Director of Engineering Services

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Texas - Houston
Sector: Healthcare
Search ID: 21-0308-07
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Joseph F. Wargo
Joseph F. Wargo
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to retain a Director of Engineering Services.

Position Summary 

The Director of Engineering Services will provide management and direction of engineering design services in the FPDC department with a portfolio of projects that ranges from $600M to over $1B annually. Additionally, the Director:
  • Represents FPDC to provide engineering direction on new construction and renovation of existing space at MD Anderson pertaining to research, patient care, vivarium facilities, master planning, and other project types. 
  • Directs the strategic planning of facility renewal in support of operations and maintenance. 
  • Acts as departmental liaison with external professional consultants regarding architectural services, external consulting engineers, and other professional consultants.
  • Assures compliance with applicable building codes and other regulatory requirements governing the provision of engineering design services. 
Reporting Relationship: Associate Vice President, Facilities Planning, Design & Construction

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Operations and Maintenance Support  
  • Develops and implements processes to manage engineering in support of the Operations and Maintenance departments in their effort to manage the institution's assets and environment.
  • Develops and oversees the strategic facility renewal program including facility condition assessments.  
Project Support
  • Develops and implements processes to manage the technical expectations of capital and expense projects; provide consulting and (in-house) professional engineering services for remodeling, renovation, new construction, and equipment replacement projects; and provide engineering technical support for Owner Design Guidelines. 
  • Provides oversight and review of commissioning efforts on capital projects.
Strategic Engineering Direction  
  • Provides strategic engineering direction in support of the Long-Term Capital Plan on conceptual site utilization studies and plans for proposed new buildings. 
  • Forecasts future utility growth needs in support of the LTCP.  
  • Oversees the campuswide utility master plan.  
  • Oversees the implementation of the energy initiatives in support of the energy strategic plan.

About MD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. MD Anderson provides cancer care at several convenient locations throughout the Greater Houston Area and collaborates with community hospitals and health systems nationwide through MD Anderson Cancer Network®.

U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey has ranked MD Anderson as the nation's top hospital for cancer care. Every year since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals, and it has ranked first for 10 of the past 11 years. The recognition reflects the passion of our 21,000 extraordinary employees and 1,000 volunteers for providing exceptional care to patients and their families, and for realizing the institution’s mission to #endcancer.

Mission Statement
The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

Facilities Planning, Design and Construction Department
The Facilities Planning, Design and Construction (FPDC) department manages funds and projects designated by The University of Texas System for improvements to MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 16 million square feet of facilities. FPDC provides architectural and engineering services, space standards and planning, and interior specifications for their projects. FPDC also handles the creation of long-term development plans for the institution and for specific division within MD Anderson.


About Houston
Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Houston is a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions that makes it a world-class city. Home to a vibrant economy, beautiful surroundings and a population full of optimism and spirit, it is no wonder that Houston is a popular international destination.

  • GQ Magazine deemed Houston the "New Capital of Southern Cool" (2018).
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  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Ten plus years of engineering experience to include experience in the healthcare, higher education, energy, engineering firm, research design, or regulated industry; fifteen years of engineering experience is preferred. 
  • Seven years of leadership experience required (managing managers).
  • Member of teams in a leadership capacity involved in a project portfolio that ranges from $500M to over $1B.  
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure.
Tobacco-Free Hiring
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. As part of its efforts to achieve these goals of a tobacco-free hiring process, if you are offered a position at MD Anderson Cancer Center, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws.

Equity Employment Opportunity
Diversity and inclusion at MD Anderson are not just important; they are essential. We take an expansive view of diversity, considering differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and religious beliefs, as well as communication styles, thought, skill and ambition.

It is the policy of MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state, or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.


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