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Director - Utility Systems and Services

University of Utah
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Aug 15, 2023

Director - Utility Systems and Services

Job Summary

University of Utah Facilities Management seeks a customer and results-oriented individual to lead a team responsible for the Academic, Research and Healthcare Campus Utility Systems and Services.

  1. Reports to the Chief Facilities Officer

  2. Manages four areas of campus service:
    • Academic, Research and Healthcare Campus Utility infrastructure
    • Central Utility Plants
    • Technical Resources including Civil, MEP, Emergency Generation, Fire Protection Systems, Controls and Elevators
    • Sustainability and Energy

  3. Leadership
    • Key member of the Facilities Management Leadership team
    • Assists the Chief Facilities Officer with overall leadership and coordination of the University’s Facilities Operations in the development of operating plans, systems, and procedures.
    • In collaboration with the Chief Facilities Officer, establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures.

  4. Staff and Team Management
    • Defines staffing needs, capabilities and capacity to meet University operating needs
    • Develops programs and initiatives that meet the professional and technical training needs of the Facilities staff. Institutes a plan that advances these programs on a regular basis.
    • Responsible for staff Performance Management

  5. Financial
    • Responsible for Utilities budget including: labor, supplies, contracted services, management and administration, and utilities. This process encompasses the development, reforecast, monthly and end-of-year reviews, cost containment, and other adjustments or recommendations required by the University resources.
    • Evaluates University facilities operations; provides recommendations to ensure activities and initiatives are consistent with the University’s strategic, operational, and fiscal needs and objectives. Recommends and makes changes as needed.
    • Annual O&M budgeting and spending tracking.

  6. Communication and Community Engagement
    • Maintains comprehensive, regular contact with the university community concerning their needs for facilities support; monitors relative satisfaction; ensures good working relations between the Facilities departments and administrative and academic offices.
    • Shares and promotes University’s sustainability achievements and leadership.

  7. Campus Utility Infrastructure & Central Utility Plants
    • Owns, operates, maintains, and optimizes Campus Utility infrastructure including Central Heating and Cooling, High Voltage and Medium Voltage Electrical Distribution, naturals gas, culinary water, irrigation water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer.
    • Provides and maintains utility services to the University Health system including hospitals, clinics and supports buildings. Complies with all regulatory and accreditation requirements for healthcare facilities.
    • Manages connections to Municipal and Public Utilities.
    • Utility Reliability and cost from external sources to the Campus Building tie in.
    • Provides and maintains reliable cost-effective utility systems including water, electric power, natural gas, chilled water, and heating water.
    • Leads and maintains Utility Condition Assessment program and utility system reliability.

  8. Campus Technical Resources
    • Maintains and supports the Campus Utility Infrastructure.
    • Civil, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical, Controls, Fire Systems and Elevators support campus-wide.
    • Air Emissions Compliance.
    • Storm Water Infrastructure.
    • Fire Protection Testing.
    • FCC License Management.

  9. Energy and Sustainability
    • Utility Budgeting and Spending Tracking.
    • Renewable Energy/PPA Procurement and Management.
    • Oversees the University’s Facilities’ Energy and Sustainability program.
    • Oversees the University’s Facilities’ program to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2040.
    • Measures and monitors program effectiveness related to the University’s energy and sustainability policies, including its climate commitments.
    • Researches and presents relevant and timely information to the administration and campus community regarding opportunities to improve energy and sustainability performance of the institution.

  10. Planning, Design and Construction Support
    • Prioritizes utilities Capital Improvement projects.
    • Participates in new construction and renovation efforts providing leadership for all infrastructure, energy and sustainability expectations for facility planning.
    • Defines and maintains Utility Systems design standards.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related area, or equivalency; eight years of progressively more responsible management experience; and demonstrated leadership, human relations and effective communications skills required.

Master’s degree in Business Administration, or related area preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

  • Master’s Degree preferred in Engineering or a related field.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, and the ability to communicate with members of the administrative, academic, scientific and healthcare communities.
  • Experience with institutional, academic and healthcare building and infrastructure.
  • Well-developed organizational, analytical, oral and written communication and management skills.
  • The ability to lead collaborative, high-performing teams.

Special Instructions

Requisition Number: PRN33485B
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Work Schedule Summary: Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM, with some ability to flex hours, and periodic requirements to work beyond normal hours.
Department: 01739 - Facility Management
Location: Campus
Pay Rate Range: Maximum $172,372
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

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