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Job Req ID:  2356

Associate Director Plant Operations

Classified title: Associate Director Plant Operations

Working title (if applicable): Associate Director, Engineering, Energy & Sustainability

Role/Level/Range: L/4/LF

Starting Salary Range : Commensurate with Experience

Employee group: Full time

Employee subgroup (FLSA Status):  Salaried Exempt

Location: Keswick 

Schedule (hours/days):  M-F, 8:30am – 5pm

Department name:  Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate

Personnel area (School):  UN10, University Administration


General Summary

The ADEES represents the Office of Facilities and Real Estate in planning efforts for major and minor design and renovation projects on the historic JHU Homewood campus with occasional oversight for Capital Projects on the East Baltimore campus, the Peabody campus, Washington DC, Montgomery County, and international locations. The ADEES will use their influence during the project planning stages to introduce sustainable concepts with a strong focus on energy efficiency.


The ADEES will serve as an in-house authority on planning efforts and mechanical engineering and design solutions (materials, systems, coordination, project delivery, commissioning, etc.) for university Plant Operations and Design & Construction units, division representatives, other stakeholders, and with outside consultants to ensure design and construction work conforms to university standards, sound engineering practice, and the university’s sustainability and environmental goals. Responsibilities include internal planning and design consultations; leadership and guidance for procurement of design consultants; advisory participation throughout the planning and design process; review and analysis of design and construction documents prepared for the university by outside consultants; participation in construction oversight; and development of policies, procedures, standards and process improvements.  The ADEES will work directly with the JHFRE/Design & Construction department's project managers who are typically responsible for overall project management.


The ADEES will provide leadership for the Office of Sustainability in developing comprehensive programs and setting goals designed to achieve the University’s climate change initiatives.


The ADEES will initiate, execute, and/or oversee programming and planning efforts in support of capital plan development and implementation and the University’s energy use and procurement strategies (i.e. commissioning, utility capacity, energy reduction, fuel and electric contract purchases, etc.). 


From time to time, where the utilization of internal resources is merited, the ADEES will undertake and execute design, construction documents, and construction administration efforts.


University project clients include a broad constituency of JHU Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty, Researchers, Senior Administrators, and Trustees. 


Essential Job Functions


  • Perform analyses of existing building systems to inform recommendations regarding design, functionality, and performance.  This may include engaging outside consultants for testing, planning or design studies, and engineering support.  Systems to be evaluated include heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing, controls, power, lighting, and low-voltage.  
  • Participate and provide technical direction and/or decision-making in design and construction progress meetings to help ensure adherence to university standards and contract conditions. 
  • Oversee, review, and evaluate Capital Project designs in support of the university’s standards, guidelines, and policies.  Provide technical direction and guidance.
  • Organize and participate in educational programs aimed at furthering JHFRE's and peer JHU staff's awareness of building systems issues.
  • Work with University stakeholders, JHFRE/Planning Design and Construction staff and external consultants or experts as required to develop and document design standards for renovation and new construction that support the Campus Plan goals and objectives, are durable and financially appropriate, and reflect sound engineering practice.  Training of staff, monitoring the use and success of the policies, procedures, guidelines and standards, and revising them from time to time will also be the responsibility of this individual.
  • Provide oversight and review of consultant’s documents for design and construction projects in the area of campus and building systems engineering and design, detailing, conformance with JHU standards, and appropriateness of systems and product specification.
  • Interface with JHFRE/Planning Design and Construction in recommending the most appropriate design solutions, addressing durability, financial sustainability, and engineering appropriateness.
  • Review construction work progress on construction sites for quality assurance and conformance with contract documents.  Assist in resolving discrepancies and disputes that arise during the construction process.
  • Work with the University Architect, Director of Design & Construction, and project managers to formulate and implement policy and process improvements for design and construction project development process and management.
  • Interface with the University Architect, Director of Design & Construction, and project managers and other Facilities and university departments to facilitate more productive and accurate project information flow and procedures through continued refinement of deliverables standards and requirements.  Serve as liaison to JHFRE/Information Systems and advise on development of project and building information management systems (i.e. PMWeb, GIS, COBie/BIM, EDM for digital archive, Archibus, etc.).
  • Provide guidance for JHFRE/Sustainability and university constituents for championing progress on the university's sustainability initiatives with respect to Capital Plan development and assets.
  • Participate in the training of staff in operation of the building systems and proper protocols for ensuring occupant comfort and energy savings.
  • Participate in the systems commissioning process to monitor appropriate and thorough startup and testing of systems performance to ensure the university is receiving systems that comply with contractual requirements.
  • Provide guidance for, and assist - with ongoing systems operation, re-commissioning, and troubleshooting efforts.
  • Provide guidance for, and assist with JHFRE/Sustainability in outreach efforts to educate building occupants about behaviors to encourage space occupancy related energy savings.
  • Participate in other tasks and initiatives of strategic importance to the university as well as related data gathering and analysis, research, presentation preparation, facility surveys, and other ad hoc efforts as assigned by the Director of Plant Operations.
  • Manages the University Energy Manager and provides direction for prioritizing daily tasks and project work in an effort to improve building system functionality, maximize energy efficiency, and lowering the University-wide carbon footprint.
  • Oversees development of a portfolio of energy and operational standards created to ensure energy conscious engineering practices are applied to University projects.
  • Manages the Office of Sustainability, which is comprised of a Sustainability Team Leader and two Program Coordinators.
  • Provides direction for the Sustainability Team Leader for the continuing development and implementation of the University’s climate change initiative, which guides the university's overall environmental efforts by prioritizing projects, strategies, and programs to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Oversees development and administration of the Office of Sustainability budget.
  • Oversees the utilities budget development process for annual energy and water costs for the Homewood Campus, Wyman Park Complex, and several off campus sites.
  • Provides direction for the negotiation and procurement of energy contracts to include the analysis of short and long term electricity and fuel futures contracts; energy contracts total over 15 million dollars annually.


