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Assistant Director, M.E.P

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 2555

Title: Assistant Director, M.E.P

Department: Facilities Management

Essential Personnel: Y

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Facilities Management

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 16

Grade Min: $65,866

Grade Mid: $79,040

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of M.E.P will assist and manage all components of campus-wide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system operations, installation, renovations, optimizations, repairs, and replacements.


  • Coordinates, administers and evaluates operations and maintenance of all campus chiller plants, water and air-cooled chillers, cooling towers, direct expansion refrigeration units, water and steam boilers, pumps, valves, air handlers, air and water distribution, controls, and monitoring systems
  • Coordinates and evaluates operations and maintenance of all campus electrical transformers, switchgear, meters, bus-way distribution systems, panels, circuits, starters, drives, emergency generators, transfer switches, and controls and monitors the electrical distribution systems
  • Manages, reviews, and reconciles Contract Administration, Project Management scheduling, and payment of invoices upon completion of project management projects
  • Coordinates, administers, and evaluates operations, maintenance, and modernization of all campus elevator hoists, hydraulic, gear elevator systems, and structural enclosed shafts
  • Coordinates and evaluates the operations and maintenance of all campus Plumbing, domestic water systems, meters, storage tanks, pumping systems, water and sanitary distribution systems, devices, controls, and monitoring systems
  • Reviews, determines, coordinates, and collaborates with M.E.P. staff to oversee Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing in all campus Renovations and New Construction
  • Coordinates and evaluates the operations and maintenance of all campus fire alarm, detection, and notification systems and fire suppression wet and dry agent and detection systems

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • May supervise staff

Delegation of Work:

  • May assign, schedule and monitor the work of staff

Supervision Given:

  • Trains and counsels subordinate(s). Does not conduct performance evaluations, but opinion is considered when a supervisor is making hiring, promotion, and dismissal decisions.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Arts in Management, Marketing, Technology, Engineering, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of related job experience


  • Valid Driver's License
  • TDLR HVAC Texas Contractors Type "A" License or
  • City of Houston First Grade Stationary Engineers License or
  • TDLR Maintenance Electricians License or
  • State of Texas Master Plumbing License or
  • IFMA Certified Facility Manager or
  • APPA Certified Educational Facility Manager or
  • Texas Real Estate License

Preferred Qualifications

  • seven (7) years of Experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the operations of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and the related trends, issues, and accepted practices
  • Knowledge of contract administration processes
  • Knowledge of energy conservation strategies


  • Strong project management skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Ability to use multiple software systems
  • Ability to manage contractors and staff
  • Ability to apply critical thinking
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community, including representatives from both the public and private sector

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Work is performed in an inside and outside environment subject to a multiple of outside environments

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds
  • Work involves occasional exposure to unpleasant elements, such as adverse weather conditions, extreme temperatures, oils, dirt, dust, fumes, and airborne particles
  • Individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing, etc., and will be required to bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, jump, climb, and reach.
  • May, on rare occasions, be exposed to moving mechanical parts, hazardous traffic conditions, potentially hazardous or cancer-causing agents or chemicals, potentially hazardous bodily fluids, and the risk of electric shock
  • May, on rare occasions, be required to work in a confined space or a high, dangerous place.
  • May be exposed to vibration or loud noise
  • May occasionally be required to wear a respirator
  • Must have precise hand-eye coordination, good spatial awareness, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Work Leadership

  • Leads the work of assigned staff.
  • Assigns projects and tasks with clear instructions and understanding of work to be performed.
  • Mentors and guides by sharing expertise, knowledge of work rules and procedures, and best practices.
  • Follows up to ensure tasks and projects are completed within reasonable timeframes.

Decision Making

  • Demonstrates the ability to make informed decisions in a timely manner.
  • Assimilates and/or secures relevant information to assess the risks and benefits of alternatives.
  • Considers impact of decision in the long and short term.

Building External Relationships

  • Demonstrates the ability to build rapport and develop relationships with external constituents.
  • Displays a genuine interest in constituents' ideas and concerns, and pursues mutual interests and aspirations between the university and external constituents.
  • Builds trust and forms alliances through shared respect and cooperation.

Computer/Automated System Proficiency

  • Proficient in the use of university applications or automated systems to perform job duties.
  • Complies with related policies, procedures, and work rules to maintain system security and data integrity.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.