Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12. Total student enrollment is approximately 510, of which 25% are boarding students.
We are seeking a Director of Operations and Maintenance, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, to lead our team of twenty maintenance and operations employees and to carry out the following responsibilities:
Oversee all facility services for a multi-building campus with classrooms, dormitories, faculty residences, grounds, and athletic facilities including gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts and an artificial turf field.
Lead the operation of a central heating plant, building and grounds maintenance, campus safety and security, and custodial services. In addition, effectively manage maintenance activities, housekeeping, event set-ups, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair, small-scale renovations and oversight of regulatory compliance.
Develop and control an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million, conduct an annual facilities assessment study, develop a project timetable, design a variety of alteration and renovation projects, and manage projects accomplished by contracted and in-house personnel. In addition, must develop and manage conservation initiatives.
Lead and direct safety initiatives and programs, work with all employees and faculty to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, families, alumni and visitors.
Attend meetings of senior School administrators and of the Board of Trustees’ Buildings and Grounds Committee.
The successful applicant will have a thorough understanding of and significant experience with all aspects of facilities management, maintenance and housekeeping, as well as experience with managing a diverse set of employees, developing job descriptions, evaluating employee performance, and overseeing compliance with federal and state labor laws and school policies and procedures.
Additionally, the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to develop plans and specifications for bidding for small- to medium-sized projects, award contracts, obtain all necessary approvals thereon, and manage the projects to a successful conclusion while ensuring that they are completed in a style that is sympathetic to the School’s overall design.
Necessary qualifications include:
A degree in an engineering discipline, facilities management or a related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Current registration as a professional engineer is a plus. Ten (10) years’ experience in facilities plant and/or facilities maintenance operations, including five (5) years’ experience supervising skilled tradespersons and design professionals and five (5) years’ experience in plant and/or maintenance leadership on a school or college campus is preferred.
Thorough knowledge of state and federal electrical, mechanical, building standards, codes, designs and regulations pertinent to the school environment is required.
Proficient knowledge of local, state, federal codes, building codes, industry standards in mechanical, electrical, life safety and fire protection engineering fields.
General knowledge of computer -automated maintenance management applications, word processing, and spreadsheets is preferred.
The School offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive medical and retirement benefit package.
The Pennington School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or military service in its employment practices.
The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational day-boarding school with 485 students in grades 6–12, and a faculty and staff of approximately 150. The Pennington School is committed to developing individual excellence in all of its students.
The School’s 54-acre campus is ideally situated near Princeton, NJ, just 40 miles from Philadelphia, PA and 60 miles from New York City.