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Campus Utility Manager

Western Washington University
Washington, United States
$78,929.00 - $92,084.00
Closing date
Aug 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 opportunities.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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 skills.
  • 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 starting work.
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