Biosecurity Maintenance Manager


General Description of Position:

Manages the overall maintenance of a bio-research facility. Serves as the point of contact for facility projects and equipment upgrades, and acts as a liaison between building occupants and the maintenance department.

Information about the Department:

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) on the Kansas State University (K-State) campus is a unique biocontainment research and training facility. The BRI supports comprehensive “farm-to-fork” infectious disease research programs that address threats to plant, animal, and human health. This facility was designed and constructed for biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and biosafety level 3 Agriculture (BSL-3Ag) capabilities. The BRI provides K-State scientists and their collaborators with a safe and secure location to study high-consequence pathogens. Research at the BRI aims to ensure a safe food supply, protects public health, and helps prevent major economic losses to U.S. agriculture.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

Job Description:

Maintains superior preventive maintenance programs for critical biocontainment systems and facility infrastructure.

·        Establish goals and objectives for facilities maintenance operations.

·        Oversees predictive and preventative maintenance

·        Oversees and is capable of operating, monitoring and maintaining critical physical plant systems such as HVAC, boiler and chiller equipment in proper working order.

·        Oversees and is capable of operating the carcass waste disposal system and effluent decontamination system

·        Utilizes the Building Management System to monitor and operate the facility.

·        Prepares reports and maintains records on physical plant operations and repair and maintenance activities.

Provides facility engineering technical advice and leadership in project planning. Includes:

·        Daily work scheduling

·        Specifications and contract writing

·        Overseeing and coordinating service contracts and agreements

·        Project inspection

·        Building and life safety code compliance

·        Long-range planning

Coordinates workforce team staffing, including but not limited to, personnel supervision, selection and training, evaluation, mediation and conflict resolution.

Coordinates and implements business and administrative functions for the facilities area, including but not limited to, purchasing, budget development and cost management, information systems, inventory control and report writing.

Implements compliance requirements for Local (City of Manhattan), State, Federal and Kansas State University policies, procedures, codes and regulations affecting the facilities operations of the BRI.

Demonstrates leadership and effective risk management practices to promote and insure compliance with established guidelines, polices and regulations.

·        Encourages and supports a work force that embraces teamwork, tolerance, diversity, and respects the inclusive needs of all personnel.

·        Performs other duties as assigned by the Director, Biocontainment Operations.

·        Participates in risk assessments for operations activities.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, a relevant science, or equivalent years supervising facility operations. Minimum of 5 years full time experience with supervisory responsibilities in facilities operations, facilities management or facilities project management or 3 years’ experience with an advanced degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience with biocontainment (BSL-3, BSL-3Ag and/or BSL-4) programs and facilities. Ability to work with office personnel, researchers, laboratory technical personnel, external contractors and governmental agencies at all levels is required. Personal computer experience, with working knowledge of Windows-based software is required. Successful criminal background investigation and Select Agent Security Risk Assessment approval is required as a condition of employment. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Carries a mobile phone and responds to BRI emergencies 24/7. Work inside biocontainment spaces, which may require use of personal protective equipment such as respiratory protection and may need to participate in special immunization programs. Ability to move freely, carry up to 50 pounds and be capable of wearing respiratory protection, including a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is required. Familiarity with building, fire and life safety codes and OSHA and NIOSH regulations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Target education in mechanical engineering, architectural engineering, construction science, facility operations management, or related field is preferred. Advanced degree within the area of specialty is preferred. Experience with Johnson Controls Building Management System preferred. Preference given to additional knowledge or experience in life sciences. Operational knowledge of tissue digester and effluent decontamination systems preferred. Demonstrated experience in multi-tasking, customer service, leadership, supervision and management of a complex facilities organization with a diverse work force is highly preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$56,213 - $101,183

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.