Associate Director, Mechanical Operations

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Fairfax, VIRGINIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Oct 2021

Position Information
Department Facilities Management
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check Yes
Statement of Economic Interest Not Applicable
Job Category Administrative or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Associate Director, Mechanical Operations
Working Title Associate Director, Mechanical Operations
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA34Ez
Recruit Number FAC8444
Working Hours Mon - Fri 7am - 3:30pm
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Associate Director, Mechanical Operations
The George Mason University, Facilities Department is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person for it’s Associate Director, Mechanical Operations. This position will report directly to the Sr. Director, Facilities Management, and will work at our Fairfax, Virginia campus. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Associate Director, Mechanical Operations is responsible for the programmatic oversight of the University’s Building Automation System, HVAC Unit, and Central Heating and Cooling Programs (CHCP).  This position will also serve as the university mechanical authority for all HVAC and CHCP requirements whether existing or planned.  By acting as the authority and reviewer of systems, this position will ensure comfort and indoor air quality and reliability by implementation of cutting-edge technologies available to the University. In addition, this position will ensure the proper commissioning of newly constructed or renovated buildings and replaced or upgraded facility systems.
Specific duties include:
Facility Management: 
  • Plan, develop, and recommend complex mechanical solutions;
  • Coordinate the operation of all Mechanical and Infrastructure related trade groups to provide a planned and unified method of service delivery and decision making process;
  • Formulate life-cycle projections and develop plan and budget for replacement of mission-critical equipment and infrastructure;
  • Provide for proper commissioning of buildings and equipment after construction and maintain warranty information for equipment and systems;
  • Ensure comfortable learning environments with proper indoor air quality.

Fiscal Management: 
  • Responsible for budget of assigned trade groups;
  • Review utility expenditures for accuracy and to identify irregularities and areas for future expenditure reductions;
  • Prepare and analyze reports for the Senior Director; 
  • Coordinate the purchase and installation of mechanical/building automation/HVAC equipment and review specifications. 

Administration and Planning: 
  • Serve as the university mechanical authority for all existing and planned HVAC systems across all campuses.  Will be responsible for reviewing and providing guidance and recommendations on all new capital and non-capital projects that involve energy or HVAC mechanical systems.  Will serve as the authority on all energy/HVAC renovations and upgrade projects on all existing systems. 
  • Ensure excellent customer service with an emphasis on the learning environment while striving for high operating efficiency;
  • Develop and evaluate short- and long-term strategies and policies related to mechanical maintenance, infrastructure, and expansion;
  • Oversee capital projects by attending construction meetings, conducting on-site inspections, reviewing progress reports;  
  • Develops and maintains University facility design standards for use by design architects and engineers to ensure standardization and compatibility in the design and construction of new or renovated facilities and existing facilities. Conducts technical reviews of engineering designs and provides recommended changes to the Facilities Planning Department. Coordinates with the Facilities Project Management and Construction Department and monitors new construction for impacts on maintenance operations.
  • Acts as a Director, Facilities Management in his absence on technical and operational matters.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Must have a BS degree or master’s degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.  Equivalent experience generally includes 6+ years’ Associate Director level experience or 10+ years’ experience in field;
  • Knowledge in management of various trades and utilities services, utilities plant and systems operations, facilities management and/or construction;
  • Ability to read and comprehend engineering plans and specifications;
  • Significant full-time professional experience (minimum of 10 years is strongly desired) in facilities management with strong knowledge in the design, operation, and replacement of boilers, chillers, cooling towers and other mechanical and energy management equipment;
  • Proven successful track record of overseeing a large-scale energy management program with continuous improvements to service delivery to customers, comfort, indoor air quality, and cost reduction.

Licenses and Certifications:

  •  PE preferred;
  •  Certified- Facility Manger (CFM) designation preferred;
  •  Must currently possess an appropriate, active, valid motor vehicle operator’s license that meets all of GMU’s requirements for operating state vehicles and equipment under Mason’s Vehicle Use Policy 1411 The Office of Risk Management reserves the right to review the driver’s licenses and Motor Vehicle Reports (MVRs) of all candidates selected with employment contingent upon a favorable review. 
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
For Full Consideration, Apply by:
Posting Date 09/10/2021
Job Close Date 10/08/2021
Open Until Filled? No
Telework Friendly? No
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