Director of Engineering

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Position Title

Director of Engineering

Additional Information

The Director of Facilities Engineering will join a highly collaborative and forward-thinking Facilities Planning and Management Department. The Department strives to be the benchmark of excellence for facilities engineering while being mindful stewards of the university’s resources. A successful director will be a reliable and creative individual with a keen understanding of industry standards, trends, and best practices. Will have a positive and can-do attitude and a common-sense approach to problem-solving.

Reporting Relationships:
The Director of Facilities Engineering will report to the Associate Vice President ( AVP ) for Facilities Planning and Management. The Director will supervise two Facilities Engineers.

Benefits and Community



Learned Professional Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

The Director will develop assigned design projects from client contact and design development through construction drawings and specifications. The Director will provide construction management including all necessary mechanical, electrical, and plumbing aspects of the development and remodeling of all university facilities; compile, correlate, and maintain energy consumption data for all campus facilities; and provide recommendations for energy conservation.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or related engineering field from an accredited college or university.

Minimum Experience

At least five years experience in building engineering design.

Minimum Other

A Professional Engineer (PE) license or the ability to take the PE test within two years of hire. Knowledge of mechanical and electrical design, structural and architectural principles. Ability to complete professional quality construction drawings and specifications. Knowledge of EPA / OSHA regulations, fire and safety codes, and building codes as required. Ability to use CAD .

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Preferred Experience

Supervisory experience.

Preferred Other

Registration to practice in the state of Indiana or the ability to register through reciprocity.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

Facilities Engineers (2)

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Office of AVP Facilities Planning & Mgt:136010

Department Information

Why Consider the Opportunity:

• Quality of Work/Life Balance: The Director’s job provides interesting and varied work, offers a reasonable work schedule, and has no travel requirements.
• Beautiful Campus: Ball State’s campus is gorgeous and well maintained. With solid financial support, the deferred maintenance needs have been kept to a manageable level.
• Positive Work Environment: Employees enjoy an intellectually stimulating, friendly, and stable work environment.
• Competitive Compensation and Benefits: The university offers a very generous benefits package including low healthcare costs to employees; retirement plans; generous paid-time-off; and a tuition remission plan for the employee, spouse, and dependents. Review benefits here.
• Location: Muncie offers a low cost of living with great housing options nearby. Muncie is a one-hour drive to Indianapolis, Indiana.

About Facilities Planning and Management:
Facilities Planning and Management ( FPM ) provides timely, cost-effective quality facilities-related support to the Ball State University community. With over 300 employees, FPM designs, renovates, and builds flexible learning spaces that are conducive to innovative pedagogical models. The updated campus master plan aligns with FPM’s mission, goals, strategic imperatives, and enduring commitments to environmental stewardship and inclusive excellence. FPM is a highly collaborative and forward-thinking department, with a high standard of quality and expected longevity for its facilities. Currently, there is nearly $400M worth of construction activity underway, with additional funding in the pipeline.

Ball State’s main campus is over 790-acres and includes 120 academic, administrative, auxiliary, and residential buildings valued at more than $2B and totaling over 7.3M Gross Square Feet ( GSF ). The university also has just over 400 additional acres of property located near the main campus. The campus contains over 25 acres of parking lots, including three parking garages. Eleven residence hall complexes and two apartment communities comprise nearly 7,000 traditional beds and 520 apartment units.

Areas within Facilities Planning and Management:
• Engineering
• Systems Administration and Business Operations
• Motor Pool Operations
• Construction
• Planning
• Operations
• Building Services
• Landscape Services

FPM’s Mission
To provide safe, well maintained, highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable buildings and grounds which support the mission of Ball State University.

Ball State’s 2015 Campus Master Plan guides the physical environment of the campus for the next 15 to 25 years and aligns the university’s strategic, academic, and physical plant goals.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Establish goals, objectives, and general direction for areas of responsibility. Participate in department staff meetings as a direct report to the AVP .



Job Duty

Provide leadership and guidance to each of the directly reporting positions; lead efforts to train and develop each level of the staff.



Job Duty

Direct and coordinate the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing development portions of all university construction projects. Create proposals for consulting services, interview, and make recommendations for hire when the need arises.



Job Duty

Meet with university personnel to determine the scope of mechanical projects; perform comprehensive studies and design development.



Job Duty

Conduct studies of campus electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems; prepare long- and short-term recommendations for preventative maintenance, repair and rehabilitation schedules for university facilities.



Job Duty

Provide input for budget requests, includes any supporting narrative required.



Job Duty

Provide engineering design support for construction projects; including drawings specifications and other descriptive data for the development and remodeling of university facilities and infrastructure including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.



Job Duty

Consult and review with environmental, architectural and electrical portions of major projects prepared by the planning office and outside firms.



Job Duty

Provide input on final inspections of all campus construction and remodeling projects as they relate to mechanical systems for approval or rejection.



Job Duty

Conduct inspections for compliance of campus buildings with OSHA, EPA and code regulations.



Job Duty

Prepare estimates for projects developed internally; coordinate these estimates with other departments as required.



Job Duty

Maintain files, drawings and specifications as they pertain to any new construction project, campus building, utilities, etc.



Job Duty

Compile, correlate, and maintain energy consumption data for campus systems and structures; conduct audits and provide recommendations and economic justification for increasing energy efficiency.



Job Duty

Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations as to job description, postings, interviewing and selection, performance appraisal, and discipline.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Confidential review of applications will begin immediately. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Click here to apply and be sure to include your resume and cover letter:

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