Director of Energy Systems

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Facilities and Services Department seeks a unique and talented individual to serve as Director of Energy Systems.  This individual will serve as a strategic partner to provide forward-looking and transformational guidance, embracing a culture where facilities and services are aligned to support the University’s land-grant mission.

This position will work with a diverse set of stakeholders across campus; ensuring projects meet the intended programs and provide safe and comfortable facilities for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to SDSU. This is a 12-month, full-time position, offering great benefits and a generous leave package. Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The Director of Energy Systems will lead and direct the development of an internal team supporting the areas of HVAC, central utilities, energy conservation, engineering, and sustainability. The position will manage campus resources to ensure the continuous delivery of reliable and efficient heating, cooling, ventilation, and automated building control systems within the University. Energy Systems is responsible for the delivery of quality, cost-effective and reliable services including the generation and distribution of central steam and chilled water utilities, as well as for quality maintenance and continuous operations of these systems. The Director is also involved with campus projects to provide planning, design, and construction oversight to designers and contractors.  Energy conservation and sustainability are also areas under the leadership of the Director of Energy Systems.  This individual will collaborate with the leadership team of Facilities and Services to develop objectives, policies and procedures and to formalize and implement the vision of SDSU, with an emphasis on high quality, cost-effective services. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field, completed by start date;
  • At least eight years of related experience in mechanical engineering, energy systems, HVAC, project management, commissioning, or other related field; 
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Computer experience including Autodesk, Microsoft E-mail, Word, and Excel;
  • Demonstrated effective customer service skills;
  • Organized, detailed, and results oriented;
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire; and
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and make good decisions based on the best interests of the campus community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering, completed by start date;
  • Licensed professional engineer;
  • Experience working with university facilities or in facilities management;
  • Experience in managing or operating central utility generation;
  • Experience with HVAC design, operation, and maintenance;
  • Experience with building automated controls;
  • Knowledge of or experience with energy conservation practices;
  • Knowledge of or experience with sustainability; and
  • Master’s degree in architecture, engineering or related field.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, as well as sites across South Dakota.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by March 21, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.”  This system will guide you through the electronic application form. Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.  Please see full ad for more information and contact name and number for questions.

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