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Executive Director of Facilities Engineering and Operations

Full Time
Work Place
Real Estate Field
  • Facilities Management / Engineering
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United States

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Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Facilities invites applications for the position of Executive Director of Facilities Engineering and Operations

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of facilities, the Facilities Division designs, constructs and maintains a dynamic, safe, and sustainable campus to continually advance its nationally benchmarked living and learning community. This position is on the forefront of advancing the university’s strategic goals and ensures that all campus buildings and utilities systems are well maintained to the highest standards. This position directs the maintenance, operation, and repair of at least 100 buildings, structures and infrastructures of utility systems, inclusive of electrical, geo-exchange, water, storm and sewer drainage.  

This position is responsible for effective resource allocations including at least 50 unionized employees, $2.0M operating budget, advanced building automation systems and equipment. This position is also responsible for the University's $6M utility budget, incorporating strict energy conservation strategies and related forward-thinking projects. This position has the full responsibility for developing, coordinating, implementing and directing programs of continuous improvement ensuring effective and efficient operations for each building and systems throughout the campuses. The Executive Director of Facilities Engineering and Operations will review and evaluate existing programs, processes and procedures to lead customer service improvements for the department.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing comprehensive leadership to a  .responsible for campus buildings, centers, and utility usage sustainability.  Resource allocation will be reported regularly to the AVP.
  • Providing expert technical solutions and direction for complex systems and projects
  • Ensuring work force is technically proficient and motivated to provide high-quality service to the campus in a safe and code compliant manner.  Ensure the recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff while promoting diversity.
  • Complying with all local and state municipal licensing, inspection and code requirements, scheduling inspections with the AHJ as required.
  • Coordinating and providing support and expertise to the Project Management Office for a routine schedule of 120 projects while keeping the campus community informed.
  • Managing and coordinating contracted efforts to complement the in-house project work force. Union negotiations for contracted efforts must be coordinated with Employee & Labor Relations.
  • Operating effectively within an environment of inclusion and diversity of staff, the institution and the community, responsible for all budget, personnel and maintenance planning, including comprehensive per-building maintenance plans. Facility condition assessment plans will be driven by this position deriving details of building maintenance requirements.
  • Resolving customer concerns, issues and problems. Act as liaison with campus units to ensure all customers are given periodic work status update reports with an opportunity to provide feedback on level of provided service which will be used for training for continuing to improve efforts and overall customer satisfaction.
  • Developing a collaborative environment to monitor, analyze and manage the departmental budget for personnel, supplies, equipment and contractual services in conjunction with building maintenance plans. Anticipated major expenditures will be evaluated in a timely manner with the AVP.
  • Working collaboratively with the Facility Design and Construction teams.
  • Administering personnel programs and managing personnel/professional development and evaluation programs to ensure growth and advancement opportunity.
  • Analyzing problems and developing solutions while facing competing priorities for funding and scheduling. Evaluate programs, plans, processes and procedures to ensure desired goals are accomplished within the strategic plan model. Develop and implement changes as warranted.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical or architectural engineering is required.
  • Ten years of operational experience supervising a large multifaceted building maintenance operation with a staff of 50 or more unionized technician team members.
  • Proven experience with CMMS and BAS tools.
  • Knowledge of accepted facilities management practices, procedures and applicable codes.
  • Proficient in project management, estimation, scheduling and relationships with AHJ.


  • PMP or PgMP certified or equivalent experience.
  • Professional registration and/or advanced graduate degree(s) desirable.



Salary to commensurate based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including tuition fee waiver for self and dependents.

Candidates should apply online at
Electronic application allows for cover letter and resume (required).

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References with contact information will be required prior to interview. Applicants must successfully complete interview process to be considered as a finalist.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.


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Job Functions

  • Administration
  • Engineering
  • Facilities Management

Job Sector

  • Government/Education


10+ to 15 years

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