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Assistant Director for Energy Services, University of Florida

Organization: University of Florida

Position Title: Assistant Director for Energy Services

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: The Assistant Director for Energy Services has responsibility for management, development, and administration of the direction of the University of Florida’s Energy Services group within the Utilities & Energy Business Unit (3 direct reports and total staff of 15). The unit’s responsibility includes management of the Building Automation and Control System covering 12 MGSF of general education, laboratory and research space and administering energy management initiates and develops strategies to improve energy and operational effectives of building systems. The position is responsible for technical development of the university’s HVAC system direction and of campus policy covering its usage.

As this position is responsible for Energy Management and Building Control System initiatives for the campus, the ideal candidate must possess strong skills and significant experience in design and/or maintenance of complex commercial, institutional, or university HVAC systems. Additionally, the candidate will also need expertise in leading Building Automation System programming, installation, and management, including high level knowledge of IT concepts related to the communication of BACnet systems in a multi-vendor large device count environment. This position requires a candidate with both high-level strategic leadership as well as detailed technical understanding of energy and control systems.


Campus Energy Management

Development of department/university direction for campus energy initiatives and programs. Provides leadership and consultation for general campus energy consumption reduction and carbon footprint reduction. Oversees measurement and verification of facility energy utilization to stand as a basis for recommendations for operational, system or behavioral improvements. Position will coordinate, analyze and identify ways and means (technical and procedural) to improve the effectiveness of energy consumption on campus, identify technical system issues and propose solutions for campus HVAC and lighting controls systems. Develop and track key performance indicators for energy use at E&G and HSC facilities, including performance reviews of university utility plants (chilled water, waste water, and electrical generation). May perform or oversee third party engineering/feasibility studies and may participate in development of energy savings performance contracts. Serves as the key advisor and consultant for future construction and renovation projects. Responsible for effective use of staff in managing campus energy consumption and implementing energy saving initiates.

Building Automation and Facility Support

Responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership to the Energy Services Unit for the development, deployment and utilization of the Building Automation and Control Systems. The position is responsible for developing the vision, standards, and methods that are employed by the university staff in utilization of the building control systems. This includes recommendation of future changes, system specifications, and technical solutions to meet the demands of the campus. The position will manage the building automation staff and provide support to the Physical Plant Division – Operations Department to troubleshoot and resolve HVAC and building control issues. Position will coordinate work scope of department staff as required to support university projects and objectives.


Prepare annual reports to include quantitative documentation of improvements in energy consumption and lessons learned from completed projects. Prepare energy reports for university administrative officers. Prepares and distributes recurring reports as appropriate. Develop energy conservation projects and prepare proposals for submission. Maintains appropriate records on equipment and personnel. Hires, trains and supervises staff. Coordinates “special” projects and reports as directed. Assists in the preparation of the Utilities & Energy business plan. Monitors the department’s budget execution to ensure that it remains within fiscal constraints.

A criminal background check will be conducted.

Requirements: Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of appropriate experience.


–          The position provides vision, direction and prioritization of energy management initiatives for the utility plants, HVAC control and lighting systems within buildings and requires a strong understanding of the underlying technology and concepts.
–          Degree(s) in mechanical, electrical or energy engineering
–          Licensure in engineering (PE)
–          Certified Energy Manager – CEM or other energy certification
–          Certified Building Commissioning Professional – CBCP or other commissioning certification
–          Management, Deployment and Integration of Multi-Vendor Building Automation Systems
–          Experience in higher education institutions
–          Experience managing technical and trade craftsmen
–          Experience in implementation of energy efficient and sustainable practices
–          Health Assessment Required:    No

How to Apply:  Apply online. This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply. Application review began on March 31, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received after this date will be considered at the discretion of the hiring committee.

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