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Director of Facilities Management - Facilities Management Job Post

Posted: 3/7/2018

Director of Facilities Management

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The University of Mississippi seeks a Director for its Facilities Management Department. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, this Director has administrative, budgetary and supervisory duties as well as oversight of the daily maintenance and management of the University’s physical campus.

UM’s Facilities Management Department has an annual operating budget of $31.6 million and employs approximately 275 persons. It is comprised of three divisions: Facilities Operations, Facilities Services and Laboratory Services. Facilities Operations provides general maintenance, skilled trade and utility services, infrastructure and energy-management work. Facilities Services encompasses the custodial, human resources, storeroom, fuel station, production control and accounting functions. Laboratory Services ensures employee training and safe disposal of hazardous materials. The ideal candidate can lead this wide-ranging professional staff utilizing interpersonal skills and sound judgment to determine how duties and responsibilities are assigned.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of the unique role that Facilities Management plays in a complex and diverse university environment and possess excellent communications skills. Because the unit serves stakeholders across and beyond the university, it is essential that the Director be a superior relationship builder.

Job Responsibilities:
• Provides assistance to University Senior Leadership and others in assessing campus facility needs for growth, development and improvement.
• Provides advice on energy management and reduction.
• Assists in planning for campus infrastructure expansion and maintenance.
• Computes and controls maintenance budget costs.
• Performs the budgeting, planning and allocation of financial resources for each Facilities Management section on an annual basis and a projected future basis.
• Maintains Facilities Management records, monitors feedback and identifies service improvement opportunities.
• Familiarity with applicable laws, ordinances and codes related to the operation and safety of facilities; assures mandatory inspections and repairs of fire safety/suppression systems and other such systems are completed, as required.
• Regularly inspects or provides the means to inspect the campus buildings and related equipment.
• Schedules preventive and routine maintenance programs in accordance with generally accepted standards.
• Serves as primary point of contact for various constituents regarding facilities management issues, including communication with the campus community, neighborhood groups, peer institutions and local municipalities.
• Responds to emergencies and makes decisions to resolve and mitigate emergency situations or conditions resulting from the malfunction of operational building systems and infrastructure.
• Manages the performance of direct reports to ensure departmental goals and objectives are met.
• Performs related duties as assigned.

Note: The responsibilities listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.


Required Knowledge and Skills:
• Excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communications skills.
• Problem solving skills and ability to lead and instruct.
• Knowledge of all aspects of building systems, contractual maintenance and related services.
• High level of functional and technical knowledge of electrical, plumbing and HVAC distribution systems.
• Ability to read blueprints.
• Proficient in use of email, word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software and ability to perform in highly digital environment.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelor`s degree required in Engineering, Facilities Management, Architecture, Business, Public Administration or related degree.
• A minimum of five (5) years of management experience within facilities operations in a large organization and/or university environment is required.

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi is the flagship university for the state of Mississippi. With more than 24,000 students on its several campuses (including the main campus in Oxford, as well as Booneville, Grenada, Jackson, Southaven, and Tupelo), the University of Mississippi is the state’s largest university, with a major medical school, nationally recognized law and pharmacy schools, and 15 academic divisions. The University of Mississippi is in an exciting phase of institutional growth and is located in the city of Oxford, a vibrant community known for its small-town southern charm and outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. It has been ranked as one of America’s best college values by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and one of the best places to work by the Chronicle of Higher Education for nine consecutive years.

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.