Associate Director for Energy and Sustainability
Company: University of California
Location: Grand Junction
Posted on: November 13, 2023
ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION VACANCYAssociate Director for Energy
and SustainabilityABOUT THIS POSITIONSummary: The Associate
Director of Energy and Sustainability is the principal individual
responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of
campus energy and sustainability programs and serves as the
campus's primary point of contact for energy, waste, and water
conservation. This individual oversees and analyzes all energy use
on campus, ensuring all energy systems operate at optimal
efficiency. The Associate Director of Energy and Sustainability
leads campus energy conservation programs to advance sustainability
in support of the university's strategic master plan and develops
strategies to help embed principles of sustainability in the areas
of energy management and conservation. The Associate Director of
Energy and Sustainability will be the key player in promoting CMU's
energy goals. -The Associate Director of Energy and Sustainability
performs benchmarking and retro-commissioning for operations of
existing buildings: works with facilities to implement effective
and innovative energy conservation measures and demand-side
management strategies in all campus buildings and facilities;
conducts energy assessments and site investigations; interprets
engineering documents and drafts technical reports; provides
technical support for project design and implementation to optimize
operations and energy use of systems and equipment to achieve
energy savings and optimal equipment operation. -We are in search
of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied
population of internal and external partners at a high level of
integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who
will support the mission of the university through their
- Provides technical expertise in the identification of
operational performance improvements and implementation strategies
through the development of university energy efficiency measures
and program strategies.
- Assist in the development of energy management standards and
guidelines for operations, design, and construction to drive future
efficiency through written policies and procedures.
- Identifies opportunities for energy efficiency
improvements/continuous commissioning in existing facilities
through the process of auditing, inventorying, baselining,
benchmarking, implementation management, and measurement and
verification (M&V) to identify projects that result in energy
savings, while avoiding future capital renewal expenses.
- Identify and develop opportunities for the institution to
qualify for renewable energy credits, greenhouse gas reduction
credits and other credit markets.
- Actively pursues energy grants and other alternative funding
- Manages university's utility tracking and billing tool to
identify trends, abnormal operating characteristics, and develop
- Produce annual university energy reports including benchmarking
building and university performance against national and peer
- Promotes and creates university awareness of energy efficiency
and conservation programs and initiatives by preparing and
delivering presentations and marketing energy efficiency programs
on campus. -
- Attends energy efficiency-related meetings and conferences
through professional organizations on the local, State, and
- Work with university and local business peers to stay abreast
of new technologies and implement industry best practices.
- Measures and documents all achievements and writes or
participates in the development of communication materials.
- ESTAR Portfolio Manager data entry and maintenance per state
statutes and deadlinesOPERATIONS
- Evaluate systems for effective energy usage and conservation;
adjust, repair, replace as needed.
- Modify existing systems and programs to create an optimum
system of operation.
- Perform database uploads and downloads to provide direct
digital controllers with current programs.
- Perform emergency corrections to neutralize alarm conditions
and restore proper operation.
- Review, modify, and implement programming changes to building
automation system to ensure efficient and effective system
operations and conformance with standards and guidelines.
- Reconcile the University's utility accounts on a monthly basis,
manage utility accounts for new and removed properties, provide ad
hoc utility reporting as requested, and manage rental utility
billing accounts receivable
- Dispatch trouble calls to appropriate personnel to respond to
- Perform backup and restoration of critical system files and
- Plan and manage building utility metering programs, from
identifying metering needs, coordinating installation of new
meters, and ultimately monitoring, collecting and trending meter
data for analysis.
- Monitor federal, state, and local utilities incentive for
- Collaborate with faculty, staff and students to identify,
research, and develop ways to incorporate energy conservation
programs and sustainable practices into the operations of the
- Provide technical guidance and assistance for student related
energy conservation and sustainability projects.
