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Department: Facilities
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Apr 5, 2021
Reports To: Executive Director

Date:                                                  April 2021


Job Title:                                          Director, Facilities-Operations


Department:                                 Facilities


Reports To:                                     Executive Director


Position Overview:                     

The Director of Facilities is a strong effective leader who has excellent interpersonal, communications and relationship building skills. The Director is responsible for the daily operations, facility planning, space utilization and management of college’s facilities. The Director will ensure that the facilities, grounds and equipment are maintained and preventative maintenance measures are implemented.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the day to day operations of the existing facilities, not limited to: housekeeping, electrical systems and generators, elevators, fire alarm systems, and HVAC, etc.
  • Supervise a staff of over 25 employees, including performance appraisals, scheduling/time-off requests. Manage work order system and ensure timely completion of all assignments and preventative maintenance schedules
  • Engage and partner with vendors and tradesmen on current and future contracts, as well as make recommendations as to changes needed to maintain the facilities
  • Responsible for the coordination of routine visual inspection of facilities to identify safety, structural, or mechanical issues. Ensure all electrical, BMS/HVAC, plumbing and mechanical equipment are in good working order.
  • Ensure all facilities operations meet federal, city, and state compliance requirements, in collaboration with Director of EH&S, and third-party vendors.
  • Collaborate with executive director in the preparation and management of the departmental budget and capital improvement projects.
  • Provide support to internal departments for various school and special events regarding setups, breakdowns, and move-ins/move-outs.
  • Performs special projects as assigned by the Executive Director of Facilities.
  • Coordinate fire drills, ensure operations comply with fire department code, and submit reports in accordance with current requirements in conjunction with Director of EH&S and Fire Safety consultant


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Manage COVID-19 Facilities safety requirements, create social distancing plans and protocols, such as designing new office layouts for employees and visitors in collaboration with various departments.
  • Participate in safety and emergency planning, testing and implementation as member of the Emergency Management Committee (EMC).
  • Confer with various administrators on policies governing the use of buildings and grounds, alteration and construction within the buildings and overall facility operations




  • Bachelor’s Degree and prior experience in higher education preferred.
  • 7-10 years of related facilities/building management experience.
  • Must be a responsible individual who possess a high level of professionalism, integrity and strong work ethic. Poised, calm and professional demeanor
  • Must possess strong leadership and management skills, and demonstrate an ability to lead, manage and balance competing tasks, priorities and deadlines, in addition to completing all assigned projects on time and within budget while maintaining the college's commitment to exceptional quality
  • Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal and customer service skills are required. Communicate effectively through email, cell phone, telephone, voicemail and text messaging and/or other platforms
  • Possess skills to prepare and develop budgets, purchase orders, technical planning and supervisory skills for third party vendors
  • Proficient with computer software including Microsoft Office suite and Google documents, General Building Management Systems and BMS platforms is required.
  • Knowledge of fire systems, building systems including boiler operations, HVAC, carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical and building mechanicals a plus
  • Knowledge in all state, federal and local regulations, NYC Department of Buildings, FDNY, Department of Health Regulations, asbestos, hazardous materials, radon, lead, noise pollution, indoor air quality, recycling, PCB’s, OSHA, ADA, solid waste, emergency disaster planning, and laws and regulations relating to school facilities.
  • Must be willing to move travel and perform inspections at various campus locations.
  • Able to bend, stoop, twist, climb up and down ladders. Able to lift and carry 50 pounds, including up and down stairs
  • Bilingual skills a plus



Physical Demands:

The position requires duties to be performed both onsite and remote with frequent interruptions and irregularities in the work schedule. Meetings and site visits are held at locations campus-wide. Frequent walking, standing, climbing, lifting, or carrying of equipment and materials is required. The Director may be required to lift and carry up to 50 pounds. This is a designated emergency leadership position requiring 24/7 accessibility, as well as availability during peak periods, emergencies, and to periodically work additional hours, special events, evenings, nights, weekends.


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit www.sva.edu/workingatsva 


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu 

No walk-ins or phone calls, please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply