The Universities of Wisconsin, a premier system of public higher education, educates approximately 161,000 students each year and employs 40,000 faculty and staff statewide. With 13 universities across 26 campuses and a statewide extension network with offices in every county, the UW System is a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. The UW System and its employees are purpose-driven, people-focused, and committed to stewardship.

The Office of Capital Planning and Budget provides support to the Board of Regents, the 13 institutions of UW System and, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. The office offers institutional partners guidance and expertise in capital planning, budgeting, administration of the UW Managed design and construction program, architectural/engineering assistance as well as real estate services to support the institutions in developing and maintaining their biggest single physical investment – university facilities.

The office also develops the Board of Regents biennial capital budget request and submits it to the state’s Department of Administration for its recommendation as part of the governor’s biennial state building program.

This is an advanced technical and management position responsible for assisting in the development and protection of the over 65 million gross square foot valued at over $10 billion of the University of Wisconsin System facility infrastructure, and reports to the Director of Engineering. This position is an essential part of a team of professionals that work with a high degree of independence within the framework of state laws and university policies.

This position has responsibility for leadership in electrical engineering aspects of master, long-range and biennial facilities planning, and assists in developing engineering and energy related policies and standards for the University of Wisconsin System.  Included are activities in planning, identification and evaluation of alternative concepts and problem solving, cost estimates for a wide variety of facility power supply and distribution, energy management, energy conservation, code compliance, lighting, fire alarm, security and telecommunication issues and projects, and project programming.   It involves representing the university system during project design and providing general engineering consulting and technical assistance to all university system institutions.   There is direct participation in developing the biennial capital budget and agenda materials for monthly Board of Regent and State Building Commission meetings.

By providing strategic and technical planning direction to System executives and other individuals of authority, this position has significant influence in determining the quality and quantity of facilities supporting the academic mission of each institution. This position has authority to settle disputes in electrical engineering and related issues within the university system.


  • Biennial capital budget development and implementation, to include providing technical support and services to develop, assist and evaluate project requests to be included in the budget.
  • Electrical systems and energy management technical support, to include providing technical Support to campuses, office staff and UW management; problem solving and troubleshooting as needed during all phases of project.
  • Long range technical planning, to include promoting ideas, concepts and strategies supporting comprehensive master planning to create quality learning environments serving a total academic process which inspires intellectual pursuit and supports individual UW-System institution missions.
  • Administrative policies, procedures, and program management, including assisting in developing and implementing the administrative and operating structure for capital planning and budgeting in the University of Wisconsin System.

To be considered for this position, applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Licensed as a professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
  • Documented experience in the planning and design of electrical systems, including power distribution systems.


  • 7 plus years of experience as an electrical engineer.
  • Experience in a government or higher education environment.
  • Experience with green or renewable energy projects.
  • LEED certified.

The UW System is required to conduct a criminal background and sexual harassment check for the selected finalist prior to employment.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

The office location will be at 780 Regent Street, in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Due to the nature of this position, the incumbent will alternate between traveling as necessary to the UW-institutions and spending time on-site in the office.)


Inclusive Excellence is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for Universities of Wisconsin. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the Universities of Wisconsin community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, community service, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. Universities of Wisconsin fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who serve the State of Wisconsin and the public good.

This position is a full-time, salaried (exempt) Academic Staff position. Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary within the range of $92,000-$123,000, commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefits package. To learn more about the benefits package, review the Faculty, Academic Staff & Limited Appointees .   Please see this link for total compensation information: UW System Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator to provide you with total compensation information.

To ensure full consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Applicant screening will begin immediately and be ongoing through Sunday, June 2, 2024. However, applications may be accepted until the position has been filled.

  1. Go to the UWSA Applicant Portal to submit your materials online (in PDF Format) and select the appropriate applicant portal, either External Applicants or Internal Applicants and click on the position title that you want to apply for.
  2. Upload in PDF format a resume and cover letter addressing your experience and education as it applies to all minimum and preferred qualifications.  Failing to submit the required application documents may disqualify your application.
  3. Submit your application.


If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request by contacting Derek Allen, HR Compliance Officer at

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran, and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies.  We promote excellent through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Questions may be addressed to: Angie Koppen at