Director - Energy Systems

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Ohio - Oxford
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 21-0905-12
Richard T. Nawoczynski
Richard T. Nawoczynski


Miami University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director - Energy Systems.

Purpose of the Position

Position leads, manages, plans, organizes, and administers the Utility Enterprise Auxiliary (UEA) operation, energy conservation, and commissioning efforts for a university campus consisting of approximately 180 buildings. Work consists of daily operation and maintenance of a central steam production plant, two regional chilled water production plants, geothermal operations, building automation systems, high voltage electric systems and production, and associated distribution systems; utility commodity purchases, sales, and billing; prioritization of energy conservation projects in a manner that results in the greatest efficiency and effectiveness. Position also oversees and coordinates work of outside contractors. Perform other duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leadership-Management-Relationship with Superiors – provides direction, focus, guidance, support, prioritization and oversight for managerial and supervisory staff; develops and implements programs, policies, processes and procedures that result in high levels of organizational performance and effectiveness; keeps superiors informed; is responsive to directives from superiors; supports the unit, departmental, and institutional goals.
  • Daily Operations – responsible for overall administration, supervision and reliable operation of all utility production plants within the UEA; establishes safety as top priority; ensures the University’s mission critical needs are met through best operating practices and good decisions; develops and implements key performance indicators monitoring efforts to achieve set goals for safety, productivity, quality, and cost.
  • Energy Optimization – responsible for establishing energy optimization strategies within central and regional production plants, distribution systems, and within individual buildings. Establishes relationships with University department heads to develop comprehensive energy reduction initiatives through various business units.
  • Continuous Improvement – promotes continuous improvement through lean programming; expects a high level of participation throughout all employees in the Utility Enterprise Auxiliary (UEA) in lean initiatives; expects UEA employees to develop and submit continuous improvement ideas on a regular basis; establishes a culture seeking improved service levels with the same or fewer resources.
  • Technical Support and Guidance – provides supervisors and managers with technical support and guidance relative to various mechanical and electrical distribution systems, building systems, and equipment.
  • Budget Management – prepares and manages operating and capital improvement budgets; ensures funds are spent in accordance with state law and University policy.
  • Contractor Oversight – oversees contract administration and hiring of outside contractors.
  • Long-Range Planning – leads effort establishing the most effective, efficient, and sustainable plan for providing utilities to campus; provides system and equipment condition assessments and long-range planning for capital project needs, including determination of priority; provides oversight of capital renewal planning.
  • Quality Control – develops and implements programs, policies and work practices that ensure high degree of quality in work performed by staff and contractors.
  • Customer Satisfaction – develops and implements programs, policies and work practices that result in a high degree of customer satisfaction; develops and measures customer satisfaction.
  • Record Keeping Function – Develops policies and work practices that result in accurate and timely tracking of work requests, PM efforts, labor and material costs; develops/prepares periodic reports detailing performance of the business unit.
  • Personnel Function – provides for professional development of employees; enforces work rules; holds subordinates accountable for effectiveness and efficiency; screens job applicants; makes hiring recommendations; participates in administration of discipline.
  • Implement Technology – responsible for the application of technology to the operation, such as computerized maintenance-management systems and/or electronic work order systems, and building automation system.

About Miami University

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions and ranked first among Ohio’s public universities, Miami University effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. With a student body of more than 17,000 undergraduates and 2,600 graduate students, the main campus in Oxford, OH encompasses 2,138 acres and includes 188 buildings.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Education/Experience – bachelor’s degree in a related field plus a minimum of 5 years’ full-time experience in utility plant engineering preferred; or related associate’s degree plus a minimum of 8 years’ full-time experience in utility plant management; or a minimum of 10 years’ full-time verifiable experience in utility plant management and energy conservation.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Specific Knowledge – working knowledge of industrial utility systems and production, air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, commercial refrigeration, plumbing, water treatment, computerized temperature control systems, chillers, boilers, energy management, fan systems, and pumping systems.
  • Knowledge of Maintenance Function – thorough knowledge of methods associated with maintenance, repair, and operation of all utility and distribution systems noted above; thorough knowledge of safety regulations and safe work practices.
  • Technical Understanding – ability to read, interpret, and understand drawings, specifications, sequences of operation, control drawings, and other technical data.
  • Attention to Detail – ability to maintain detailed and complete records of maintenance and repair activities.
  • Communication Skills – ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a wide range of persons.
  • Customer Service Skills – thorough understanding of modern customer service theories, practices and methods.

Diversity Statement

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all. For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO / AA / Clery Act

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or (513) 529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

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Additional Information

A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.