Position Purpose: Under the direction of the Vice President for Operations, the Senior Facilities Manager manages the day-to-day operations of custodial, grounds, housekeeping, and building maintenance operations. Participates in the development, recommendation, and administration of policies, procedures, and processes in support of departmental operations. The Senior Facilities Manager schedules, assigns, reviews, supervises, and performs the work of all employees in Facilities Operations representing a variety of work skills necessary for the maintenance and repair of the GWC facilities, buildings, grounds, custodial and equipment.
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:
Plans, organizes, maintains, and manages the operations and reliability of College facilities and general infrastructure systems. Establishes and monitors preventative maintenance processes and programs and facility inspection processes for on-going review of maintenance work.
Supervises administrative services skilled and technical support staff. Assists with hiring, evaluation, training, and disciplining.
Develops, recommends, and administers policies, procedures, and processes in support of grounds, and building maintenance operations; implements and monitors compliance with approved, procedures and processes.
Assumes on-call duties including responding to 24-hour emergency calls in a prompt manner. Troubleshoots and responds to after-hour issues as needed regarding the operational aspects of the facilities such as HVAC issues, fire alarm malfunctions, electrical outages, water leaks, etc.
Updates and maintains a list of facilities equipment, including life-cycle and replacement costs.
Monitors and oversees the work of external contractors to ensure terms of agreements are met and work is completed satisfactorily.
Inspects buildings, electrical systems, grounds and equipment to ensure safe, well-maintained condition; identifies hazards, defects, and the need for adjustment or repair.
Performs minor troubleshooting and repairs; replaces light bulbs, ballasts and fuses.
Identifies and performs basic service and repairs on plumbing fixtures; opens clogged lines and drains.
Identifies and assists with carpentry and repair work.
Operates a variety of machinery, equipment, and tools owned or rented locally.
Maintains an inventory of tools, supplies, and equipment; recommends tools, supplies, and equipment for purchase.
Performs a variety of locksmith duties; installs, repairs, and replaces locks on doors.
Installs or replaces plugs, switches, and outlets.
Assists with snow removal.
Performs periodic maintenance of lawn equipment and vehicles.
Assists with moving, loading, unloading, and storing supplies, furniture, and equipment.
Complies with all university, safety, and risk management policies and procedures.
Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training, and hazard assessments.
Applies all applicable OSHA and related local safety requirements to all assigned work.
Performs all work in accordance with established safety procedures.
Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
Maintains clean and orderly conditions in all working areas for purpose of observing all safety practices and regulations.
Prepares written materials (e.g. repair statuses, activity logs, recommendations, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and/or conveying information.
May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Essential Job Requirements:
5+ years experience.
Facilities maintenance, grounds, and custodial principles and practices.
Contract management principles and practices.
Strategic thinking and orientation with the ability to identify and solve problems.
The ability to deal with multiple projects and priorities simultaneously as well as the flexibility to deal with changing needs.
Demonstrated ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and the ability to consistently meet deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents; the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external audiences.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends for University-sanctioned events.
Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
Knowledge and proficiency with all OSHA and local requirements related to all assigned work.
The ability to work independently and as a member of the George Williams College team.
Strong enthusiasm, motivation, and drive.
Valid driver's license and at least three consecutive years of driving experience.
Evidence of Insurability, proof of continuous insurance, and a driving record free of major violations.
Successfully pass a thorough background investigation, pre-employment physical examination, and a pre-employment drug screening.
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; significant climbing and balancing; significant stooping, kneeling, crouching, and /or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 60% walking, and 30% standing. The job is performed under some temperature extremes and under conditions with exposure to risk of injury.
Must maneuver around campus and the hilly terrain with ease.
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.