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Director of Facilities Operations

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123301
Title: Director
Functional Title: Director of Facilities Operations
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1
Unit: ENGR-A. James Clark School of Engineering
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position will serve as the designated engineering officer for all facilities and related operations at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, consisting of more than 15 buildings (the majority on or near University of Maryland, College Park campus; one in St. Mary’s County in southern Maryland). In addition to classrooms and instructional facilities, many of the school’s buildings house high-tech laboratory research facilities supporting a wide range of, and varied, research. This position will oversee long-range facility planning, design, and construction for new and existing facilities, renovations and renewals, and will proactively anticipate current and future capacity needs. The successful candidate will apply a depth and breadth of knowledge of facility requirements that support engineering instruction, research, and scientific discovery, in order to assess needs and scope. Recommendations will demonstrate an understanding of the latest trends and solutions in facilities design and management. On average, the Clark School oversees 300 projects annually, with renovation project/tasks ranging from small to large (up to $200k); this position will oversee those projects as well as serve as the Clark School’s primary representative on larger, multi-million dollar projects, Position provides direct and indirect support and technical/operational guidance to faculty, students, researchers, and technical staff utilizing facilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, or related discipline.

-A minimum of 10 years of related experience that includes some senior project management experience in a large institutional environment with complex structures and scientific areas; some space planning experience, experience with schematic design, estimating experience, and experience with incorporating safety/safety planning with day-to-day responsibilities. The 10 years of related experience must include 3 – 5 years experience managing a professional staff. This position requires experience identifying renovation needs and proactively implementing project plans, as well as experience navigating politically complex challenges and successfully resolving competing interests of clients. Must have strong leadership and organizational abilities and strong negotiation abilities, and the ability to exercise judgment and make decisions, based on knowledge plus understanding of design and cost elements.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Ability to communicate with and understand the complex requirements of students, scientists, engineers and professional staff in the deployment of services. Ability to negotiate complex project parameters.
In depth professional knowledge of planning, design and construction procedures including cost estimating, project scheduling, applicable building codes, standards, guidelines and regulations.
Ability to prioritize multiple projects. Demonstrated operations planning and project management skills. Skill in developing safety plans/programs.


-Bachelor’s degree in engineering preferred.
-Master’s degree preferred.
-Experience in a university/higher education with state of the art instructional facilities preferred.
-Architectural experience preferred; experience with design concepts; drawings preferred.
- Licensure as a Professional Engineer preferred.

Additional Certifications:

Driver’s license valid in the state of MD

Additional Information:

Please include a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for a minimum of three professional references (including supervisory).

The University of Maryland, College Park’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is the home of nearly 200 state-of-the-art laboratories, centers, classrooms, and consortia dedicated to research and education. Our collaborative and innovative labs and research facilities advance micro and nano fabrication, robotics, tissue engineering and biomaterials, neutral buoyancy research –with one of only three operating neutral buoyancy tanks in the U.S.-, and fire science. Other highlights include our MakerBot Innovation Center, and an unmanned aircraft system test site in southern Maryland! Learn more at Classrooms and computer labs in the Clark School are equipped with highly developed technologies. The iconic Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, one of the most significant additions to the Clark School in its century-plus history, puts major emphasis on information technology, bioengineering, microelectronics and MEMS, sensors and actuators, environmental engineering, transportation systems, and space research. And…opening soon! A. James Clark Hall, an ultra-contemporary, dynamic 184,000-square-foot facility promoting interdisciplinary collaboration under one roof…for rapidly growing programs from electrical and mechanical engineering to biology and IT. Read more at

Posting Date: 09/01/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 09/30/2017
Physical Demands

Work is normally performed in a classroom/ interior laboratory/office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to walk distances required to inspect construction sites, sometimes in difficult to access areas, and/or to drive a vehicle to sites. Required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as analyzing data and figures.
Work may involve some exposure to operating circumstances that require following standard or prescribed safety precautions. May be required to work around labs with biological, pathogenic, radioactive, and other hazardous materials.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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