Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President and in collaboration within the Department and colleagues across the campus, the Senior Director of Energy & Utilities is responsible for the leadership, administration, management, and supervisory oversight of all services and functions of the Energy & Utilities unit within Facilities Development & Operations. The unit ensures maintenance and operation of campus utility systems and infrastructure and fire/life safety and security systems and is also focused on operational resiliency, efficiency, and ongoing efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.
As part of this role, the Senior Director manages and oversees all activities associated with maintenance and operation of these critical infrastructure systems. The Energy & Utilities unit administers an assigned budget associated with recharge of its services to the campus designed to address annual operational needs as well as necessary funding for future capital investments to maintain operational resiliency and capacity. The Senior Director plays a pivotal role in the development and execution of operational priorities while also strategically planning for a future and steering the campus toward carbon neutrality. This includes establishing strong relationships with campus clientele and outside agencies and driving forward a sustainability vision that also considers the operational needs of the overall University with services delivered in a customer focused manner. Additionally, the Senior Director is responsible for the campus strategic energy conservation plan and works collaboratively with other leaders within Facilities Development & Operations to establish multi-year capital investment plans and utility master plans to support University goals and objectives. The Senior Director also participates with other senior managers to develop, establish, and implement Department strategic and operational plans and initiatives.
The Energy & Utilities unit of Facilities Development & Operations provides services to a University campus spread across five sites comprised of +170 acres, 52 buildings, and more than six million gross square feet. Primary responsibilities are associated with operation of the Main Campus and its central energy plant and utility infrastructure. The Main Campus utility infrastructure consists of a 5.5MW natural gas fired co-generation plant with large capacity chillers, thermal energy storage system, auxiliary boilers, high voltage substation and medium voltage switchgear and electrical distribution infrastructure at 33 building substations. Utilities infrastructure also includes steam, condensate and distributed chilled water pumping systems, up to and including the interface to the connections in the campus buildings. Additionally, the unit is responsible for the fire/life safety and security system for the Main Campus and all other off campus sites. The Energy & Utilities unit employs approximately 18 full time permanent staff.
Ensure full utilization of a computerized maintenance management system to prioritize, schedule, assign, track, and manage resources, properly steward physical assets, ensure safety, and maintain responsiveness to campus needs
Oversees analysis of existing system performance and advises and directs improvements to achieve greater overall operating efficiency
Develops scopes of work and specifications associated with efforts required by consultants or contractors in alignment with University business practices
Ensures efficient management of resources including development of appropriate business protocols and internal controls to ensure compliance, efficiency, transparency, and accountability
Coordinates with subordinate managers concerning resource availability to determine work to be accomplished with in-house forces or via contracted services
Conducts analysis and research necessary to prepare reports which provide for an in-depth understanding of the Unit’s performance as well as that of the physical assets for which the Department is responsible
In collaboration with the Senior AVP and Planning, Design & Construction unit within Facilities Development & Operations, leads efforts associated with development of a utilities master plan
In partnership with colleagues in the Business & Administrative Services unit and Budget Office, develops utility rate recharge methodology and systems necessary for establishment of utility rates, outside utility invoice review, customer billing preparation, tracking, and reporting purposes
In collaboration with the Planning, Design & Construction unit within Facilities Development & Operations, lead and participate in efforts to establish campus design, engineering, and product standards
Leads and oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures and performance standards associated with operational units and functional responsibilities in a manner dovetailed with the Department’s overall direction
In collaboration with the Senior AVP, Director of Business & Administrative Services and University Personnel, participates in and represents the Department in collective bargaining and labor relations issues
Acts as the primary unit representative and liaison with outside agencies (including utility companies and regulatory agencies) and clients across the campus to advance work efforts and support strategic initiatives and goals
Oversees efforts to respond to campus emergencies as related to the assigned area of responsibility including active participation in emergency management teams
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Thorough knowledge as required to lead and oversee a large and complex energy and utilities infrastructure organization, including but not limited to: co-generation (5.7MW), exterior utility systems and infrastructure including power generation, facility automation, and energy management and fire alarm and security systems and networks
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a strong customer service approach to work efforts while motivating staff in a challenging environment
Ability to lead by example, modeling a caring, collaborative and open culture and environment which values the individual, teams and teamwork, ethical conduct, exemplary customer service and quality results
Ability to effectively interpret, organize and present information, ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative, collaborative and facilitation skills to obtain decisions required to move forward toward implementation
Ability to operationalize sustainability concepts (economic justice, social justice, environmental justice) into all aspects of performing job duties
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental management, or a related field OR which may be obtained through equivalent experience such as might be attained through ten years of supervisory experience, of which a minimum of five years is associated with progressively responsible senior level experience
Ten years of supervisory experience and five years of senior leadership experience within the field of utilities and infrastructure system maintenance, operation, and management including operation of a cogeneration plant, boilers, and chillers
Demonstrated management experience leading and overseeing technical operations and services common to the field of central plant, utilities, and infrastructure organizations
A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.
Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.
Prefer registration as a Professional Electrical or Mechanical Engineer
Prefer certification as a Certified Energy Manager or related credential
Supervisory experience within a collective bargaining and represented staff environment
Experience planning and implementing deferred maintenance, utility infrastructure, and energy efficiency projects including development of multi-year investment plans
Experience in maintenance and operational management of a State facility, College or University, or other large-scale, multi-facility complex such as a corporate or other campus
Classification: Administrator III
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
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