Director of Engineering and Technical Services (0392U) - 11396
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Facilities Services is responsible for providing maintenance and operational services for all centrally supported elements of UC Berkeley's physical plant which consists of 11M square feet of space, 1100 acres of land, and over 110 buildings. Facilities Services is comprised of eight units which include: Campus Zero Waste, Custodial Services, Customer Service Center, Engineering and Technical Services, Environmental Services, Grounds Operations, Trade Shops, and People's Park.
Facilities Services works to maintain a campus built environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and research. We strive to continuously improve the campus in partnership with all members of the campus community.
The Director of Engineering and Technical Services reports directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor, Facilities Services and is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of a large unit within Facilities Services. The unit consists of the Engineering group, Energy Office, Building Management Systems group, Preventive Maintenance shop, and the Fire Alarm and Life Safety shops. The Director is responsible for guiding the unit to provide effective and efficient support of campus facilities and infrastructure; maintain reliable delivery of utilities to all campus facilities: oversight of the campus' co-generation plant: identify and implement energy efficiency measures and policies for the campus: provide consistent and effective preventive maintenance services and maintain life safety and fire alarm systems.
The Director plans, organizes, implements, evaluates, directs and coordinates all activities of the groups within the unit and coordinates its activities with the rest of Facilities Services and campus colleagues. The Director also provides advice and guidance to campus senior executives and administrators, academics, researchers and campus customers on long-term strategic plans for all aspects of the campus' utility infrastructure, engineering and energy efficiency measures.
The Director is responsible for providing these services to approximately 11 million gross square feet of campus facilities and manages an operating and purchased utilities budget of approximately $30 million.
The scope of this position is campus wide and affects all aspects of the campus. The Director works through approximately 8 direct reports and 24 FTEs, composed of engineers, technical and professional support staff, managers and skilled trades staff.
The Director is a key member of the Facilities Services leadership team and collaborates with the team to determine and implement the strategic direction and goals for the department.
Provides leadership, direction and expertise to the department to achieve objectives (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources ).
Manages the activities of facilities operations management through several subordinate managers having overall responsibility for functional programs.
Advises senior management on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers.
Actively participate in union negotiations.
Leads a team of managers in a large department or that is distributed across multiple departments, requiring coordination of efforts.
Instills strong management practices among subordinate managers and also creates an inclusive work environment.
Mentors staff in the areas of professional development, management and performance.
Provides oversight in the assessment and strategic planning of all assigned areas, and visionary leadership for shaping mid to long term projections while soliciting ideas from staff and university stakeholders.
Provides oversight of multiple-trade, custodial and maintenance services provided by organization staff (mostly represented), outside contractors and vendors.
Leadership skills to mentor and develop management staff.
Strong knowledge of financial principles to analyze financial, operational and budgetary data.
Bachelor's degree and/or experience/training in related fields in a higher education setting, including:
Operation and maintenance of campus buildings, facilities and utilities.
Finance and budgetary practices, policies and procedures.
Experience in the design, installation and use of building control systems.
Oversight and execution of preventive maintenance.
Collaborating with major capital projects.
Campus material procurement and purchasing procedures and contract administration.
Budgetary, accounting and personnel policies and procedures.
Human resource management policies and procedures including labor relations staffing and discipline.
Advanced knowledge of organization, system-wide and governmental policies and procedures and any related applicable laws and regulations.
Advanced to expert knowledge of engineering and utility management concepts and practices.
Broad knowledge of management, construction and maintenance principles, budgeting and codes and statutes.
Licenses and/or certifications, if any:
Training or certification in architecture or engineering preferred.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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