A maintenance director is responsible for ensuring the safety of the area that they are supervising, managing a staff, and dealing directly with the customers or clients. The maintenance director is often consulted for their expertise in how to best maintain the condition of the property. They also manage a budget, which should include allocating expenses and workers in the most efficient and effective way possible. A maintenance director must also have a good hands-on knowledge of how to troubleshoot any logistical problems. This includes doing small repairs, knowing the best practices for the upkeep of the facilities, and having the ability to instruct and train others in these areas. It would may necessary to lift items up to 50 pounds for this position as well. Additionally, this job can include interviewing and hiring new employees.
This is a supervisory position that typically requires five or more years of property maintenance experience in the particular setting in which they are seeking employment. Prior experience supervising other employees is strongly desired. Supervision of staff may include groundskeepers, laundry services, and maintenance workers, as well as any additional subcontractors or specialists that are employed for special occasions.
Because the maintenance director deals directly with the public, it is important for them to have excellent communication skills to represent the company properly. HVAC certification is often preferred, as is a valid driver's license. A criminal background check and drug screening may also be required. Hours and schedule vary by the place of employment.
Maintenance Director Tasks
Maintain and train others on fire and life safety regulations and equipment.
Perform upgrades and renovations, including electrical, paint, and plumbing.
Ensure safety and attractive appearance of facilities.
Conduct ongoing preventative maintenance and document all activities.