Assistant Director Energy & Sustainability - OFMD

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
location1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
PublishedPublished: 2/3/2024
Laboratory and Research
Full Time

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

The Washington University School of Medicine Operations & Facilities Management Department provides a range of services for the medical campus in a customer-focused, efficient, and sustainable manner.

Operations & Facilities Management maintains 61 university buildings and provides operational, planning, and construction services to over 8.3 million gross square feet of space. We will open three new facilities between 2023 and 2025 with over 1.5M BGSF. In addition, the School of Medicine continues expanding its reach on and off campus in teaching, clinical care, and research. Our team plays a vital and important role in delivering care, research, and education.

Responsible for the areas of energy management, & physical sustainability planning for facilities, including 62 buildings with 9.1 million building gross square feet focused on education, research, and clinical services delivery at Washington University School of Medicine. The Assistant Director will plan, manage, and be responsible for a $22m utility budget, focusing on energy reduction and sourcing energy, concentrating on cost and carbon reduction. The Assistant Director will serve as the organization's subject matter expert for energy and sustainability, partnering with internal and external leaders to establish programs that reduce overall consumption and improve the physical environment for our faculty, staff, and students.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads our energy management program, focusing on reducing consumption, carbon footprint, and expenses. Manages the budgeting and procurement program, ensuring that we effectively procure and budget for energy and utility expenses annually, reports on significant variances, and maintains a procurement strategy that matches the organization's risk profile.
  • Directs/oversees the energy conservation program, including the energy database tracking of EUIs, building systems energy degradation, building retro-commissioning, and building energy. The annual campus utilities budget is $22.1m.
  • Serves as the organization's subject matter expert for sustainability. Establishes programs and systems to measure, monitor, manage, and minimize the organization's environmental impact, contributing to more sustainable operations. Responsible for staying current with design and sustainability trends and representing the school in operational and construction/design sustainability.
  • Acts as a critical leader in the Operations and Facilities Management Department's leadership team and partners with OFMD, WUSM departments, the Office of Sustainability, and our medical center leadership.
  • Develops and implements regular sustainability reports promoting the successes and progress toward our strategic sustainability goals. The focus of this reporting will be on measurable and reportable impacts within the school, along with the community and global benefits generated from the program; this will be an integral component of our overall campus reporting program.
  • Assists the Senior Director of Capital Projects, Campus Engineer, and Director of Facilities Engineering with design review of all renovations and new construction and provides support, oversight, and policy direction of MEPFP design standards development and upkeep and MEPFP document management.
  • Assists the Director of Facilities Engineering and Campus Engineer in planning the physical plant's overall renewal program.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in business administration and/or sustainability would be a plus.
  • Experience in infrastructure, utility planning, and critical facilities (ABSL3, BSL3, Clean Rooms, etc.).
  • Proven track record of long-range planning in facilities and utilities, sustainability, and energy management.
  • Experience in developing and utilizing performance indicators for process assessments and improvement.
  • Ability to identify and analyze ineffective complex processes and develop recommendations to create streamlined logical processes; an influential team leader, team-oriented, with outstanding interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple institutions and coming to working conclusions.
  • IFMA Facilities Management Professional (FMP) designation.
  • Knowledge of City of St. Louis building, energy, and zoning codes.
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.
  • Exceptional integrity, intelligence, and maturity.  Must be well-rounded in a complex organizational environment and be comfortable operating in a university or academic medical center setting.
  • A proven track record of creative and energetic problem-solving and demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative approaches to facility management issues/initiatives.
  • A strong leader, team-oriented, comfortable making difficult decisions, following through to completion, and applying sound fiscal policy and accountability to the department.
  • Effective work in both individual and team environments.
  • Knowledge of industry-standard computer software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, BAS, or similar energy management systems, AutoCAD, and Estimating/Project Management software such as PMWeb.
  • Makes continuous improvement a priority, has a solid grasp of basic and advanced project management principles, and has experience in successfully applying these principles.
  • Understands the business need for each project and makes ongoing decisions based on what's best for the organization, even if it means challenging stakeholders on critical success factors.
  • Well-versed in the full spectrum of project management and MEPFP facilities planning.
  • Strong desire for/thrive on continuous professional betterment and development and continuous improvement of project delivery services.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or a relative degree with five years of experience in higher education facilities, research laboratories, plant management, or environment with similar complexities.



Salary Range

$94,100.00 - $165,600.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

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