Director, Department of Residential Facilities

College Park, Maryland
Mar 20, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 352,000 alumni all dedicated to the pursuit of Fearless Ideas. Located just outside Washington, D.C., they discover and share new knowledge every day through renowned research enterprise and programs in academics, the arts and athletics. The University is committed to social entrepreneurship as the nation’s first “Do Good” campus.

Serving as a member of the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Divisional Leadership Team and reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director of the Department of Residential Facilities leads and manages the department which provides facilities services for the 10,800 residential students in the University’s 49 student residential buildings and 21 fraternity and sorority houses, as well as contracted services for recreation, dining, and transportation facilities. The Director leads strategic planning for the department and plans construction and renovations to anticipate and respond to infrastructure, mechanical, architectural, and users’ needs. The director is responsible for the stewardship of 2.6 million gross square feet of facilities through a comprehensive organization which includes routine and emergency maintenance, housekeeping services, capital projects design and project management, health and safety systems, building access and security systems, urban biology, procurement and inventory, information technology, contract management, and finance. The director manages a budget of over $50 million and directly supervises six senior staff responsible for projects, finance, maintenance, building services, administrative services, and administrative support; and indirectly supervises a staff of 275 full-time equivalent staff and approximately 100 student and seasonal employees including architects, engineers, housekeepers, trades people, and managers.

A bachelor’s degree in business management, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or other related field, and ten years of facilities management experience in a complex multi-facilities operation with progressively responsible management or leadership roles, and at least seven years of supervisory experience are required. Experience managing student housing facilities on a college campus is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will possess proactive leadership skills including strategic planning, emergency preparedness and business continuity planning, and organizational prioritizing; demonstrated knowledge of a range of maintenance and custodial operations and related administrative systems; demonstrated knowledge of design and construction activities, and ability to read construction drawings and specifications. The successful candidate will possess financial skills in order to manage complex budgets, participate in financial forecasting, and prepare and explain financial reports; and have supervisory skills which inspire, motivate, and foster a culture in which all staff members are treated with respect, fairness, and professionalism and which promote professional development across all members of the team.

Review of applications will begin April 20, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

The University of Maryland, College Park

J. Scott Derrick, Search Associate


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