199344 - Assistant Director Grounds

Job description

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 6011 (FM-Facilities Mgmt administratio)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Oct 15, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Ref. No.:: 199344

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub

Job Description:

  • Oversee all operations of the Grounds department
  • Lead and develop Grounds department staff including the recruitment, scheduling, training and evaluation of fulltime, part time and student staff
  • Responsible for campus waste removal/recycling operations including the management of waste hauling contracts
  • Lead snow removal operations and other weather-related responses
  • Responsible for departmental vehicle fleet program and grounds equipment inventory
  • Manage landscape/hardscape projects frequently ranging from $5,000-$75,000 in scope and occasionally $75,000-$200,000 in scope; provide logistical and consultative support of projects managed by others; oversee contractors and vendors
  • Evaluate, develop and implement operational practices and standards for turf and tree care, new plantings, irrigation and storm water management
  • Collaborate with other university constituents, such as but not limited to, Event Planning, University Police, faculty, students, Residential Life & Housing, city/state municipalities, neighbors, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field is preferred, however; an optimal combination of experience and education (high school diploma minimum) may be considered
  • Must possess and maintain valid Massachusetts Driver's License (MA Commercial Driver's License preferred); Massachusetts 1C/2B Hoisting Licenses; must possess and maintain (or be able to obtain within 6 months of accepting the position) a Massachusetts (MDAR) Pesticide Applicator License
  • Must have a minimum of two years' experience supervising fulltime staff and five years' experience working in a groundskeeping, landscaping or related field.
  • Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating experience with snow removal operations, pest control, storm water management and athletic maintenance
  • Previous experience working within a college/university campus or similar environment is desired
  • Must have the ability to read and interpret landscape drawings; use computers, scanners, printers, 2-way radios and telephones; ability to use a variety of web-based applications (payroll, procurement, email, Microsoft Office applications etc.) and control systems (work order system, irrigation etc.)
  • Must have previous experience evaluating the work of others and knowledge of best practices for recruitment, training and retention within grounds keeping, landscaping or related field
  • As a performing member of the Grounds department, this position must have knowledge of and skill in the safe operation of heavy construction equipment (skid steers, backhoes, loaders, hydraulic boom lifts, forklifts, dump trucks etc.) and landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, chippers, trimmers, chainsaws, shovels, hoes, brooms, blowers, vacuums, hoses, pressure washers, grinders and chemical applicators); knowledge of applicable OSHA regulations; ability to read, understand and apply oral and written instructions and labels; ability to operate tractor mounted equipment; ability to work effectively as a member of a team or independently; ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods; ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; ability to work varied shifts and irregular hours during inclement weather; ability to safely operate groundskeeping equipment and tools; ability to bend, stoop and twist; ability to climb ladders and stairs; ability to lift and carry bags, containers and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds; ability to perform preventive maintenance on equipment operated; ability to drive tractors, skid steers, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, vans and heavy equipment; ability to use respiratory protection equipment; ability to work safely; must be able to use web based technology (email, payroll/time reporting) and communicate via 2-way radio and telephone; must maintain a positive, professional relationship with all members of the Clark Community
  • Facilities Management staff are considered essential personnel. The incumbent will be required to work occasional weekends, evenings and through University closings
  • All Facilities Management staff will demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service and willingness to contribute to cultural diversity in an educational environment

This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 12/15/2020
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