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    Posting this for Jim Kane, former MFAA member, that recently transitioned to MassArt.


    Job Description:

    Massachusetts College of Art and Design is seeking a talented individual to join our team as the Director of Facilities for Maintenance and Trades. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Capital Planning and working collaboratively with the campus community, this position provides operational leadership to a comprehensive facilities management organization which is responsible for maintenance, construction, capital planning, sustainability, emergency management and environmental health and safety for the College’s campus in Boston Massachusetts.  This position will serve as an important member of the AVP of Facilities and Management’s leadership team.  The Director of Facilities will identify and recommend best practices for the department and develop metrics to evaluate and manage performance as well as bringing innovation and emerging trends to the College. The Director of Facilities will oversee a staff of over fifty (50) individuals engaged in the daily maintenance and trades work who will work collaboratively to create exceptional customer service by all facilities staff to support our students, faculty, staff, and wider community, including campus visitors.

    Reports to: Assistant Vice President Facilities and Capital Planning

    Provides direct supervision: to the Assistant Director of Maintenance and the Assistant Director of Trades  and indirect oversight to a staff of over fifty (50) full and part-time employees engaged in the full array of maintenance and trades activities

    Salary: Commensurate with experience
    Position is governed by the APA collective bargaining agreement

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities


    • Understand the College’s mission, vision, and values and execute operationally in support of it.
    • Collaborate with and advise the AVP for Facilities and Capital Planning to determine long term goals, resource planning, operational expectations and best practices


    • Oversee and manage either directly or through subordinates, all housekeeping, internal construction, including all trades work and HVAC operations of the College Campus
    • Manage day-to-day facilities operations, maintenance, and environmental health and safety
    • Generate, negotiate, as needed, execute and manage contracts with external vendors, appropriately following both state and college procurement policies and procedures
    • With the AVP Facilities staff, demonstrate fiscal responsibility for all expenses related to maintenance, operations and utilities
    • Enforce safety work rules and procedures in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Protection, and all applicable local, state, and federal government laws and regulations.
    • At the discretion of the AVP, may serve on the College’s Rapid Response Team.


    • Lead, develop and supervise direct reports. With the AVP Facilities, responsible for assessing and developing a staffing plan for the recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of department personnel.
    • Assist the AVP Facilities with the maintenance, trades and utilities portion of the operating and personnel budget.
    • Develop policies, plans and procedures for the effective operations of the Department, including fleet management, preventative maintenance planning and inspection schedules.
    • Develop equipment inventory list and ensure maintenance of all departmental assets at each location.
    • Other duties as assigned


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

    • Bachelor’s degree in business management, engineering, facilities management or related field or a combination of education and demonstrated experience sufficient to meet the needs of the position.
    • Three (3+) plus years in a senior role in facilities/operations management, preferably in higher education at an organization of similar size and scope.
    • Demonstrated supervisory success with a unionized workforce
    • Demonstrated effectiveness working with an ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse faculty, staff, students and the general public.
    • Excellent project management skills including ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while adhering to deadlines and budgets
    • Demonstrated a high caliber of written, verbal and presentation skills
    • Proficiency in a variety of software applications (ie. Microsoft Office, CAD, CAM)
    •  Valid driver’s license and ability to travel domestically (regionally)

    Additional Consideration will be given for the following levels of education, experience and knowledge, skills and abilities

    • Prior experience working with public capital projects (state governing bodies – DCAMM and MSCBA)
    • Knowledge of emerging trends in supervising a diverse workforce including individuals in skilled, licensed, and unskilled positions
    • Proficiency in construction management and project management software helpful
    • Prior experience in or knowledge of the facilities needs of a working art museum

    Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours: This job requires the ability to be on call and includes significant night and weekend work. Ability to work behind a computer for long periods. Mobility between campus buildings, on and off-site facilities. This role serves as essential personnel, which requires presence on the College’s Rapid Response Team.

    Additional Information:

    Please note MassArt does not provide:

    • Employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship.
    • Reimbursement for travel.

    Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.

    MassArt provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. MassArt complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the college operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

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