Manager, Central Plant (13831)

Washington D.C.
Commensurate with experience
May 30, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Full Time


This position manages, directs, and provides leadership to Operating Engineers and other trade staff within the Energy Management unit. The activities of this unit includes the inspection, efficient operation, maintenance, and repair of campus thermal systems, related plant equipment, water treatment systems as well as maintenance and repair of campus domestic water & sewer distribution systems, and campus gas utility distribution systems within the domain of the Facilities Management Division. This position may act in the capacity of the Director of Energy and Engineering in the event of his/her absence. The Central Plant Manager works independently to manage department and unit objectives, while ensuring good public relations and a positive department image through personal contacts and assurance of quality standards, exceptional customer service, and a safe, functional, clean, efficient and attractive living and learning environment.  Prepares performance appraisals, develops, counsels assigned personnel and coordinate their training and evaluations. Manages department resources and utility systems to meet reliability and energy efficiency objectives along with regulatory compliance requirements and facilities management’s customer service objectives.     

Educational Requirements:

Bachelor degree in appropriate field of study or equivalent in education, training, or  experience.    

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 8-10 years of experience (appropriate and varied) in a facilities engineering/operations leadership role
  • Title V permitting experience
  • Budgetary experience with operations, maintenance and replacement costs. 
  • Familiarity with life cycle cost assessment
  • Personnel & performance management experience including goal setting, appraisal and corrective counseling
  • Ability to establish vision, assess staffing and training needs, to inspire and train staff
  • Experience with incident response, management/control, and reporting    
  • Contract management experience
  • Ability to read blueprints
  • Strong familiarity with commercial and/or industrial automation/control systems
  • Utilities cost control and efficient energy management
  • Experience with executive level briefing and public presentation/speaking
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills & email usage    
  • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) experience        

Preferred Requirements:

  • Certified Energy Manager (CEM) experience working with computerized maintenance management and reporting systems
  • Building/Plant Automation & Database and Network management certifications
  • Facilities management certificate
  • Master HVAC license
  • LEED certification
  • NIULPE Chief Engineer License    
  • Universal CFC license and 1st Class DC Steam Engineers License (non-restricted)

Additional Information:

This position may work in areas which experience temperature extremes (i.e. heat or cold) or confined spaces in the performing of principle accountabilities for the position.        

All university manager, supervisors, and trade positions are expected to perform duties other than those typically associated with core trade responsibilities as the needs of the university dictate.  Facilities Management is a diverse team-oriented organization where employees actively support each other’s success.  Collaboration and cooperation are expected from all employees.  Successful FM employees are those who contribute to our ability to support each other and our customers.         

Maintain a valid driver license with fewer than 2 points. Hiring offers contingent upon successful completion of a background check.     

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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