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Director of Facilities Services

Company name
The University of Montana

135,000.00 - 135,000.00 USD

Missoula, MT, United States

Employment Type

Executive, Manager, Architecture, Engineering, Facilities

Posted on
May 28, 2020

Valid Through
Sep 10, 2020

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The University of Montana invites applications for a Director of Facilities Services. The Director of Facilities Services reports to the Vice President of Operations and Finance and is responsible for facilities planning, capital projects, maintenance and operation of facilities, grounds maintenance, heating plant, utilities/energy management and the development and management of facilities-related budgets. The Director oversees the University of Montana’s Mountain campus as well as Missoula College’s River and West campuses, and is responsible for 119 employees, and a $12.5 million operations budget.

Working collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including representatives from Montana State Government, Montana University System, city and county government and University of Montana administrators, the Director supports the University’s mission and vision for the campus.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action

: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Key Responsibilities of the Director Position

Provides direction and management for facilities planning, oversees building projects as well as major remodeling efforts, and leads maintenance operations and management for the University of Montana’s buildings, including 2.4 million square feet of academic and administrative space and 177 acres of grounds.

Ensures responsible management and use of University resources, including the development and management of facilities-related budgets, bidding processes for projects and contracts, and oversight over outsourced contracts.

Maintains a mission-driven perspective when considering facilities initiatives. Aligns facilities initiatives with the needs of faculty and staff and with the goal of enhancing student experience.

Promotes environmentally sustainable choices and strategies across all facilities operations in cooperation with the Office of Sustainability. Leads and promotes efforts to achieve greater energy efficiencies in all facilities operations, develops strategies to obtain the greatest economies in energy purchases, and directs efforts to attain conformity to higher LEED standards.

Cultivates effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, customers and service providers. Serves as the lead for complex inquiries and complaints related to the University’s buildings and grounds.

Supervises, reviews and evaluates work of four associate directors and the Assistant Director for Custodial Services. Promotes a culture of accountability, integrity and customer service for all 119 Facilities Services employees.

Ability to understand the unique needs of the member organizations within a multiple-campus system and develop strategies tailored to the needs and requirements of each. Assists other University of Montana campuses in Butte, Helena and Dillion with facilities issues as needed.

Leads the development of capital project planning in accordance with the University’s strategic plan and campus facilities master plan. Communicates the Campus Master Plan to both on-campus and off-campus stakeholders, including State of Montana Capital Planning officials.

Directs and prioritizes effective preventive maintenance programs that preserve the University’s capital assets in the most cost-effective manner. Actively seeks to address deferred maintenance and stewardship of existing campus resources.

Provides technical information and consultation to UM departments and community members looking to utilize campus facilities.

Provides critical input into the strategic and long-range master planning of the University’s buildings and grounds.

Position Details

Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package

including insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Salary for this position is $135,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree and ten (10) years of professional experience in a university physical plant, including four (4) years in a senior administrative capacity or equivalent combination of education and experience

Education and extensive experience in applying management and administration principles in a complex organizational environment.

Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and vision in the development and maintenance of the campus infrastructure.

Demonstrated experience effectively managing a unionized workforce and ability to recommend contractual improvements to the University System’s contract negotiations team.

Understanding of or ability to learn the University of Montana’s mission and how the Facilities Services Department champions the University’s mission.

Collaborative leader who develops relationships across the organization.

Clear understanding of the chain of command and ability to work in an environment that requires an understanding of multiple stakeholders’ positions.

Openness and flexibility in considering solutions and strategy development.

Experience with complex building and infrastructure systems and the ability to utilize knowledge and experience to solve difficult problems.

Demonstrated experience developing productive relationships and achieving favorable outcomes with state and local authorities having jurisdiction in areas of zoning, land use, site development and building code enforcement.

Ability to communicate to a diverse audience with varying degrees of technical knowledge complex issues or technical problems.

Demonstrated ability to delegate, motivate and inspire employees and foster a culture of customer service and integrity.

Strong financial management skills and a demonstrated ability to prioritize needs and utilize creative problem solving to accomplish desired objectives.

Knowledge and understanding of the issues and challenges surrounding a centralized steam plant and tunnel system.

Demonstrated commitment to energy conservation and sustainable facilities management.

Strong work ethic and ability to build a team to actualize organizational goals.

Utilizing the theories, principles and practices of engineering, architecture and planning, recommend appropriate courses of action to repair, renovate or construct buildings to meet the needs of the University.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in Engineering, Architecture or related discipline.

Licensed Architect or Engineer (or the ability to be licensed in the State of Montana).

Recent history of successful leadership as a Director or Associate Director of a campus physical plant operation.

Professional certifications such as PMP, LEED AP, FMP, CFM, etc.

Experience working within a multi-campus environment.

Understanding of the Montana University System’s and the State of Montana’s policies and procedures related to capital construction projects.

A passion for working within an academic community and a commitment to higher education.

About UM

and Facilities Services

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 10,000 students in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur. Missoula was ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000

” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 8



Field & Stream

in “ The 10 Best Colleges for Hunters and Anglers

.” Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life

. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University is committed to building a culture of environmental sustainability across campus through our operations, teaching, and research.

The mission of the University of Montana Facilities Services department is to assist in the development of a physical environment supportive of teaching, research, and administration on the University of Montana campus through the operation and maintenance of the state funded physical plant and to provide services to the auxiliaries as required. It is also Facilities Services’ mission to provide leadership with respect to capital improvements to promote quality designs that facilitate operations, enhance employee retention, exceed student and visitor needs and reduce operating costs. Facilities Services is responsible for assuring compliance with all codes related to facilities, construction, renovations, maintenance and operations of all campus facilities. This mission of support includes long-term preservation of facilities’ assets and equipment.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

University of Montana

University Highlights

City of Missoula

Destination Missoula

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Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce

State of Montana

Visit Montana

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.

In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.

Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.


*References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.


Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

E mployment Eligibility.

All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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