Director of Facilities and Business Operations

Date Posted: 11/19/2019
Type/Department:Administrator in Physical Plant
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is accepting applications for a director of facilities and business operations.

Under the general supervision of the vice president for finance and administration, the director of facilities and business operations provides strategic vision and leadership in the assessment, planning, and implementation of the College’s campus facilities and grounds and general business and auxiliary services. Operational responsibilities for facilities and grounds to include: the areas of safety, maintenance, grounds, custodial, operations, transportation, energy management, sustainability, contract negotiations, risk management, long-term facility planning, facilities services budget, environmental health and safety, and oversight of major capital building and repair projects as assigned. Functions of general business and auxiliary services to include: the areas of post office, campus convenience and on-site and on-line gift store, childcare center, dining services, copy center and the managed print program, special events & summer programs, and campus safety & security. The director will maintain a positive Town/Gown relationship including the Town of Amherst officials and represents Hampshire College on the board of directors of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The director of facilities and business operations has responsibility for overseeing and maintaining relationships with outside contractors and vendors, and works collaboratively with a wide variety of campus constituents and stakeholders. This position supervises the associate director of facilities, the director of dining services, the director of campus safety and security, the director of auxiliary services, and the director of event services.  

A bachelor's degree is required in a related field such as engineering, facilities management, business management or a related field that would be essential to professionally supervise a large educational physical plant and business operation. A minimum of seven years of job related experience is also required. An engineering or facilities management area background is desirable.

Successful candidate should have knowledge of best practices for facility and grounds maintenance including custodial services, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and HVAC; methods, materials, and equipment used in building maintenance, custodial services and grounds keeping practices; applicable building codes governing building construction and maintenance; work place safety practices for facilities & grounds, campus safety and security, dining services and auxiliary services; and budget development and oversight; project bid documents; and contract negotiations. An understanding of best practices in college & university business and auxiliary services such as contract negotiations, purchasing of goods and services; and budget development and management. Experience in hiring and supervision of personnel including work planning, direction and review. Knowledge of Excel spreadsheets is required.

This position will require skills in planning, organizing, scheduling, assigning and reviewing the work of others; selecting, training, instructing, appraising, counseling and motivating assigned staff;  maintaining records and preparing reports and correspondence including required regulatory reports and records;  effective oral communications; and evaluating and developing procedures, standards and methods for building maintenance and improvement, and grounds keeping.  Qualified candidate must be proficient in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; managing and implementing the departments budget including maintenance service contract administration; assisting in the preparation of plans, specifications and other bid documents for minor construction projects and business and auxiliary services; and exercising sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines. It is essential that the director have a commitment and sensitivity to working with individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, ethnic backgrounds, and disabilities within a community of college students and staff. Managerial/supervisory experience and construction management experience is also required; candidate should be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.   This position requires a valid Massachusetts driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Incumbent  may be subject to call-in during off hours and weekends, and asked to work variable schedules as required.

This is a full time, benefited position. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.