Director of Facilities

Porter-Gaud School
Charleston, SC United States

Porter-Gaud School is an Episcopal, independent, coeducational day school with 1,650 students in grades 1 -12. Porter Gaud is seeking a full-time Director of Facilities to begin during the 2022-2023 school year.
The Director of Facilities (the “Director”) is responsible for the overall daily maintenance, cleaning, repair, and construction necessary to maintain Porter-Gaud and O’Quinn School (“the School”), including over 80 acres of grounds with more than 280,000 square feet of facilities on three separate campus locations. The Director manages all facility construction activities as well as assists with all facility master planning processes to include procuring and overseeing architect and engineering services. The Director assists with managing all property owned by the school, even if not directly used by the school. This position will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer.

The ideal candidate will possess expert knowledge of facilities management and superior interpersonal skills. This position will be required to work when the School is closed which may include holidays, weekends and extended hours in summer, so flexibility is a must! Availability to attend events at any/all of the three Porter Gaud/O’Quinn campuses, during both regular and off work hours is required.

Primary Essential Duties and Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to)

• Monitors facilities, grounds, and utility systems to ensure they remain safe, secure, and well-maintained; examines components and systems and analyzes information to determine needed installations, services, or repairs.

• Manages all construction activities and serves as liaison between contractors and school administration; interprets specifications, blueprints, and change orders.

• Manages and provides day-to-day supervision to all facility personnel including maintenance, custodial and groundskeeping, ensuring all school facilities are clean and well maintained. Direct supervision of three full-time positions (Plant Manager, Grounds Manager, and Assistant Plant Manager); these three supervisors in turn supervise 22 Facilities personnel.

• Assists school administration with emergency management to include fire drills, emergency preparedness planning, crisis management, and campus security.

• Prepares and controls departmental budget to include regular operating funds and capital expenditures, coordinates purchases and documentation, and monitors departmental expenditures.

• Establishes and implements departmental policies and procedures, conferring with the Head of School, CFO, members of the Board of Trustees, Division Heads, Director of Human Resources, attorneys for the School, other departments, and staff members as necessary.

• Perform other activities or duties as assigned on an as-needed basis by the Head of School or his/her designee.

Minimum Requirements:
• Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university (engineering discipline preferred).
• At least seven years of facilities management experience with progressive responsibility; school facilities experience is a plus. Experience must include at least three to five years of supervisory experience to include proven ability to lead, motivate, and develop staff.
• Ability to read and understand engineering drawings is preferred.

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk; hear; taste; smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled office/building environment and in outside weather conditions, including heat up to 95° Heat Index (as per the Athletic Trainer’s Heat Related Illness and Athletic Participation Emergency Action Plan).

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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Porter-Gaud School is committed to increasing the racial, ethnic, and religious diversity of our faculty and staff. The School welcomes applicants who would bring additional dimensions to the School’s teaching mission. In accordance with law, Porter-Gaud School is an equal opportunity employer and hires without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

Porter-Gaud School is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students. We hold our employees to the highest possible standards. All employees are subject to extensive background check screenings and must sign our code of conduct. We strive to monitor employees while interacting with students. We take any inappropriate interactions between students and employees seriously and are committed to mandatory reporting standards as required by law. We will fully cooperate with authorities in any allegation or case of abuse.