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Director Energy Systems

Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

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Job Summary:    

Position leads, manages, plans, organizes and administers the Utility Enterprise Auxiliary (UEA) operation, energy conservation, and commissioning efforts for a university campus consisting of approximately 180 buildings. Work consists of daily operation and maintenance of a central steam production plant, two regional chilled water production plants, geothermal operations, Building Automation Systems, high voltage electric systems and production, and associated distribution systems; utility commodity purchases, sales, and billing; prioritization of energy conservation projects in a manner that results in the greatest efficiency and effectiveness. Position also oversees and coordinates work of outside contractors. Perform other duties as assigned.


Duties/Physical Demands:    

1. Leadership-Management-Relationship with Superiors - provides direction, focus, guidance, support, prioritization and oversight for managerial and supervisory staff; develops and implements programs, policies, processes and procedures that result in high levels of organizational performance and effectiveness; keep superior informed; be responsive to directives from superiors; support the unit, departmental, and institutional goals
2. Daily Operations – responsible for overall administration, supervision and reliable operation of all utility production plants within the UEA; establishes safety as top priority; ensures the University’s mission critical needs are met through best operating practices and good decisions; develops and implements key performance indicators monitoring efforts to achieve set goals for safety, productivity, quality, and cost
3. Energy Optimization – responsible for establishing energy optimization strategies within central and regional production plants, distribution systems, and within individual buildings. Establishes relationships with University department heads to develop comprehensive energy reduction initiatives through various business units
4. Continuous Improvement – promotes continuous improvement through lean programming; expects a high level of participation throughout all employees in the Utility Enterprise Auxiliary (UEA) in lean initiatives; expects UEA employees to develop and submit continuous improvement ideas on a regular basis; establishes a culture seeking improved service levels with the same or fewer resources
5. Technical Support and Guidance - provides supervisors and managers with technical support and guidance relative to various mechanical and electrical distribution systems, building systems, and equipment
6. Budget Management – prepares and manages operating and capital improvement budgets; ensures funds are spent in accordance with state law and University policy
7. Contractor Oversight – oversees contract administration and hiring of outside contractors
8. Long-Range Planning – leads effort establishing the most effective, efficient, and sustainable plan for providing utilities to campus; provides system and equipment condition assessments and long-range planning for capital project needs, including determination of priority; provides oversight of capital renewal planning
9. Quality Control – develops and implements programs, policies and work practices that ensures high degree of quality in work performed by staff and contractors
10. Customer Satisfaction – develops and implements programs, policies and work practices that result in a high degree of customer satisfaction; develops and measures customer satisfaction
11. Record Keeping Function – Develops policies and work practices that result in accurate and timely tracking of work requests, PM efforts, labor and material costs; develops/prepares periodic reports detailing performance of the business unit
12. Personnel Function – provides for professional development of employees; enforces work rules; holds subordinates accountable for effectiveness and efficiency; screens job applicants; makes hiring recommendations; participates in administration of discipline
13. Implement Technology - responsible for the application of technology to the operation, such as computerized maintenance-management systems and/or electronic work order systems, and building automation system


Minimum Qualifications:    

Education/Experience – bachelor’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of 5 years full-time experience in utility plant engineering preferred; or related associate’s degree plus a minimum of 8 years full-time experience in utility plant management; or a minimum of 10 years full-time verifiable experience in utility plant management and energy conservation


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:    

1. Specific Knowledge – working knowledge of industrial utility systems and production, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, commercial refrigeration, plumbing, water treatment, computerized temperature control systems, chillers, boilers, energy management, fan systems, and pumping systems
2. Knowledge of Maintenance Function - thorough knowledge of methods associated with maintenance, repair, and operation of all utility and distribution systems noted above; thorough knowledge of safety regulations and safe work practices
3. Technical Understanding - ability to read, interpret, and understand drawings, specifications, sequences of operation, control drawings, and other technical data
4. Attention to Detail - ability to maintain detailed and complete records of maintenance and repair activities
5. Communication Skills - ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a wide range of persons
6. Customer Service Skills – thorough understanding of modern customer service theories, practices and methods
7. Managerial Complexity – must be able to successfully handle multiple tasks at once, and be able to determine appropriate priorities; must be able to make independent interpretations and make appropriate decisions that are in the best interest of the organization and that are consistent with the objectives of upper-management
8. Computer Skills – must be proficient in the use of business application software, to include word processor, spreadsheet, and database programs; must be experienced in the use of a computerized maintenance-management software program


Special Instructions to Applicants:    

Miami University is conducting this search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates, Inc. ( Helbling & Associates is a national executive search firm specializing in facilities management; architecture, engineering, and construction; and real estate development roles.

