Campus Utility Management responsibilities include contracting
of utilities, consumption and budget forecasts, and monthly
expenditure verification including recharges. Act as primary point
of contact for all utility related technical issues and required
coordination with the Office of Sustainability.
This position exists to enhance and improve Western Washington
University’s energy and utility management program. Analyze and
identify ways and means (technical and procedural) to improve the
efficiency of energy and utility consumption on campus; intensify
carbon reduction efforts, participate in the preparation and review
of cost estimates, specifications, drawings, and construction
documents for maintenance, repair, and alterations; serve as the
key advisor to the Director of Facility Management on energy
matters; and be a visible and active proponent of the Energy and
Utility Management Program.
The Utility Manager collaborates with all University
constituencies to develop a working model for the integration of
energy management and other sustainable concepts and practices into
the operations of the University. Providing leadership to the
University’s energy program, the Utility Manager is tasked with
advancing the Built Environment component of Western’s
Sustainability Action Plan. The Utility Manager works in
collaboration with various departments across campus to include
Environmental Health and Safety, Office of Sustainability,
Maintenance Trades, Capital Planning and Development, Institute for
Energy Studies, and auxiliary activities. The Utility Manager
identifies desirable utility conservation initiatives; assesses
cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and impact; and gains
acceptance by the University Community.
This position monitors and analyzes utility consumption and
costs, oversees campus metering and energy monitoring programs,
identifies funding opportunities, and coordinates energy retrofit
projects and energy assessments, including a
retro-commissioning/monitoring-based process for campus facilities.
This position establishes effective standards and procedures for
the operation of HVAC, electrical, and mechanical systems, ensuring
comfortable and efficient indoor environments.
This position is also the University’s Storm Water Management
Program (SWMP) Manager. Western Washington University is expected
by specialists within the Washington State Department of Ecology
along with City of Bellingham officials to provide positive
examples of good stewardship through excellence by developing
stable Stormwater Management practices. With proven examples and
Best Management Practices (BMP’s) this position is to gain trust
and respect demonstrating we are good stewards of the natural water
resources that flow within our campus boundaries. This role
includes responsibility to carefully watch domestic potable and
irrigation water consumption trends and look for conservation
- Bachelor’s degree (Ten years of relevant experience in the
field of energy management, facilities management, energy system
design, and/or energy project development and implementation may be
substituted for the degree.)
- Minimum of five years experience in energy management,
facilities retrofits/design, and/or maintenance, including
experience with sustainability programs, initiatives, and
implementation of sustainable practices.
- Demonstrated ability to build and maintain productive working
relationships with management, staff, and colleagues with diverse
backgrounds and goals.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication
- Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet inflexible
deadlines, remain calm during difficult situations, work under
pressure, and work with frequent interruptions.
- Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to