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Associate Director for Engineering and Utilities

Baltimore, MD

Posted: 6/7/22
Deadline: 8/7/22

About This Organization

The university takes its name from 19th-century Maryland philanthropist Johns Hopkins, an entrepreneur with Quaker roots who believed in improving public health and education in Baltimore and beyond.

Previously adopted accounts portray Johns Hopkins as an early abolitionist whose parents had freed the family’s enslaved people in the early 1800s. New research has uncovered census records that indicate enslaved people were among the individuals living and laboring in Johns Hopkins’ home in 1840 and 1850, with the latter document denoting Johns Hopkins as the slaveholder. Other new findings documented additional links between the Hopkins family and slavery, as well as indentured servitude. Researchers are investigating these records in tandem with other archival documents to offer a more nuanced and complex understanding of the Hopkins family’s relationship with slavery. More information about the university’s investigation of this history is available at the Hopkins Retrospective website.

Mr. Hopkins, one of 11 children, made his fortune in the wholesale business and by investing in emerging industries, notably the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, of which he became a director in 1847. In his will, he set aside $7 million to establish a hospital and affiliated training colleges, an orphanage, and a university. At the time, it was the largest philanthropic bequest in U.S. history.

Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876 with the inauguration of our first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. He guided the opening of the university and other institutions, including the university press, the hospital, and the schools of nursing and medicine. The original academic building on the Homewood campus, Gilman Hall, is named in his honor.

“Our simple aim is to make scholars, strong, bright, useful, and true,” Gilman said in his inaugural address.

Job Duties

The Johns Hopkins University (JHU), one of the world’s premier research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Director for Engineering and Utilities (ADEU).

Reporting directly to the Senior Director for Facility Operations, the Associate Director will play a critical and highly visible role in ensuring that JHU achieves its ambitious goals related to sustainability and climate change initiatives, as well as capital planning, design and construction. The ADEU will manage a team of 15 professionals, comprised of two Facility Engineers, Utilities Plant Manager and eight Stationary Engineers, two Maintenance Mechanics, Energy Manager, and an Energy Analyst.

Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate (JHFRE) provides full facility operations support services for the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, as well as planning, design, and construction for the schools and divisions across the Johns Hopkins enterprise, including Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County. Additionally, JHFRE provides leasing and property management for the university as well as the Health System and its affiliates. Also within JHFRE is the Office of Sustainability, offering university-wide services.

The Associate Director is responsible for oversight of the Homewood campus utility plants, engineering design efforts related to building systems and campus infrastructure at Homewood and other supported projects and facilities, developing guidelines and standards that produce efficient energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and energy procurement. The ADEU will use their influence during the project planning stages to introduce sustainable concepts with a strong focus on energy efficiency and reliable utility systems. The ADEU strives to ensure these tasks are executed in a collaborative fashion with the Office of Sustainability, divisional representatives, key stakeholders, in an effort to achieve the University’s overarching design, operational, energy, and environmental goals. They will also represent JHFRE 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, and Washington DC.

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For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Kenna Boyd, Managing Associate
Storbeck Search

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Required Qualifications

The ADEU will oversee the Homewood campus utility plants department to ensure reliable service, efficient operations, and safety protocols are in place to support the University’s research and education mission. This includes three utility plants serving the Homewood Campus. These plants have a combined total operating budget of approximately $12.5 million and are managed by a Utilities Services Manager, 8 stationary engineers, and 2 maintenance mechanics. Responsibility includes operations, maintenance, and capital planning for plant production, control systems, and distribution systems for all campus utilities.

Other Info

Kenna Boyd, Managing Associate
Storbeck Search