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Associate Director for Engineering and Commissioning
University of Illinois at Chicago

Company Description

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over $2.3 billion, is seeking an experienced professional to serve as the Associate Director for Engineering and Commissioning in the Non-Capital Projects, Engineering & Commissioning Section within the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management. UIC serves over 33,500 students comprising what is among the most diverse student bodies in the nation with 16 colleges, the University Library and over 16,000 faculty and staff. UIC enrolled a record number of students at its campus again this fall, continuing a six-year upward trend. UIC operates the state’s major public medical center and serves as the principal educator of Illinois’ physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health-care professionals. Visit UIC’s website (www.uic.edu) for more information.

The Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM) is responsible, in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, for guiding the development of UIC’s physical campus and its sustainability initiatives in support of the University’s mission. This includes coordinating development of the campus master plan, initiating space and capital planning projects, overseeing the design and construction of new facilities and major renovation projects, setting forth UIC’s sustainability goals, developing programs to achieve the UIC Climate Commitments, maintaining campus facility records, and managing over 14 million net assignable square feet of space in 191 buildings across over 250 acres.

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University of Illinois at Chicago

Associate Director for Engineering and Commissioning


Job Summary:

This position oversees the Engineering and Commissioning Section of the Non-Capital Projects, Engineering and Commissioning Unit.  The position will manage an in-house team of engineers and architects, and outside commissioning consultants, to provide technical design reviews of contracted design documents, commissioning of new projects, retro-commissioning of existing systems and technical support to other departments on the operation and maintenance of roofs, facades and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

Job Responsibilities (Essential Duties):

  • Provide leadership oversight and develop Total Building Commissioning (TBC) and retro-commissioning programs for UIC, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, exterior enclosure and other building systems; oversee the commissioning of building systems for major projects.
  • Manage technical design review program and implementation for all projects; provide technical review of design and construction documents prepared by external architects, engineers and other professional services consultants.
  • Provide full project management services for select projects, especially those within areas of specialized expertise; coordinate with requesting departments in identifying project requirements and develop scopes of work; oversee development of plans, estimates, specifications and construction documents; monitor ongoing work, provide final inspections of work.
  • Manage the development, updating and implementation of UIC’s comprehensive Building Standards; maintain a current list of approved building construction codes required to be followed for all projects at UIC.
  • Oversee the activities of contractors and vendors who provide construction services to UIC in the area of building automation systems.
  • Hire, supervise and train staff that provide program oversight of technical design and quality management functions in the area of engineering and commissioning services. 
  • Collaborate on the management of campus-wide systems and programs related to building automation, security, heating, ventilation, cooling, mechanical, electrical and plumbing control systems.
  • Develop policies and initiate programs to design, implement and manage engineering and commissioning programs that will ensure all UIC projects are developed and delivered with consideration given to efficiencies, technical design quality, code-compliance, adherence to campus standards, optimization of life-cycle costs and overall quality management.
  • Interpret building system deficiencies identified by Facilities Management, building assessment teams, project managers, or other stakeholders and translate the deficiencies into executable projects using established prioritization criteria.
  • Oversee the development of technical designs for simple projects.
  • Provide technical support to Facilities Management in the maintenance and operation of building systems.
  • Support UIC’s energy management programs, including energy conservation measures, energy audits and energy grant applications.
  • Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives. 
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Job Knowledge & Skills, Education, Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field required. 
  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in design and construction of complex building and infrastructure projects; experience with project planning, design, design review, construction and other facets of building design and building systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical building systems; good working knowledge of non-proprietary direct digital control systems; working knowledge of architectural, electrical and structural building systems; knowledge of all applicable City, State, National and International Codes.
  • Effective communication skills, data analytics.
  • Analyze data and think critically; lead and motivate diverse teams; multi-task and manage complex processes; organize and plan complex projects; coordinate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of institutional responsibility 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field; certificate of registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer preferred. 
  • Experience at in institution of higher education; heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems experience that includes health care and research laboratory settings; experience with energy conservation projects; experience with complex Building Automation Systems (BAS) and Tridium preferred. 

For fullest consideration, please send a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for up to three professional references by January 11, 2021 to: https://jobs.uic.edu  (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 137596).


The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois will conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899




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