Foreman of Trades

Curry College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 2, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution in Milton Massachusetts. In addition to the main campus classes for adult learners are also offered at our campus at Cordage Park in historic Plymouth. Curry College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Curry College offers 22 undergraduate majors, over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as five graduate programs.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff are crucial to the mission statement of Curry College.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sex identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law, including Title IX.


Job Description:

Responsibilities include managing the day to day operations and repairs of the 48 buildings of Curry College. Responsible for the physical plant of each building from the foundation to the chimney and everything in between. Collaborate with Foreman of Grounds and Director to coordinate and execute cyclical campus events. Coordinate the flow and scheduling of incoming School Dude work orders - approximately 500 per month. Work closely with Residence Life, Tradesmen and Outside Contractors to coordinate the flipping of 19 Residence Halls from Curry Students to Summer Conferencing - from initial walk throughs, to painting, maintenance, etcetera) and then back again. Train new trades hires as needed.

Primary Functions:

  • Scheduling routine annual preventative maintenance and inspections including but not limited to: boiler maintenance, septic pumping, grease trap cleaning, gutter cleaning and window cleaning.
  • Respond to emergencies whenever they arise and resolve problems related to the physical plant.
  • Position requires that the employee be on call approximately every 15 weeks for a one week period.
  • Coordinate repairs with outside vendors.
  • Solicit and evaluate quotes/proposals from vendors for operations.
  • Ability to read plans and layouts, etc. and convey to subordinates.
  • Review and sign off on all trades related invoices daily.
  • B&G liaison for Commencement, Accepted Student Day, Open House, summer conferences, and all large campus­ wide events.
  • Work with the Director to oversee School Dude work order system, employees and vendors executing work requests, along with the B&G Sr. & Administrative Assistant.
  • Identify areas throughout campus where energy savings can be implemented (LED lighting, motion sensing devices, low flow plumbing fixtures, etcetera) and where profitable, put into effect.
  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Obtain bids and make Capital Purchases as directed.
  • Work with the Health and Safety Coordinator to maintain a safe campus and work environment.
  • Review and recommend campus-wide policies as they relate to the B&G operations for approval.
  • Oversee Energy Management System.
  • Review and recommend purchase requisitions and subsequent invoices for outside vendors.
  • Manage vendor relationships.
  • Manage additional personnel in the absence of either Foreman of Grounds, Assistant Director, or both.
  • Interview and train new trades hires when necessary.
  • Coordinate repairs at our satellite Plymouth location.
  • Must be available during snow storms to oversee, coordinate and assist with snow plowing/removal.
  • Handle phone calls remotely from Evening Mechanics and Weekend Staff and coordinate problem resolution.
  • Must have proven experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Working knowledge of heating, plumbing, electricity, mechanical systems and general construction practices.
  • Work with team to review and update standing operating procedures.
  • Perform other Buildings and Grounds related tasks as they may arise.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly or indirectly supervise 10-20 full and part time employees. In addition, may supervise up to 10+ seasonal work-study or part-time helper(s). Supervise and/or oversee the work of outside contractors as required. Cover supervision for Foreman of Grounds and Assistant director short term or long term as needed. Responsible for the supervision of outside contractors as required.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of related facilities management, property management and personnel management. Experience in a college setting preferred.
  • Strong commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated experience managing employees in a high volume work environment.
  • Experience managing staff in a union environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of the buildings and grounds operations and related trades.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Effective problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and work with others to accomplish assigned tasks with competing deadlines.
  • School Dude and Johnson Controls experience preferred.
  • Construction supervisor's license preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 75 lbs occasionally and 50 lbs often.

Educational Experience: 

  • High School Diploma Trade School


Additional Information:

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Curry College will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Rachel King at, (617) 979-3516, or King Academic Administration Building, 55 Atherton St, or US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") - Boston Office, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111.


Application Instructions:

Please apply online at for consideration. Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume; and;
  • a list of three professional references, one of which must be a former or current supervisor, including complete contact information and professional titles.


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