Burgundy Farm Country Day School is a progressive school on a pastoral 25-acre campus near Alexandria, Virginia, serving 275 children in junior kindergarten through 8th grade. Burgundy believes children learn best in an inclusive, creative and nurturing environment that engages the whole child. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education cultivates independent thinking, promotes academic excellence, instills respect for diversity, and teaches responsibility for self, for others, and for the natural world. For more information, visit www.burgundyfarm.org.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Hire (in conjunction with the Director of Finance and Operations), schedule, and supervise all buildings and grounds maintenance staff at the school.
Responsible for department personnel management, including performance evaluation, training and development, discipline.
Advise Head of School on campus safety decisions that impact daily operations including school closing matters (e.g. inclement weather, utility outages).
Participate constructively in the strategic development and management of the campus (e.g. master plan, zoning compliance, utilities services, regular safety/risk audits, energy management).
Maintain a work order management system to effectively prioritize and complete daily work tasks.
Collaborate with the Director of Finance And Operations to create annual operating budget and capital renewal (PPRRSM) budget for plant department and with advice of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and controls facilities expenditures.
Develop and maintain a file of blueprints and site plans for all school properties (preferably electronic as well as paper).
Directly oversee development of specifications, review of bids and ensures performance of contractors.
Ensure that fire and security systems are fully operational at all times and meet the full requirements in terms of inspections and maintains timely records for all state, federal and insurance compliance reporting.
Proactively initiate maintenance and repairs of buildings and grounds, by monitoring the campus continuously, identifying needs and acting on them without prompting by others (i.e.: railings, steps, lighting, playground equipment, etc.). Maintain long-term capital replacement plan/budget.
Manage vehicle and small equipment and tool service and maintenance program to maximize equipment life-cycle.
Seek information and training as necessary to be knowledgeable regarding areas of compliance in association with the facilities. This includes being familiar with issues of OSHA requirements, fire and pool inspections, building permits, elevator, AHERA and other licensing requirements.
Lead maintenance team to ensure facilities support for campus events and supports management on all space-planning activities.
Responsible for key control for campus buildings.
Collaborate with program and staff leadership, to understand special needs and special events, and maintain quality of support to the mission (e.g. academic leaders, athletics, technology, security).
Assess campus needs and projects daily to address routine maintenance and identify longer term life cycle needs.
Oversee traffic control during carpool, school-wide events, such as athletic meets, Fall Fair, Auction, and Festival of Lights.
Serve as an active member on the Health and Safety Committee and Building and Grounds Committee.
Maintain a comprehensive inventory of supplies, furniture and warranties. Collaborate with purchasing committee to review furniture orders for quality and durable selections.
Be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; be in good physical shape, as employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
Be able and willing to occasionally work in high, precarious places and in conditions including exposure to extreme heat, wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, chemicals, extreme cold, and risk of electrical shock.
Possess excellent customer service to the 50+ employees working at Burgundy. Be able to interact with Burgundy families on a professional customer service basis while representing the Maintenance Team in its support of school activities.
Ability to inspire and motivate others and to adapt behavior to function effectively in the institution’s culture.
Have basic troubleshooting skills in electrical, plumbing, and small equipment systems on campus.
Demonstrate ability to daily manage full range of HVAC systems and associated controls from stand alone residential systems to commercial rooftop units. Control systems used are basic stand alone, to digital internet controlled to basic BAS systems.
Possess general understanding of grounds maintenance, turf care, garden practices, tree care, invasive species management
Communication skills (oral and written) and confidence in conveying information to members of the community, including teachers, administrators, students, trustees, and parents.
Knowledge/hands-on experience in building maintenance trades; such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, general handyman building maintenance.
Knowledge of building codes and regulatory environment for facilities management.
Proven ability to prepare and monitor operating and capital budgets.
Proficient in Microsoft Office; email, word and excel and Google equivalent programs.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in facilities management, business or engineering, coupled with 10+ years experience in facilities management, including supervisory experience. 10+ years experience in a construction trade or construction management role with supervisory responsibility will be considered in the absence of facilities management/property management experience. School experience is a plus.
Ability to work independently and as a team member, and demonstrated experience and proficiency in organizing and directing efforts of others, as a manager.
This is a hands on position; and a successful candidate should have mechanical and building skills to maximize in house capabilities and resources to minimize outsourcing routine repairs and maintenance.
Understanding industry trends in facility management practices to be able to leverage changing technologies where implementation can improve campus operations.
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School will contribute $7,400 each plan year to each full-time employee’s benefits bank and prorated for employees who work at a minimum 75% of full-time, via our Section 125 Cafeteria Plan. This benefit may be taken as payment toward the school’s medical/dental/vision plans; dependent care expenses, subject to an IRS imposed limits, or may be taken as after tax cash to be added to monthly salary.
Retirement plan with TIAA, with a 3% employer contribution for two years and then 6% employer contribution after two years, irrespective of employee contribution.
A tuition benefit (50% discount) is offered for one qualified child attending Burgundy for children of 75% to full-time employees only. (Fac-staff children are eligible for additional financial aid also.)
Burgundy Farm Country Day School actively maintains its commitment to equal opportunity for all employees. To fulfill this commitment, we recruit, hire, promote, and retain individuals in all job titles without regard to race, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, or disability.