The University of Minnesota’s Facilities Management (FM) department is responsible for the physical assets of the University to ensure a quality environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and outreach. FM Landcare is the steward of more than 1000 acres of exterior environments on the Twin Cities campus. Landcare provides planning, design, installation, and maintenance services to ensure a beautiful, safe and welcoming campus for all users, throughout the year.
Description of Position
This position supervises full-time Teamster and part-time student employees who perform landscape maintenance and construction activities on the Twin Cities Campus. All typical supervisory roles such as hiring, development, and performance management would apply. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Landcare in FM Central Services and may be required to assume some of those responsibilities in the Assistant Director’s absence.
Management of staff includes responsibility and accountability for hiring, work skill training, coaching, conducting performance evaluations, disciplining, and providing safety training for assigned employees. Administers work processes within Land care. Administrative responsibilities include collecting and organizing critical production data, time card processing, report writing, and maintaining up- to-date safety manuals and MSDS documentation. Ensures that University and FM policies, practices, procedures, rules, labor contracts, building codes, environmental regulations, and guidelines including Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity are followed.
Participates in the formulating of programmatic business plans and is responsible for program outcomes that satisfy business plan objectives. Takes a lead role in devising efficient operational processes and procedures, including work planning and scheduling. Obtains necessary materials and tools to keep work flow moving smoothly. Prepares and is accountable for firm bids covering labor, material, and equipment costs. Coordinates work with other Land care supervisors. Coordinates work performed by vendors and monitors the quality of work in progress to evaluate vendor performance. Builds positive customer relations through contacts with other FM business units, students, staff and faculty in coordinating the services provided by Land care.
May be assigned other miscellaneous duties (including training) by department supervision/leadership.
Work is performed in the field as well as in an office setting. This position will be exposed to hazardous conditions including extreme weather conditions and extended hours during the winter months for snow removal. Hearing and visual protection may be required at times.
Requires BA/BS with at least 5 years of experience in facilities and grounds maintenance and snow removal, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to total nine years.
Two years of supervisory experience (preferably in a unionized setting) is required.
Successful completion of a background investigation.
Candidate must maintain a valid Driver’s License.
Ability to prioritize work in a multi-tasking environment.
Ability to work as part of a cohesive team.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to identify departmental priorities and make decisions to ensure work efforts and resources are employed appropriately.
Ability to establish effective working relationships with a diverse, multiple customer base.
Knowledge of snow removal practices.
Knowledge of various plant materials and established horticultural practices for appropriate care.
Knowledge of standard equipment used for service delivery operations.
Experience leading effectively and working collaboratively with staff in a unionized setting.
Well-developed written, verbal, interpersonal and problem resolution skills.
Skill in operating a personal computer and standard MS Office software programs.
Internal Number: 328201
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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