Executive Director of Energy Services

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

Working Title:

Executive Director of Energy Services

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EHRA Non-Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent



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North Carolina, US

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The Energy Services Department consists of five units: (1) Cogeneration Systems, which generates and distributes steam and generates electricity; (2) Electric Distribution Systems, which is responsible for the distribution of electrical power; (3) Chilled Water Systems, which produces and distributes chilled water throughout the campus; (4) Water/Sewer, Wastewater and Stormwater, which works with a local provider for use and conservation of water as well as management of non-potable water and manages campus stormwater; (5) Business Operations, which provides strategic, financial and capital planning, budgeting, information technology support, program/project management, utility billings, and customer service. Together these five units provide safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective utility services for the University Campus and UNC Hospitals.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director of Energy Services provides management and leadership for Energy Services. The primary purpose of Energy Services is the production, delivery, and management of the University’s supply-side thermal energy (steam, chilled water) utilities and electricity, the management of non-potable water and stormwater systems, and management of the relationship with local utility providers, Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA). Energy Services is comprised the following units: Cogeneration Systems, Chilled Water Systems, Electric Distribution Systems, Water/Sewer (Wastewater), Non-Potable Water Systems, Stormwater Systems, and Business Operations. The annual receipts supported budget for Energy Services exceeds $160 million per year. Energy Services also manages a significant capital utility infrastructure program. This position reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Real Estate and Campus Enterprises.

Primary Duties Include:

(1) Planning and Policy: The Executive Director provides leadership for Energy Services in developing and implementing strategic planning and goal-setting processes that support the vision of Finance and Operations and the University. They ensure that Energy Services’ capital plan is periodically reviewed and approved. They develop and report on measures that track progress toward goals.
(2) Financial: The Executive Director manages the financial performance to meet operating, capital, and debt requirements while maintaining the lowest possible costs. They oversee the annual budgeting and rate-setting process. They ensure that financial systems and controls are in place, followed, and well documented.
(3) Operations: The Executive Director oversees the utility managers in the daily operations and employee management of Energy Services units to ensure that all service delivery areas are continuously improved to increase reliability and efficiency to the highest levels and contain cost. They monitor and evaluate the overall performance of each unit. They ensure that energy systems meet environmental and safety standards consistent with the University’s goals and leadership position.
(4) Human Resources: The Executive Director encourages the development of all employees to their maximum potential through leadership, coaching, support, and training.
(5) External Relationships: The Executive Director builds effective formal and informal communication channels with customers and other university departments that are integral to the success of Energy Services such as: Facilities Planning and Design, Facilities Engineering and Construction, Sustainable Carolina, Energy Management, and Environmental Health and Safety. They build effective working relationships nationally with colleagues of other research universities with significant energy production capacity. They stay abreast of changes in the industry through active participation in energy utility groups and conferences.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience, including senior level management experience, in an energy utility or large research university district energy system or other large energy system, such as a military base.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Experience in a research university or similar setting with multiple utilities employing the district energy concept. This position involves regular contact with high-level administration, University counsel, construction and facility planning staff, faculty, students, municipal, state and local officials, state and federal regulatory agencies, private property owners and the university community.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Special Instructions:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is conducting a national search with the assistance of Helbling (www.helblingsearch.com,) an executive search firm specializing in areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.Please apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to either of the Helbling contacts below. You may also provide nominations or ask any questions.Joe Wargo, Managing DirectorE: JoeW@helblingsearch.comO: (724) 935-7500 x107C: (412) 398-3762Rick Nawoczynski, Senior AssociateE: RickN@helblingsearch.comO: (724) 935-7500 x112C: (724) 462-5393


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. housing.unc.edu

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

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. www.unc.edu/depts/career

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. www.unc.edu/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. www.unc.edu/depts/abroad

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies. www.unc.edu/depts/honors

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! www.unc.edu/depts/union/student/listintr.htm

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