in extreme cases, judicial process.

The scope of this position’s responsibilities includes more than 20 million square feet located on the 750-acre main campus and outlying areas including Carolina North, Quail Hill, Mason Farm, Marine Sciences at Morehead, and Research Campus at Kannapolis. The Director supervises a team of senior-level managers, professionals, a team of construction trades shops, estimators, and construction managers and is expected to provide exemplary executive leadership in promoting diversity, respect and civility among all members of the Engineering Services and Construction Services/Management workforce.

Educational Requirements:

Advanced degree preferred in engineering or related discipline.

Bachelor’s degree required in engineering or related discipline and five years of related supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in Mechanical, Electrical, or Civil Engineering and a minimum of seven years progressive experience in engineering project design and management; or an equivalent combination of training and directly related experience.

Qualifications and Experience:

Requires licensure as a P.E. in North Carolina, or ability to obtain.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience at a senior management level in facilities operations/services within a highly complex environment that includes a wide range of facilities types, sizes, and ages. Candidates with prior experience in a research university setting with large-scale public event venues as well as wet- lab and patient care facilities are strongly preferred, but not required. Substantial knowledge of professional engineering theory, techniques, practices, procedures, building codes and laws and skills in applying these for problem solving, system design and identification for conservation opportunities.

Thorough knowledge of state and federal rules, and regulations, governing the engineering program; thorough knowledge of agency/university practices, procedures and principles. Must be familiar with engineering design and construction practices and have the ability to review designs, read, and interpret all related plans and specifications, estimate costs, and to technically direct others and review and evaluate their work. Must have a working knowledge of federal, state and local government regulations governing design and construction of buildings and land development. Must have the ability to cope with the management of multiple projects with established completion dates and budget limitations.

Equal Opportunity Employer :

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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