- Respond promptly by phone or in person as appropriate to
emergency situations and therefore must be available 24/7 or as
- Develop existing and initiate new programs to establish and
strengthen sustainability principles and practices across the
campus, while working to foster collaboration among the areas of
teaching, research, campus operations, student life, and community
- Collaborate and work with various administrators and
departments to encourage and develop organizational, operational,
and behavioral change and sustainable solutions.
- Promote sustainability initiatives, projects, and programs on
and off campus and communicate to all levels of the campus
administration, faculty, staff and students, the goal and
objectives of the universities strategic master plan and separate
campus master plan.
- Assist with coordinating and supporting public relations of
university sustainability programs and initiatives including
working with campus and local news offices, giving public
presentations, leading campus sustainability tours, web content
development, newsletters development of decarbonization and
renewable energy strategies and strategic management of the campus
- Directly develop, implement, and manage campus sustainability
related projects and initiatives in the areas of energy and
buildings, environmental quality, organics, purchasing,
transportation, dining, waste and recycling, and water.
- Attend professional meetings and conferences as appropriate;
interfaces with other universities and external organizations to
develop and enhance cooperative efforts.
- Enroll the university in AASHE STARS reporting with the added
responsibility to work across campus divisions to update STARS
credits with current information on an ongoing basis, submit
completed reports to AASHE every 3 years, and annually submit
- Research and pursue new partnerships and memberships in support
of campus sustainability goals.
- Research and maintain working knowledge of best practices at
peer institutions across the state and nation with regards to
sustainability, energy, climate action and resilience.
- Monitor and assess the progress and effectiveness of
sustainability programs, projects, and endeavors against university
goals and objects.PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Develop and review design standards and specifications for
building energy and utility systems for new construction, including
participation in LEED and Green Globes reviews.
- Provide oversight of commissioning of new buildings and major
renovation projects and re-commissioning of existing
- Provide technical direction and project management in the
development of advanced energy systems integration projects,
including faculty and student research projects related to
microgrids, electric vehicles, and renewable energy.
- Assures inclusion of energy efficiency means, methods, and
materials in capital projects and assists contractors as required
to resolve design and construction progress issues associated with
energy efficiency by actively participating in capital project
design and construction status reviews. -
- Assists in the assembly of bid packages, writing requests for
proposals (RFPs), and developing request for qualifications (RFQs)
to execute projects on campus that support sustainability
initiatives. Review bid packages and RFPs for projects on campus to
ensure sustainability initiatives are considered in all projects
- Lead projects from requirements definition through deployment.
To coordinate internal and external resources, ensuring projects
remain within scope, schedule, and defined budgets. Establish and
maintain relationships with appropriate stakeholders.SUPERVISION
AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT
- Supervise 6 full time employees, numerous student employees and
- Support training of maintenance personnel on initiatives
implemented in their buildings / areas of responsibility.
- Ensure policies and directions are interpreted, communicated,
and implemented into daily activities within the unit.
- Ensure compliance of employees with university established
standards or procedures, practices, and/or policies, relevant laws,
specific certifications, and collective bargaining agreements.
- Develop programs and experiences designed to build morale and
create a sense of team. -
- Develop short-term and long-term goals for the staff, and
appropriate and timely improvement plans with staff and
- Provide input on and conduct performance evaluations.
- Review and approve requests for vacation, sick leave, and other
excused periods away from work for assigned staff.
- Promote and encourage an attitude of exemplary customer service
and high integrity.SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES -
- Regular and reliable attendance is required.
- Working knowledge of the principals of administrative,
personnel, and fiscal management.
- Fluency with the use of standard office equipment (computers,
copiers, phones, fax) and computer software such as Microsoft Word,
Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and database management, including
institutional database systems.
- Strong leadership skills and ability to listen perceptively,
convey awareness, interpret feedback, and synthesize
- Knowledge of methodologies, practices, and procedures
associated with sustainability in higher education and general
concepts of sustainability.
- Knowledge of environmental and economic analysis, including the
ability to perform cost benefit analysis.
