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Director, Facilities (Permanent, full-time)

POSITION PROFILE                                                                              


The Director of Facilities is accountable for the facility operations and management of the University’s buildings and property, the development and delivery of effective preventative maintenance programs and facility renewal programs, and responsibility for Health and Safety programs.  


Why St. Jerome’s University?


At. St. Jerome’s University, we embrace and celebrate the philosophy of educating the whole person – intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our commitment to academic excellence and to the integration of knowledge, research, and experiential learning allows us to inspire learning and discovery not only in our students but also in those with whom we interact. We foster a respectful, inclusive community that is centered on the well-being of our students and the promotion of the common good, consistent with the ideals of the contemporary Roman Catholic Church.


How will you contribute as the Director of Facilities?

  • Plan and coordinate the annual departmental budget and lead a team of internal staff and external contractors
  • Comply with and promote the University’s policies and directives related to facility operations and health and safety
  • Manage and oversee the efficient operation of all facility systems, including mechanical, electrical, key access control, security, and parking
  • Develop proactive maintenance plans, oversee capital projects, and manage the facility needs during those projects
  • Conduct project feasibility analysis and make recommendations for project plans as necessary
  • Coordinate tendering and procurement of facility equipment and furniture
  • Manage key external contracts with trades and suppliers
  • Ensure that workers work in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations
  • Report and rectify potential hazards, incidents, and Health and Safety concerns that impact or influence faculty/staff/students or the operations of the University
  • Support and oversee performance and development of internal facilities staff members
  • Coordinate and monitor performance of external contractors, general contractors and sub-trades


As a successful Director of Facilities, you possess:

  • 5+ years of experience in facility management and maintenance operations required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of effective leadership and collaboration with colleagues and direct reports
  • Extensive knowledge of HVAC, pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical, mechanical systems
  • A working knowledge of blueprints and blueprint reading
  • Extensive knowledge of safe work practices; the Occupational Health and Safety Act; and training in related regulations asbestos and mould abatement consistent with an institutional operation
  • Experience with databases and facility management software would be an asset
  • Budget management experience
  • Strong analytic, oral, and written communication skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a deep commitment to customer service, proven innovative approach to problem solving and an aptitude towards service excellence and responsiveness
  • Ability to effectively work in cross-functional teams comprised of trades, operators and other technical staff
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing requirements, and responsive to client needs
  • Experience working on organization-wide projects with multiple stakeholders


The Way We Work & Live


Employees have opportunities to participate in our community, work within cross-organizational teams, demonstrate their commitment to learning and development, and contribute to the University’s mission. As a federated university with the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University employees, just like our students, enjoy the advantages of a small community while have the opportunity to participate and contribute to the greater community.

St. Jerome’s University is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our University is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. We give thanks for the privilege to work and live on this land, and we are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to enhance our knowledge, and learn how we can have an active role in reconciliation. 


Vaccination Requirement

All employees and students of St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation, in order to come to campus. For more information, please refer to the University of Waterloo website: Vaccination Requirement.


To Apply: Please send your application to sjuhr@uwaterloo.ca by Friday, November 26, 2021, Attention: Mike Gourlay, Executive Director, Finance and Administration.


The University respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged.


Last Submission Date: 
Friday, 26 Nov, 2021