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Director of Facilities Services

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Other, Facilities

Under the direction of the Executive Director for Planning, Operations, and Construction (POC), and in collaboration with colleagues in POC, the Director is responsible for planning and directing maintenance of the 830-acres and 1.6 million gross square feet of the Malibu campus. Through the development of cross-functional and interdepartmental teams, the Director will lead and manage all aspects of campus facilities including facilities maintenance, custodial services, grounds and landscaping, lifecycle renewal, safety, and regulatory compliance, and project planning support. This position plays a key role in university emergency preparedness and supports an interdepartmental emergency operations subcommittee. In partnership with POC leadership, assist in the development and implementation of capital renewal planning, long-term maintenance planning, energy conservation program planning, and implementation, building commissioning and recommissioning planning, and campus master planning. This position oversees and manages operating budget of the department.


  • Provide effective leadership, guidance, and support to managers and staff in a variety of trades and professional disciplines. 
  • Supports the University's mission, its code of ethics, and all applicable standards and policies by encouraging and maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Responsible for the daily, short-term and long-term organization, development, review, prioritization, budgeting, and accomplishment of maintenance and projects in support of the University's mission and goals.
  • Ensures productive participation in planning, design, and construction projects within the Department of Facilities Services (DFS).
  • Provides leadership to ensure best management practices are consistently used within DFS, including effective and professional communications, documentation, safety, and regulatory compliance, and use of industry and University standard practices as applicable; furthering the practice of foresight, good judgment, and advance planning.
  • Formulates, revises, and implements effective Departmental policies, programs, and procedures and implements corrective action plans.
  • Confers with senior administration to report and/or evaluate the performance of the department and its ability to meet objectives, improve, and/or change policy or procedure.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of POC Finance, responsible for the Department's financial and budgetary activities in order to fund operations, and increase efficiency.
  • Participates in public relations activities, represents the Department at meetings with students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as at community functions, and establishes favorable community, media, and other public relations.
  • Supervises and provides leadership to the general operations of the department.
  • Collaborate with and support University stakeholders.
  • Supervises the Associate Director of Facilities, Senior Manager of Maintenance Services, Manager of Custodial Services, Manager of Landscape and Irrigation, Access Manager and Administrative Assistant.
  • Carries out other duties, assignments, and responsibilities as assigned. Respect and honor the values of and commitment to Christianity which is foundational to Pepperdine University.
  • Uphold the Living Pepperdine standards in day to day work; participate in Daily Line-Ups and be able to articulate how the standards apply to daily work.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: An undergraduate degree (BA or BS) is required. Experience managing institutional facilities, or multiple commercial-sized buildings and properties. Seven years of professional supervisory experience is required. Five years of experience managing large and complex budgets with budget planning and management required. Approachable, listens to others, is adaptable to different communication styles, creative, persuasive, and solution-oriented. Demonstrated communication and analytical skills. Strong English written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required. Must consistently project a professional demeanor and positive attitude, and be able to effectively and professionally communicate with University administrators and customers. Evidence of energy and commitment, goal-oriented thinking, strong organization, communication (both written and oral), leadership, strategic, planning and interpersonal skills, personnel management experience, an understanding of student life and the needs/issues of a campus community. Ability to relate interpersonally with all members of the University community, including but not limited to the president, administrators, the Board of Regents, the faculty, staff, students, parents, visitors, etc. Normal mobility and ability to move around project sites, including up and downstairs and ladders, is required. Must drive personal vehicle for University business (mileage reimbursed), hold a valid driver's license, and be insurable under University’s standard auto insurance requirements.
Competency with Microsoft Office suite is required.

Preferred: An advanced degree is preferred. Degree(s) in relevant field(s) such as architecture, engineering, management, business, construction, or facilities management are preferred. Equivalent work experience may be considered in place of an advanced degree and/or degrees in a relevant field. Management experience in a higher education environment is preferred. Experience with Pepperdine University strongly preferred. Broad knowledge of practices, principles, and techniques in the facilities management or related field is preferred. Working knowledge of facilities management software, and specifically TMA, is preferred.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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