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Director of Facilities and Physical Plant

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Facilities

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Director of Facilities and Physical Plant      

DIVISION: Administrative and Fiscal Services

DEPARTMENT: Facilities

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: ESU Cat. 19                                      

EEO STATUS: 1.4        



SALARY: $90,957 to $139,000- Commensurate with experience/education. 

REPORTS TO: Works directly under and reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management

SUPERVISES: Assistant Directors (2), Functional supervisor Administrative Assistants (3)

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: This is a senior level position responsible for the policies and procedures for full campus wide facilities operations.  The Director will participate in policy discussions with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management with respect to labor relations and proposals related to collective bargaining. Through effective leadership the Director must continually monitor all operational activities of Facilities to assure the mission requirements are effectively fulfilled; must prepare and maintain operational plans while measuring and reporting performance against those plans. Provides leadership to ensure staff is highly trained and capable of continuous and reliable facilities operations. The Director is to ensure all UMD Campus buildings are well maintained and kept functioning in a clean, sanitary, and safe condition for the benefit and use of the University Community. The Director manages the budget process, personnel, staffing, equipment, consumable supply requirements and vendor relations necessary to provide efficient delivery of Services to all campuses. Collaborates with University stakeholders and groups to coordinate and support the academic and research activity of the University. Manages special events and directs response for campus emergencies, including weather events, snow removal, floods, fires and building access and scheduling. The Director must possess specific technical expertise in facilities management that includes operations activities, i.e. grounds, custodial, trades and maintenance. 


  • Develops building programs in response to educational requirements of various committees of the academic area of the university
  • Prepares reports to the President and Board of Trustees through and at the request of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services relating to the physical development of the university
  • Responsible for preparation and presentation of the overall fiscal budgets for the operation of the Physical Plant
  • Ensures building projects are completed in accordance with projected plans and schedules
  • Prepares yearly and long-range capital outlay requests for the university
  • Acts as a liaison with State Energy Office, State Bureau of Motor Vehicle, Division of Environmental Quality Engineering and other applicable federal, state and local agencies, architects and engineers
  • Manages hiring, promotions and disciplinary issues; develops training programs for new employees; periodically reviews existing staffing levels for maximum productivity; assigns project work to the Management staff and reviews the results to improve processes and protocols; provides staffing analyses for any new or renovated facilities, including recommendations for equipment
  • Responsible for coordinating the planning, design, and supervision of repair and renovation projects
  • Maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all Physical Plant activities
  • Responsible for the Performance Management and Monitoring of the work orders to ensure that assigned tasks are completed in a satisfactory and timely basis; tasks include touring facilities to monitor work order completion and standards of cleanliness, as well as seasonal response for snow removal, accreditation and start of school activities
  • Supervises the central boiler plant, including co-generation; HVAC and energy conservation; responsible for the continuous delivery of utilities to all campus buildings
  • Responsible for the establishment of good working relationships among members of the department and all members of the college community including comprehensive communication regarding work order requests and associated projects
  • Responsible for facilities and operations’ aspects in support of special events as needed
  • Provides assistance for snow removal or weather events
  • Performs other job-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned and/or the job description changed periodically to reflect changing organization needs 


EDUCATION:   Bachelor’s degree in engineering or closely related field; or equivalent Facilities Management experience

EXPERIENCE: Extensive (over ten years) of progressively responsible experience in facilities management
Extensive engineering experience required

Demonstrated experience at a senior management level administrator in a Facilities Department


  • Must be able to respond to situations that arise during holidays, weekends or evenings including being “on-call” after normal business hours
  • Valid Driver’s License required
  • May work under adverse conditions and extremes of heat, cold, dampness and humidity; may be exposed to the harmful effects of noxious gases, mold, mildew, may work in confined spaces and various heights such as manholes, ladders, staging and the campanile


  • Thorough familiarity with large scale requirements for Physical Plant operations and planning on an institutional level
  • Experience with various software as it relates to office, budget preparation, report writing and management software including work order systems
  • Knowledge of policies, procedures and relevant regulations that govern operations of facilities
  • Excellent oral and written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to develop a spirit of teamwork and cohesiveness with groups on campus in establishing goals and timetables for facility projects
  • Skill in managing a diverse unionized labor pool and experience in a unionized setting in higher education
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills with the ability to successfully manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to be interactive with faculty, staff, and student customers
  • Ability to respond to emergency situations in plant operations
  • This position requires 24-hour call back in cases of emergency and supervisory presence, when required, on all shifts
  • May be exposed to the following: adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, extreme heat or cold; other conditions such as noise, vibration, fumes, etc.


  • Master's degree in a related area
  • Working knowledge of federal and state EPA requirements
  • An advanced degree in an area related to Facilities Management is preferred

UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits such as:

75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Life Insurance
Long Term Disability
State Pension Retirement Plan
Optional Retirement Savings Plans
Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
Twelve (12) paid holidays
Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
And More!

Benefits for ESU Union: ESU

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.   

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for internal applicants is June 5, 2023.

The review of applications will begin June 6, 2023 and will be ongoing. 


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