Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks a Director of Facilities & Operations to manage all aspects of daily operations and planned maintenance programs for campus facilities, structures, HVAC systems, equipment, grounds, utility systems, life safety systems, kitchen systems and equipment, snow removal, housekeeping, janitorial, transportation, mailroom and campus security. This position will manage and schedule all work orders, develop and implement preventative maintenance programs, conduct field inspections, oversee major capital projects and ensure regulatory compliance. The Director of Facilities & Operations reports to the Chief Financial Officer and manages a staff of 13, an operating budget of $1.5 million dollars and a capital budget of $900,000. The position is responsible for ensuring that the School’s 20 buildings and 30-acre campus are safe, well maintained, attractive and welcoming for all constituents.
Specific Duties include
Managing day to day operations of maintenance, grounds and housekeeping personnel, and mailroom and transportation programs
Managing the relationship and work of contracted employees in the areas of security and janitorial service
Hiring, training and evaluating all facilities, housekeeping, security, mailroom and transportation staff
Overseeing snow and ice removal
Creating and maintaining strong relationships with constituents within the School including faculty, staff, administration, dorm parents and students
Instituting and scheduling preventative maintenance programs
Negotiating and managing utility, solid waste, recycling, hazardous material removal, life safety and other contracts
Overseeing vendor activities related to scheduling and work progress to ensure high-quality of work and accurate invoicing
Trouble shooting and problem-solving maintenance issues
Management of computerized work order program
Ensuring all building and fire codes and OSHA regulations are met
Management of and accountability for the facilities operating and capital projects budgets
Creating and maintaining relationships with appropriate town officials to facilitate School/Town relationships
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Essential skills
Bachelor’s degree or Facilities Management Certification
A minimum of 5 years experience in a directly related field with at least 3 years of supervisory experience in physical plant operations
Proficiencies in or advanced knowledge of building trades including carpentry, plumbing, electrical & HVAC
Knowledge of OSHA regulations, fire and building codes, environmental agency requirements and life safety standards
Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people including co-workers, faculty, staff, vendors, administration, board members and students
Ability to interpret architectural and engineering drawings
Strong customer service skills and a focus on continuous improvement
Strong organizational skills
Excellent decision-making capabilities
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
Strong computer skills with a preference for experience with facility maintenance, tracking and work order software
Dexterity for mechanical operation including but not limited to driving, writing, typing, using electronic devices, computers, phones, office machinery, tools, copy machines, printers etc.
Walking, ascending/descending stairs, stooping, bending, reaching, carrying, lifting, pushing/pulling, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time
Ability to move continuously during work hours and ability to lift and/or carry 50-70 pounds is required
All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events and supporting students in their arts, supporting other community members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of a Walnut Hill community member.
Additional Salary Information: Dependent upon experience
About Walnut Hill Arts
The mission of Walnut Hill is to educate talented, accomplished and intellectually engaged young artists from all over the world. The School does so in a diverse, humane and ethical community.
Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill offers intensive training in five arts disciplines: dance, music, theater, visual art, and writing, film, & media arts, in the context of rigorous academic preparation for college.