Colgate is a distinctive, leading
American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class
professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni who are famously
loyal to theiralma mater
. Through its curriculum, the
engagement of the faculty, and life on campus, Colgate challenges
students to be enlightened thinkers and prepares them to be global
citizens, who will thrive in life and in work. Learning here,
living here, and climbing the hill of our campus, you feel it; we
are always ascending. Colgate is a university marked by a proud
two-century history and shaped by its bold ambition.
Colgate’s deep sense of place connects students, faculty, and staff
in a vibrant living and learning community set against a naturally
beautiful backdrop. There are 88 buildings, approximately 10 miles
of roads and walkways, and an estimated 2,300 trees, with an
additional 200 Bicentennial trees currently being added—all located
on the 575-acre campus. Buildings date back as far as 1827, and two
new residence halls completed in 2019. The campus, with its
carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and hillside
locale is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- As a visionary and thoughtful leader of the campus utility
systems evolution, execute on a plan to meet and exceed objectives.
Drive strategic portfolio-wide initiatives that result in
reliability, resiliency, efficiency, safety, and reduced carbon
emissions. Represent the University and the Department with
leadership, faculty, students, clients, suppliers, and outside
engineering and architectural firms.
- Coordinate the energy procurement and utilization of the
campus’s central utility plants to maximize efficiency and minimize
- Identify building mechanical problems impacting energy
consumption; and analyze heating, cooling, ventilation, and
lighting systems to determine optimum operating conditions. Advise
maintenance shops on energy efficient operation of building
mechanical systems. Develop and recommend maintenance project
priorities for equipment and operational strategies to maximize
- Participate in the selection process of consulting services and
the development and review of designs, working drawings, estimates,
and specifications of construction and renovation projects that
relate to the University’s utility infrastructure.
- Direct the operation of the plant and provide prescribed
services to the campus at all times and without unscheduled
interruption. Track and meet all operating permit limits and state
and federal regulations including the health and safety of all
employees, contractors, and visitors.
- Forecast the utility portfolio budget from development of the
annual plan to execution. Drive efficiency constantly and be a good
steward of Colgate’s resources.
- Determine the needs of the existing Utility infrastructure for
renewal through utility planning to constantly improve the
resiliency and reliability of the overall systems. This position
will provide the technical leadership role in assuring a
cooperative teamwork approach to the design, construction, and
turnover process of all projects.
- Maintain contact and professional relationships with senior
officials of other universities and representatives of technical
organizations, professional groups and societies, leaders of
architectural/engineering firms, building contractors and
associations, local officials, and regulatory organizations.
- Evaluate team members’ performance, recommend staffing levels,
work with Facilities Human Resources on all training requirements
for staff, and act on personnel issues as necessary. Serve as a
staff advocate to attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce.
Participate in the selection of key leadership and management hires
for the Facilities department.
- Serve as a role-model, advocate, and mentor to direct reports
and staff. Create and sustain an environment that fosters teamwork,
excellence, respect, accountability, and diversity.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Minimum of 5 years of experience with utility operations and/or
- Strong detail orientation with a data-driven approach to
strategic decisions. Excellent financial acumen and ability to
understand complex budgets and contractual agreements.
- Flexible, problem-solving approach to leadership.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in order to represent the
department in the overall Colgate community.
- Ability to think strategically and drive priority initiatives
through the organization.
- Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range
- Collaborative leader who is able to develop relationships
across the University.
- Ability to work in an environment that requires an
understanding of multiple stakeholders’ positions. Exhibit openness
and flexibility in considering solutions and strategy
Experience working with and/or leading a unionized workforce is
A Bachelor’s degree, ideally in an engineering discipline, is
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,
being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking,
familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from
historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with
disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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