The Director of the Physical Plant reports directly to the Sr. Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services and is responsible for the operations and maintenance, renovations, and construction of all buildings, grounds, and utilities of the College. The position directly supervises the Associate Director, Telecommunication Manager, the Supervisor of grounds, and the supervisor of building services and indirectly oversees a staff of approximately 50 full-time employees including maintenance, grounds, and building services.
The services provided by the Physical Plant develop and maintain a functional, attractive and safe environment conducive to learning and to support the College's tradition of excellence. The Department has dedicated, professional staff trained in trades required to provide services and/or to oversee contracted services that the Department does not have specific expertise.
Project and construction management
Operational management including supervision and budget management
Serves as an active member of the College's Safety Steering Committee
Collaborates with other administrative and academic departments for campus events, initiatives, on-campus moving support, and other support services
Provides oversight for work order system ensuring exceptional customer service, timely completion, follow-up and problem resolution
Interprets data, analytics, and creates/distributes/analyzes reports related to facility operations and maintenance.
Represents the Physical Plant to the Board of Trustee's Administrative Operations sub-committee
Develops, formalizes, and implements both short-term and long-term plans, goals and objectives for the physical plant
Administers the annual operational budget and expenditures assigned to the physical plant
Develops policies and procedures that successfully provide efficient and effective services
Capital Construction & Planning:
Management of current and proposed comprehensive capital plans ensuring that each stage of the planning process is measured against the College's desired outcomes.
In collaboration with the Sr. VP, the acquisition plan, award, administration and inspection of all capital outlay, major repair, renovations, and construction work at the College.
Directly involved in timely resolution related to process schedules, change order negotiation, claims, and financial payments.
Monitors and evaluates the College's operating performance and ensures all applicable policies and procedures are followed.
Identifies, prioritizes and manages deferred maintenance to extend the useful life of buildings, grounds, and infrastructure.
Buildings & Grounds Operations:
Sets standards and oversees all building operations, building services, maintenance and major repairs in compliance with building codes and requirements (HVAC, ADA, roofing, irrigation, turf management, electrical, plumbing, lifesafety systems, elevators, etc).
Manages maintenance, repair, and beautification of the campus grounds and athletic fields including analyzing and developing plans to correct grounds-related issues and ensuring an aesthetically pleasing and functional campus.
Supervises and directs supervisors toward meeting the goals of the department and College
Oversees all team operations, ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget
Manages a diverse, multi-disciplined team of professionals and staff in areas of grounds, building services, trades, and administrative support.
Assesses, evaluates, and reports on overall team and individual team member performance
Sets clear goals and objectives for the department
Communicates openly with Sr VP, other members of Cabinet, faculty, and staff
Delegates responsibilities to subordinates providing guidance and direction
Establishes succession planning and cross training opportunities
Coordinates and oversees staff training and safety activities in coordination with Environmental Health & Safety staff.
Develops operational strategies in collaboration with the Sr. VP
Provides management and direction for facilities planning and design, space administration, architectural and construction management
Collaborates and acts as a liaison with the College's utilities providers, City of Marietta, Washington County, state and federal agencies.
Ability to respond calmly and effectively to emergency situations and to proactively prepare for unexpected challenges such as weather emergencies, interruption of utilities and services, etc.
Monitors employee safety ensuring they are fully trained, using machinery with proper safety equipment, and ensuring that property is maintained properly
May assist with creating safety protocols in collaboration with Environmental Health and Safety
Ensures compliance with College policies as well as local, state, and federal regulations
Ensures all required permits and inspections are secured in compliance with legal requirements (fire, parking, elevator, irrigation systems, lighting, construction, etc.)
Maintains licensing and regulations compliance.
Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Bachelor's degree in architecture, construction management, engineering, or a similar discipline.
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience with a history of increasing levels of responsibility, including supervision of staff, and operational management of technically complex maintenance operations and construction projects.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, computational skills
A thorough working knowledge of facilities operations, maintenance, and planning/construction principles, procedures, and terminology.
A demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of constituencies and within a group decision-making setting.
A strong preference will be shown to candidates that have experience in a residential campus of higher education.
Ability to create positive change
Ability to train and develop staff and enhance morale, motivation, and a sense of value and engagement.
Ability to effectively communicate with senior leadership, as well as with staff and other employees across campus.
Ability to proactively manage staff, earn trust and respect, and encourage responsible and productive habits and actions.
Ability to retain staff and hire new talent
Customer Service Orientation:
Capacity to implement effective processes, procedures and metrics to manage work cycles within allocated budgets, schedules, and quality assurance to produce successful outcomes.
A customer service mindset to both internal and external customers with attention to detail
Capacity to effectively manage and develop relationships with contractors, supplies and vendors.
Must be able to lift 25 pounds unassisted, ability to move around the campus and be able to stand and walk (assisted or unassisted for long periods of time. Ability to climb stairs to access locations on campus not currently ADA accessible.