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Plant and Energy Manager

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 17, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department Statement
Colgate University
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 nation. Accountabilities
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 cost.
  • 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 operating efficiency.
  • 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 energy management.
  • 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 goals.
  • 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 development.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience working with and/or leading a unionized workforce is preferred. Education
A Bachelor’s degree, ideally in an engineering discipline, is strongly preferred. Job Open Date 03/17/2022 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary EEO Statement

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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