Sr. Director, Facilities and Real Estate Management

Sr. Director, Facilities and Real Estate Management

This senior leader is responsible for managing the design, planning, construction, maintenance of equipment, machinery, buildings, and other new facility projects. The position manages capital expenditures, plans, budgets, and schedules facility modifications, including estimates on equipment, labor materials and other related costs maintaining low costs and high return on investment. Management of new facility-related projects and for all activities of the physical plant facilities. Direct all activities of physical plant facilities to include budget development and conformance, maintenance of buildings, grounds, equipment, housekeeping, security, fleet maintenance, electrical systems, water systems, natural gas systems, parking & roadways. Oversees OSHA requirements and required training, NFPA requirements, SDS and GHS training, safety training and asset management.
This position is responsible for developing and maintaining a safe environment for all staff, members, and visitors.

Opportunity type
Fundraising / Development
Job responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
-Oversees the coordination of building space allocation and layout, communication services, and facility expansion.
-Develops and implements a facility management program including preventative maintenance and life-cycle requirements of all FOOD DEPOSITORY-owned buildings, grounds, and related assets.
-Performs regular inspections of work areas, ground, and buildings.
-Initiates planned maintenance programs for a variety of facility equipment, including HVAC, fitness, and office equipment to ensure maximum performance and minimal downtime.
-Manages and maintains housekeeping and maintenance operations that provides high-quality services to the Food Depository
-Plans budgets and schedules facility modifications, including cost estimates.
-Inspects construction and installation progress serving as the primary liaison and representative to the Construction Manager and/or Architect/Engineer in major construction projects to provide input to design, life cycle and maintainability.
-Ensures compliance with applicable building and safety codes, hazardous waste disposal, OSHA, etc.
-Identifies and justifies potential energy projects. Oversee utility consumption and track energy usage. Keep current with changing technologies.
-Assists the Senior Leadership Team and coordinates with efforts within the Organization to continue to improve and enhance the Food Depository's sustainability efforts.
-Develops, administers, and maintains an annual budget plan for capital improvements, evaluate deferred maintenance. Submit yearly capital requests. Develop and manage schedules to complete approved projects, achieve project budgets and prepare bid specifications and drawings.
-Training staff on safety procedures.

Application qualifications

-BS in engineering, a technical degree or associate degree with technical training in plant engineering or factory/plant maintenance preferred.
-10 years experience in Facilities, Plant Management & Safety.
-Knowledge of plant operating systems, i.e., electrical, water, gas.
-Knowledge of building systems, i.e., roof, HVAC, structural.
-Experience in planning, scheduling, implementing, and auditing construction and renovation projects.
-Knowledge to develop and administer facility safety plans.
-Provide leadership for safety and security.
-Knowledge of Life Safety, Food Safety, Disaster & Emergency Planning, First Aid/CPR
-Proven customer service and technical problem-solving abilities preferably with a non-profit organization
-Knowledge of OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1910 General Industry
-Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in written and verbal format to leadership, staff, and operations teams.
-Certifications: HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, CPO or other certifications a plus.

Key Competencies for Success
-Customer/Client Focus.
-Communication Proficiency.
-Problem Solving/Analysis.
-Project management.
-Strong planning and implementation experience.
-Budget development and management skills.
-Teamwork and adaptability.
-Strong Leadership and Negotiation Skills.
-Knowledge of all phases of facilities operations, maintenance and repair, grounds maintenance and housekeeping.
-Knowledge and experience with federal, state, and local building codes, construction, safety, fire, and public access regulations.
-Flexibility and ability to cope with multiple priorities.
-Strong work ethic and set high standards to create a sense of pride in work and the team.


Health, dental and vision insurance coverage
Employer paid life and disability insurance
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) retirement plan
Paid time off
Parental leave
Tuition reimbursement
Wellness reimbursement
Free onsite fitness classes
Healthy, affordable onsite dining

About the organization

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, believes a healthy community starts with food. We are at the center of a network of more than 700 partner organizations and programs – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile distributions and other partners – working to bring food, dignity and hope to our neighbors across Chicago and Cook County. The Food Depository addresses the root causes of hunger with job training, advocacy and other innovative solutions. We are a proud member of Feeding America – the national network of food banks. By working to help those most in need go from hungry to hopeful, we truly become a Greater Chicago.

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