The Zone Manager is part of the Plant Operations department at Vanderbilt University and is a manager directly responsible for managing and coordinating the operational and administrative functions for specific facilities of an organizational area of Plant Operations/Plant Services. This position will supervise staff and supervisors, coordinate projects, direct staff functions and develop policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities will include developing programs, procedures, etc., for cost containment and space assessment, and monitor facility(ies) budget. Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Facilities, this role will coordinate intra- and inter-departmental facility services.
Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University Central and the Medical Center.
Facilities annual budget exceeds $100 million in operating expenses and includes over 400 employees. Facilities manages major capital project expenditures totaling ~$125 million annually and facility renewal, replacement and large maintenance project expenditures totaling ~$20 million annually.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage administrative activities of the department to include organization, work assignments, staffing level recommendations, recruitment, discipline, union contract and departmental compliance.
Identify department training needs, securing training resources, implementation of training programs.
Oversee compliance to all local codes, Southern Building Codes, Life Safety Codes, NFPA, OSHA, and TOSHA standards. This compliance effort includes but is not limited to employee training in the areas listed above, and enforcement of these standards within the manager's area of responsibility.
Prevent excessive deferred maintenance backlogs through continuous life-cycle analysis of equipment. Evaluating and recommending to Administration options such as repair, replace, etc.
Assist with the design and planning of new buildings and renovation of existing spaces. This function includes, but is not limited to (1) advising planning staff with regards to preferred equipment types, manufacturers etc., (2) advising engineering staff concerning best design practices within particular building envelopes, and (3) assisting planning staff in value engineering decisions for the purposes of cost control and energy savings.
Participate in department-wide strategic planning, manage operating expenditures, and make budget recommendations for the manager's area of responsibility.
Supervisory Relationships: This position does have supervisory responsibility, will supervise 10 to 15 employees; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Assistant Director of Facilities.
High School Diploma or GED is necessary.
At least 8 years of experience is necessary.
Experience/ background in plumbing, electrical, or heating and air is necessary.
Previous supervisory experience is required.
Working in Higher Ed is highly preferred.
Environmental EPA, NPDES and Title V Regulatory Compliance experience is necessary.
Cogeneration / Chiller Plant Operation and Maintenance experience is necessary.
Experience in HVAC, electrical, or plumbing position is necessary.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000898
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