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Dalhousie University
4.2 out of 5
Halifax, NS


Halifax, NS

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  • Employee assistance program
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Position Information

Position Title
Utilities Manager

Facilities Management


Posting Number

Employee Group

Position Type
Regular, On-Going

Duration of Contract (if applicable)

Employment Type
Full Time

Full-time Equivalency (FTE)

Commensurate with experience and qualifications


Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Job Design Unit in approximately six months.

About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our more than 20,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary
As a key department supporting the infrastructure of the University, the mission of Facilities Management is to provide the Dalhousie community with an inviting, safe and sustainable environment which supports and enhances an inspiring experience in learning, living, working and research. Reporting to the Trades Services Manager, the Utilities Manager is responsible for the administration, operation, maintenance and repair of the campus-wide utilities infrastructure. The incumbent will identify and coordinate energy efficiency best practices and develop plans to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by incorporating these practices through efficient facilities operations. The Utilities Manager will be responsible for management and operation of the campus building automation system, Metasys and the maintenance and operation of the campus Access Control System.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide leadership and direction to the campus on the management, maintenance, repair and renewal of the campus utility distribution infrastructure (electricity, steam, water, compressed air, HVAC and access control).
  • Manage the planning, operation, maintenance, and life cycle replacement of the Dalhousie enterprise building automation system (Metasys), campus access controls systems, and oversee and maintain the campus Energy Management Information System (EMIS) to ensure campus building systems are operating in an optimal and safe manner.
  • Responsible for ensuring direct reports and contractors working under their supervision employ safe work practices in every facet of the performance of their duties while working on campus.
  • Effectively determine Human Resource requirements and manage a team of 25+ unionized staff with various trades certificates, in matters related to hiring, training, development, discipline, and performance management in a manner that supports the fluctuating needs of the University and promotes a team environment to help ensure the University’s strategic priorities are met.

Due to operational requirements, the successful applicant is required to work in-person on campus.
Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.

Undergraduate degree in Engineering, or equivalent related technical training and experience, plus significant related facilities management leadership experience, with extensive knowledge of utility distribution and building automation systems. Proven leadership skills and proficiency in the management and supervision of unionized staff is essential. Must be able to prioritize and manage several concurrent activities. Ability to provide for effective staff training. Ability to read and interpret mechanical and electrical drawings and specifications. Good communication skills (oral and written) and computer skills, which, at a minimum, include word processing and spreadsheet applications and computerized maintenance and project management tools.

Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

  • Respect & Inclusion
  • Knowledge & Thinking Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Resource & Process Management
  • Accountability for Performance & Results

Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.

Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

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