Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm.
Employee is on call 24/7/52 to respond to campus security and/or
safety problems. Employee must carry and maintain a personal
cellular telephone, subject to College business use reimbursement
Hours per Week:
Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick,
Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition
Waivers; and Professional Expense
The position is mostly sedentary, however
the employee is subject to both indoor and outdoor environmental
conditions. Employee is exposed to dust, loud machinery, plant
sprays and cleaning solvents. Employee may be required to wear
respiratory protection and/or hearing protection and other personal
protective equipment on an occasional basis. Must be able to exert
up to 50 pounds of force occasionally.
Duties of Position:
The Executive Director will provide
strategic planning, general management, professional direction and
direct supervision and leadership for all facilities services
functions including operations and maintenance and budget oversight
as well as capital planning, design, and construction for a main
campus of 1.2 million square feet on 186 acres with 24 buildings,
as well as satellite facilities in Prospect Heights and
Demonstrates an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and
inclusion by recruiting and retaining employees from diverse
backgrounds and eliminating barriers to success of all
Leads multiple managers, foremen and supervisors in directing and
executing the day-to-day facilities maintenance and operations of
Harper College including custodial services, maintenance,
mechanical services and systems, electrical systems, central plant
and chilled water operations, elevators, waste management, event
support and set-ups, hazardous materials management, engineering,
energy conservation, selected outsourced services, and the
preservation of the campus landscape.
Facilities Management is also responsible for planning, design and
construction by coordinating and directing multiple projects – both
operating and capital – including dealing with outside consultants
and contractors, as well as with city and state officials. The
Executive Director oversees the implementation of the campus
master/capital plan to ensure established project priorities are
executed on time and on budget. The Executive Director has
responsibility for establishing scope, budget and oversight of the
design and construction of new buildings as well as for renovations
in existing campus facilities, and for planning for the future
growth of the campus to accommodate enrollment and academic program
The Executive Director maintains an effective interactive
relationship with Harper College staff, students, campus
constituencies and visitors by fostering an atmosphere of teamwork
and by a leadership style which ensures proper delivery of all
services and positive morale among staff. The position will:
- Develop a strategic plan for the department that reflects a
clear understanding of Harper College’s direction.
- Establish standards and provide leadership and planning to
ensure proper functioning of all services and personnel.
- Ensure timely and thorough responses to the needs of the
college community, and prioritize use of finite resources
- Ensure that all Facilities Management departments are
delivering services in the most cost-effective manner.
- Regularly review activities to measure performance against
goals while taking action to correct unfavorable trends.
- Create and sustain an environment that fosters teamwork,
excellence, cooperation, respect, and diversity. Organize, train
and evaluate staff.
- Oversee planning, construction, repair and renovation
- Execute Campus Master Plan and Capital Plan.
- Review facility design, renovation, and new construction to
establish life cycle costs and ongoing maintenance
- Proactively pursues sustainable initiatives to promote a
culture of environmental responsibility throughout the campus
community. Active participant in American College &
University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
- Provide advice and support to the Executive Vice President of
Finance and Administration including presentations and briefings to
the President’s Executive Cabinet and to the Board of Trustees as
Bachelor degree in engineering,
business administration or related field required. Advanced degree
A minimum of 15 years of facilities
related experience in a higher education, health care, corporate or
governmental facilities environment, with at least 5 of those years
serving as a Director. Extensive experience managing a complex
facilities operation. Superior level of knowledge of the regulatory
environment including workplace safety requirements, and
environmental regulations and codes. Extensive experience in budget
preparation and fiscal management as well as solid computing
Demonstrated knowledge of labor relations and grievance resolution.
A polished, diplomatic, and flexible management style that sets
high expectations. Comfortable with a fast-paced environment where
priorities can change rapidly. Superb interpersonal, problem
solving, presentation and analytical skills along with sound
judgment, and the ability to be an advocate for the best interests
of the departments within the organization as well as for the
College. Proven collaborator with the ability to communicate
clearly and succinctly both in writing and orally, as well as in
one-on-one, small and/or large group settings.
Application Review Date:
Applications are accepted until the
position is filled though priority will be given to applications
received on or before: October 13, 2021.
Requir ed Documents: ***A resume and cover letter
are required to complete the application process***
* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.
Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to
create an inclusive learning and working environment where
individual differences and identities are respected, valued and
embraced. We encourage women, people from historically
underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans
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