Director of Facilities

  • New Orleans, LA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Regional Support and Leadership
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

KIPP New Orleans Schools is a non-profit network of 13 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating 6,200 elementary, middle, and high school students. For over 15 years, we have a proven track record of preparing students for success in college and beyond.

Our schools are part of the free New Orleans public school system and enrollment is open to all students.  As part of the national Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) network of 242 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, we are committed to partnering with the community to ensure that all children have the knowledge, skills and character they need to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place.  We believe that great teachers and school leaders, a supportive learning environment, and an emphasis on both academics and character are the foundation for student success, and we strive to provide these for every child.

KIPP New Orleans strives to be an increasingly more anti-racist organization, and we seek to intentionally uplift Black and Brown lives.  We recognize the importance of an inclusive environment and believe in providing programming that acknowledges racial injustices, biases and our own identities. 

At KIPP New Orleans Schools, teachers, students, and families are all united around the same goal: building academically excellent schools & creating unlimited opportunities for every student in New Orleans.  We believe that an excellent college-preparatory education will set students up for success in whatever life path they choose.

Job Description

The director of facilities oversees the physical upkeep and maintenance of all KIPP New Orleans Schools (KNOS) buildings, a portfolio of 9 campuses encompassing more than 850,000 square feet throughout the city. The position reports to the chief operating officer (COO) and requires significant collaboration with school leaders and school operations leaders (SOLs)  as well as peers throughout the KNOS regional school support center (SSC). The director of facilities also acts as a key KNOS liaison to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB).

Position Requires:

  • strategic thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit that maximize available resources and develop excellent, sustainable outcomes

  • solid organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to advance numerous competing priorities

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to coordinate activities across team members at multiple locations

  • an ability to cultivate partnerships and build consensus

  • comfort defining and upholding high expectations, including delivering and receiving constructive feedback

  • adaptability and comfort working in a complex, fast-paced environment that demands continuous learning and improvement

  • a passion for KNOS’s mission of driving extraordinary academic achievement and personal growth that result in students’ attainment of a college degree

The Director of Facilities’ responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. In executing all responsibilities, the Director must focus on excellent outcomes for the students KNOS serves:

  • partnering with the COO to develop and implement long-term goals and strategies related to the upkeep and maintenance of all KNOS buildings, including creation of a capital plan for each campus

  • managing all capital projects, often serving in the equivalent capacity of a general contractor

  • Supporting KNOS executive management to consider expansion opportunities outside of New Orleans in the near term, and in turn could be charged with adapting KNOS’s corporate structure and expanding the Facilities function across multiple markets

  • maximizing the efficiency of critical building systems, resulting in utilities cost savings

  • oversight of compliance with OPSB facility lease agreements and other regulatory requirements

  • sourcing and managing vendors for facilities services, including negotiating contracts and holding vendors accountable for delivering high-quality results

  • identifying and executing preventative maintenance measures through facilities inspections

  • collaborating with the director of school operations to develop and execute regional emergency operations protocols and campus-specific emergency operations plans

  • serving as the indirect manager of KNOS maintenance technicians

  • designing and implementing a plan to employ KNOS maintenance technicians rather than vendor services for preventative and minor maintenance

  • assisting in the advancement of additional KNOS priorities as required

Qualifications

The ideal candidate possesses the following qualifications:

  • a master’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s degree required)

  • a minimum of five years’ work experience in facilities management or facilities engineering

  • a minimum of three years leading and developing high-performing teams

  • extensive history managing building automation system (BAS) technology

  • demonstrated experience creating and managing budgets effectively

  • significant computerized maintenance management systems (CMMSs) knowledge

  • high proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications

Additional Information

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, KIPP New Orleans Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package including health coverage and retirement.

 

● Healthcare (including  vision, dental, and short-term disability) provided for employees

 

● 403(b) retirement plan with up to a 5% salary match

 

● 104 PTO hours equaling 13 days per year

 

● On-going professional development opportunities

 

 

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