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Director of Physical Plant

Bard College at Simon’s Rock seeks an energetic, resourceful, and hands-on Director of Physical Plant to coordinate, supervise, and lead the staff who support the facilities and campus community.

Areas of focus include: computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS); environmental health & safety; engineering documentation; logistics; building, road, and ground improvements; custodial services; utilities; maintenance and repair; and construction management. Reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration, the Director of Physical Plant manages a staff of 15 as well as external vendors.


Among other tasks, the Director of Physical Plant:

  • Oversees maintenance, operation and routine evaluation of fire and other safety and protection systems for the College. Coordinates necessary action to rectify building code and safety violations or citations from local, county or state governing bodies. Routinely inspects College property for unsafe conditions or observed unsafe practice which may lead to injury. Takes appropriate action to correct any unsafe condition or practice and reports all potential safety hazards to appropriate College personnel.
  • Prepares and administers the Physical Plant annual budget.
  • Administers the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) that collects data, coordinates and evaluates all maintenance and preventive maintenance activities performed by the physical plant division.
  • Administers all other engineering documentation necessary to maintain current as-builts, warranty information, and operating manuals.
  • Administers the purchase of gas and electricity on an annual basis.
  • Prepares RFPs and supervises plans, specifications and cost estimates for all internal maintenance and remodeling projects, and consults on infrastructure design and construction for larger initiatives.
  • Maintains the official College record of all drawings, layout and design standards of the facilities.
  • Organizes the Physical Plant support services for major events such as commencement and for summer programs
  • Proactively pursues sustainable (green) initiatives to promote a culture of environmental responsibility throughout the campus community.
  • Through attendance at professional meetings and by other means proactively remains abreast of current and best practices, and apprises the campus of recent developments in facilities operations and support.

Education and Experience Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Facility or Construction Management, a related degree, or an equivalent combination of work experience (including specialty in a trade) and training. Six to nine years of progressively increasing responsibility is required, with experience that must have included construction, plant maintenance and successful supervision of skilled and unskilled maintenance employees. Highly developed organizational and task management skills are vital, as are a willingness and capacity to work actively in the field while managing personnel. Knowledge of all skilled trades and computer maintenance management systems is strongly preferred. Prior experience at an educational institution is desirable.

Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, MA is the only four-year college in the US specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to begin higher education immediately after the tenth or eleventh grade. Home to approximately 400 residents, the campus is set on 275 acres with approximately 500,000 square feet of building space. For more information about the College and the campus, see


All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Bard College at Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer. This is a full-time position with excellent employee benefits. Employment is contingent on successful completion of appropriate background checks. Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to No phone calls, please