The Director of Facilities works closely with the COO and external stakeholders; provides strategic and operational leadership and advice; and is responsible for oversight of the School’s physical plant, including all buildings, grounds, athletic facilities, vehicles and other equipment.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:
Act as a liaison with School Administration on all Plant matters.
Lead a facilities staff of approximately 20 employees, including the day to day management necessary to prioritize, plan and allocate work.
Manage, motivate, and evaluate all departments: Grounds, Facilities, and Housekeeping.
Oversee the work order system and workflow of all maintenance related departments.
Maintain integrity of the School’s physical assets by overseeing planning, renewal, and general maintenance repair.
Prepare and oversee RFPs, and review bids for building and grounds work in coordination with internal stakeholders.
Oversee all maintenance and upkeep of the School’s campus grounds, and buildings
Identify, evaluate, and prioritize the needs of the School within budget and personnel constraints.
Ensure full compliance with environmental health and safety regulations and interface with various town, state, and federal agencies.
Manage all operating and capital budgets of the facilities department to ensure needs of school maintenance programs and major projects are properly staffed and completed with top quality workmanship, and delivered on time and within budget (approximately $6 Millions in operating budget, and $2 Millions in capital budget).
Conduct safety training for facilities staff and promote safe workplace practices.
Serve as advisor to the COO on all matters related to construction management, facilities maintenance, and campus planning.
Interface with various departments to minimize conflicts between operational projects/daily work and campus activities, and prioritize projects where appropriate.
Communicate successfully with all members and levels of the organization.
Performs other duties as needed and assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and work experience in related fields. Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the full range of experience within an independent boarding school environment preferred. Ten or more years of directly related experience in a progressively responsible facilities management position. whereby technical facilities skills were used to repair, maintain and operate a campus. Proven ability to affect and influence change through a communicative, collaborative, and inclusive approach.
The ideal candidate will:
Be committed to the mission of the School.
Possess a high degree of professional discretion, integrity, good judgment, and high standards of professional conduct.
Speak and communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies across the institution (Head of School, Trustees, CFO/COO, facilities managers, trades workers, students, faculty, staff, and community).
Possess strong attention to detail and accuracy skills.
Be willing and able to make difficult, timely, and financially sound decisions with the ability to articulate and resolve risks, legal, and institutional considerations in all decisions making.
Possess the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively.
Be experienced in recruiting, hiring, and retaining highly qualified and effective team members.
Be comfortable holding team members accountable, and experienced in communicating with team members concerning performance related concerns.
Be a strong, experienced, and sophisticated project manager who can create and enforce clear administrative systems, policies, and guidelines.
The physical demands listed below are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:
Office environment at times.
Able to bend, stoop, reach, push, pull, climb, kneel, and lift.
Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Subject to hazards and atmospheric conditions including moving vehicles, moving mechanical parts, fumes, odors, and gases.
Able to safely drive a School vehicle
About Kent School
Kent School is a coeducational boarding school located in northwestern Connecticut, serving 570 students, grades 9-12.