Director of Facilities Operations

Position Title
Director of Facilities Operations

Position Number

Facilities Operations - Administration - 410000

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a technical field from an accredited University.

License/Certification Required

Registration as Professional Engineer or Project Management Professional or ability to obtain by reciprocity a plus. – Minimum (10) years of progressive management skills and abilities in the field of utilities plant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of the Facilities Operations is responsible for the safe, and efficient operation of the University utility plants and operational maintenance including;

Operations: (65%)
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the campus in support of the University mission to include planned and unplanned maintenance, utilities, special event support, and transportation solutions.
  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the Operational Maintenance Shops to include workload management and effective tracking of all reimbursable work hours.
  • Support of the Athletics Department to include maintenance and stadium operation.
  • Maintenance and repair of all residence halls.
  • Support all other Auxiliary services departments including Bookstore, Food Services, Student Recreation, Plemmons Student Union, etc.
  • Start up and operation of the University Hickory Campus
  • Oversight of the University Energy Manager.
  • Seek to improve the operation of the steam plant, chiller plants and water plants. Keep abreast and comply with all environmental regulatory requirements for operating a potable water system, sewage systems, and storm-water collection systems.
  • Manage three Campus Energy Savings Performance Contracts.
  • Support of minor construction needs of the University by managing the in-house work force effectively.
  • Coordinate with the Planning, Design and Construction Department to ensure new capital projects meet maintenance and other standards.
  • Generate project requirements for the annual Integrated Priority List ( IPL ) program
Human Resources: (15%)
  • Responsible for approximately 80 staff positions which includes position management, recruiting, and disciplinary actions.
  • Management of the Operations On-Call program to ensure optimal after hours emergency service for the campus.
  • Management of the Operations training and development program
Fiscal Management: (15%)
  • Management of a $2.5 million dollar operation budget and an $11 million dollar utilities budget.
Other Duties: (5%)
  • Participate in the Campus Emergency Operations ( EOC ) Center for all matters requiring the support of Facilities Operations.
  • Represent the University on the Town of Boone Transportation Committee in the Absence of the AVC for Facilities Management.
  • Management of third party cellular service vendors.
  • Coordinate with the Town of Boone Public Works Departments on projects of joint concern.
Suggested Salary Range
$110,000 - $125,000

Physical Demands of Position

Climbing, standing, walking, talking, repetitive motion, and visual acuity. Medium work exerting up to 50 lbs on occasion. Subject to environmental conditions inside and outside.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 references on the application or attach a List of References

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources/Affirmative Action
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & EEO Officer
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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