Assistant Vice President for Utilities

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Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, the Assistant Vice President for Utilities is responsible for the oversight of campus utility services and infrastructure. The unit of approximately 100 personnel is responsible for supporting the university’s over 12 million square foot Blacksburg campus and includes responsibility for the Virginia Tech Electric Service (VTES), a Power Plant, and two Chiller Plants. VTES is the electric utility provider for the Blacksburg campus and about 6,000 residential and commercials customers in the Town of Blacksburg. The Power Plant generates steam output and provides campus buildings with a portion of their heat, hot water, and electricity needs. The Assistant Vice President will interact with a wide variety of university faculty and staff, as well as external constituents. The Assistant Vice President must be a proven team builder who works inclusively and communicates effectively. The Assistant Vice President will also provide direct oversight of special projects, the development of strategic presentations, unit reporting, and may be required to represent the Chief Facilities Officer in meetings. The Assistant Vice President will be responsible to provide and define the support required for the Associate Vice President for the oversight of all university policies relevant to the responsibility of the Chief Facilities Officer. This support requires the review and documentation of university components with and/or without delegated authority to manage and/or perform services under these university policies along with the definition of required reporting deliverables for those granted delegated authority. This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Required Qualifications: Advanced degree in engineering, business, or a related field; or education and work experience that equates to an advanced degree.Significant experience with facilities administration, utilities, maintenance and repair, budgeting, fiscal administration, people management, client management, and operational planning. Experience should demonstrate a broad understanding of public sector or higher education business issues and facilities services operations.Experience researching and preparing technically complex executive level documents, position papers, reports, proposals, and presentations on a variety of strategic topics.Demonstrated commitment to data-driven decision making and the use of key performance indicators in the execution (development, analysis, corrective action, communication, and pursuit and provision of feedback) of tactical, operational, and strategic responsibilities.Exceptional communication skills, interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and the ability to effectively interact and build trusted relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.Demonstrated commitment to exceptionally responsive, consistent, and transparent service delivery to all campus constituents. Champions a responsive workforce that embraces a culture of continuous improvement, self-assessment, and accountability in a dynamic environment. Deploys, accepts, and acts on all mechanisms of customer feedback to achieve results and effect changeDemonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects; excellent organizational, leadership, and delegation skills; and ability to work collaboratively. Must have strong problem solving and conflict resolution skills to manage complex tasks and/or those that require balancing competing interests.Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, with ability to see patterns, be a fast thinker, and make decisions with strong attention to accuracy, detail, and local context.Demonstrated patience, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure as well as a strong personal ethics commitment.Extensive leadership and team-building skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.Proficient with facilities related software and enterprise systems.Ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus facilities sites, with occasional overnight travel.This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to provide support during planned, or emergency situations or events to include being physically on site if deemed necessary. Preferred Qualifications: Professional Engineer (PE) registration.Additional degree or advanced certification in management, statistics, or a related field.Intermediate to expert knowledge of Assetworks’ AiM or similar maintenance management software. Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Emergency Personnel - health & safety related, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below, Other (Describe Below) Must have a conviction check: Yes Describe Other: Work hours are typically M – F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. however additional hours or modified schedule may be required to meet the needs of the department.This position is designated as “Emergency Personnel”. Must be available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week to provide support during planned, or emergency situations or events to include being physically on site if deemed necessary.Some travel may be required which may include overnight stays.As situation dictates, must wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).This position meets the criteria for issuance of a mobile communication device (such as radio, cell-phone, I-pad, I-pod, pager, etc.). Devices issued are the responsibility of the employee and are to be returned in satisfactory condition upon separation of employment. Devices are to be used according to supervisor instruction and according to relevant policies. Employment Comments: How to Apply for this Job: For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please go to, posting #AP0190100. Attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to the online application. Review of applications will begin on August 5, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility. Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty Appointment Type: Regular If restricted or temporary, enter end date: FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year Percent Employment: Full-time If part time, enter Percent Time: Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience Location: Blacksburg Department: FS - Facilities Operations - Adm. Location, if not Blacksburg: Location Zip Code: 24061 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5 pm Job Posting Date: 04/02/2019 Review Begin Date: 08/05/2019 Job Close Date: Restricted to university employees only? No Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement: Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law. Reasonable Accommodation Statement: If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.
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