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Executive Director of Facilities Management

Apply now Job no: 492413
Work type: Full-time exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrative (Exempt)

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Understand the University’s vision and execute operationally in support of it.
  • Work with senior management to strategically plan the physical plant investment.
  • Plan, develop and manage capital construction and renovations, including, but not limited to scope development, project scheduling, specification approval, daily contractor management, move, telecommunications, and data coordination. 
  • Coordinate and manage project meetings and occupant notifications, budget and punch list completion.


  • Responsible for overall appearance and operation of the University; provide safe, attractive and high quality facilities and grounds for the campus community.
  • Oversee all construction, renovations, groundwork, and aesthetics of University’s three campuses in Chester (100 acres), Wilmington (35 acres) and Harrisburg (5 acres).
  • Manage day-to-day operations, maintenance, and environmental health and safety departments. 
  • Generate, negotiate, execute and manage contracts with external vendors, appropriately following University procurement policies and procedures.
  • Create a tracking system to manage contracts and vendor agreements.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility for all expenses related to maintenance, operations and utilities. Prepare and effectively manage operations and project budgets. Research discrepancies to ensure accuracy before approving payments. 
  • Enforce safety work rules and procedures in accordance with OSHA regulations, EPA, PA DEP, and all applicable local, state, and federal government laws and regulations.


  • Lead, develop and supervise a total staff of approximately 55 team members.
  • Prepare staffing plans. Ensure quality hires, training of personnel to departmental standards, assigning work and evaluating employees’ performance.
  • Manage overall combined capital, operating and wage budget of approximately $25 million.
  • Demonstrate leadership and expertise through training, service delivery and excellence. Identify opportunities for improving department and procedures; implement improvements and conduct quality reviews periodically.
  • Develop policies, plans and procedures for the effective operations of the Department, including preventative maintenance planning and inspection schedules. 
  • Develop equipment inventory list and ensure maintenance of all departmental assets at each location.  
  • Collaborate with and work in an advisory capacity to senior leadership of University to determine long-term goals, resource planning, operational expectations and best practices.

 Secondary Duties

  • Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Education/Training and Experience Required):

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business management, engineering, facilities management or related field
  • Seven (7+) plus years in senior leadership role in facilities/operations management, preferably in higher education
  • Demonstrated supervisory success with  skilled labor, exempt and non-exempt staff
  • Demonstrated experience in complex, multi-location organizations
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Demonstrated written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated strength in collaboration and listening skills to understand and clarify issues raised and offer solutions that meet the client’s needs
  • Commitment to excellent results
  • Ability to work with and advise senior leadership
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while adhering to deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel domestically (regionally)
  • Strong problem solving


  • Master’s degree in business management, engineering or related field
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies in the areas of sustainability and environmental safety.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

This job requires significant night and weekend work.  Ability to work behind a computer for long periods.  Mobility between campus building, on and off-site facilities.  

This role serves as essential personnel, which may require on-campus residence during community, local, state or national emergencies. 

*Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.


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