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Director of Facilities

Company: Rice University
Location: Houston
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

The director of facilities oversees all preventive and reparative maintenance tasks performed on campus while strategically planning within the framework of the campus' current and future needs. This position directs five trades maintenance shop supervisors and one senior construction services manager. This position ensures that cost effective, efficient, reliable and non-disruptive maintenance service is provided to all campus facilities. This maintenance is associated with the mechanical, electrical, plumbing ( MEP ) systems, hardscape, and underground utilities through the administration and management of trades' maintenance shops which carry out the maintenance functions. This position also manages construction services (made up of four construction services managers at various levels) which provides timely review of predesign, design and construction documents to ensure that Rice standards are being met and value engineering opportunities are identified. Onsite building walks/surveys are conducted from the start of construction to completion. Additional duties include participation in the commissioning process and accountability for all asset data to be input into FEP's IWMS system ( TRIRIGA ). The ideal candidate will have a mechanical engineering degree with applied, multi-year management experience in facility management having led teams and trades people successfully, preferably in higher education. Education Required Bachelor's Degree Mechanical engineering. Substitution for Education Requirement Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement. Education Preferred Experience Required 7 years Type of Experience Related experience in engineering design, maintenance and/or plant operations which includes at least two years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role. Substitution for Experience Requirement Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement. Experience Preferred - Ten years or more of related experience in engineering design, maintenance and plant operations
- Higher education experience in similar role License/Certification Required License/Certification Preferred - P.E.
- Valid Texas Driver's License (or ability to obtain within 30 days of employment) preferred with no more than three moving violations within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated ( DWI ) or Driving Under the Influence ( DUI ) within the past five years. Skills Required - Demonstrated ability to build, direct and lead teams with proven success
- Excellent interpersonal skills including service excellence, integrity, work ethic, and customer service
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
- Highly skilled in project management, verbal and written communication, problem identification and solution, presentation skills
- Knowledge of heating ventilation and air conditioning ( HVAC ), plumbing, electrical, carpentry, paint, preventive maintenance, elevator repair, mechanical repair, equipment repair, and building controls Skills Preferred - Ability and experience in reviewing design and construction documents.
- Strong computer skills, including experience working with computer based work management systems.
- Solutions oriented with strong critical thinking skills
- Ability to handle a variety of jobs simultaneously and demonstrated ability to react to rapidly changing job priorities
- Ability to deal with stressful situations and critical issues with diplomacy
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team and as a manager, both giving and receiving direction Internal / External Contacts Internal: Routinely works with other department staff and campus administrators including engineers, maintenance supervisors, office of counsel, risk management, and human resources. Often interacts with campus customers, including teaching faculty, academic deans, and department heads. Coordinates work activity with maintenance staff and impacted building occupants to minimize disruption. Taking a customer-centered approach in all interactions and communication is extremely important. External: Must interact professionally with vendors, consultants, contractors, and utility service representatives. Represents Rice before professional organizations. Physical Demands Must be able to lift loads and climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and around confined areas such as piping and wiring obstructions as needed to access equipment. Occasionally required to enter utility tunnels and confined spaces. Working Conditions Work is typically performed in an office setting but occasionally, work requires limited exposure to high-pressure boilers and steam piping, high voltage electricity, high noise levels, rotating and other potentially dangerous equipment. The need to access mechanical rooms, tunnels, and non-conditioned spaces is expected. Sometimes this requires working in dusty, dirty, and wet conditions and may require personal protective equipment such as hearing protection and safety glasses. This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency. This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency. Rice University Standard of Civility Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public. Security Sensitive As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425 , this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. - Oversees maintenance crafts shops, inclusive of all preventative and reparative maintenance for university buildings and equipment
- Provides direct supervision of maintenance crafts supervisors
- Establishes and enforces work quality, productivity and customer service standards
- Creates and oversees the implementation of short and long term work plans
- Manages the university's facility maintenance and deferred maintenance programs
- Determines requirements for facility upgrades and modifications
- Formulates and implements operating procedures
- Selects and monitors contractors
- Manages budgets and operating expenses
- Completes other duties as assigned Additional Functions or Information Job Duties Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume Optional Documents Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • * Do you have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering?
    • Yes
    • No
    • * Do you have seven years of related experience in engineering design, maintenance and/or plant operations which includes at least two years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role?
      • Yes
      • No 6100 Main, Houston, Texas 77005-1892 - Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251-1892

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