Position Purpose: The Director of Operations supports learning by managing all operational services related to the care and upkeep of all physical facilities and grounds on the Aurora campus and satellite locations in Aurora. Assists in the planning and management of the university's repair and replacement budgets in support of the physical plant. Helps the administration formulate policies and procedures related to the management of the physical resources.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Manages the physical facilities and grounds on the Aurora campus; makes regular inspections of facilities and grounds to identify and insure that conditions, repairs, and improvements meet or exceed university standards.
Coordinates with the facility management company's facility director to assure facilitiesmaintenance, improvements, repair, housekeeping, and landscaping comply with expectations.
Offers suggestions, based on professional standards, for assuring the currency, function and serviceability of life safety equipment.
Inspects assigned campuses to identify repair and improvements needed; meets regularly with the facility management company's facility director to schedule, manage, and provide assurance on all required repairs and improvements.
Manages vendors and consultants to ensure that schedule, scope, response and cost are consistent with university expectations.
In coordination with key vendors, develops and maintains an on-going building maintenance and capital project schedule; identifies and sets priorities of areas requiring attention, and prepare preliminary plans and cost estimates.
Advises the administration on all institutional policies and procedures related to the management of the physical resources of the university.
Advises the university administration on the funding needs to adequately maintain the physical facilities of the institution and maintenance projects on the campuses.
Essential Job Requirements:
A graduate engineer or Registered Professional Engineer is preferred.
Bachelor's degree in related field or significant/equivalent experience in related field required .
Five years significant managerial/supervisory experience required.
Facility management experience is strongly preferred.
Extensive knowledge and experience in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and life safety systems is required.
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment that includes multiple vendors is required.
Ability to consistently demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
Strategic thinking and orientation with the ability to solve problems.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to manage changing needs, multiple projects, and fluid priorities simultaneously.
Ability to prepare thorough reports which are accurate, professional and concise.
Appreciation for organizational structure and the impact of structure on facility management decisions.
Ability to negotiate and manage vendor contracts.
Ability to influence vendor staffing, including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
Demonstrated expertise in budgeting and expense management.
The ability to move about campus and between locations.
Able to work a flexible schedule as needed with some weekends and evenings required.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.