Assistant Director of Facilities - Student and Campus Life
June 7, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
As a part of the SCL Office of the Vice President's unit, the SCL Facilities team supports the student campus experience, by ensuring safe, clean, and operational spaces for students to live eat, recreate, connect, and engage with each other. With this mission in mind, the team is focused on helping our customers and end-users navigate critical decisions regarding the use and maintenance of their space. They do this through analyzing risks and associated costs, exploring additional services that add value, considering safety and security factors, and ensuring business continuity. Members of this group are passionate about helping customers, think critically about how small decisions can have large impacts, and have a knack for integrating people and physical places. This team is literally the ‘foundation’ upon which the student experience here at Cornell is built.
In a world where ongoing building maintenance, planned facility improvements, and long-term project development converge on a daily basis, the Assistant Director of Facilities plays a critical role in tying it all together. Managing and coordinating a team of expert facilities managers and building supervisors, this role ensures that our commitment to providing safe, reliable, engaging, and functional living and learning environments is realized every day. With a very broad array of customers, stakeholders and service providers involved in the success of this mission, this role is critical to ensure effective collaboration, planning, and follow-through on large scale facility-related tasks and projects.
This role will be deployed to oversee ~1.3 million square feet of physical space, spanning across our customer groups in: Athletics and Physical Education, Dean of Students, Campus and Community Engagement (which includes the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life), Cornell Health, and other assigned units.
A successful candidate will:
Ensure a safe and reliable facilities for staff and students to operate programmatic needs
Communicate pressures and opportunities for improvement among key positions to effect change in Student and Campus Life where identified
Understanding how the University support structures function to successfully navigate process and expedite the needs of the Division
Build strong relationships to help facilitate project completion and successful initiation of new objectives
Leverage knowledge of what each of our departments programmatic and operational functions entail to find creative solutions through the built environment
Enable business continuity and preventative measures to avoid impact on operations.
Set a tone of customer-oriented communication and service within the subordinate team and throughout the division
Bachelor's degree with more that 5 years of related professional experience in facilities management, construction management, project management, or supervisory role in a technical trades field. Prior experience with interpreting technical drawings and specifications, preparing and reviewing statistical and financial reports, and interacting with skilled trades technicians is a must. Previous experience in a technical/skilled trades work environment with demonstrated project coordination skills
Master's degree or additional education or professional experience in a related field. Prior experience in a complex university environment or a collective bargaining work environment. Previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred, but not required. Strong analytical skills and prior large-scale project management experience. Ability to manage multiple ongoing tasks, priorities, and projects. Previous customer service experience in a business environment. Willingness to think critically and implement and/or adapt new processes and policies as needed
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Mgr Facilities II
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