Director of Engineering

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Georgia - DeKalb County
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 22-0701-06
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Ronald T. Baumiller
Ronald T. Baumiller


Emory University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director of Engineering.

Position Summary / Essential Job Functions 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Utilities, the Director of Engineering leads, prioritizes, and manages the overall implementation of engineering design services for the university, including electrical, mechanical, civil, environmental, energy performance, and commissioning. Essential job functions are as follows:
  • Develops and maintains Emory University design standards, departmental guidelines, policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to engineering services that ensures Emory ranks in the highest tier with peer institutions for design innovation and energy efficiency. 
  • Establishes and maintains the Utility Master Plan to ensure availability and reliability of utility systems are maintained to support daily and critical operations as well as the campus' Master Plan. 
  • Works closely with the operations and maintenance groups to ensure design standards are maintained and operational efficiency is achieved. 
  • Identifies opportunities for use of renewable energy technologies, and oversees the Energy Manager who has responsibility for electric and gas procurement and rate negotiations as applicable. 
  • Responsible for reporting monthly and quarterly energy data to senior management on the effectiveness of energy conservation efforts including re-commissioning. 
  • Responsible for the planning, design, and documentation for all campus infrastructure and site engineered services. 
  • Represents the department by serving on various campus, community, and county committees.
  • Works with constituents on long-range campus planning issues and takes initiative to develop improvement plans. 
  • Plans, organizes, and assigns work and special projects to effectively utilize available resources.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates, and promotes professional development and mentoring of a staff of professional engineers and analysts.
  • Establishes and manages the department's budget through monthly review of financial reports.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required. 

About Emory University

Emory University is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of DeKalb County, Georgia. The University is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the 50 oldest private universities in the United States. Emory is frequently cited as one of the world's leading research universities and is consistently ranked in the top 25 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.

The University has two campuses. The Atlanta campus is located in Druid Hills, a historic and walkable part of the city that allows easy access to the vibrant cultural and business opportunities in the global city of Atlanta. Oxford College is located on Emory’s original campus in Oxford, Georgia. Between the two campuses, the university contains 8,197 undergraduate students, 7,649 graduate and professional students, and employees over 15,400 university faulty and staff as well as 24,100 healthcare employees.


DeKalb County, GA

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  • A Bachelor's degree in engineering with seven years of experience involving design, construction, and operation of large HVAC and district steam and chilled water systems, as well as experience with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. 
  • A minimum of three years of related supervisory experience with demonstration of ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills. 
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia preferred.
  • General knowledge of building codes and applicable state and federal regulations. 
  • Prior experience implementing energy conservation measures, building systems operation and design, as well as a district energy system for steam, chilled water, and electricity.

Emory University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
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