Director of Facilities

Date Posted: 10/08/2021
Type/Department:Administrator in Physical Plant
Search Status:Interviewing Candidates
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Hampshire College

Department:  Business Operations         

Job Title: Director of Facilities

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $84,000 - $90,000/ Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Senior Director of Business Operations

Anticipated Start Date: December 8, 2021


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The facilities department is responsible for maintaining the buildings and grounds on the College campus. This includes preventive maintenance, inspections, repairs, landscaping, facilities management, snow removal, emergency response, and coordinating with other departments on campus to ensure efficient operations and property management. The facilities department is a service-oriented department which provides support to students, employees, and other stakeholders. As part of the Facilities team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!



Reporting to and coordinating with the Senior Director of Business Operations, the Director of Facilities is responsible for planning, organizing and supervising all functions of campus facilities which includes buildings, grounds, and other campus infrastructure and equipment. Operational responsibility for facilities includes the areas of building safety, maintenance, trades, grounds, custodial, and coordination of capital building and repair projects. Areas of significant overlap with other directors include environmental and health and safety and auxiliary services. The Director of Facilities is charged with building and promoting collective action and responsibility, in order to achieve success in major campus initiatives such as student housing, special events, campus buildings and grounds, space management and emergency preparedness and response.

As the lead administrator of the facilities department, the Director of Facilities is considered essential personnel and is on-call for the snow removal program, emergencies, and other incidents as necessary.  The Director must obtain and keep current certifications as required for the performance of their job duties and supported by the College.  This position requires a valid state driver’s license and a pre-employment physical with lift test.


  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts Drivers License and be able to be a credentialed driver, insurable under the College's insurance provider.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Best practices for facility maintenance, grounds keeping/landscaping, custodial, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, HVAC.
    • Understanding of methods, materials and equipment used in the above.
    • Sustainability practices related to construction, grounds and maintenance.
    • Principles and practices of supervision including work planning, direction, personnel practices and communication.
    • Applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards governing building construction, maintenance and grounds.
    • Workplace safety practices and requirements for buildings and grounds.
    • Supervision of bidding process and hiring of subcontractors.
    • Understanding of institutional (i.e. college, university or large facility driven organizations) business practices, such as budgeting and contract negotiation.
  • Skills in:
    • Planning, organizing, scheduling, assigning and reviewing the work of others.
    • Selecting, training, instructing, appraising and motivating assigned staff.
    • Effective oral communications that create an environment of respect and trust.
    • Evaluating and developing procedures, standards and methods for facilities and grounds maintenance and improvement.
    • Developing and maintaining effective and respectful working relationships across an organization.
    • Exercising sound independent judgement within general policy guidelines of the department.
    • A commitment to developing and fostering a respectful and productive team in the workplace
    • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.


Four-year college degree or equivalent

Five years of job-related experience in facilities maintenance and skilled trades and supervisory experience.

Equivalent combination of education, training and supervisory experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


Experience in higher education preferred.



Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at



Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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