Scope of Responsibility

  • Identify, develop, and implement strategic engineering planning initiatives in the context of the Capital Plan, evolving regulatory requirements, and market conditions.
  • Guide and review campus and building engineering efforts in support of the university’s Capital Plan.
  • Guide and manage development of Capital Project engineering standards and deliverables requirements, and project management policies and processes.
  • Guide and review Capital Project design and construction services.
  • Guide energy procurement.
  • Provide direction for the Office of Sustainability.
  • Guide University’s energy management objectives.


Decision Making

  • Prepares information for decision making by senior leadership and trustees.
  • Provides direction to project managers, consultant design teams, JHFRE/Plant Operations and other JHU constituents on engineering design, materials, systems, solutions and standards in support of sound economic and engineering design principles.
  • Carries out duties and responsibilities with limited supervision.  Makes decisions and establishes work priorities on complex, problem-solving operations.
  • Prepares energy procurement recommendations for execution by Director of Plant Operations.



  • Manages the Office of Sustainability, University Energy Manager, and the Energy Analyst.



  • Exchanges routine and non-routine information with leadership, staff, colleagues at peer institutions and vendors using effective oral and written communication skills, tact, and persuasion as appropriate.
  • Builds camaraderie and alliances with a wide range of JHU constituents, and has a collaborative, inclusive, mentoring style of working well with others.
  • The candidate must have the ability to communicate graphically through sketching, drafting and marking up drawings.


Education, Licensing, and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s and/or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Professional Engineer license in the State of Maryland or a state with reciprocity
  • LEED Accredited Professional



  • Successful candidates will have at least ten years experience in building mechanical systems engineering and design work; specification of mechanical systems; experience with construction and renovation of a broad variety of building types and construction delivery methods; experience with working with mechanically sustainable concepts; the ability to use MS Office and AutoCAD; and a thorough understanding of architectural and engineering drawings.
  • Successful candidates will have at least five years experience in energy management.
  • Use of BIM software\and other graphics programs is desired.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to foster a collaborative, inclusive, collegial, and consensus-building relationship with colleagues based on competence, trust, and respect.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present complex material in a useful and understandable fashion to diverse audiences.
  • Strategic thinker with proven analytical and organizational skills.
  • Committed to the mission of the University, customer service, and best practices in planning, design, and construction.
  • Knowledge of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, controls, and plumbing systems.
  • Knowledge of commissioning process and operation of mechanical systems.
  • Knowledge of the energy markets.
  • Knowledge of sustainable concepts and greenhouse gas generations.
  • Familiarity with power, electrical, lighting, and low-voltage systems.
  • Knowledge and experience with developing accurate project cost budgets and cost impact reports.
  • Ability to build comprehensive reports for data within spreadsheet and database systems.
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely delivery of complex materials.
  • Flexibility to work with last minute changes.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to move about or remain stationary for extended periods of time.










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