A facilities/maintenance director is a type of supervisor who is responsible for overseeing the facility maintenance department of an organization. These directors are employed by a variety of organizations, including office buildings, factories, hospitals, hotels, rental properties, and college campuses.
Facilities/maintenance directors work primarily during traditional office hours; however, they may be responsible for “on-call” duties during off-hours. This position generally values real-world experience over formal education, although some organizations may require these directors to obtain degrees in facility management or building maintenance which may include courses in: electrical work, blueprint reading, heating and air systems, plumbing, facility maintenance, management principles, and building codes. This person will generally work within a team of facility maintenance workers.
A facilities/maintenance director is typically seen as a jack-of-all-trades with skills in a variety of areas. This person should have the abilities to: inspect buildings; identify/report maintenance issues (including electrical and plumbing); create work assignments for various personnel; hire/train staff; conduct performance evaluations; create maintenance reports; maintain inventory (tools, office supplies, building materials, cleaning supplies, etc); implement departmental policies and procedures; develop and recommend systems and procedures; communicate clearly and effectively within their team and to supervisors; maintain ultimate safety; and maintain knowledge of pertinent laws and ordinances.
Those in this position are typically required to perform physical labor, including the ability to stand for long periods of time, as well as a full range of bodily motions (stooping, crouching, kneeling, climbing, etc) and lifting heavy objects.
Facilities / Maintenance Director Tasks
Oversee physical maintenance and operations of buildings, facilities and building systems.
Assist with planning and execution of building construction or renovation.
Supervise maintenance and housekeeping departments.
Manage leases, contractors and budgets related to buildings and facilities.