- Technical knowledge of sustainable practices in the areas of
energy, water, waste streams, or operations
- Ability to set priorities to ensure project goals and
objectives are obtained within timelines and budgets.
- Ability to apply and utilize various research methods and
identify needed changes and improvements to program.
- Knowledge of engineering practices and principles as well as
common HVAC systems and emerging high-performance alternatives
- Ability to receive constructive feedback and consider new
- Ability to communicate, inform, and educate large or small
audiences of diverse nature on issues related to area of
- Ability to supervise and/or mentor college age
- Ability to interpret technical procedures or regulations, write
reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to define problems, collect, and analyze data with
abstract and concrete variables, establish facts, draw valid
conclusions and to interpret an extensive variety of technical
instructions in mathematical or diagram form. Ability to project
consequences of various alternative courses of action.
- Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high
level of diplomacy and professionalism.
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad
range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with
diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the
ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments
with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
- Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site
for occasional professional development.
- Must be able to work occasional holidays and adjust working
hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to
perform work as needed on an emergency basis.Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree, preferably in Mechanical Engineering,
Chemical Engineering, or another related engineering
- 5 years of energy management experience including conducting
energy audits and experience with operations of building/energy
management and control systems, traditional and geo exchange HVAC
systems, hot water boilers, chillers, and cooling towers
- Demonstrated competence to coordinate, plan, design, and
construct major capital construction and controlled maintenance
- Knowledge of utility tariffs and rates.
- Experience with geo exchange/geothermal energy systems.
- Experience with energy and utility metering, including
electrical, thermal (BTU), gas, and water meters.Preferred
- Licensed professional engineer
- Certified Energy Manager (CEM) Certification or ability to
achieve such registration within one year of hire. -
- Must be insurable under the university motor vehicle
- Ability to mentor CMU/CU engineering students as internsSalary:
$75,000.00 - 85,000.00. - Commensurate with education and
experience. - Excellent health and retirement benefits package:
Department: Colorado Mesa UniversityEmployment Type:
AdministrativeHOW TO APPLYApplication Deadline: -Open Until Filled.
For full consideration, complete applications must be received by
10/29/2023.How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an
online application by creating a profile and then providing
personal and demographic information. - In addition, please be
prepared to upload a:--- Cover letter--- Resume--- Copy of
Professional Licensure--- Include the name, phone number, email
address and relationship of at least three professional references
who can attest to your ability to perform the job you are applying
for. - Professional references should include at least one current
or former supervisor. - Professional reference may also include
current or former employers, colleagues or other professionals who
have first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.---
Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts
include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that
information before uploading the document. - Official transcripts
will be required upon hire)Direct Inquiries Contact: Kent W. Marsh,
email@example.comABOUT COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITYColorado Mesa
University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a
state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western
Colorado's largest university, CMU serves students on its main
campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its
community college, Western Colorado Community College and via
online offerings. Founded in 1925, it's a dynamic university
enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate
and graduate levels.At the heart of the CMU experience is an
integrative and experiential approach to higher education that
encourages students to think differently and empowers them to
challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert
scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make
connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the
unstructured, complex problems they'll encounter in life. Our focus
is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong
liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional
employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to
vocational workforce demands.The Grand Valley is home to some of
the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and you won't
have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by
the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We
have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and
rafting. - In addition to a mountain resort that's less than 45
minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country
skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to
explore one of Colorado's best kept secrets.Colorado Mesa
University is particularly interested in candidates who have
experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who
have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access
and success for underrepresented students within higher
education.Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe
and productive learning and living community. - To achieve that
goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants
being considered for employment. - Background investigations
include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when
appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. - Applicant
must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility. - Colorado Mesa
University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a
culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body. - Women and
minorities are encouraged to apply. - Any person with a disability
as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be
provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the
person to complete an employment assessment. - To request an
accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by
phone or email. - You may be asked to provide additional
information, including medical documentation, regarding functional
limitations and type of accommodation needed. - -
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