Associate Director Plant Operations

California, United States
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 16 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Family: Facilities
Job Series: Facilities Services Manager
Job Code Title: Facilities Services Manager 3
Job Code: 4363
Grade: L
Exemption: Exempt

Land, Buildings & Real Estate (LBRE) is the operational core of Stanford University’s physical campus. LBRE plans, constructs and maintains the Stanford campus, as well as manages Stanford’s commercial lands.  Our work is founded upon the collective value of dedication, innovation, expertise, teamwork, and continuous improvement. We are committed to serving the university’s academic mission, as well as preserving and enhancing Stanford’s 8,180 acres, and pride ourselves on supporting the teaching and research of the university as “Caretakers of a Legacy."

LBRE is seeking a full-time Associate Director - Operations to oversee the operations of the Central Energy Facility (CEF), Process Steam Plant, Central Energy Hub and energy systems that make up the district energy system at Stanford University.  This position leads the operations group to ensure that organizational goals are met, operational excellence is achieved and maintained, and a healthy team culture is maintained that is consistent with Stanford University’s core values. The Associate Director reports to the Director, Energy Operations 


  • Team Management: Manages five Shift Supervisors and ten Energy System Technicians to operate in a safe, reliable and efficient manner. Ensures that the operations staff functions in a manner consistent with Energy Operations and Stanford University goals and policies. Develops and implements operating procedures and controls to ensure operational goals are achieved. Manages day-to-day operational schedule and strives to meet plant performance goals.  Keeps the energy operations organization informed and ensures good communications within the organization, along with cooperation with both external agencies and Stanford organizations. Participates in root cause analysis, forced event reporting and accident investigation.
  • Safety and Environment: Assures the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) is implemented, assures compliance with safety rules and regulations, and assures that safety is the number one priority for plant employees and contractors.  Maintains and administers all site safety procedures including LOTO, confined space entry and contractor safety. Creates an environment where employees exhibit safe work behaviors.  Assures plant operations are in full compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations.  
  • Training and Development:  Assures employee training and qualification program is implemented for safety, environmental, and personnel development to produce a workforce that is motivated, flexible, technically astute, and consistent with company culture and values.  Assures the development and effective utilization of employees through job assignments, training programs, and personal development plans.  Administer an effective job performance review program consistent with company guidelines. Interviews, hires, and trains plant employees.  Plans, assigns, and directs work.  Appraises employee performance, rewards and disciplines employees.  Addresses concerns and solves problems.
  • Reporting: Works with Maintenance and Engineering teams to ensure highest levels of system performance. Evaluates plant operations to identify and implement opportunities for safety, reliability, and efficiency improvements. Track and report on equipment and system reliability, availability and costs. 
  • Budget:  Assists in department budget development and ensures Operations Shop and Energy Systems budgets are tracked and perform as forecast. Develops operations budget plan, monitors costs and identifies reasons for, and mitigates, variances to plan.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering; or five to ten years power plant management experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Able to apply basic engineering principles and theory.
  • Prioritizes, plans, and recommends solutions for routine projects.
  • Effectively communicates both written and orally.
  • Approaches and plans work in an organized manner to meet project commitments.
  • Demonstrates good judgment when making decisions and recommendations.
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime to support plant operation and maintenance. (Occasional phone calls during off hours are to be expected.)


  • Experience with managing a team during the commissioning and startup of a combined cycle power plant.
  • Operations experience at a district energy system or power generation facility.
  • Experience with writing operations procedures.
  • PE registration


  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 - 10 ft.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4363
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 87211

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