Founded in 1784, Friends School of Baltimore provides a coeducational, college preparatory program guided by the Quaker values of truth, equality, simplicity, community and peaceful resolution of conflict. By setting high standards of excellence for a diverse and caring community, Friends School seeks to develop in each student the spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative strengths to make a positive contribution to the world.
The faculty and staff of Friends support the mission of the School through their commitment to a collaborative work environment, to which they contribute joy, passion, sense of humor, organization, and flexibility. Regardless of position, Friends School employees interact with students and colleagues in a respectful and warm manner.
In addition to a commitment to the fundamental ideals of Quaker education, Friends School staff members are expected to model and foster the habits of mind, which we believe are essential to an outstanding 21st century education: creativity, curiosity, empathy, reflection, and resilience.
Summary of Position:
The Director has overall responsibility for planning, operating, and enhancing the campus physical environment, and, the support services necessary to fulfill the school’s mission. Focus areas include buildings and structures, campus infrastructure including Information Services, natural resources, regulatory compliance, emergency planning, and institutional objectives for preservation and environmental and architectural stewardship.
The position serves as the chief facilities administrator for the School with responsibility for policy, leadership, and management oversight of the organization and physical assets of the Schools’ facilities. This Administrator reports directly to the Head of School.
Insure the long-range alignment of facilities, natural resources, and support services with compliance requirements, program objectives, and available financial resources.
Develop, recommend and implement with others as appropriate, short and long-range facilities plans and programs including all aspects of physical plant capital improvements, design, construction, renovation and major repair/reconstruction requirements; space administration; maintenance and repair programs; energy conservation; and campus landscaping including parking and access
Architectural and engineering oversight and services.
Insure the effective management of all physical plant financial and material resources.
Prepare the annual budget for campus facilities; evaluate and insure the efficient operation of the department, controlling operational expenses at a minimum level consistent with sound maintenance practices.
Coordinate and oversee the administration of the negotiation, bid and implementation processes for construction, renovation, and service contracts.
Operations and Safety
Integrate campus support services with the requirements of the academic, athletic, and student life programs.
Develop and implement protocols, policy, and processes that insure the safety of the campus community.
Develop and implement, or recommend School policies and procedures for facilities and utilities systems management, maintenance and operation, major repair, replacement, and upgrading. Maintain a computerized preventive maintenance program for facilities and related equipment; provide routine and emergency maintenance, service calls and maintenance service requests and complete major maintenance and repair projects.
Plan and execute projects that fully consider the schedule and logistical impacts on the continuity of Institutional programs including ancillary programs, with regard to buildings, infrastructure, Information Systems, grounds, fleet, and custodial services.
Team Development and Leadership
Define and implement the appropriate organizational structure for core functional areas.
Provide clear leadership, direction and support for assigned employees.
Foster a culture of service, professionalism, teamwork, accountability, and empathy.
Provide consultation, advice, and liaison services between the department and internal and external groups including neighborhood associations. Participate in professional associations and various campus groups, task forces, and committees. As a key member of the administrative team, provide support and cooperation to promote the goals and objectives of the School.
Bachelor degree in engineering or related field, or any combination of education, training or experience which meets the school’s needs.
Five to ten years of progressively responsible experience in facility operation and management in which at least three years have been in a supervisory capacity and demonstrate the ability/knowledge required to provide leadership for planning, development, and operation of a complex campus including auxiliary use.
Abilities and Skills:
Comprehensive knowledge of all phases of physical plant operation, maintenance and repair, planning, scheduling, supervision and physical plant administration, safety practices, record keeping, and report writing.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse constituencies and with a variety of skilled/unskilled, professional, administrative, and plant personnel.
Ability to manage, plan and administer a large plant operation and program, supervise the work of others, maintain operating costs and other records and make necessary operation and progress reports, oversee planning for repairs, alterations and construction, equipment, fleet, grounds, and landscaping.
Demonstrated knowledge of the terms and nature of all related trades, buildings, grounds, equipment, housekeeping, construction, repair, maintenance, purchasing, inventory control, fire, safety management, and applicable regulatory compliance.
Demonstrated experience in construction management.
Demonstrated superior written and oral communication skills, technological skills, and knowledge and ability to work with architectural plans and specifications.
Demonstrated willingness to seek training for professional growth.
Flexibility and accessibility required to address emergencies or special needs.
Friends School of Baltimore actively promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in all programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, and hiring. To form a community which strives to reflect the world's diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, age, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends School of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of color and members of other underrepresented groups who might enrich and diversify the school community are strongly encouraged to apply.