Director of Physical Plant

Wheaton College of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 13, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
Wheaton is a leading private, coeducational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Norton, MA and within easy commuting distance of Boston and Providence.

Posting Details

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Position Title:

Director of Physical Plant



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Staff Term:

12 Months

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Physical Plant

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The Director of Physical Plant will be responsible for directing and overseeing all operational, management and planning aspects of the campus facility management, including buildings and grounds maintenance and repair, custodial services, and central heating plant operation. The Director will lead, manage and develop a team of approximately 65-70 Physical Plant employees and directly supervise 3-4 managers, an office manager as well as outsourced vendors and contractors. Will collaborate with campus colleagues to achieve departmental goals; development and oversight of budget; compliance with regulations; coordination of emergency planning and development and execution of strategic facilities plans. The incumbent will provide members of the Wheaton College community with a functional, safe and reliable physical environment that supports the academic mission, optimizes student learning and engagement, and advances the goals of the Campus Strategic Plan and Master Plan. Additionally, the Director of Physical Plant, in conjunction with Assistant Vice President of Business Services and Physical Plant, will develop, implement, and monitor, a standards-based facilities operations plan in alignment with industry best practices and broader institutional plans/policies, maximizing performance and service-delivery, seeking continuous improvement, and minimizing the accumulation of deferred maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Facility Management, or related field required.
5-10 years of experience in facility management, (minimum of three years at the supervisory level) required.
  • Extensive knowledge of facility operations, preventative maintenance programs, utility systems, emergency preparedness, regulatory requirements, building codes, construction specifications and standards.
  • Ability to read and understand construction plans and documents.
  • Applied understanding of supervision, goal setting, performance appraisal, and problem solving.
  • Must have strong computer skills including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently, and collaboratively with others to advance institutional goals.
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior-level administrators, faculty, and staff individually and in groups.
  • Experience working effectively with diverse teams required.
Preferred Qualifications:

Certified Professional Maintenance Manager ( CPMM ) desired.
  • Professional experience working on a residential college or university campus strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems ( CMMS ) including SchoolDude preferred.
Physical Demands

ADA Statement:

Individuals must possess these knowledges, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Eeo Statement

Wheaton is a private coeducational liberal arts college within easy
commuting distance of Boston and Providence. We have nearly 1,700
undergraduates from 40 U.S. States and more than 70 countries. Nearly 23%
of our undergraduates are U.S. students of color and 11% are international
citizens. Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the
basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age,
race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic
information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich
an intellectually diverse learning environment, the Department and the
College actively encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented groups.

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Closing Date:

Open Until Filled



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Special Instructions to Candidates:

To prevent the infection and spread of COVID -19 and as an integral part of our public health and safety measures, Wheaton College requires that all successful applicants hired provide proof of full vaccination for COVID -19 at the time of employment, unless an exemption from this policy is requested and approved. Applicants believing that they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, medical condition, or sincerely-held religious belief should inform the Office of Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended.

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