Director of Engineering Services

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jul 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Infrastructure and Chief Sustainability Officer, the Director of Engineering Services oversees the administrative, operational, and tactical execution of the university’s core engineering services, commissioning services, building assessment, geospatial engineering (GIS, surveying, plans library, and space data), site and infrastructure design, and a multi-million dollar annual maintenance reserve plan. The Director will also serve as a liaison with other university representatives as the principal contact for facilities safety issues. The Director of Engineering serves alongside other members of the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities with expert professional vision for strategic, sustainable, and efficient university engineering systems across multiple campuses.

The Director will help support the long-term infrastructure frameworks highlighted in Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan, the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment, and Virginia Tech Design and Construction Standards by:
• Leading and coordinating activities of the engineering team and outside engineering consultants with a high level of professional acumen and technical expertise in support of university-wide success by directing, monitoring, and evaluating these professional engineering activities.
• Coaching engineering staff to perform at a high level of competence. Ensures that performance metrics relevant to engineering services are met or exceeded. Encourages individual professional growth and team development.
• Maintaining a deep level of knowledge, technical expertise, and understanding of the many campus infrastructure and building engineering systems – in order to support best practices in design and operations.
• Professionally guiding and partnering with Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities team members in project delivery, providing engineering oversight and analysis for scopes ranging from large scale multiyear multimillion dollar campus and infrastructure systems, new capital construction projects, existing building evaluations, and other smaller scale engineering focused construction and renovation projects.
• Taking a leadership role in the development, analysis, and maintenance of a robust and comprehensive system-wide asset assessment program to include support and guidance to university staff across the Commonwealth of Virginia and oversite of external consultants and software programs engaged by the university in collection, maintenance, and synthesis of data.
• Providing leadership on design and construction standards, waivers, updates, and maintenance.
• Championing the delivery of long-term sustainable building environments, systems, and programs - focusing on but not necessarily limited to - energy efficiencies, utility distribution system best practices, renewals, occupant health and wellness in conjunction with other team members in the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities and campus sustainability leadership.

The incumbent must be detail, action, solution, and results oriented and dedicated to continuous improvement. The incumbent is expected to fulfill identified responsibilities independently while maintaining effective communication with leadership. This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”.

Required Qualifications

• Advanced degree in Business, Engineering, or related fields or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
• Professional Engineer (PE) credentialing.
• Significant experience with facilities administration, maintenance and repair, budgeting, fiscal administration, people management, client management, and operational planning. Experience should demonstrate a broad understanding of public sector or higher education facilities operations.
• Experience researching and preparing technically complex executive level documents, position papers, reports, proposals, and presentations on a variety of strategic topics.
• Demonstrated commitment to data-driven decision making and the use of key performance indicators in the execution (development, analysis, corrective action, communication, and pursuit and provision of feedback) of tactical, operational, and strategic responsibilities.
• Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.
• Demonstrated commitment to exceptionally responsive, consistent, and transparent service delivery to all campus constituents. Champions a responsive workforce that embraces a culture of continuous improvement, self-assessment, and accountability in a dynamic environment. Deploys, accepts, and acts on all mechanisms of customer feedback to achieve results and effect change
• Demonstrated commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Knowledge of accessibility issues and planning mechanisms specific to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Universal Design.
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation skills; and ability to work collaboratively. Must have strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex tasks and/or those that require balancing competing interests.
• Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with ability to see patterns, be a fast thinker, and make decisions with strong attention to accuracy, detail, and local context.
• Demonstrated patience, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure as well as a strong personal ethics commitment.
• Extensive leadership and team-building skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
• Proficient with facilities related software and enterprise systems.
• Ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus facilities sites, with occasional overnight travel.
• This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to provide support during planned, or emergency situations or events to include being physically on site if deemed necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

• Additional professional credentialing.
• Extensive contextual awareness of higher education operations, assets, and organizational dynamics.
• Related experience in a large, complex organization.
• Intermediate to expert knowledge of Assetworks’ AiM or similar maintenance management software.

Appointment Type


Review Date

August 9, 2021

Additional Information

• Ability to travel to and inspect various work sites which may involve entering construction sites or traversing uneven terrain, walking, standing, bending, climbing ladders, reaching, pushing/pulling. May need to safely move and handle 50 or more pounds.
• Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Other (Describe Below)
• Work hours are typically M – F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. however additional hours or modified schedule may be required to meet the needs of the department.
• This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to provide support during planned, or emergency situations or events to include being physically on site if deemed necessary.
• Some travel may be required which may include overnight stays.
• As situation dictates, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Operations HR at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: July 21, 2021
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