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Chief Engineer

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  • 05/15/19
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 94132
  • 100,000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
San Francisco State is part of the CSU system, the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, and potential Housing opportunities all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employees.

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Under the general guidance of the Executive Director of Facilities Operations, the Facilities Manager provides leadership and direction in the maintenance, repair and operations of campus buildings and develops strategic plans to further improve the effectiveness of the Building Maintenance & Operations Department. The Facilities Manager has direct oversight of staff in the following areas: HVAC (Mechanical), Electrical and Plumbing maintenance and repair trades; Vehicle (fleet) maintenance and repair management & trades; Preventive Maintenance (PM) management & trades; Fire/Life Safety management; and Energy management. Manages the delivery of utilities to campus buildings. Provides direction on utilities planning, budgets, and distribution changes. Provides information on utilities system capacity, loads, and routes to expand in order to meet campus growth. Initiates work scopes for replacement, upgrading, or expansion of plant, utility distribution systems and building systems to maintain service reliability and meet planned growth needs. This position will also liaise with representatives in University Enterprises in regards to Campus Planning, Capital Projects and Sustainability. The Facilities Manager supports the mission of the following; San Francisco State University (University), the Administration & Finance (A&F) Cabinet, and the Facilities Services Division.


The Facilities Services (FS) Division works within the Administration & Finance Cabinet and consists of four main functional areas: Facilities Operations (Campus & Housing), Central Support Services, Grounds and Custodial Operations. FS maintains and manages all facilities, utilities, grounds and property owned, leased or controlled by the University, in support of strategic plans and initiatives, in a manner ensuring that facilities, grounds and operations are appropriately and safely maintained, managed and operated.

The division is a complex organization consisting of:

4.4 million gross square feet

144 acres of land at the main campus in southwest San Francisco

43 acres of land at the Universitys Estuary & Ocean Science Center along the shore of San Francisco Bay in Marin County

The Universitys Downtown Center on Market Street above the Westfield San Francisco Centre;

Other properties within or around San Francisco



B.S. in Engineering and 5-8 years experience in facilities management and central utility plant operation & maintenance in a complex campus environment (or other related institutional or industrial field) OR an equivalent combination of education and experience with a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible and successful leadership and management experience as Facilities Manager or Assistant Facilities Manager or equal position involved in the supervision, work planning, and training of staff (preferably unionized).

In-depth knowledge of central and distributed utility plant operations, , 120/208V / 277/480V electrical design/operation/maintenance, stand-by electrical generators, building automation systems, control logic and operating protocols, HVAC, plumbing/water distribution/sewage systems, 12KV electrical power distribution, and fire alarm systems

Knowledge of energy conservation practices and sustainability initiatives.

Experience managing a 24/7/365 operation in a union environment; experience supervising the work of journey level personnel, construction contractors and repair technicians.

Sound judgment and problem resolution ability as demonstrated by a past record of solving facilities related challenges.

Ability to read drawings, understand code compliance and work with State code enforcement officials.

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing with customers, department administrators, and staff at all levels including non-University personnel.

Ability to manage multi-site systems operations and set up systems, records, and protocols to ensure equity at all facilities sites

Ability to work with minimal supervision and handle multiple projects simultaneously

Ability to use computers and other communications tools for extended periods of time

Demonstrated knowledge, experience, proficiency and success:

oIn the use of interpersonal communication skills, reporting and other strategies to effectively inspire, influence and lead others and to achieve and maintain exceptionally high rates of customer and personnel satisfaction

oIn the use of appropriate project management skills and solutions to manage institutional business and administrative practices and initiatives

oIn the use of analytical, problem solving and conflict resolution strategies including demonstrated success of collaboratively, diplomatically and effectively working to resolve sensitive matters

oIn staff supervision and management


Experience with 12KV electrical power distribution systems.

Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects; Knowledge of public contracting and fire/life safety regulations. 5 years or more of progressive, demonstrated experience and success in a higher education or other governmental/institutional environment.

Experience with CSU system-wide policies and procedures regarding: financial, contractual, administrative, construction, environmental health & safety, fire safety, space utilization, facilities management procedures, rules and practices


This position works in an industrial environment with exposure to noise, heat, moving equipment and machinery, chemicals, and potentially hazardous materials.

Requires the ability to enter into cramped spaces, climb ladders and access difficult and awkward spaces.

Requires ability to promptly respond around-the-clock to campus emergencies and urgencies, as appropriate to the need, 24 hours/day / 7 days/week. Ability to work variable nights, weekends and/or holidays, on-campus or off-site, depending upon work conditions and demands.

The incumbent is required to carry and respond to a university issued cell phone at all times.

Requires a valid California drivers license.


Leads, manages and supervises staff and contracts to achieve and excel in the performance of work assignments and in the identification, development and execution of strategic initiatives in support of department, division and University strategic plans and goals.

Manages, directs, and supervises engineering, maintenance and 24-hour operation of functions consisting of Central Utility Plant operation, building systems and controls of campus facilities and utilities infrastructure including electrical distribution systems, emergency power generation, Hydronic heating, domestic water distribution systems, campus sewage and drainage systems.

Motivates and corrects sub-standard performance of all building systems/utilities staff.

The Facilities Manager assists in hiring, training, developing, disciplining, and rewarding staff. She/he must maintain a well-trained team in order to meet customer service and mission goals.

Foster and promote the Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University. Promote, ensure and enforce Facilities Services application of appropriate industry professional responsibilities and ethical standards.

For a full description of Essential Functions please see the SFSU website under Chief Engineer.

To be considered for this role. Please provide a cover letter and resume along with your application documents.

SF State is Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity.

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