All applications must be submitted through this posting.

For questions or to submit nominations, please contact:

Rick Nawoczynski, Senior Managing Consultant

E: [email protected]
O: (724) 935-7500 x112
C: (724) 462-5393

Helbling & Associates, Inc.
8000 Brooktree Road, Suite 100
Wexford, PA 15090

Please visit Helbling & Associates’ Candidates Page for more information.


Special Instructions to Applicants:    

Miami University is conducting this search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates, Inc. ( Helbling & Associates is a national executive search firm specializing in facilities management; architecture, engineering, and construction; and real estate development roles.

All applications must be submitted through this posting.

For questions or to submit nominations, please contact:

Rick Nawoczynski, Senior Managing Consultant

E: [email protected]
O: (724) 935-7500 x112
C: (724) 462-5393

Helbling & Associates, Inc.
8000 Brooktree Road, Suite 100
Wexford, PA 15090

Please visit Helbling & Associates’ Candidates Page for more information.


Diversity Statement:    

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:    

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.


Labor Law Posters for Applicants:    

Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).


Nationally recognized as one of the country's most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati), with regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio, and the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Miami combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. A liberal education core complements the more specialized studies of the majors.

Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on and immersive experiences, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who enjoy teaching and mentoring students. Recognized as a "Public Ivy" by Richard Moll in his 1985 book about America's flagship universities, Miami is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best schools for “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This commitment to teaching is demonstrated in the University's record of exceptional retention and graduation rates-which are among highest for NCAA Division I schools. Miami also regularly ranks among the top public doctoral university in the country for study abroad participation by undergraduate students.

Chartered in 1809, Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the nation. Enrollment includes almost 15,000 undergraduates and more than 2,200 graduate students on the Oxford campus, which is lauded for its exceptional beauty. The charming, historic uptown area of Oxford is adjacent to the campus.

Miami offers bachelor degrees in over 100 areas of study and master's degrees in more than 50 areas; the University also offers a number of doctoral degrees.

More information on Miami may be obtained via

Miami University is deeply committed to the success of every member of the community. At Miami, our mission is to empower each student, staff, and faculty member to promote and become engaged citizens who use their acquired knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of the community and the world.

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) exists to provide an inclusive, equitable, working, living, and learning environment to members of the Miami University community. OEEO provides members of the university community a place to obtain guidance for providing equal opportunity in personnel matters, and to resolve issues of harassment and discrimination

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) ensures that Miami University provides an equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. This will be achieved with compassion, understanding, and fairness to all parties involved and act as a resource for all members of the university community.

Office of Diversity Affairs is located at 336 Shriver Center 3rd Floor. The Main Office line is (513) 529-6504.

Janine Todd, Program Associate
Mr. Gerald Yearwood, Senior Administrative Director
Dr. Juanita S. Tate, Director of Divisional Initiatives
Demere Woolway, Assistant Director of ODA & Coordinator of GLBTQ Services
Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S., Assistant Director & Coordinator of Diverse Student Development

Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity is located at 219 E. Spring Street Oxford, OH 45056. The Main line is (513) 529-7157.

Kenya Ash, Director, Title IX Coordinator & Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Kristie Marcum, Associate Director
Tandy Hamm, Assistant Director
Janet Fink, Administrative Assistant

For a list of contacts involved in diversity-related efforts, see Diversity Contacts (PDF 229KB).

As part of institutional diversity and inclusion goals, our efforts diligently center on four core areas: recruitment, retention, curriculum and climate. These core areas are addressed through key initiatives that are tailored to faculty, staff, and students and are executed either through programs and support from our office or in collaboration with other university offices, departments, and programs. In addition, we also value relationships with our community partners who also work with us to promote diversity and inclusion at Miami.

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