Director of Physical Plant

Job description

Allegheny College, a small selective liberal arts college located in northwest Pennsylvania, invites applications for the position of Director of Physical Plant. This is a full-time exempt administrative position reporting to the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. The Physical Plant Department is responsible for the operations and maintenance, renovations, and construction of all buildings, grounds, and utilities of the College.

The Director of Physical Plant is responsible for providing efficient facility service support to the College. Facilities services consist of three major functional areas that the Director is responsible for:  Engineering (trades), grounds and roadways, and environmental safety and compliance. Specifically, the Director is responsible for the coordination, supervision, and direction of the basic support services of the facilities and campus community including: project and construction management, operational management including reporting and budgets, environmental health & safety, sustainability initiatives, engineering documentation, logistics, improvements and maintenance and repair (building, road, and ground), custodial services, utilities, campus wide set-ups, and computerized maintenance management system (School Dude). 


Bachelor's degree is required. Master’s degree in engineering, architecture or a related field is preferred.  Five to seven years of progressively more responsible experience is required, some of which must have included construction and maintenance of a large plant and supervision responsibilities for a large group of maintenance employees. Knowledge of skilled trades and computer maintenance management systems is preferred. College or public school experience is desirable.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny College is known nationally as a place where students with unusual combinations of interests, skills and talents excel. In its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny among the top six Most Innovative national liberal arts colleges in the country.  In its 2019 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny among the top 30 most innovative national liberal arts colleges in the country. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of just under 2,000 with students from 46 states [plus AE, AP, DC, GU, PR, VI] and 65 countries.  The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to [email protected]  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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Posted: 4/4/2019
Application Due: 6/3/2019
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