The Pennington School
  • Pennington, NJ, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Pennington School is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on individual excellence, fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts. Pennington is dedicated to providing our students with a global perspective, an emphasis on character, and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion of all types.

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, we seek a Director of Operations who will lead and oversee our team of maintenance and operations employees and facility services for our multi-building campus. The 55-acre campus includes classrooms, dormitories, faculty residences, grounds, and athletic facilities including gymnasiums, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and an artificial turf field. This position is a full-time, 12-month position.  The employee must be available for weekend and overtime work as needed for School events and projects outside of normal work hours. The position requires on-call availability 24/7 and as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million, conduct an annual facility assessment study, develop a project timetable, design a variety of alteration and renovation projects, and manage projects accomplished by contracted and in-house personnel. Explore funding alternatives and manage conservation initiatives.
  • Effectively lead and manage a staff of twenty employees involved in the operation of a central heating plant, building and grounds maintenance, campus safety and security, and custodial services. In addition, effectively manage maintenance activities, housekeeping, event set-ups, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair, small-scale renovations, and oversight of regulatory compliance.
  • Identify opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings. 
  • Oversee compliance and implementation with the rules and regulations of local, state, and federal agencies, i.e. OSHA, EPA, Mercer County Board of Health, NJ Department of Community Affairs, Borough of Pennington.
  • Lead direct safety initiatives and programs, work with all employees and faculty to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, families, alumni, and visitors. 
  • Attend meetings of senior School administrators, Board of Trustees Buildings and Grounds Committee meetings, weekly Operations meetings.
  • Work with the School's Sustainability Committee as needed.
  • Manage School's compliance with government protocols for maintaining a clean and healthy building environment, including the proper operation of HVAC equipment, maintenance cleaning and disinfecting all spaces occupied by students, faculty and other employees.
  • Oversee personnel compliance with and adherence to the Operations Department and School policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

  • A degree in an engineering discipline, facilities management, or a related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Current registration as a professional engineer is a plus. Ten (10) years' experience in facilities plant and/or facilities maintenance operations, including five (5) years' experience supervising skilled tradespersons and design professionals and five (5) years' experience in plant and/or maintenance leadership on a school or college campus is preferred.
  • Proficient knowledge of local, state, federal codes, building codes, industry standards in mechanical, electrical, life safety, and fire protection engineering fields.
  • Knowledge and understanding of CDC protocols relative to cleaning and disinfecting.
  • General knowledge of computer-automated maintenance management applications, word processing, and spreadsheets.
  • The ability to effectively communicate and manage employees in various positions and levels of proficiency.           
  • Thorough understanding of and significant experience with all aspects of facilities management, maintenance, and housekeeping, as well as experience with managing a diverse set of employees, developing job descriptions, evaluating employee performance, and overseeing compliance with federal and state labor laws and school policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop plans and specifications for bidding for small- to medium-sized projects, award contracts, obtain all necessary approvals thereon, and manage projects to a successful conclusion while ensuring that they are completed in a style that is sympathetic to the School's overall design.     
  • The working environment consists of office and school buildings on a 55-acre campus. The ability to occasionally lift files and storage boxes, walk up and down stairs, attend meetings in varying locations throughout campus, and continually use computers and related office equipment is required.  Not all buildings on campus have elevators.       

This position is a full-time, 12-month position.  The employee must be available for weekend and overtime work as needed for School events and projects outside of normal work hours. The position requires on-call availability 24/7 and as needed. 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements at    

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