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Associate Director of Engineering

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Oxford, Ohio
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 16-1007-12

Helbling is representing Miami University in conducting an executive search to secure an Associate Director of Engineering (AD). This role reports to the Director of Planning Architecture & Engineering, and partners with project management teams comprised of architects, engineers, business administration, and construction administrators to effectively contribute university engineering oversight as needed throughout the duration of projects. The position requires coordination with various departments and committees, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, other state agencies, associate architects, consulting engineers, and construction firms.  

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, OH. With a student body of nearly 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide-range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. The main campus in Oxford, OH (35 miles north of Cincinnati) encompasses 2,138 acres and includes 188 buildings. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Supports Divisional LEAN continuous improvement efforts, sustainability initiatives, customer service philosophy, and productivity expectations with a focus on effective, efficient engineering solutions for the University.
  • Assists the Director of Planning Architecture and Engineering with coordination of relevant engineering administration activities for the Division.  This includes scheduling of projects, managing budgets, and assigning projects; maintaining the PFD Design and Construction Guidelines and the PFD Project Manager’s Manual.
  • Manages the engineering project managers, engineering construction administrators, and interns. Oversees their professional development with regard to increasing their value and contributions to the University as well as identifying operational efficiency criteria.  Coordinates assignments based on the needs of Departmental personnel and schedules for project completion.
  • Works as liaison to maintenance shops offering technical support and review of MEP operations and best practices.  
  • Overall project management responsibilities for assigned projects of various sizes and types from programming, to schematic design, through to project closeout and warranty period.  This includes: budget and scheduling oversight; preparation of all necessary drawing and specification documents either directly, by in-house staff or private consulting Architects and Engineers; coordination of meetings with project committee members and various other University department representatives; review of documents for compliance with University standards and general coordination between disciplines; bids analysis; representation for the university during construction administration; and coordination of project close-out; all as outlined in PFD’s Project Manager’s Manual.
  • Assists in the review of construction documents prepared by others, in particular assisting project oversight and compliance with Engineering Construction standards and Utility Master Plan coordination and related master planning efforts to support university infrastructure and systems.
  • Prepares project status reports and prepares or oversees the preparation of various presentation materials, graphs, charts, schedules, and forms, necessary to provide current and accurate data about project status to the administration and our customers to keep them informed.  Also coordinates the collection of project data for charting and analyses with respect to predetermined Key Indicators for Divisional and Departmental Strategic Planning Objectives.
  • Provides information and assistance to support the ongoing development of a computer based record system for collecting and storing building data.  Assists in updating and maintaining existing building drawings, utility masters, campus maps, Design and Construction Guidelines manual, Project Manager’s manual and building plat drawings using CAD and other computer system applications.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of Planning and Construction Goals and Objectives, and develops and pursues personal goals and objectives that are in alignment with and supportive of divisional goals.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (most preferably Mechanical Engineering) or related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of engineering management experience.  
  • Professional Registration as an engineer in the State of Ohio is preferred.  
  • Thorough knowledge of the Capital Planning process, as administered by the State of Ohio, is desirable.  
  • Broad understanding of all related architectural/engineering disciplines, and the ability to organize, prioritize, perform under pressure in both public and internal capacities is paramount.  

Search Consultant: Rick Nawoczynski

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