Senior Engineering Supervisor

Madison, Wisconsin

Posted: 1/26/21
Deadline: 2/7/21

About This Organization

The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country and employs more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System’s combined enrollment headcount exceeds 170,000, and the System confers more than 36,000 degrees each year. The UW System is comprised of 13 four-year universities with 13 two-year branch campuses affiliated with seven of the four-year institutions. Two of the universities (UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee) are doctoral degree-granting institutions and 11 are master’s degree-granting comprehensive institutions. The UW System is governed by a single Board of Regents comprised of 18 members. The UW System head is the President of the System. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

The Office of Capital Planning and Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program.

Job Duties

This is an advanced technical, management, and supervisory position responsible for assisting in the development and protection of the more than 60 million gross square foot and $10 billion replacement value of University of Wisconsin System facility infrastructure and reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Budget. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of state laws and university policies. This position serves a dual role, providing technical expertise in the mechanical and/or electrical engineering discipline(s) as well as serving as a supervisor for the engineering positions within the Office of Capital Planning and Budget.

As a supervisor, this position guides, trains, and/or supervises engineering employees on assigned projects; resolves routine personnel issues; creates and delivers capital budget and project progress/status reports; and develops and reviews plans, specifications, cost estimates, and requests for all proposed and pending construction and renovation capital projects to ensure efficient completion. As a technical expert in one or more facility engineering disciplines, this position has responsibility for leadership in all of those aspects for multiple institution and campus master, long-range, and biennial facilities planning; and assists in the development of facility engineering related policies and standards for the University of Wisconsin System. This includes active involvement in planning, identification, and evaluation of alternative concepts and problem solving; cost estimates; and programming for a wide variety of mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering issues and projects. It involves representing the University System during project development and approval, architect/engineer/planner consultant selection, facility design, and providing general engineering consulting and technical assistance to all university system institutions. There is direct participation in developing the more than $750 million biennial capital budget and agenda materials for Board of Regent and State Building Commission meetings.

By providing strategic and technical planning direction to System executives and other individuals of authority, this position has significant influence in determining the quality and quantity of facilities supporting the academic mission of each institution. This position has authority to settle disputes in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering issues within the university system.

As a lead representative of the University of Wisconsin System, this position requires excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively work with state and system executives, assistant chancellors, deans, campus planners, campus physical plant directors and support staff, and private consultants.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

Registration as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
Bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering or a related field.
At least five years of professional experience that demonstrates a solid knowledge of engineering planning, design and technical issues.
At least five years progressively responsible experience in physical facilities design and construction in a complex organization.
Knowledge and skill in long-range utility and engineering systems planning, budgeting, and practices.
Knowledge of engineering terminology and concepts.
Knowledge of facilities operations.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Extensive experience in leadership, supervision, and management, including the ability to coach, mentor, engage, and direct the work of individuals and teams.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, including the ability to negotiate and solve complex problems involving multiple constituencies.
Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, CADD, and other common computer tools.
Ability to travel up to 50 percent time.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in public sector or large-scale multi-campus settings of engineering systems planning, design and construction.
Experience working at a university institution.

Other Info

Conditions of Employment

This position is a full-time, salaried (exempt) Limited Appointment position. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within a range of $97,624 to $152,351, commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications. UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UWSA comprehensive benefit package, please access ALEX, the UW System’s on-line virtual benefits counselor. In addition to ALEX, you can read our benefit summary guide: Summary – Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees. Furthermore, the UW System Total Compensation Estimator is a tool designed to provide you with total compensation information.

Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Senior Human Resources Manager; UW System Human Resources; at or at (608) 263-0847.

Required Application Materials

Follow the onscreen instructions; be sure to upload ALL THREE of the required documents: resume, cover letter, and references as PDF files.