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Director of Physical Plant

The Director of Physical Plant has managerial oversight of all university facilities including all aspects of maintenance, safety/security systems, custodial services, mechanical systems, utilities, and grounds related activities in order to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff. The individual in this position is also responsible for contracted services and ensuring the physical operation of the university meets budgetary and strategic objectives in coordination and conjunction with the University’s mission and vision.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Review and analyze inspections and reports for potential efficiencies in the operation and maintenance of facilities; develops, implements and monitors cost‐savings opportunities
  • Oversee development, preparation, and explanation of the annual facility budget, quarterly forecasts, and business plans, as determined or assigned
  • Directs, supervises, and evaluates department staff; ensures staff receives training related to specific job tasks and responsibilities promoting a consistent, positive and prompt response to requests. Conducts and approves all performance evaluations of facilities staff
  • Leads the review of plans and specifications for the inclusion and appropriate application of operational systems in the addition, modification and renovation of new and existing facilities; makes requests for capital outlay expenditures as needed
  • Develops controls and procedures to monitor work order reports for the assurance of effective and timely evaluation, assignment, completion, and close‐out of routine and preventative maintenance of all facilities management and work production; identifies service improvement opportunities
  • Assures university-wide compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws, ordinances, and codes relating to the operation and safety of facilities and staff; assures mandated inspections and repairs of fire safety/suppression systems and other such systems are completed, as required; Ensures compliance with all OSHA regulations. Ensures the proper disposal of hazardous and controlled wastes in compliance with regulations and guidelines; works directly with outside agencies such as OSHA and local and state health departments as required
  • Evaluates the need for and arranges physical plant training sessions (bloodborne pathogens, OSHA, and other job-related training) both in-house and off campus for staff to assure systems are operated and maintained in a safe, reliable and efficient manner
  • Directs, schedules, and oversees external contractors (electricians, plumbers, excavators, roofers, painters, landscapers, etc.); coordinates construction activities with university staff and contractors
  • Completes duties and responsibilities in compliance with University college standards, policies and guidelines
  • Uses interpersonal skills and makes sound judgments to decide how duties and responsibilities are completed in collaboration with university leadership, coworkers, faculty, staff, and students

Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, building trades, or related field required
  • Five or more years of progressively more responsible experience in physical plant maintenance, with three or more years of supervisory experience, or; combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirements of this position required
  • Upholds and supports the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the office of the Executive Vice President and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Proven leadership and managerial skills with a large, diverse workforce
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with university faculty, staff, administrators and governing boards
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in written and oral format to administrative staff, professional colleagues, governing boards
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Attentiveness to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications
  • Knowledge of building codes, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration concepts

The University of Mary overlooks the beautiful Missouri river and is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, a community of approximately 80,000 people, with wonderful family and parish life, friendly neighborhoods, enjoyable recreational and cultural facilities, a low crime rate, clean air, and excellent schools.  The University of Mary, with an enrollment of over 3,000 students, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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We welcome your interest in joining the University of Mary. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to or mail to University of Mary, Attn: Human Resources, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.

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