Utilities Operations Manager

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  • Job Number:521795
  • Classification:Facilities Services-Maintenance, Operations & Utilities Supervisor 6
  • Grade:Grade 83
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Facilities Services
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Administrative/Personnel, Facilities/Skilled Trades

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Facilities Services Division of Utilities seeks applicants for the position of Utilities Operations Manager.


10Coordinates unit load scheduling, testing, status, outage plans and acts as primary interface with Commercial Operations for reporting unit status and capabilitiesEssential
10Develops, implements and revises operational policies and procedures to improve plant performance and ensure consistent operations between crews., Assists in coordinates emergency response efforts (i.e. winter and summer readiness, freeze protection, integrated contingency plan, spill response plan, etc.)Essential
10Ensures proper training is being provided to Plant Operator. Provides regular feedback to employees on their performance to allow them to capitalize on their strength and focus on opportunities for improvementEssential
10Leads Plant Operations in alignment with Safety, Environmental and other UAF policies. Actively supports and emphasizes importance of safety and environmental programs and ensures regulatory compliance. Ensures regulatory compliance, including Title V air permit, etc. Maintains communications with other areas of UAF including Safety, Environmental, Human Resources, and UAF Administrative Teams to coordinate activities and facilitate process improvement initiatives. Recognizes problems and is proactive in helping to resolve themEssential
10Monitors plant and unit performance, conducts root cause analysis, and leads investigations to develop and implement corrective actionsEssential
10Performs field inspections of job sites and work or operational evolutions in progressEssential
10Sets maintenance priorities and schedules maintenance for the plant in conjunction with the Utilities Maintenance Manager.Essential
15Responsible for all plant equipment and fuel handling operationsEssential
5Able to fulfill the responsibilities of the Director of Utilities position in their absenceEssential
5Administers and participates in the resolution of labor agreements and labor issuesEssential
5Provides leadership in the lock out/tag out program in order to promote safe operations and maintenanceEssential

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Knowledge of power plant systems and operations, and comprehensive knowledge in the area of responsibility
• Knowledge of Circulating Fluidized Bed boiler operation
• Demonstrated effective leadership and personnel management skills
• Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a team environment
• Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) at all levels of UAF
• Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional working relationship with all individuals
• Strong organizational skills and capability of handling multiple projects simultaneously
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong analytical skills
• Strong strategic business sense and industry knowledge/experience.
• Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to direct a complex unit involving multiple operations, projects and programs, and critical systems and functions.
• Ability to understand and execute written and oral instructions and relay those instructions to the work leaders and other subordinate staff.
• Ability to work under pressure - calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
• Ability to communicate effectively with management team, shift supervisors and plant personnel.
• Experience and/or ability to lead people either directly or indirectly.
• Unfailingly high ethical standards and strict adherence to sound purchasing practices.
• Extensive experience with a variety of equipment and parts to include air compressors, boilers, centrifuges, cooling towers, drying equipment, electrical components and instrumentation, material handling equipment, pneumatics, pumps, valves, and electrical systems.
• Promotes productivity and teamwork in Operations with open communication, timely decision making, and use of personal leadership skills to set high standards of performance while providing the direction necessary to achieve that performance.
• Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
• Expert planning, problem solving, and decision making abilities.
• Ability to foster a safe, professional, productive and effective work environment.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service to stakeholders, campus users and Facilities Services staff, correcting issues and interacting with difficult individuals in a productive and professional manner.
• Thorough knowledge of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and University policies and procedures governing supervisor/employee interactions.
• Knowledge of environmental and safety laws, regulations and permits, and power generation laws, regulations and permits.

Working Conditions:
• Normal power plant and office environment
• Work overtime and non-standard working hours as required
• Requires occasional travel
• Required to work around rotating and energized equipment

Physical Requirements:
• Requires standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, twisting, climbing stairs and ladders, and entering plant equipment to access, inspect, or collect data on plant equipment.
• Routinely requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, etc.).
• May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.
• Requires operation of a personal computer.
• Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities.

Typical Experience:

Extensive knowledge and a combined ten years progressively responsible supervisory and work experience in power plants including operations, a manufacturing, oil & gas, or chemical industry environment.

Experience leading/supervising employees, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Required Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree and/or Journeyman level certification in relevant field and ten years progressively responsible supervisory and work experience in a relevant trade, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Possess a First Class Boilers License or have the ability to obtain within 12 months of hire. A valid Alaska Driver's license is required.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position with a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 83, based on education and experience.

Salary is negotiable upon conditional job offer.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on October 5, 2022, and application review will continue until the position is filled.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.



Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:  http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Public Disclosure Statement

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

Affirmative Action Statement

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:  www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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