Director of Utilities and Energy
Officer of Administration
Utilities & Energy
Appointment Type and Duration:
$125,000 - $175,000 per year
Application Review Begins
May 3, 2021; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your application, please include a cover letter that
clearly articulates how your skills and experience would address
Oregon's Governor recently signed an executive order that will
produce state-wide carbon regulatory policy in the next few years.
The University of Oregon is committed to reducing its Scope I
emissions consistent with Oregon law and the expectations of our
students and faculty. To that end, Campus Planning & Facilities
Management has engaged a top engineering firm to study options to
de-carbonize our district heating system. Their report is due in
May 2021. The U&E Director will play a leading role responding
to the report's recommendations which will include short, medium,
and long-term plans that transition to low-carbon heating while
enhancing safety, continuity of service, system reliability and
fiscal responsibility. Please tell us how your past experience has
prepared you to lead this important institutional challenge.
Campus Planning and Facilities Management (CPFM) is a vibrant
department, which comprises five units, and approximately 270
employees: Facilities Services, Utilities & Energy, Campus
Planning, Office of Sustainability, and Design & Construction.
The units of CPFM strive to provide excellent customer service to
the University of Oregon campus and operate with the highest
professional standards, communicating and collaborating with
customers to support the stewardship of the campus.
Utilities and Energy (U&E) provides Steam, Chilled Water,
Electricity, and other district energy services for the University
of Oregon. The Utilities and Energy Department is comprised of
specialized and diverse staff including Electrical technicians,
Co-Generation Engineers, Maintenance technicians, and
administrative staff. The Utilities and Energy staff work 24 hours
a day to ensure safe, reliable, and energy efficient utilities are
delivered to the University of Oregon. The department is
responsible for all aspects of operation, maintenance, and repair
of the campus utility and building thermal systems including a 10MW
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, 6.5MW emergency power
generation, production and distribution of campus heating steam
using two industrial natural gas fired boilers, production and
distribution of electrical power, 7,500 ton chilled water plant and
distribution system, instrumentation and controls, compressed air,
and other services to more than 80 buildings and over 4 miles of
distribution tunnels. The department works closely with other
campus departments from across different business units to ensure
effective operations, avoid unsafe conditions, and mitigate service
interruptions in all utility functions.
The Director of Utilities and Energy is responsible for planning,
managing and directing the operations and maintenance of utility
production and distribution systems for the main campus. The
Director is responsible for planning and execution of main utility
Capital Improvement Plan, work asset management, Utility System
Master Plan, emergency response and operational resiliency efforts.
The Director is responsible for developing and implementing
Operating, Maintenance, and Capital budget processes that
effectively support utility operations.
The Director of Utilities and Energy has broad latitude for
ensuring the utility system operations meet the business needs of
the campus. The Director makes unit policies and decisions that
impact the fiscal operations of all campus departments and scope of
decisions will impact the business operations of the entire campus.
The Director must work to assure effective operations and to
mitigate unsafe conditions or service interruptions in any of the
plant functions. Specific tasks include but are not limited to
planning, day to day operations, supervision, development,
training, budgeting, analysis and troubleshooting, and
administrative and managerial duties within the utilities
This is an officer of administration position with a 12-month fixed
term, renewable contract. This position reports to the Associate
Vice President (AVP) for Campus Planning and Facilities Management
(CPFM), is a member of the CPFM Leadership Team, and manages all
aspects of the University of Oregon Utilities including the Central
Power Station, distribution systems, tunnel systems, and the $24M
departmental operations and maintenance budget.
- Bachelor's degree from accredited four-year institution of
- Five years' experience overseeing Utility Systems
(specifically, production and distribution of electrical and/or
- Three years' experience directly supervising trades positions,
which includes substantial experience in all of the following:
hiring, termination, on-boarding, establishment and review of
position descriptions, and performance management.
- Provide leadership with the goals of optimizing organizational
performance and transitioning away from heavy reliance on fossil
- Manage people in a way that advances and supports the mission
department and university and promotes high employee
- Maintain a safe and safety-conscious workplace.
- Maintain a respectful workplace and model a positive and
- Model the highest ethical standards.
- Work effectively in a diverse team environment and create
effective networks for problem solving and positive change,
particularly with regard to reducing carbon emissions.
- Provide superior customer service.
- Be receptive to feedback, willing to learn and embracing
- Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
- Bachelor's or advanced degree in Engineering or related
- Registration as a professional Engineer
- Ten years' experience managing utility Systems (production and
distribution of electrical and/or thermal systems)
- Experience working in Higher Education or similarly large
complex organization with diverse utility customers
- Experience preparing and administering utilities operations
- Demonstrated experience developing, presenting, and advocating
capital plans to institutional decision-makers
- Experience working in a union and/or collective bargaining
FLSA Exempt: Yes
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful
completion of a background inquiry.
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits
package to eligible employees, including health insurance,
retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about
benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance
with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals
to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected
status, including veteran and disability status. The University is
committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and
employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in
connection with the application process, please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-346-5112.
UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex,
national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status,
disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity,
and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment
practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and
policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be
referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights
Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information,
related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/526039/director-of-utilities-and-energy