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Director of the Physical Plant


Responsible for the administration of all custodial, mechanical, grounds maintenance and upkeep of campus buildings and grounds.


  • Direct, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs for routine and preventive maintenance of buildings, mechanical systems, grounds and energy conservation.
  • Establish policies and standards for physical plant operations.
  • Direct campus-wide custodial, grounds and maintenance services.
  • Supervise maintenance performed on physical plant facilities, establishing priorities as necessary.
  • Provide for training and development of physical plant personnel in safety and departmental procedures.
  • Solicit and analyze bids for building and grounds repairs.
  • Assess and participate in the solicitation of bids for facilities compliance of regulatory codes.
  • Develop and maintain inventory control systems.
  • Supervise the pricing and selection of equipment and materials to meet campus needs.
  • Develop programs for capital expenditures and participate in the development of new facilities.
  • Develop plans for carrying out the construction, alternation and renovation of facilities to include planing operational and personnel budgets and schedules.
  • Coordinate electrical, HVAC, lighting, and related requirements for new construction in existing facilities.
  • Replace and/or update facilities to comply with regulatory codes.
  • Supervise reservations and set-up of campus special events.
  • Establish and implement programs for energy conservation.
  • Coordinate asbestos abatement operations.
  • Coordinate hazardous materials handling and removal.
  • Prepare and monitor departmental budget.
  • Recommend the organizational structure, staffing and functional responsibilities for the department.
  • Interview and participate in the selection of assigned staff; conduct performance appraisals and suggest professional development opportunities in accordance with University policies and procedures.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of applicable federal and state laws.
  • Serve as liaison with appropriate external agencies on all facilities-related regulatory compliance issues.
  • Coordinate maintenance of university vehicles.
  • Serve on University committees as requested.
  • Perform other professional duties as assigned.


The incumbent performs routine assignments alone, following established standard practices.  Sub-standard conditions are questioned and resolved.


Administrative supervision over staff comprised of twenty-three members generally performing established tasks.


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Architecture or Building Construction; Minimum of five years progressively responsible experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Experience in reading blueprints and building specifications.  Knowledge of appropriate trades/crafts, material handling, safety codes and environmental laws.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.  Ability to plan departmental goals and budget and manage funds in support of approved goals.  Ability to organize and direct major work projects.  Ability to exercise critical human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with the university community.  May be exposed to chemical, mechanical, or electrical hazard.  May be exposed to dusts, fumes,and odoriferous working conditions.  May be required to lift, push, and/or pull up to 50 lbs.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three (3) professional references to:

E-mail:  dalvarez@stu.edu

MS Word or PDF attachments only. 

St. Thomas University is an E-Verify® Equal Opportunity Employer.

All employees are required to pass a criminal background screening and official degree transcripts will be required upon hire.


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