Grounds Manager

Job description

Reporting directly to the Associate Director for Facilities Services, this position provides administrative and leadership direction in overseeing and maintaining the grounds, landscaping, and seasonal plantings for the University of Kentucky's renowned Lexington Campus and arboriculture program. The Grounds Manager provides administrative and leadership direction in overseeing and maintaining facilities garage services, encompassing a fleet of vehicles, including cars, trucks, golf and utility carts, heavy duty trucks and tractors for use in grounds, facilities maintenance, and snow removal. The manager oversees and provides work management direction for related job tasks, including grounds, garage, and arboriculture maintenance schedules, frequencies, and equipment types used as well as the activation and deactivation of equipment; communicates and meets routinely with Facilities Management - Campus, Medical Center, Utilities, and Capital Projects Managers to define and prioritize needs in accordance with the planning, designing, and implementation of the University's Landscape Master Plan; develops Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) to be measured to ensure customer requirements are met or exceeded in accordance with established procedures, processes, and schedules; utilizes established systems to ensure grounds and equipment maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks, schedules, and completions are monitored for compliance with requirements and communicated directly with staff members. This position collaborates with superintendent and supervisors to ensure accurate and complete information is provided regarding daily work performed, time to perform, parts and equipment used, etc.; analyzes information, uses logic, and develops new ideas and answers to address work-related issues and/or problems; and executes priorities in order to improve response time and facility/equipment reliability.

In addition, the Grounds Manager oversees fiscal responsibilities associated with funded projects, renovations, and maintenance repairs for grounds, garage services, and arboriculture; monitors cost center allocations; obtains and reviews relevant cost information, constraints, compliance, etc., to ensure overall quality, compliance, and cost containment; participates in budget preparation and administration; monitors costs and unit expenditures and reviews budget detail monthly with Associate Director; directly manages superintendents and staff support personnel; leads a 'Safety First' work culture; ensures compliance with all safe operating procedures and standards and ensures departmental compliance, including contractors, with all federal and state statutory codes and regulations as well as safety and environmental regulations.

Job Title
Grounds Manager

Requisition Number

Working Title

Department Name
3CP07:Phys Plt-Grounds Services

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

7 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Standing or walking with objects up to 25lbs; Sitting at computer workstation for extended periods; Repetitive motion.

May be exposed to loud noises, fumes, temperature and weather extremes while traversing cross-campus, assessing overall landscape, treescape, and grounds as well as reviewing job-site(s).


8:00am - 5:00pm (Monday - Friday)*

*Hours of work may vary dependent upon situational factors, emergencies, and crisis management requiring evening(s), weekend(s), and holiday(s) response.


MS Windows/Office; SAP; KRONOS; Construction/Code Compliance; University Policies & Procedures

Driver's License - Preferred

Knowledge and understanding of the Content of Designs; Keen Visualization Skills; Proven Creative Designs (Eye Pleasing and Functional); Knowledge and Understanding of the Content of Designs; Keen Visualization Skills; Proven Creative Designs (Eye Pleasing and Functional); Understanding of Conservation Issues; Practicality; and Concern for the Environment.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree + 7 Years

Associate's Degree + 9 Years

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your experience in leading a team or an organization. What is your approach to leadership?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please select the number of years experience you have in a college or university setting.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 1 year
    • More than 1 year, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years
  3. * Please describe your experience in facilitating change management and implementing quality improvement initiatives.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your involvement in establishing safety standards or risk management procedures within your own unit, department or organization?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Describe what motivates you to do your best.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter





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Posted: 7/10/2018
Application Due: 8/10/2018
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