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Chief Engineer

Job Summary

The Engineering Manager reports to the Director of Facilities and is responsible for the overall operations, maintenance, and safety of the campus buildings and its systems, including all electrical, plumbing, life safety and HVAC systems. This position is an essential employee position and requires to be accessible, and be present during emergencies, inclement weather and when needed including weekends and after hours.

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329058 Facilities & Oper Manager


USA - DC - Washington

Business Title

Chief Engineer


Dumbarton Oaks

Salary Grade


Time Status



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Basic Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or graduate of an accredited engineering school.

· 7+ years in facility maintenance or engineering in a management capacity.

· Demonstrated knowledge and experience in facility maintenance and engineering procedures and technical requirements of large facilities with similar systems and equipment. Must possess a thorough understanding of the methods, techniques, and procedures necessary to operate, troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, and other systems.

· Experience in budget preparation, contract management, soliciting bids, and supervising/training personnel.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

· DC first-class stationary engineering license or another state first grade/class stationary engineering licenses PE or similar license is preferred.

· Experience with Lutron Quantum System and Siemens Desigo Workstation is preferred.

· Experience reading blueprints, drawings, specifications and other relevant documents.

· Knowledge and skill in troubleshooting electrical, HVAC, plumbing and BAS issues as well as actually being able to perform the hands-on work when necessary is highly desirable.

· BSME and/or LEED certification is highly desirable.

· CFM and HVAC master license is highly desirable.

· Licensed to operate a motor vehicle in DC.

· Experience with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

· Fluency in English.

· Strong oral and written communication skills.

· Previous Museum, Library, Hospitality, and Higher Education experience highly desirable.

· Ability to work independently under general guidelines; exercise judgment and initiative; remain flexible and adjust to situations when necessary.

· Ability to work in a teamwork environment and evaluate engineering needs and how it affects the overall operations and mission of Dumbarton Oaks.

Additional Information

Supervisory Responsibilities

· Position reports to Director of Facilities and supervises the engineering team as well as service contract technicians and contractors for various repair and maintenance activities.

· Manage engineering team. Interview, make recommendations for hiring and training employees; plan, assign and direct work; mentor employees, appraise performance, reward and progressive discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems; maintain accountability, morale and productivity of engineering team.

· Manage service vendors to schedule work and assure that contractors meet their obligations satisfactorily. Address issues of performance to provide improvements; consolidate contracts when needed for efficiency.



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Job Function


Position Description

· Direct, supervise, schedule, and inspect all aspects of facility maintenance and engineering; ensure smooth and uninterrupted operation of all building systems, including, but not limited to: HVAC; BAS; emergency power, life, and safety; roofing; plumbing; electrical; lighting; and vertical transportation systems.

· Develop and facilitate operating procedures and maintenance programs that conform to manufacturers’ recommendations for systems and equipment, and design intent of the building MEP systems. Develop, implement, monitor and maintain the preventive and predictive maintenance programs.

· Monitor energy consumption and develop, implement, and manage energy-saving programs, procedures and green initiatives.

· Ensures plant, operating equipment and systems are in compliance with all applicable city, state and federal regulatory and governmental codes.

· Maintain a software base repair and PM work order system detailing requests for maintenance and repairs, and the maintenance and repair activities completed by the department.

· Assist in the development and implementation of both short- and long-term equipment capital improvement programs.

· Manage small to medium size engineering projects, such as boiler replacements, chiller overhauls, replacement of broken underground piping, etc. Manage these projects from start to finish, including budgeting, defining scope of work, scheduling contractor site visits, contract negotiation, quality control, and closeout.

· Assist in preparation of the annual engineering operating budget. Maintain the annual budget and provide forecast as needed throughout the year. Recommend and/or authorize the purchase of supplies and equipment within budget guidelines.

· Possess current knowledge of, and implement operating and maintenance policies and procedures consistent with all applicable laws, codes, ordinances, risk management, safety precautions, rules/regulations and emergency, life, and safety procedures.

· Inspect and monitor systems and equipment, new construction projects, and/or the installation of equipment in compliance with established plans, specifications, and design intent.

· Monitor BAS, address all environmental control issues promptly. Communicate with relevant Dumbarton Oaks staff regarding planned maintenance and emergency repairs, service interruptions, as well as any variations from the required temperature and humidity levels for the sensitive collection areas.

· Supervise Engineering staff. Provide with the team high quality customer service experience to Dumbarton Oaks staff.

· Assign daily tasks to direct reports, inspect work and take steps to improve efficiency and productivity. Inspect operating function to evaluate efficiency, and investigate, troubleshoot, analyze and resolve operational and maintenance problems.

· Ensure adherence to OSHA, NFPA, ASHRAE, EPA and other applicable safety codes.

· Ensure that emergency, life safety, fire detection and protection systems are in good operating order and in compliant with all codes, ordinances and laws.

· Act as liaison to public utility, environmental and energy agencies for all engineering issues.

· Maintain a semi-annual inventory of all equipment and supplies.

· Other duties may be assigned as needed.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Physical Requirements

· Must be able to stand, sit and walk for extended periods of time.

· Must be able to climb ladders, kneel, bend, stoop, push, pull and lift up to 50 lbs.

· Must be comfortable working at heights and in small spaces when necessary.

· Be able to work and stay around loud equipment and hot equipment rooms.

Working Conditions

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: .

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

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