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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Q7003 / Assoc Dir,Utilities
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 16

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under limited supervision, manages and coordinates all aspects of the university's main campus and Health Sciences Center utilities operations, to include the Ford Utilities Center, the Co-generation Plant, refrigeration plants, water wells, and the potable water system. Oversees and coordinates the development, operation, maintenance, and/or modification of production units/utilities and distribution systems for the main and North campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Manages, coordinates, and oversees the safe and efficient operation of a series of high-pressure steam plants, ensuring compliance with ASME codes, National Board of Inspection codes, and appropriate Occupational Health and Safety standards.
  2. Selects, manages, and coordinates the activities of all technical, administrative, and support staff assigned to all phases of utilities operations; participates in the establishment and modification of staffing structures to support changing operational objectives and requirements.
  3. Oversees the operation and maintenance of the campus potable water system, ensuring compliance with the Safe Water Drinking Act.
  4. Develops and manages annual capital and/or operating budgets; oversees, monitors, and coordinates program budgets, as appropriate.
  5. Oversees, reviews, and coordinates all unit expenditure and fiscal control procedures, in accordance with established financial regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  6. Reviews on-going campus demands for utilities, and coordinates economic production of utilities to meet demands; makes recommendations and participates in the planning and establishment of new/enhanced utilities services.
  7. Authorizes and administers external contracts, ensuring that work is performed in compliance with contractual terms and with Federal and State laws and regulations.
  8. Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.
  9. Manages and coordinates decision-making in emergency situations affecting critical components of the university, such hospital components or the computer center.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of ASME and other industry gas and plumbing codes.
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial regulations, and university financial policies and procedures.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of relevant OSHA regulations, guidelines, and standards.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Knowledge of human resources concepts, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of utility plant engineering and operations.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Advanced knowledge of potable water systems, methods, laws, regulations, and standards.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Knowledge of general accounting principles.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • CPR Certified.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017