Reference Number: 0123
Ball State University
The Director of Engineering will join a highly collaborative and forward-thinking Facilities Planning and Management Department. The Department strives to be the benchmark of excellence for facilities engineering while being mindful stewards of the university’s resources. A successful director will be a reliable and creative individual with a keen understanding of industry standards, trends, and best practices. He/she will have a positive and can-do attitude and a common-sense approach to problem-solving.
The Director will develop assigned design projects from client contact and design development through construction drawings and specifications. The Director will provide construction management including all necessary mechanical, electrical, and plumbing aspects of the development and remodeling of all university facilities; compile, correlate, and maintain energy consumption data for all campus facilities; and provide recommendations for energy conservation.
The Director of Engineering will report to the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Planning and Management. The Director will supervise two Facilities Engineers.
Why Consider the Opportunity?
• Quality of Work/Life Balance: The Director’s job provides interesting and varied work, offers a reasonable work schedule, and has no travel requirements.
• Beautiful Campus: Ball State’s campus is gorgeous and well maintained. With solid financial support, the deferred maintenance needs have been kept to a manageable level.
• Positive Work Environment: Employees enjoy an intellectually stimulating, friendly, and stable work environment.
• Competitive Compensation and Benefits: The university offers a very generous benefits package including low healthcare costs to employees; retirement plans; generous paid-time-off; and a tuition remission plan for the employee, spouse, and dependents. Review benefits here.
• Location: Muncie offers a low cost of living with great housing options nearby. Muncie is a one-hour drive to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Facilities Planning and Management:
Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) provides timely, cost-effective quality facilities-related support to the Ball State University community. With over 300 employees, FPM designs, renovates, and builds flexible learning spaces that are conducive to innovative pedagogical models. The updated campus master plan aligns with FPM’s mission, goals, strategic imperatives, and enduring commitments to environmental stewardship and inclusive excellence. FPM is a highly collaborative and forward-thinking department, with a high standard of quality and expected longevity for its facilities. Currently, there is nearly $300M worth of construction activity underway, with additional funding in the pipeline.
Ball State’s main campus is over 790-acres and includes 120 academic, administrative, auxiliary, and residential buildings valued at more than $2B and totaling over $7.3M Gross Square Feet (GSF). The university also has just over 400 additional acres of property located near the main campus. The campus contains over 25 acres of parking lots, including three parking garages. Eleven residence hall complexes and two apartment communities comprise nearly 7,000 traditional beds and 520 apartment units. The FPM’s mission is “To provide safe, well maintained, highly functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable buildings and grounds which support the mission of Ball State University.”
Areas within Facilities Planning and Management:
• Systems Administration and Business Operations
• Motor Pool Operations
• Building Services
• Landscape Services
Ball State’s 2015 Campus Master Plan guides the physical environment of the campus for the next 15 to 25 years and aligns the university’s strategic, academic, and physical plant goals. Click here to view the Campus Master Plan.
To view the Facilities Planning and Management organizational chart, click here.
About the Institution:
Founded in 1918, Ball State is a residential state university in Muncie, Indiana, a midsized Midwestern city one hour northeast of Indianapolis. A doctoral research university (Research Higher), Ball State serves approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year in diverse academic programs, both on and off-campus. Ball State has a long history of service and collaboration, including immersive learning opportunities that allow students to apply classroom knowledge to solve real problems for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Muncie, Indiana, was listed among the “30 Best College Towns in America” in 24/7 Wall Street (2019).
• Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for 15 years.
• Ranked among the top 7 percent of universities worldwide in 2019-2020, according to the Center for World University Rankings.
• Named No. 1 in the country in College Magazine’s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities.”
• Listed among “Colleges Where Applications Are on the Rise” by 24/7 Wall St. in 2018. In an analysis of 600 institutions, Ball State was No. 34, with applications up almost 73 percent in five years.
• Received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
To see more rankings and recognitions, click here.
Respected organizations have repeatedly been impressed by Ball State’s academic programs, supportive environment, cutting-edge facilities and technology, investment in emerging media, and commitment to sustainability. Some highlights include:
• Ball State has built the largest ground-source geothermal system in the country. The system heats and cools buildings throughout the 790-acre campus, cutting the carbon footprint roughly in half and saving more than $2 million a year in energy costs.
• Ball State is among only 26 schools in the country to make “The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll” announced in 2018. Schools on this list received a perfect score of 99, covering such issues as academics, construction, food sources, and recycling. Ball State is also in the organization’s 2018 “Guide to 399 Green Colleges”.
• New construction at Ball State is designed to meet LEED silver certification or better by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
• The university, as a whole, earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), which takes into account, among other factors, social responsibility, and an institution’s overall environmental stewardship.
• Establish goals, objectives, and general direction for areas of responsibility. Participate in department staff meetings as a direct report to the AVP.
• Provide leadership and guidance to direct reports; lead efforts to train and develop each level of the staff.
• Direct and coordinate the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing development portions of all university construction projects. Create proposals for consulting services, interview, and make recommendations for hiring.
• Meet with university personnel to determine the scope of mechanical projects, perform comprehensive studies, and design development.
• Conduct studies of campus electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Prepare long and short-term recommendations for preventative maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation schedules for university facilities.
• Provide input for budget requests; include any supporting narrative required.
• Provide engineering design support for construction projects, including drawings specifications and other descriptive data for the development and remodeling of university facilities and infrastructure, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
• Review and consult regarding all environmental, architectural, and electrical portions of major projects prepared by the planning office and outside firms.
• Provide input on final inspections of all campus construction and remodeling projects as they relate to mechanical systems.
• Conduct inspections for compliance of campus buildings with OSHA, EPA, and code regulations.
• Prepare estimates for projects developed internally; coordinate these estimates with other departments as required.
• Maintain files, drawings, and specifications as they pertain to any new construction project, campus building, utilities, etc.
• Compile, correlate, and maintain energy consumption data for campus systems and structures; conduct audits and provide recommendations and economic justification for increasing energy efficiency.
• Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations regarding job description, postings, interviewing and selection, performance appraisal, and discipline.
• Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or related engineering field from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree preferred.
• At least eight (8) years of experience in engineering design with some supervisory experience included.
• Knowledge of mechanical and electrical design, structural and architectural principles.
• Knowledge of EPA/OSHA regulations, fire and safety codes, and building codes as required.
• Ability to complete professional quality construction drawings and specifications.
• Registered to practice in the state of Indiana or the ability to register through reciprocity.
• Ability to use CAD.
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by March 15, 2020, will be given first consideration. Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position. To apply online, go to https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su193.
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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If you have any questions about the University’s Affirmative Action efforts, please contact the Employee Relations and Affirmative Action Office at 765-285-1822.