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Director of Energy Management and Sustainability – Oberlin, OH

Organization: Oberlin College, Finance Division

Job Title: Director of Energy Management and Sustainability

Location: Oberlin, OH

Hours: full-time, 12 month

 Compensation: Within the range established for this position, salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2013

Posted On: Mar 26, 2013


Organization Overview and Description:

Oberlin College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect of differences based on gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. Oberlin was the first coeducational institution to grant bachelor’s degrees to women and historically has been a leader in the education of African Americans; the College was also among the first to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community.
Oberlin College was one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to accept the goal of climate neutrality by signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has recently rated Oberlin College as the best 4-year higher education institution on its 2012 list of Best Green Schools, for the environmental awareness of its students, faculty and staff. In 2009, the College and the City of Oberlin became participants in the Clinton Climate Positive Development Project. The Oberlin Project is the only small city and college collaboration among 19 international cities. The College’s environmental policy is at:



Energy Management: The Director leads the ongoing strategy and development of the College’s energy management programs. S/he will review designs of new systems for compliance with best engineering practices, with the College’s commitment to carbon neutrality, and conformance with College standards on capital projects. The Director assesses HVAC systems campus-wide and coordinates equipment maintenance and replacement to increase overall efficiency. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to sharply reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Sustainability: The incumbent serves as a key member of the Committee on Environmental Sustainability, which promotes implementation of the Oberlin College Environmental Policy, facilitates environmental initiatives, and fosters a culture of environmental stewardship. The Director serves on the planning group for the Oberlin Project; a college-city partnership and model of integrated sustainability. The Director manages necessary resources of budgets, timelines, and staff, including the Sustainability Fellow who is responsible for implementing programmatic and behavioral initiatives among students, faculty, and staff. The Director reports on greenhouse gas emissions and fulfills data collection and reporting requirements for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPPC).


Requirements: Degree in Mechanical Engineering Electrical Engineering, or Energy Management with a focus on energy planning at a systems level, or the equivalent in education and experience. Minimum 10 years general engineering experience; or as an alternative, demonstrated leadership in the building design and construction industry including systems design, with a proven track record of success. Ability to evaluate and recommend viable and sustainable alternative energy options, including renewable energy, to service a campus and community long-term and achieve the College’s commitment to carbon-neutrality. Demonstrable knowledge and experience in quantitative analysis, sustainable practices, green technology, and related industry trends.
Dynamic leader adept at navigating politically diverse environments with the ability to build consensus and cooperation. Ability to work as a team leader and member. Able to effectively communicate through public presentations and written correspondence. Alignment with Oberlin College’s educational mission and willingness to educate the community on relevant issues as necessary; strong interest and knowledge in the politics of sustainability, including its social equity component.

Desired Qualifications: Professional Engineer, licensed in the State of Ohio, or able to be so within one year. LEED AP, or Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Institutional experience working with central heating plants with low and high pressure steam. Experience working in higher education and campus environments is highly desirable as is a career history that demonstrates the capacity for increasing responsibility including staff management. Fluent in MS Office, MS Project, understanding of databases and specialty engineering software.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a résumé, along with a cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position and contact information for at least three references to: Sustainability Search Committee, c/o Christie Bedocs, Oberlin College, Cox Administration Building 200, 70 N. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074 or email to: [email protected] . Review of application materials will begin on April 15, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.


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