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Assistant Director - Utilities Operations

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID351564
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyCampus Operations
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Job Code9743ME
Employee ClassAcad Prof and Admin
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Assistant Director - Utilities
Energy Management
Position Description
University of Minnesota Facilities Management

Energy Management's mission is to responsibly manage the procurement, production, and distribution of energy, and provide utility and facility engineering expertise to support the University's mission. Energy Management oversees the reliable, safe and efficient operation of mechanical, electrical, civil utilities and building control systems for the twin cities campus and is home to the university's technical and professional engineering staff, as well as a select group of skilled technicians and tradespeople. The group maintains the campus utilities infrastructure and provides technical and engineering support to the Facilities Management groups, Capital Project Management teams, and many departments across the UMN system, including our systems campuses in Duluth, Morris, Crookston, Rochester and various research stations and outreach centers throughout the state.

Description of Position
The Assistant Director for Utilities is responsible for the operations and maintenance of utility infrastructure for the Twin Cities Campus, which includes: over 8 miles of 15KV direct buried HV distribution, -6 miles of deep & shallow steam/condensate utility tunnels and direct buried piping systems and -3 miles of district chilled water distribution. The Assistant Director for Utilities has direct oversight of the contractor responsible for operating three on campus utility plants: one combined cycle and two steam plants. This position manages and develops a team of over 50 professional staff and tradespeople and oversees external resources as needed. These resources may include external engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance firms. On occasion this position is also required to provide technical support to the University's system campuses and outreach centers.

The primary function of this position is to support the University's utility operations. Support is also provided to University Facilities Management operations with engineering and technical resources to improve district operations that impact the utilities. This support includes maintenance consulting, design, instruction and training of personnel as needed. The Utility team also partners with Capital Project Management, Real Estate and other groups in the University to support capital upgrades, additions and facility modifications as they impact and interface with utilities via design reviews and critiques.

This position will be critically involved in the ongoing development of Energy Management's strategic business plans and supporting other university initiatives, to include: Utility Condition Assessment (UCA), Utility and Energy Master Plan, Sustainability goals and the University's Climate Action Plan.

The Assistant Director of Utilities works in concert with the Assistant Director of Facility Engineering and Energy Efficiency to reduce overall energy consumption, improve efficiency and reduce the university's impact on the environment.

This position reports to the Director of Energy Management.

30% Operations Leadership:
The overall responsibilities of this position relate to utilities operations, infrastructure maintenance and renewal to include asset management, preventative maintenance and workflow planning/scheduling. Utilities operations include high pressure steam production and distribution, 13,800-volt electrical distribution and generation, and central chilled water plant operations and distribution. This position has direct oversight of the contractor responsible for operating three on campus utility plants: one combined cycle and two steam plants. Prepare reports for University community circulation that update the accomplishments and the overall effectiveness of the University's utility programs. Responsibilities also include the management of contracts and agreements involving public utilities, state agencies, third party contractors and non-university entities. This includes regulatory, environmental and legal compliance.

20% Project Management:
As it relates to utilities, work with Capital Project Management (CPM) in building systems development, design and construction of University capital projects. Partner with CPM in developing construction standards that incorporate all viable utility program objectives into capital projects. Also provides input at project proposal and feasibility phase to discuss the intent of university standards and to review the operational needs of proposed construction projects.

20% Personnel Management:
This position manages and develops a team of over 50 professional staff and tradespeople and oversees external resources as needed. These resources may include external engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance firms. The position is responsible for the hiring, compensation and assignment of personnel within the utilities teams, administration of the performance management program, coaching and mentoring employees, as well as fostering a culture of workplace safety and customer-centered service. This position may participate in labor contract administration and grievance handling.

15% Financial Management:
In support of strategic initiatives, work with the Director of Energy Management to manage the department's annual operating budget of over $110M. Contribute to the development of an annual business plan, and a capital budget plan that supports the University's goals. Partner with accounting staff to ensure that managerial and accounting information is available to measure programmatic effectiveness relative to performance expectations. Provide leadership to the metering program to ensure proper billing of customers.

15% Strategic Planning, Policy, Legislation:
Provides leadership and direction for long term strategic utility plans based on comprehensive campus master plans and the campus sustainability goal of zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Also responsible for leading and maintaining a utility condition assessment program for utility assets for the Twin Cities campus. Contributes to continuous planning for the Energy Management department responsibilities, services and staffing to optimize alignment with the facilities organization, the campus as a whole, and the academic/research community. This planning includes internal/external review and networking/ benchmarking with other Big Ten universities and higher education institutions.

Work Environment
This position will operate mostly out of an office setting but also in the field. The position will be exposed to hazardous conditions where hearing and visual protection may be required. The candidate must be able to walk, climb and crawl in various weather conditions to physically access and view work sites.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in engineering with a strong preference for mechanical or electrical. The candidate must have at least ten years of management experience overseeing a department or business enterprise. Prefer five of those years to be direct supervisory experience of technical and/or professional staff. Demonstrated abilities to lead, manage, and direct the activities of others toward the accomplishment of goals and objectives. Must be proactive and demonstrate strategic planning skill experience. Professional Engineer (PE) registration preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills with a good working knowledge of business operations
  • Knowledge of project delivery process
  • Knowledge of strategic management concepts and financial management principles
  • Knowledge of union labor contracts
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Conflict management and resolution skills
  • Skill in use of spreadsheet databases and related PC software applications
  • Financial and quantitative analysis skills
  • Ability to apply a system approach to planning and implementing strategic objectives
  • Ability to apply technology-based tools to collect, interpret and analyze critical energy consumption information
  • Ability to manage change within a large, dynamic organization
  • Ability to foster a cohesive, collaborative, and independent team environment that can make decisions in an effective, efficient, and timely manner
  • Ability to function in a team management environment while being fully responsible for setting, managing and accomplishing goals of the Utility and Energy Management teams at the University of Minnesota.
  • Ability to develop, implement and maintain the Utility or District Energy Master Plan.
  • Broad knowledge of industry standard energy management principles, strategies and technologies.
  • Broad knowledge of the district heating and cooling industry and technologies.


    Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
    • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
    • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
    • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
    • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
    • University HSA contributions
    • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
    • Employee wellbeing program
    • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
    • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
    • Financial counseling services
    • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
      How To Apply

      Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

      The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
      Employment Requirements

      Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

      Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University's Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:
      About the U of M

      The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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