Physical Plant Director


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To manage the physical plant of a large institution or building complex including all facility and grounds programs and operations and related support services; perform related work.


Incumbents manage the largest state facilities encompassing all aspects of maintenance, crafts, safety, custodial, mechanical systems, utilities, hazardous/infectious materials, laundry, and grounds related activities. Work is accomplished through other supervisory staff.


1. Management. Typical responsibilities: plans, organizes and directs physical plant and related operations; administers programs, resources and budgets; provides technical consultation in facilities management; determines staff needs; interviews and hires staff and evaluates performance; trains staff in regulations, procedures and operations; inspects buildings, grounds, and related systems for maintenance and repair needs; sets work priorities and plans daily and long-term projects for facility needs; directs service providers, contractors and vendors; prepares detailed cost estimates of proposed projects and equipment; formulates policies and procedures that integrate operations functions with facility management; serves on committees for overall planning of facility; prepares specialized reports, studies, and grant requests.

2. Operations. Typical responsibilities: manages programs for preventive and special maintenance of facilities, equipment and grounds, custodial services and associated major subsystems; determines if on-site or contractor repair is appropriate; develops contract and service agreements, and insures compliance with terms and authorizes payments; prepares reports and plans using computerized maintenance management system; may oversee safety and security programs, laundry and materials management operations.

3. Construction, remodeling & public works. Typical responsibilities: reviews and certifies need for repairs and coordinates vendor work; develops plans and specifications for remodels or new construction and estimates costs for proposals; coordinates with utilities and public agencies regarding service and compliance matters; coordinates with architects and construction contractors on projects; serves as primary representative to control and approve public works projects through completion on behalf of the institution.


Considerable knowledge of: energy conservation techniques; building codes and related regulations; environmental and infectious and hazardous materials considerations of a physical plant; preventive and predictive maintenance.

Some knowledge of: hazardous and infectious materials disposal; carpentry; plumbing; electrical work; HVAC maintenance and operations; procedures and frequencies of custodial operations.

Experience: managing a physical plant and related operations of an institution or building complex; supervising staff; training employees in physical plant operations; scheduling and coordinating simultaneous remodel, maintenance, and construction projects; interpreting blueprints and building plans; estimating cost of materials and supplies for building construction and remodel projects; writing construction specifications and developing related plans.

REVISED: 5/21/2008
Pay Grade: N Overtime Code: A