Director of Facilities

Bridgewater, Virginia
Oct 21, 2019
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Facilities

Bridgewater College is seeking a Director of Facilities. This is a full-time position reporting to the Vice President for Finance.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Facility Management or a related field strongly preferred. Minimum seven years of relevant physical plant management experience required. General Contractor’s License or Certified Facility Manager (CFM) desired.


  • Provides leadership management and overall policy direction for facilities/grounds operations and maintenance functions - to include personnel training, maintenance scheduling, building systems design review, construction projects, budget development and continuous updates to the Facility Condition Assessment, used to communicate campus needs to the administration and board of trustees.
  • Provides leadership, supervision and training to departmental supervisors, to include time management, programming, facility competencies (HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, landscaping, utility, locksmith, computerized facilities management systems & general contracting), budget management, project management, employee relations and team building.
  • Effectively executes independent judgment in a variety of major and minor decision-making situations and displays problem solving capabilities.
  • Ensures compliance with established regulatory, safety and risk management guidelines. Ensures guidelines are regularly reviewed and updated as needed.
  • Responsible for the development of long and short-range strategic plans for building maintenance and improvements.
  • Responsible for optimal personnel staffing within available resource limits, performance evaluations, discipline and training.
  • Monitors the work of architects, engineers, inspectors and other contractors on college projects.
  • Works collaboratively with all campus departments to provide safe and comfortable learning and office environments, student recreational spaces, intercollegiate athletic facilities and additional support areas – for a residential private college occupying approximately one million square feet of building space on 300 acres.
  • Ensures high levels of customer service are provided by facilities and grounds staff to the College’s students, faculty, staff and visitors. Professionally and expediently manages inquiries and complaints; takes responsibility for appropriate service corrections.
  • Responsible for timely submission of all operating and capital budgets managed by facilities departments. Supports other campus budget managers in developing capital project budgets and proposals, including grant proposals, that require construction, renovations or the procurement of facility-related equipment or vehicles. Approves budgeted expenditures within spending authority and obtains higher levels of approval as necessary for all budgeted and any unbudgeted expenditures.
  • Monitors variance against budgets on an ongoing basis.
  • Manages college-owned vehicle fleet and vehicle rental program.
  • Develops departmental policies, procedures and programs to ensure departmental effectiveness.
  • Manages efficient and cost-effective procurement of all facilities-related services, equipment and supplies.
  • Regularly inspects buildings and grounds to ensure conformance with established quality standards and regulations.
  • Approves preventive maintenance schedules and prioritizes repairs and maintenance work to minimize disruption of college operations.
  • Serves on campus emergency response teams as requested.
  • Responsible for facilities and grounds service responses during non-scheduled work hours, through high-functioning staff on-call system and personal responses as required to ensure ongoing safety and adequate service levels (heat, water, etc.) for a residential college campus operating on a 24x7 basis during most of the year.
  • Attends seminars, workshops, and maintains professional affiliations to continuously monitor latest trends in campus facility management.
  • Participates in College committee meetings and prepares reports for senior management as required.
  • Prepares reliable cost estimates for small to medium-sized construction projects (generally costing less than $1 million) and forecasts accurate project completion dates.
  • Manages small to medium-sized projects within budget and schedule requirements, using professional project management practices and systems.
  • Coordinates the outsourced project management of larger projects, ensuring necessary levels of campus support to contracted project managers, architects and contractors. Represents College on all construction project teams.
  • Ensures correct and timely payments to contractors, working within policies and procedures administered by the finance division.
  • Staffs the College Board of Trustees’ Buildings and Grounds Committee, including preparation for semi-annual meetings and reports as needed.

Seeking Demonstrated Experience In These Areas:

  • Physical plant management, including HVAC, electrical, mechanical, structural and grounds maintenance; general engineering, construction, and facility planning; use of construction drawings, specifications, blueprints and other types of diagrams and charts to communicate and convey technical information
  • Engineering - mechanical, electrical and automated control systems
  • Preventative maintenance systems
  • Working knowledge of applicable building codes, environmental regulations and local zoning requirements
  • Space planning, involving diverse user groups and facility types
  • Risk management and safety programs
  • Budget management principles, practices, controls and processes
  • Professional business writing - ability to: report clearly and succinctly to administrators and board members regarding facility and grounds management and construction projects; communicate departmental notices and information to internal audiences as needed; and prepare technical bid documents and basic agreements needed for contractor/vendor management
  • Leadership of facilities team, as well as contributing to committees, councils and project teams throughout the organization
  • Direct staff supervision, including coaching, training, and performance feedback methods; team management techniques
  • Ability to maintain calm, reasoned responses to emergency situations involving facilities and/or campus grounds
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office, facilities work order, CAD and database applications

General Information: Bridgewater offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple areas of emphasis and concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The college is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, one of the state's lowest crime rates, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

Additional Information: Email [email protected]

Apply: Please complete the online application at  and attach a cover letter, resume and include the names and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references. The cover letter should address the qualifications contained in the profile above.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately.

Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider, committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.

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