Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance & Plant Operations


Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance & Plant Operations

Drew University seeks an Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance and Plant Operations, who has a proven track record of leadership and success managing facilities maintenance & physical plant operations for a campus environment or multi-site portfolio. The selected candidate is an effective leader who has excellent interpersonal, communications, and relationship-building skills.  The Associate Director routinely interacts with University administration, including Public Safety, Residence Life, Student Life, Deans’ Offices, and Athletics.  This position ensures prompt and exceptional facilities maintenance and plant operation service delivery for all campus constituents.

Key Responsibilities:  
The Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance and Plant Operations oversees all aspects of facilities maintenance for the University campus, its associated properties, and the physical plant.

The position manages the out-sourced Plant Operations and Grounds contracted services. This includes overseeing their adherence to contractual service levels and specifications, as well as coordinating and prioritizing the facilities related work flow in conjunction with the out-sourced service provider on-site managers.

The selected candidate will be responsible for developing and optimizing the physical plant preventative maintenance schedules and matrix, including routinely updating the computerized maintenance management system, TMA. This position will confirm the accuracy of the physical plant asset inventory preventative maintenance scope and schedules and routinely update and enter them into the work order management system. Adherence to asset preventative maintenance scope and schedules, and on-time completion of on-demand work orders will be actively managed by running daily and weekly analytical reports. The successful candidate will ensure minimal downtime of campus assets by proactively identifying and correcting preventive maintenance deficiencies and on-demand work orders. This position is responsible for managing and adhering to the facilities maintenance budget.

In conjunction with the AVP for Facilities Maintenance and Campus Operations and the Director of Facilities Administration, this position assists in the development and management of all campus capital projects and building repairs.

The selected candidate oversees the Facilities Management department emergency response program, policies, and procedures and updates them as necessary.  This position has direct oversight of 4 general maintenance technicians.

This position will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Campus Operation and the Director of Facilities Administration.

The Associate Director of Facilities Maintenance and Plant Operations is an on-call position and is required to be available to respond to campus emergencies, as necessary.


Successful candidates will have extensive experience managing complex facilities operation; Knowledge of facility construction and building systems, including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and emergency power systems, roofs, building facades, and their associated operation and maintenance; Experience with building and campus power shutdowns. Emergency response leadership is preferred.

It is essential that the successful candidate possess the ability to lead, manage, and balance competing tasks, priorities, and deadlines, in addition to completing all assigned projects on time and within budget while maintaining the University’s commitment to exceptional quality.

Be able to understand building and site plans, design specifications, and manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations to ensure the correct configuration of equipment and components, verify their proper installation, and remedy issues as required.

This is a designated emergency leadership position and the selected candidate will be required to respond to campus emergencies, both natural and man-made. This includes oversight of snow removal services, storm clean-up, and after-hour/ weekend call-ins.

Be able to communicate effectively through email, cell phone, telephone, voicemail, and two-way radio systems. Proficient with computer software including Microsoft Office Suite and Google Documents.  General Building Management System software experience is required. Knowledge of the TMA work order application, Keri Access Management, Best lock system, and other similar facilities specialty software a plus.

Normal mobility to move around construction sites.  Able to bend, stoop, twist, climb up and down ladders.  Able to lift and carry 50 pounds, including up and down stairs.

Strong English verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are required.  The successful candidate will be able to clearly and effectively lead and communicate in a team environment. Willingness and ability to periodically work overtime hours during evenings, nights, or on the weekends, and respond to emergency calls after hours/weekends.

Education and Experience:
Associate’s degree preferred; significant experience and completion of a professional training program in a building trade may be substituted for educational requirements. Past experience as a Chief Building Engineer and/or Lead Building Engineer is preferred. 5-10 years of Facilities Management supervisory experience in a campus environment or multi-site portfolio is required. 15 years of facilities management supervisory experience is preferred.

To apply, submit the following materials as PDFs to Please include your name in the subject. Posting will remain open until filled.

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Contact information for 3 professional references

About Drew University:
Drew University, located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,100 students with 145 full-time faculty members. Over 35% of our undergraduate students are from underrepresented groups, and we were recently ranked 19th among baccalaureate institutions for the number of international students enrolled. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship and hands-on learning that successfully prepares students for their futures. Students regularly connect with local communities, and because of our proximity to New York City, we are home to multiple New York Semester experiences for our undergraduate students: Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship, and New York Theatre. The University also houses the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, and the United Methodist Archives and History Center. Drew also recently received a multi-year grant to transform teaching and learning in the humanities by incorporating emerging digital technologies, methods, and pedagogies.

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, a successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. These positions are subject to a background check.