Area Chief Engineer
Government Properties Income Trust - Chicago, IL

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The Chicago Area Chief is responsible for the overall management and operation of the mechanical, life/safety, electrical, plumbing, elevators and building envelope and for the supervision of all engineers and other on-site mechanical and maintenance staff for Metro Chicago portfolio, which consist of 15 assets totaling over 5 million square feet. Reporting to the Regional Vice President or Area Manager with technical oversight from the Manager of National Engineering & Facility Operations, the Area Chief strategically and tactically manages issues that include indoor air quality regulations, building codes, energy management technology, staffing and for operations pertaining to the acquisition of new properties within the area. The Area Chief Engineer must exhibit outstanding client service and professionalism in all interactions with tenants and RMR staff. Teamwork and collaboration are critical to this position’s success.



Responsible for the overall management of the mechanical, life/safety, electrical and plumbing operations for the area’s commercial buildings and for the start-up of operations for new acquisitions in the area.
Responsible for the supervision of all Chief Engineers, Building Engineers and other on-site mechanical and maintenance staff.
Manage the flow and schedule of maintenance and repair projects.
Collaborate with the Regional Vice President or Area Manager in developing and managing projects, such as upgrading mechanical systems and tenant improvements.


Under the direction of the Manager of National Engineering & Facility Operations, establish and coordinate the implementation of new building systems technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of operations throughout the portfolio.
Develop, implement and improve procedures related to preventative maintenance, energy management and indoor air quality.
Create and conduct staff development programs for engineering and operations personnel.
Participate in market development, due diligence and proposal preparation for new management business.

General and Administrative

Train, supervise and conduct performance reviews for Chief Engineers and other on-site mechanical and maintenance staff.
Oversee the coordination of all technical service providers, including bidding contracts and the monitoring of quality control.

Financial Reporting

Assist the Regional Vice President or Area Director with preparing monthly reports and operating and capital budgets for the properties.

Tenant Improvement Work:
Assist Regional Vice President or Area Manager with the development of standards and procedures for the management of tenant construction and improvements in accordance with building rules, regulations and practices.
Assist Regional Vice President or Area Manager in the development of an Asbestos O&M manual.
Review tenant construction drawings to ensure all building design requirements are met.

Operations and Tenant Services:
Monitor staff efforts in the quality and timeliness of completing tenant work requests.
Conduct meetings with tenants regarding any concerns related to the building's mechanical systems, indoor air quality or other issues as required.
Oversee Chief Engineers and Building Engineers in the implementation of a comprehensive life safety program, including tenant fire drills, system testing and regulatory compliance.
Analyze energy usage and demand information and implement operating strategies to reduce costs.


Minimum of 12 years of direct experience in the management of mechanical, electrical and plumbing operations for commercial office buildings
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience
Experience managing, coaching and training building engineering staff
Experience implementing companywide policies and procedures relating to the mechanical operations, safety, code compliance and technology utilization
A proven track record of monitoring and implementing energy conservation measures in a wide variety of commercial properties
Experience with proactively managing indoor air quality issues including water leaks and floods
Familiarity with the USGBC and LEED certification requirements and with Energy Star ratings and labeling requirements
Experience handling building emergencies such as floods, power outages, inclement weather, earthquakes and bomb threats
Experience with OSHA, EPA and other regulatory agency requirements including asbestos O&M plans and NESHAPS renovation requirements
Experience with the opening, staffing and commissioning of newly acquired buildings
Project management experience related to the upgrade and/or replacement of major building systems and tenant construction improvements
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
Must be team oriented and a problem solver.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint is required

Company Overview

Founded in 1986, Reit Management & Research LLC (RMR) is a privately held asset management company that manages one of the largest portfolios of publicly owned real estate in the United States with approximately $21.5 billion of assets under management, including more than 1,650 properties located in the 46 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Ontario, Canada. RMR has approximately 790 employees in its headquarters and regional offices located throughout the country. RMR manages CommonWealth REIT (NYSE: CWH), an office and industrial real estate investment trust, or REIT; Hospitality Properties Trust (NYSE: HPT), a hospitality REIT; Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH), a healthcare REIT; a government property focused REIT, Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV); and Select Income REIT (NYSE: SIR), a REIT that focuses on net leased, single tenant properties; and also provides management and administrative services to two publicly traded real estate based operating companies: Five Star Quality Care, Inc (NYSE Amex: FVE) and TravelCenters of America LLC (NYSE Amex: TA). An affiliate of RMR, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, is one of HPT's hotel managers; and another affiliate of RMR, RMR Advisors, Inc. is the investment manager of a publicly owned mutual fund, which principally invests in securities of unaffiliated real estate companies.