Roland Park Country School is seeking a Director of Operations that provides leadership, supervision and support of the Facilities Department which comprises Buildings & Grounds, Custodial Services and Operations. This position works closely with many constituents of the School. Major responsibilities include: daily building operations for the facility (198,000 gsf), grounds and athletic fields management (24-acre campus) and capital repair and renewal projects. The incumbent will develop the strategic direction of the department and be accountable for implementation, with sustainability as a key component of both. The Director will manage in a collaborative manner working alongside the staff on a daily basis serving not only as a mentor but as contributing team member in order to effectively monitor progress and ensure accountability.
Demonstrated effective leadership and interpersonal skills: inspire respect, trust, and loyalty; motivate others to perform well; build positive team spirit; build relationships with diverse constituencies; model and instill a strong customer service ethic.
Effective oral and written communication skills: confidence and clarity in conveying information to all members of the community, both individually and in groups
Extensive knowledge of construction scheduling and cost estimating.
Ability to demonstrate initiative/innovation, meet challenges with resourcefulness and develop alternative solutions/approaches.
Demonstrated strong attention to detail, organizational and problem-solving skills.
Extensive knowledge of and commitment to sustainability initiatives
Ability to manage capital repair/renewal projects: develop, coordinate, and communicate project plans, setting realistic expectations and monitoring progress and results.
Ability to respond and follow through on assignments/responsibilities in a timely manner and to work on multiple assignments with varying deadlines.
Proven effective personnel management and interpersonal skills.
Ability to objectively judge the quality of performance for staff and outside contractors.
Ability and willingness to provide not only “hands on” training but also assistance to all members of the Facilities staff.
Commitment to the School’s needs as demonstrated by readiness to respond 24/7/365 as reasonable and necessary.
Ability to adapt behavior to function effectively in the school’s culture.
Ability to demonstrate diplomacy and tact.
Ability to apply a differentiated management style among members of the department.
Ability to read and interpret construction and engineering documents, e.g., construction drawings, specification and shop drawings, and manufacturer maintenance manuals.
Competency in OSHA jobsite safety requirements
Knowledge of Integrated Pest Management regulations and practices
Ability to work in mechanical and electrical spaces.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in responding to situations to meet organizational needs on a daily basis.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferably in one of the following disciplines: Civil or Mechanical Engineering, Facilities or Construction Management
At least 10 years of experience in facility/building/property management, construction management, and/or plant engineer (preferably in an educational setting), with a minimum of 5 years in a supervisory capacity
Experience in operation and maintenance of HVAC systems, utility networks and energy management systems strongly preferred.
Personal experience in at least two technical trades (plumbing, carpentry, mechanical, electrical, roofing, HVAC and/or other building trades)
Training in and experience implementing and practicing energy conservation and sustainable building practices.
Knowledge of landscaping, forest management, athletic field maintenance, pesticide management preferred.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals.
Ability to speak effectively with employees, faculty, parents, and students.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from all constituencies.
Strong skills and demonstrated experience with Microsoft office suite (EXCEL, Word)
Experience in CMMS software programs (preferably SchoolDude)
Experience in operating Building Automation/Energy Management Systems
Familiarity with database management, data input, and MS Project would be an advantage.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Membership in related professional organization(s) desirable
Valid driver’s license
Ability to walk for long periods of time around campus.
Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Ability to climb stairs.
Ability to sit at a desk working on a computer.
About Roland Park Country School
At Roland Park Country School, we believe that girls and young women who build each other up will thrive. There’s no hurdle too high for an RPCS girl because she has the collective support of her community lifting her toward her goals. While this spirit certainly sets us apart from other schools, it’s the effect on our graduates that’s so remarkable: Roland Park Country School students develop a profound understanding of who they are and how to lead together to impact the world.
RPCS is an independent school for girls in grades K-12 that acknowledges female empowerment begins with girls empowering each other. Located in the historic Roland Park neighborhood, RPCS is a spirited place of profound learning with a rich history of dedication to the intellectual and moral development of our students.
Our Little Reds co-ed early childhood program, serving children ages six weeks up to five years old, embraces the Reggio Emilia-inspired Philosophy which allows for the teacher, child, and classroom to work in collaboration.