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Director of Facilities Management

Harris-Stowe State University is accepting applications for the position of Director of Facilities Management. This position involves planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling all Physical Plant functions; and coordinating with other University employees in administering University fire and safety programs. Responsible for all physical facilities; physical plant budget; repair and maintenance, housekeeping and supporting services of facilities; and systematic inspection, planning and accomplishing repairs to facilities, equipment and grounds.




  • Manages the overall operations of Facilities Management Department, including: the performance of maintenance and custodial tasks; purchase and distribution of utilities; design and construction of renovations; administration of contacts for new facilities.
  • Evaluate and insure the efficient operation of the department, controlling operation expenses at a minimum level which is consistent with sound maintenance practices.
  • Provide administrative and technical direction and supervision to department staff in completing work assignments.
  • Supervise the negotiation and bids for construction and renovation contracts; and administer such contracts.
  • Discuss, plan and delegate major project assignments to supervisory staff; determine building and maintenance priorities that are of significant scope.
  • Advise, discuss and inform officers, deans, department heads and staff members on physical plant matters and problem areas.
  • Repairs and maintains all facilities, buildings and grounds.
  • Insures proper upkeep of facilities to include heating, ventilation, lighting, cleanliness, sanitation, general appearance of buildings and ground, snow removal, and emergency situations affecting the campus.
  • Review present Preventative Maintenance program and update as needed.
  • Insures that parking facilities are maintained in good condition with adequate lightning and safety features.
  • Supervises in-house remodeling and renovation projects of facilities.
  • Coordinates work order and FIP requirements to insure the timely and adequate accomplishment of projects.
  • Coordinates purchase of necessary supplies, equipment and services from appropriate sources and maintains proper inventory control over central storage, maintenance and consumable supplies.
  • Supervises building, grounds, maintenance, housekeeping and custodial personnel; tradesmen; contractors and/or their employees hired for specific work; and such other personnel as may be assigned or designated.
  • Maintains liaison with architects, engineers and contractors/subcontractors engaged in plant expansion, renovation, or other major projects. Acts as principal point of contact in such efforts to insure the interests of the University are protected.
  • Prepares the annual budget for physical facilities in coordination with the Director of Central Services.
  • Assists the Facilities Improvement Coordinator in the annual preparation of the Facilities Improvement Program.
  • Maintains the repository for all plant blueprints and drawings. Maintains central key controls for the plant. Updates floor plans to show physical changes.
  • Assisting the Director of Security and Safety Officer in Maintenance of adequate fire, safety, security, insurance, health, and other related campus programs.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, direct, and control all aspects of physical plant activities.
  • Ability to work with management systems and variety  of skilled/unskilled, professional, administrative, and industry personnel.
  • Basic knowledge of office administration, plant management, reporting, budgeting and control, and business operations. Knowledge of terms, nature of related trades, blueprints, buildings, grounds, equipment, housekeeping, construction, repair, maintenance, purchasing, inventory control, fire, safety management, BOCA & OSHA codes, and related matters in higher education.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
  • Willing to seek training.
  • Willing to be accessible and available at the University in time and presence to insure proper management and operation of plant activities.


Education and Experience


  • B.S. in Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management.
  • Five (5) years of supervisory/management experience in the construction, equipment, maintenance and repair, A&E, safety or related areas.
  • Any combination of education, training, or experience which meets University needs.


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