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Sustainability/Energy Manager
Recruitment No. 10740913

Human Resources seeks candidates for Sustainability/Energy Manager to provide leadership and build enthusiasm for energy sustainability programs at the University.  This position is housed in Facilities Services.  This position reports to the Director of Facilities Services and the Assistant Director for Maintenance.  It is essential that the employee document energy-related information consistently and accurately.


Lead the University’s efforts to increase energy and resource conservation.  Work closely with the Associate Director of Facilities Services to establish new programs such as a "Green Cleaning Program" that incorporate current best practices into an ongoing and fully integrated resource conservation program.  Invigorate and fully develop a campus-wide recycling program and waste disposal program.  Recruit students, faculty and staff who are supportive of the University's sustainability efforts and willing to play a role in developing campus-wide sustainability initiatives.  With sustainability leaders, develop campaigns and events to educate and encourage/inspire students, faculty and staff on the Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology campuses to practice energy conservation and contribute to oversale maintenance and improvement of energy savings on both campuses.

Review and compare utility bills and meter readings with historical data to assess savings and determine whether or not projected savings in the ESCO energy project are being realized.  Document utility costs, usage and savings for continued, on-going comparison and assessment, and report changes, challenges, concerns and achievements in energy and energy cost savings to the Director of Facilities Services and Assistant Director of Maintenance.  Review energy usage on an annual and monthly basis to identify trends in energy consumption and measure the success/challenges in achieving projected energy savings.

Develop/construct energy project models using TRACE software to establish energy usage baselines and monitor and assess energy usage improvements. Perform both qualitative and quantitative analyses of end user satisfaction and compliance with energy saving initiatives.

Monitor and compare work orders to identify those with significant information relative to the energy plan; follow up and research historical information to verify required maintenance schedules have been completed and equipment associated with the ESCO project is working as designed. Troubleshoot building automation systems and other identified problems to facilitate completion of needed repairs in a timely fashion.  Follow up with the Assistant Director of Maintenance or create new work orders as needed to ensure that maintenance and repair work is completed appropriately to support proper operation of energy-related equipment. 

Work with Facilities Services staff, architects and other stakeholders to assist in planning and developing capital improvement or major maintenance projects.  Function as the liaison between the Facility department and the campus community to provide advocacy for the new standards and level of comfort.  Proactively foreshadow utility outages and disruptions, notifying and educating stakeholders of pending changes to facilitate planning and preparation in the physical work space. 

Inspect equipment, lamps and materials as they are received to ensure they are as ordered and of the type to maintain or improve campus energy savings.  Work with storekeeper to return/receive appropriate materials as needed.

Establish and modify thermostat control schedules according to building/classroom use to maximize energy savings on unused space.  Develop and publish University Best Practices for energy efficient operation to serve as a guideline for Facilities Services and other University staff.  Provide training and instruction to Facilities Services staff to ensure a consistent approach to energy management.  Develop, update and maintain a library of equipment manuals, balance reports and HVAC control settings for reference and use by Facilities staff.

Following Facilities Services procedures, create work orders to facilitate logging and tracking routine maintenance, preventive maintenance and project repair work.  Work with Assistant Director of Maintenance to complete service requests, and monitor status of work assignments to ensure timely progress and completion of assigned work.  Play an integral role in the identification of building climate control issues and work closely with end users to achieve satisfactory end results that meet University goals and end user expectations.

As part of the facility team, troubleshoot problems with HVAC equipment to assist in assessing problems and affecting the swift repair of malfunctioning equipment.  Compile and assess data, develop and submit reports reflecting productivity, efficiency, cost controls, inventory controls and customer service to the Director and Assistant Director of Maintenance to facilitate measurement and improvement in Facilities Services activities.  As they arise, report unusual issues and concerns to the Director or Assistant Director. 

Participate in screening, interviewing, reference checking and employment selection/recommendation to assist in the hiring and staffing process at Facilities Services.

Perform other duties as assigned.


REQUIRED: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Science, Natural Resources or comparable field, or combination of education and experience equivalent a degree.  Ability to communicate effectively; read, interpret and apply information in blueprints and operational and maintenance manuals.  Working knowledge of building systems.  Strong computer and analytical skills.  The employee may be required to respond to emergency service calls outside of regular work hours, on weekends, or holidays.  Valid Kansas driver's license with a driving record acceptable under University standards.  Ability to move 25 pounds and wear personal protective equipment as necessary to limit the effects of exposure to loud noise, heights, hazardous chemicals and dust.

PREFERRED:  Mechanical Engineering degree.  Ability to use electronic drafting applications.


Submit a letter of interest, resume, Resume Supplement for Administrative Positions, copy of official college transcript(s), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to getajob@washburn.edu or to Washburn University Human Resources, 263 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas  66621. Review of application materials will begin October 14, 2013, and continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been identified.  Salary is upper $40 to $50K commensurate with qualifications.  Excellent fringe benefits package.  Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.