Grounds District Lead


Grounds District Lead

Portland Community College

Requisition Number: 09126

Location: Sylvania Campus

Address: 12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR

Hours of Work: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Position Status: Classified; Level 23; Full-time; Non-Exempt

Starting Salary Range: $4,033 - $4,120 per month

Job Close Date: For best consideration, apply by August 25, 2017

Job Summary:
Under the direction of management, performs and leads the performance of grounds and facilities maintenance functions in a safe manner. Job requires well-developed verbal skills to present and exchange technical or complex information. Interpersonal contacts include college students and staff, the public, vendors and representatives from external agencies. Responsible for producing work with minimum guidance or direction, and for guiding and reviewing the work of others.

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with a access to a broad range of benefit options.

Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Auto and Home Insurance. Retirement and tax deferred 403B plans.

Paid Leave:
Starts at 6.67 hours of Vacation leave per month (additional vacation hours with years of service)
8 hours of Sick Leave per month
24 hours of additional Personal Leave days per year
11 Paid Holidays

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for yourself, domestic partner, and children under 24 years of age. Tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

For a complete list of PCC benefits please copy and paste the following link into another browser

1. Reviews requests for grounds keeping and recommends best procedures or methods for completing jobs. Performs and/or coordinates exterior grounds maintenance and care to ensure a safe and pleasant appearance of the District grounds.
2. Performs grounds keeping duties; irrigation systems operation, maintenance and repair; and services and maintains grounds-related equipment in coordination with groundskeeping and facilities staff.
3. Independently plans and completes landscape projects at multiple sites. This includes resolving problems and scheduling.
4. Oversees student and non-student workers in use of landscape maintenance equipment and supplies, and in proper procedures and techniques.
5. Trains, assigns, and reviews the work of assigned grounds workers; develop daily work schedules and assign grounds personnel.
6. Trains and directs the staff's safe use, care and maintenance of tools and equipment and performs periodical inspections of all assigned work areas.
7. Implements and directs tasks related to major projects such as landscape and irrigation systems at new sites.
8. Maintains current knowledge of correct pesticide and hazardous materials used in landscape maintenance and ensures that training of staff, proper procedures and records are complete.
9. Ensures that preventative maintenance procedures are carried out on a scheduled basis and completes maintenance records for all equipment;
10. Directs correct calibration of equipment used in applying pesticides and other potentially hazardous substances.
11. Maintains all safety and training records for OSHA inspection.
12. Orders supplies, spare parts and equipment as authorized and takes delivery on or off campus.
13. Produces budget projections for grounds maintenance department for supplies and capital projects and monitors spending.
14. Recommends purchases, obtains and assist others in collecting bids and ordering supplies.
15. Directs and uses heavy equipment in performing tasks related to complete landscape maintenance and construction, including all related landscape equipment.
16. Represents the grounds department by attending meetings with various departmental personnel in order to prioritize maintenance requests.
17. Provides information and assistance to Grounds manager in evaluation and assessment of personnel.
18. Maintains a safe work environment.Responds to and escalates emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
19. In the event of unscheduled closures due to weather events and/or other circumstances, is considered "essential personnel" for reopening the college.
20. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
In the online application's Education/Employment History sections, include jobs, duties, and dates that support all of the following qualifications. The information on the resume/cover letter will not substitute for the completed application.

High school diploma or equivalent.
Two year degree in landscape maintenance required (experience performing the duties of the job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis).

Three years of work experience in general landscape maintenance leading and directing landscape maintenance crews.

Must possess a valid and appropriate apprentice pesticide applicator license and forklift certification within nine months of employment.
Must be able to obtain certificates for first aid/CPR within nine months of employment.
Must have valid driver license to operate a motor vehicle in the state of Oregon and possess an acceptable driving record.

Knowledge of:
? Applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations;
? Safety and materials requirements and recordkeeping;
? Departmental processes and policies;
? Plant identification and control;
? Irrigation techniques;
? Heavy equipment operation and maintenance;
? Safe use of pesticides;
? Drainage and stormwater management;
? Integrated pest management;
? Principles of training and providing work direction.

Skill in:
? Explaining terms, concepts and technology in plain language;
? Leading, training, and coordinating the work of others in a team environment;
? Organizing and keeping records;
? Developing budgets and estimating costs;
? Operating a computer and various software packages.

Ability to:
? Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, as required by the position;
? Ability to relate plans and specifications to actual field conditions;
? Effectively communicate both in writing and verbally;
? Interact positively with staff, contract services providers and the public in order to enhance effectiveness and to promote quality service;
? Work independently and prioritize multiple tasks and adapt to needed changes;
? Ability to participate in on call duty and report back to work if called upon.

Work is performed outdoors in sometimes inclement weather and involves dirt, noise and hazardous materials. Work pressure disturbances of work flow, and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected. Job requires considerable and usually sustained physical effort. Strength and agility for heavy lifting* and knowledge of correct body dynamics is necessary for this position. Job requires ability to operate physically demanding machinery. Travel between college locations using college-owned vehicle or personal vehicle may be required.
*lifting over 50 lbs requires assistance and/or use of mechanical devices such as forklift, hand truck, etc.

Special/Preferred Qualifications:
Special/Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor of Science in a recognized green industry field, including management and five years of experience in the field of grounds maintenance, of which three years are supervisory in a higher education institute.

Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment necessary for landscape maintenance, including turf management, pest management, irrigation management, IPM, storm water management and arboriculture.

Excellent computer skills and proficiency with standard office software packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook) and a variety of on-line systems.

Excellent oral and written communication skills including active listening, flexibility, critical thinking, and the ability to multi-task and ensure effective time management.

Experience working with contractors, vendors and building professionals. Project management skills and ability to read and follow construction plans

Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with internal and external customers.

Experience providing customer service utilizing a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism.

Two years of experience in coordinating staff and equipment for snow and ice removal in a campus environment.

Additional Posting Information:
Additional Posting Information:

To apply for this position you must submit:
1. Completed responses to the Required Questions from the Committee - scroll down to see "Required Questions" below - (Attach document)*
2. Completed online application
3. Cover Letter (attach document)*
4. Current Resume (attach document)*

* When you apply for the position, you will be given an opportunity to attach the above documents. They may be attached in either "Microsoft Word" or ".pdf" formats.

- Applicants selected for hire will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

- This position is included in the bargaining agreement between Portland Community College and the Portland Community College Federation of Classified Employees (PCCFCE). Employment in this position will require, as a condition of employment, payment of monthly union dues or a monthly fair share fee in lieu of dues through automatic payroll deduction. Probationary period will be in accordance with Article 13 of the Classified Agreement. Current Classified employees are encouraged to review Article 15 for salary placement guidelines.

- Portland Community College will hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete the designated Immigration Service Employers Verification I-9 form.

- As an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution, PCC is actively seeking qualified minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans and individuals with disabilities to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of its student body. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

Documents that must be associated with this posting:
Cover Letter
Responses to Required Questions

Documents which can be associated with this posting:

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

How to Apply
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As an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution, PCC is actively seeking qualified minorities, women, disabled veterans, veterans and individuals with disabilities to enhance its work force and to reflect the diversity of its student body. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.