Facilities directors hold an upper-level management position. As well as overseeing the daily operations of the physical building(s), these individuals are responsible for managing staff, budgets, and subcontractors, as well as negotiating leases and overseeing construction projects. They manage multiple types of technical services associated with facilities management, and they must be able to assess and successfully resolve any issues that may arise with minimal disruption to business operations.
Facilities directors must be proficient in the planning, operation, and supervision of the physical plant, and they must have knowledge of government regulations and compliance requirements. Some of the physical plant and facilities management duties that these directors oversee include waste management, grounds, infrastructure, and housekeeping. They must also develop and monitor budgets for their organization's facilities-related functions. Individuals in this position generally work both in an office and on site in the facilities they oversee. They may need to meet with clients on weekends and after typical work hours. Facilities directors may also be required to respond to emergencies requiring immediate attention.
Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree and trade certification or equivalent job experience. Candidate should have strong customer service and negotiating skills, as well as supervisory experience. They must also have the ability to multitask and work well on a team.
Facilities 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.