Campus Energy Manager
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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Facilities Energy Services

About the Department

Facilities Services supports the mission of the University of Chicago through efforts to maintain and enhance the University campus and environment and provide superior client service to our community including faculty, students, staff, neighbors and visitors.

Job Summary

The job uses best practices and knowledge of professional engineering activities for facilities improvement projects (such as construction, remodeling, renovation, and maintenance of buildings and facilities) to infrastructure capital, including facilities, utilities, and equipment. Completes projects in compliance with sound engineering practices, University standards, and governmental codes and regulations.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Energy Services and Sustainability, the Campus Energy Manager is the principal individual responsible for the development and implementation of the University of Chicago's energy management program required to achieve the University's 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal by 2030. This individual analyzes and manages all energy use on campus, ensuring all energy systems operate at their optimal efficiency. Additionally, the Campus Energy Manager will manage the energy conservation team(s) to provide energy management services to achieve a 20% reduction in campus energy use intensity. The Campus Energy Manager will be a key player in promoting the achievement of the University of Chicago's energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.


  • Manage University of Chicago Energy Management Program (20%)
    • Develop, implement and manage the University's Energy Management Program that includes eliminating energy waste and improving energy efficiency per the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan FY2023 - FY2030
    • Develop and ensure the regular tracking of appropriate information using the energy management information system to support necessary reporting and continuous improvement to the energy management program
    • Develop systems and processes to support energy conservation efforts by measuring pre and post project energy consumption, M&V
    • Collaborate with other Facilities Services Units on energy conservation initiatives and energy management issues
    • Monitor federal, state, and local utilities incentive programs and apply those programs at the University if deemed cost effective.
    • Monitor the University's energy usage through benchmarking and utility analysis
    • Manage the University's ENERGY STAR┬« partnership and commitment to the DOE's Better Climate Challenge.
    • Manage the University's compliance with the City of Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.
    • Collaboratively develop preventative maintenance based existing building commissioning program (PM+Cx)
    • Develop project planning sheet and progress tracking. Provide monthly reporting on the energy program.
    • Develop energy program goals for each FY consistent with the 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan.
    • Develop a SmartLabs program and support the SmartLabs coordinator residing within the Office of Research Safety to maintain laboratory safety and minimize the carbon footprint of laboratory buildings on campus.
  • Implement Continuous Commissioning and Deep Energy Retrofit Projects (80%)
    • Lead the development of projects and practices necessary to reduce campus energy use intensity by 20% by 2030.
    • Implement retro-commissioning and continuous commissioning in selected buildings to reduce energy and cost consumption and improve occupant comfort
    • Identify and implement in-scope preventative maintenance
    • Identify and resolve in-scope deferred maintenance
    • Energy Projects - identify and implement capital energy projects as identified in the 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan in the areas of:
      • Laboratory energy retrofits
      • Campus-wide LED lighting retrofits
      • Air handling unit retrofits
      • HVAC controls upgrades
      • Chilled water and steam plant optimization
      • Building weatherization
      • Compressed air optimization
      • Plug load management
      • Renewable energy
    • Energy Projects - perform necessary reporting and M&V
    • Provide technical expertise to Facilities Services in identifying and ultimate implementation of operational performance improvements. Work with a team of in-house engineers, mechanics, controls technicians, etc. to retro-commission various HVAC, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and controls systems.
    • Oversee all aspects of energy projects from initial identification and study through construction completion and closeout. Work with and manage a team of design consultants, cost estimators, architects, commissioning authorities, contractors, etc.
  • Provides professional energy engineering support in development and implementation of capital improvement projects, such as construction, remodeling, renovation, and maintenance of buildings and facilities.
  • Researches, designs, develops, tests, evaluates, and installs structures, systems, equipment, and/or components. Analyzes and develops solutions to technical problems and conducts tests to maintain quality. Performs development activities including drawing board layout and interpretation and implementation of project specifications and documentation requirements.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Energy Management.

  • Seven years relevant experience in facilities management, energy management, or equivalent field.
  • Experience in analyzing building and system energy consumption patterns to identify energy conservation and efficiency improvement opportunities, appropriate technology applications and likely project cost and energy saving forecasts.
  • Experience in a customer-oriented environment.
  • Hands-on experience with and knowledge of computerized building automation, lighting controls and energy management systems.
  • Working in an institution of higher education.
  • Experience resolving building issues utilizing root cause analysis/building forensics.

Licenses and Certifications:
  • Current certification as Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Professional Engineer (PE).

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, and Microsoft Project.
  • Understand complex interrelationships between multiple electrical, mechanical and controls based systems.
  • Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail in a fast paced environment of changing priorities.
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and exert informal authority.
  • Skill to effectively communicate orally, in writing and electronically.

Preferred Competencies
  • Lead Performance & Flawless Execution.
  • Exhibit Business Acumen & Organizational Astuteness.
  • Ensure Decision Quality, Accountability, & Drive Results.
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration.

Working Conditions
  • Ability to move around campus to inspect buildings & equipment; ability to review architectural/engineering plans and specifications.
  • Keyboarding; bending; stooping to reach files; light lifting; standing.
  • Periodic work in research spaces, mechanical equipment rooms, crawl spaces, areas where there are odors from maintenance products, areas with restricted access and noise, and materials containing asbestos.

Application Documents
  • Resume (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • List of references (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Facilities Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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