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Chief Engineer (Administrator II) - Facilities Services

San Francisco State University
Job Location:
San Francisco, California
Facilities Management

Working Title

Chief Engineer

Administrator Level (for MPP positions only)

This position is an Administrator II in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting to the Executive Director of Facilities Operations.

SF StateUniversity

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Facilities Services

Appointment Type


Time Base

Full-time (1.0)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday; 7:00am - 3:30pm

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.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$9506.00 Per Month; $114,072.00 Annually

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the general guidance of the Executive Director of Facilities Operations, the Chief Engineer 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 Chief Engineer 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 (Mechanical: Steam, Heating-Hot Water, Chilled Water, Domestic Potable Hot Water, Compressed Air, Vacuum; Electrical: Multi-Voltage Electricity; Plumbing: Gas, Domestic Potable Cold Water, Deionized Water, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer) 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 Chief Engineer supports the mission of the following; San Francisco State University (University), the Administration & Finance (A&F) Cabinet, and the Facilities Services Division.

General Description of the Department/Organization

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 University's Estuary & Ocean Science Center along the shore of San Francisco Bay in Marin County
  • The University's Downtown Center on Market Street above the Westfield San Francisco Centre;
  • Other properties within or around San Francisco

Position Information

  • 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.
  • Manages the group's performance (organizational and individual), develops, trains, evaluates, motivates and corrects sub-standard performance of all building systems/utilities staff.
  • The Chief Engineer 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.
  • Supervises and oversees specialized teams, in support of Facilities Operations.
  • 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.
  • Maintain a service oriented culture within the group. Responsible for promoting and ensuring safety in the workforce.
  • The Manager is responsible for communicating in a manner that instills confidence in the FS organization across the campus. She/he and their staff must communicate job specific updates effectively with building occupants, FS staff, and senior management.
  • Leads a team that actively identifies communication opportunities in advance wherever possible, and reactively to emerging situations as they develop.
  • At the direction of the Executive Director-Facilities Operations the Chief Engineer plans, coordinates, and manages preventative maintenance programs for building and utility systems and equipment, analyzes and prioritizes maintenance needs, estimates cost, develops project budgets, determines whether work is to be done by in-house personnel or by contractor, and may manage the project within established budget parameters.
  • Participates in University/System-wide committees and work teams as directed or appropriate
  • Represents the Executive Director as directed or appropriate on University/community committees and work groups
  • Assists in the development, submission and on-going management of the Facilities Services division's annual and mid-year budgets, which include the complexity of utilizing blended general and trust funding/revenue sources and recharge income to support division operations
  • Promotes understanding and ensures compliance with Federal, State, and CSU, University and division policies, regulatory and statutory requirements. Advises and educates University employees, Facilities Services customers and stakeholders about compliance requirements, trends and industry best practices

Facilitating Change

  • Partners with Facilities Services Leadership in the development, execution and on-going review of strategic initiative identification, key performance indicators (KPI's), planning and development

Performs other duties as assigned

Embody the Core Competencies

  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Diversity and inclusion.

Minimum Qualifications


  • 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 Chief Engineer or Assistant Chief Engineer 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, proficiency and success:
  • In 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
  • In the use of appropriate project management skills and solutions to manage institutional business and administrative practices and initiatives
  • In the use of analytical, problem solving and conflict resolution strategies including demonstrated success of collaboratively, diplomatically and effectively working to resolve sensitive matters
  • In staff supervision and management
  • Ability to use computers and other communications tools for extended periods of time

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

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, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

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