The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 80 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and expects applicants to have a commitment to diversity and social justice. We firmly believe that we are a richer, more creative and dynamic institution when our collective is built with a diverse set of community members. The Northwest School strives for its faculty and student body to reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Purpose: The Northwest School is comprised of 115,000 square feet of building space, housed on a 1 acre campus in the heart of Seattle. Our physical plant currently includes 4 buildings which range from a 100-year-old building to a 5 year old building, and the campus facilities needs are varied. Northwest maintains a fleet of 10 school busses and provides morning bus service and daily trip and athletics transportation.
The Director of Facilities provides the leadership, direction, and control for the building, grounds, and transportation functions. This encompasses two departments with 10 employees.
The Director will also provide support in the development and implementation of the Campus Master Plan and long-range facility planning.
Essential Functions: Develop and implement strategic plans for the Facilities and Transportation departments encompassing strategy, vision, and direction. Make decisions that establish objectives for the overall direction or operation for the facilities, grounds, and transportation programs. Influence leadership on specific recommendations for current operations and future development. Develop multi-year plans. Evaluate, identify and oversee all resources. Track and report on meaningful and measurable outcomes.
Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with regulations, policies and procedures, health and safety codes, and ADA compliance. Recommend and/or formulate internal policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement and efficiencies for organization or program.
Research and implement improvements in building products or systems which will serve to better utilize resources (i.e. energy saving systems and labor-saving products and methods).
Develop and execute plans to meet energy and water management goals.
Oversee an effective facilities maintenance, transportation, and inspection program which protect and/or enhance the assets of the School.
Oversee and be responsible for the yearly expenditure of approximately $2M. Prepare long-term capital budgets.
Collaborate closely with the Chief Financial Officer on space planning and lead the execution of space planning directives.
Supervise the negotiation and bids for construction and renovation contracts; and administer such contracts. Maintain liaison with architects, engineers and contractors/ subcontractors engaged in facility expansion, renovation, or other major projects. Acts as principal point of contact in such efforts to ensure the interests of School are protected.
Responsible for safety compliance with Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) requirements, maintains records of maintenance and repair to maintenance, operation, transportation, and warehousing equipment.
Lay out and plans a systematic preventive maintenance program.
Present a consistently positive approach to Northwest students, faculty, and families that is friendly, courteous, helpful, and cooperative always.
Other Duties: Serve as a member of the Director group, attend regular meetings Complete maintenance work orders, as time allows Other duties as assigned
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:
All candidates must demonstrate a commitment to the school’s mission, values, and philosophy, especially related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
A bachelor's degree and seven years of progressively responsible facilities management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job.
Extensive knowledge of utility operations and maintenance including testing and preventive maintenance procedures. Working knowledge and understanding of general building and grounds maintenance practices, procedures, and requirements in a school or campus setting.
Thorough knowledge of good management, organizational and supervisory principles, techniques, and practices. Emphasis on applying these to a large, diversified group of employees in order to achieve short-term and long-term goals through both individual and team effort.
Possess knowledge of budgeting techniques relating to both operational and capital expenditures. Ability to not only apply this knowledge to yearly fiscal spending plans, but also to long-range forecasting of expenditures in the form of three and five-year plans.
Knowledge of compliance aspects related to facilities including building, fire, construction codes, ADA requirements, and Safety Data Sheets and Global harmonizing System.
Familiarity with current federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations affecting the handling, use, storage, monitoring, recordkeeping, disposal, and presence of chemicals and materials found in new and historic buildings.
Experience using work order management system software.
A degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical), building science, facilities management, or a closely related field.
Ten years in the operation of a physical plant at an education institution. An ideal candidate will have experience at the management level which includes utility operations and maintenance, budgeting, long-range planning, and personnel staffing and management.
Previous experience developing and implementing a campus master plan or long-range facility plan.
Experience managing a facility in an environment that prioritized sustainability, water, energy, and transportation conservation.
Demonstrated ability/knowledge to provide leadership for planning, development, and operations of a complex facility.
FMP, CFM, SFP Certification.
Salary is highly competitive with top independent schools in the region and commensurate with education and experience and includes all professional responsibilities of a teacher, both in the classroom and community contributions. The Northwest School offers an excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life and accident insurance coverage, fully paid for employee only coverage. A retirement program matches up to 6% of an employee's salary after one year of service in a 403(b) plan. An intentional, mission focused school culture, generous time off, lunch, access to the on-site fitness facility, an exceptional commitment to professional development, and a unique urban location are also benefits of working at the Northwest School.
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of teaching philosophy online: http://northwestschool.org/about-the-school/employment
**Please note: we are unable to consider materials submitted through other avenues such as Indeed.com without a corresponding application through our website.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or marital status.
About The Northwest School
The Northwest School is a college-preparatory, co-educational independent school near the heart of downtown Seattle. We offer a rich and challenging program to roughly 500 students in grades 6 through 12, including 75 international students, many of whom live in our campus dormitory. The Northwest School is committed to a diverse workplace and actively encourages applicants with a commitment to issues of diversity and social justice.