Director, Engineering & Energy

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Maryland - College Park
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 20-1204-16
Wendy Zang
Wendy Zang
The University of Maryland has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director, Engineering & Energy.

Position Summary / Purpose of Position 

This position will coordinate and direct the overall energy program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). This position reports directly to the Executive Director for Operations, Maintenance and Utilities (OM & U). The purpose of this role is to increase visibility of energy management, to identify opportunities for improvement, and to ensure implementation of initiatives. The Director, Engineering & Energy will provide Facilities Management (FM)-wide engineering support with regard to design standards, commissioning, energy modeling, and the Utility Master Plan. In collaboration with staff from OM & U and other FM units, the role will improve utility systems efficiency and building systems performance. The Director will identify utility and building performance issues and develop solutions with regard to operational deficiencies. This position also manages campuswide utility purchases, billing, and demand-side management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

10% of time – Provides interface and leadership on behalf of the University at the state level regarding energy related issues and proposed legislation. Provides support and leadership for the State of Maryland Energy Committee. Acts as the University’s contact for the State of Maryland Public Service Commission and legislative level as well as serving on other committees, including DOE’s Higher Education Energy Alliance. Pursues and implements initiatives in the area of state energy procurement and provides support for the management of the University of Maryland System / Maryland Department of General Services block and index supply contract. Identifies and helps implement revenue and cost saving opportunities for the Institution by coordinating system efforts in the areas of demand response and the utilization of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs).
30% of time – Coordinates and directs the overall energy program at College Park; increases the visibility of energy management and energy conservation efforts. Guides and implements the Climate Action Program in order to work towards carbon neutrality. Manages and administers the fuel and utility budget under the guidance of a risk management program. Actively manages UMCP’s participation in demand response programs including those sponsored by PJM and the Maryland Public Service Commission (MD PSC).
Maximizes revenues under these programs in order to reinvest in energy conservation projects. Provides supervision of Energy Performance contracts within the group. Serves as contract manager for the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and College Park Energy Combined Heat & Power (CHP) contracts. Responsible for managing fuel and electric supply for UMCP and auxiliary units. Provides planning support for utility expansions. Supervises and oversees energy reporting and budgeting; billing of auxiliaries for utilities and processing of payments; operation of the automatic metering system (including installation and maintenance of meters); and coordination with Central Control & Monitoring Systems (CCMS).
Supervises the daily/monthly purchasing of gas and electricity. Drafts and gains campus approval of Campus Energy Policy. Acts as the point of contact for senior management.
25% of time – Provides leadership to Performance group that evaluates the operational efficiency of buildings and Satellite Central Utility Buildings (SCUB) with the primary objective of improving efficiency without sacrificing performance. The group will be responsible for implementing energy management software in targeted buildings and SCUBs; maintaining the accuracy and reliability of energy and water data; providing technical support to Facilities Operations Managers; and interfacing with CCMS and O&M to properly maintain and operate equipment.
25% of time – Oversees the engineering design of Energy and Utility systems including management of the Utility Master Plan. Updates and provides oversight of applicable Design Criteria and Facilities Standards. Maintains and runs system hydraulic models. Maintains electric feeder capacity documents. Evaluates expansion of utility systems; reviews and maintains building energy models; and provides design support to O&M, Campus Projects, and Capital Projects, as needed.
10% of time – Supervises staff engaged in above referenced energy related activities and works with FM’s Human Resources staff in all staffing, compensation, performance management, and employee relations issues. Ensures that assigned staff have information and resources necessary to remain safe in the workplace; this includes training and personal protective equipment. Promptly reports accidents and incidents, safety hazards, and safety violations, to the appropriate parties; followsup to ensure action is taken. Serves as a role model for safe work practices, making safety an integral part of daily operations. Other duties as assigned.

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park, one of the nation’s premier research universities, seeks a forward-thinking and action-oriented Director, Engineering & Energy.

Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland (UMD) at College Park is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, ranking in the top 25 for all public U.S. research institutions, as well as ranking 15th for most innovative school, 8th for best college value, and 9th for entrepreneurship for undergraduates. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the University is home to more than 41,000 students; 14,000 faculty and staff; and 300 academic programs. The faculty includes numerous Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and members of the national academies.  

UMD’s 1,340-acre campus is designated as an arboretum and botanical garden. It is located eight miles from Washington, D.C. in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor and offers unparalleled proximity to cultural, government, and entertainment venues. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who support the school’s mission and values.

The University has an active capital program with more than one billion dollars of new investment into the campus expected in the coming years, and it has been engaged in several large-scale capital projects, including construction of new classroom and research facilities, infrastructure expansion, and major redevelopment of student housing amongst other projects. In addition, the University is an active participant in the collaborative efforts to enhance the surrounding community to create a sustainable Top 20 college town.

UMD’s NextGen Energy Program

The NextGen Energy Program is a new public-private partnership initiative by the University of Maryland, College Park to secure long-term energy service for its campus. UMD envisions the NextGen program as a means for ensuring reliable, efficient, and affordable energy while also serving as a platform for meeting UMD-wide sustainability goals for energy production and usage.

The NextGen program has three main objectives: meeting the University’s long-term energy requirements holistically, improving the long-term resiliency of energy services and seeking innovative ways to advance its carbon reduction goals, and responsibly stewarding the University’s financial resources and taxpayer dollars.

For more information visit UMD NextGen Energy Program website:

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Minimum Qualifications to Perform Work

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Engineering degree preferred, however degrees in other disciplines coupled with relevant experience may substitute.
  • Ten (10) years of experience encompassing energy, engineering, and technical systems, as well as familiarity with budgeting and financial systems. This experience must include at least five years of supervisory experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge and experience in energy, engineering, and technical systems.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse range of constituents, both internal and external to the campus. 
  • Knowledge of business operations, including planning, budgeting, computer skills, and personnel management techniques.
  • Ability to work with and direct a diverse workforce. 
  • Strong organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong analytical skills and the ability to use a computer to process correspondence, reports, spreadsheets, and database applications.
  • Mechanical Engineering degree is preferred; advanced degree or study in a related technical field is also desirable.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) preferred.
  • Certified Energy Manager or other relevant accreditation/certification preferred.
  • Familiarity with utility infrastructure in a university and/or public enterprise setting is desired.
Additional Certifications
  • Incumbent will be required to file a State Financial Disclosure form.  
  • Although driving a State vehicle is not an essential duty for this position, if the incumbent does drive a State vehicle, s/he must possess a valid Maryland Class C driver’s license or equivalent with fewer than 6 points.

Physical Demands of Position

  • Majority of work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and computers. Must have the ability to walk short distances, and/or drive to meetings and project sites on/off campus.
  • Incumbent is considered Essential (Catastrophic); FM is a 24/7/365 operation.
Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Maryland is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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