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Executive Director of Facilities

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: New York City
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 17-0401-14
Helbling is representing a college in New York City in conducting an executive search to secure an Executive Director of Facilities (ED). The institution seeks a strong leader to continue the development and maintenance of the college's facilities. Under executive direction, with widest latitude for exercise of independent judgment and action, the ED's responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Oversees every aspect of the physical plant operation including corrective and preventative maintenance, engineering, electrical, mechanical, housekeeping/custodial services, vertical transportation, receiving, and energy and power usage.
  • Manages, reviews, and comments on major construction projects or renovations as requested by appropriate college and university administrators.
  • Responsible for administrative and/or ancillary functions required by and in support of the operations and functions of the department including personnel, training and development, labor relations, discipline, and budget preparation and implementation.
  • Serves as the college liaison with agencies for code compliance and major construction and repair projects.
  • Promotes and enhances efficient and safe management, operation, and maintenance of all campus facilities.
  • Coordinates strategic, emergency, and short- and long-range planning activities for safe facility operations.
  • Ensures adherence to city, state, and federal codes and regulations including the handling and removal of toxic materials from the campus building and grounds.
  • Sets policies for garbage removal including toxic wastes.
  • Directs and develops recycling programs.
  • Provides expert advice and direction regarding EPA and OSHA regulations and standards.
  • Participates in policy planning and implementation concerning all matters under his/her jurisdiction.
  • Oversees the purchase of materials and equipment needed for the department, in adherence with the university purchasing regulations.
  • Ensures necessary certification of staff to accomplish standardized and quality work.
  • Serves as advisor to the senior executives of the college.
  • Directs the work of administrative superintendents and other facilities staff.
  • Works closely with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Serves on varied college committees/counsels including Crisis Management and Sustainability Council.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field of study from an accredited college.
  • Minimum of six (6) years of related experience of which four (4) years must be progressive full-time managerial/administrative experience in the management and/or operation and maintenance of buildings and grounds such as large hotels, educational complexes, large office buildings, or large building complexes large gardens or parks; OR
  • Valid New York State Registration as an architect and five (5) years of related experience of which three (3) years must be progressive full-time managerial/administrative experience as described above; OR
  • Valid New York State Professional Engineer license and five (5) years of related experience of which three (3) years must be progressive full-time managerial/administrative experience as described above; OR 
  • Valid New York City High Pressure Boiler Operating Engineers license, a four (4) year high school diploma or its equivalent, and eight (8) years of related experience of which six (6) years must be progressive full-time managerial/administrative experience as described above; OR 
  • Four (4) year high school diploma or its equivalent and ten (10) years of related experience of which six (6) years must be progressive full-time managerial/administrative experience as described above; OR 
  • Combination of education and/or experience equivalent to one of the above. In addition, an advanced degree in a managerial field from an accredited college may be substituted for an additional year of managerial/administrative experience. However, all candidates must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, and five (5) years of related experience of which three (3) years must be managerial/administrative.

Preferred:

  • At least ten (10) years of management experience working in a complex organization managing/directing a large facilities operation.

Search Consultant: Matt Lesher

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