Sidwell Friends, a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school, seeks a talented individual with executive-level skills and a strong business orientation to serve as the School’s Director of Facilities. This is a full-time, 12-month position that will report to the Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations. The Director of Facilities will be responsible for the smooth operation of the total plant with focus on improving facilities and analyzing operations of the School’s two main campuses (located in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC) situated on a combined 20 acres of approximately 545,000 square feet.
The Director will be responsible for the strategic planning of the campus facilities to ensure they continue to align with the School’s mission, including overseeing the development of a major maintenance/repair/replacement plan for all campuses as part of the School’s long-term financial plan and budget. He/she will also need to effectively collaborate with academic and staff leadership to understand the facilities work needed to support the School’s mission and operations (e.g. athletics, technology, and security) and participate in the strategic development and management of the campus (e.g. master plan, zoning compliance, traffic circulation, utilities services, energy management).
The Director will assume responsibility for all service requests, maintenance, and management of facilities personnel, assigning work orders to appropriate personnel and ensuring timely completion. In addition, the Director will oversee department personnel through regular evaluation and performance feedback as well as organize, plan, direct and supervise all departmental personnel in the areas of maintenance, carpentry, plumbing, painting, electrical, grounds, security and housekeeping.
The Director will assume fiduciary responsibility to ensure the proper performance of the physical plant and will recommend and manage a facilities annual operating budget and facilities capital budget. He/she is also responsible for reviewing budget reports and managing and controlling expenditures including personnel costs to make the best use of School resources. The Director will be involved in a major campus unification project and will possess the ability to provide leadership and collaboration through a period of construction.
Normal work schedule for this position is 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Additional time may be required during peak work load periods.
Interested candidates should upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references via our online application.
A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Facilities Management or a related field is required, along with at least ten years of relevant experience in Associate Director/Director role at large plant or campus. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in effectively managing and leading large groups of people and possess a thorough knowledge of building, pumps, motors, grounds maintenance and general mechanical operations and procedures.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to collaborate widely with various constituencies throughout the School’s community including students, faculty, staff, parents and trustee members are also required. Knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, and School Dude (or comparable project/task management system) is mandatory as is knowledge of ADA, OSHA, and EPA safety regulations and codes. The successful candidate must possess the ability to remain calm under pressure and react quickly and efficiently in cases of emergency.