Reporting directly to the Vice President for Facilities Management /Chief Facilities Officer, the Utilities & Energy Management Executive Director provides leadership and vision on planning and implementing the University's strategic initiatives relative to utilities and energy management, including energy procurement, generation, and distribution to buildings as well as other underground utilities. As a key member of the senior leadership team, this position shall focus on safety and environmental compliance; optimization of plant operations; fiscal stewardship and enterprise management. The Executive Director will take a leadership role toward measurable bottom-line results and successes in energy conservation management and sustainability. In addition, the Executive Director will perform an essential role in the development and implementation of the Utilities Master Plan for the University of Kentucky.
Responsibilities will include:
Lead utilities and energy management planning, projects, improvements, and strategic initiatives
Oversee all functional areas in support of utilities and energy management, including Central Utilities (substations and steam/chiller plants), Heating/Cooling Plant Maintenance and Operations; High Voltage Engineering, Design, and Project Management; Energy Conservation; Systems Controls; Infrastructure, and Environmental Stewardship
Lead the production, purchasing and distribution of utilities to maximize reliability and minimize cost.
Collaborate closely with Capital Project Management on planning and implementing utilities components for all University Capital Construction Projects
Identify and implement plans to optimize system and equipment operations
Perform an active role in strategic utilities planning and design standards, and ensures compliance with required procurement and approval processes
Execute and administer all utilities and energy management contracts
Manage a $30 million operational budget
Lead a staff of 8 direct reports and 90+ indirect reports
This search is being led by UK's internal Executive Search Team. For more information about the position, please contact Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ideal candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of complex mechanical & industrial systems, as well as, knowledge of engineering, sustainability, and energy management theory, practices, and principles; and a working knowledge of building codes, regulations and construction standards. They will have experience in compliance with sustainability programs, fuel and energy management, greenhouse gas reduction, and water management. In addition, the qualified candidate will be an effective and composed responder in emergency situations.
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
Master's Degree in Business
Professional Engineer (P.E.) License — Preferred
Certified Energy Manager (CEM) — Preferred
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
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Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.