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Director of Buildings & Grounds

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Position Title: Director of Buildings and Grounds     


Position Grade: Position Grade 7, Administrator/Act 93


Reports To and Evaluated By: The Director of Building and Grounds reports directly to the Business Administrator, works in cooperation with all administrators, principals and staff to perform job responsibilities as outlined.


Supervises and Evaluates:  The Director of Building and Grounds supervises and provides direction to the Supervisor of Operations, Building Supervisors, Delivery/Receiving Person and Buildings and Grounds Secretary.


Principal Functions: The Director of Building and Grounds reports to the Business Administrator and has the responsibility for the efficient and quality operation of all building and grounds in the School District in order to provide the best physical environment for the District’s students and employees.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities*: 

  1. Provide for the proper maintenance, care and security of all buildings and grounds.
  2. Establish and maintain regular communications with all principals regarding maintenance, cleaning, operations and security of the school buildings.
  3. Cooperate with building principals in providing support and administrative needs required in maintaining a clean and safe environment.
  4. Recommend to the Business Administrator projects for budget consideration.
  5. Establish suitable minimum qualifications of all persons for employment in the Buildings and Grounds Department.
  6. Prepare plans and specifications for the public bidding of maintenance and renovation projects required throughout the District as budgeted or requested by the Business Office           Administrator.
  7. Consult and review with architects and engineers concerning their designs, plans and specifications, making suggestions of improvements in the best interest of the District.
  8. Supervise the performance of all contractors for maintenance, renovations and new construction projects within the School District for conformance with plans,             specifications and workmanship.
  9. Determine when outside contractors are required and administer contracts.
  10. Monitor operational costs and develop the preliminary budget for district facilities.
  11. Establish and maintain a lawn and grounds maintenance program incorporating measures of efficiency and recommendations of turf specialists.
  12. Develop and implement Board approved staffing studies for each school building’s operational needs using historical information and other accepted standards.
  13. Evaluate equipment, control instrumentation, and buildings; recommend improvements in the interest of efficiency, replacement or up-grading.
  14. Supervise department personnel, encouraging the adoption and constant use of more efficient methods and procedures.
  15. Organize and conduct training programs for all maintenance and custodial employees.
  16. Establish and institute suitable forms for the inspection of all buildings in the School District, using this information, in conjunction with the principal, to establish long range    maintenance budgets for projects.
  17. Catalogue and keep records of blueprints, specifications, and equipment manuals for each building.
  18. Participate in development of security and   emergency management plans.
  19. Integrate sustainable practices and associated initiatives.
  20. Conduct and review evaluations of the staff.
  21. Maintain proper certification in asbestos, Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification Program, Integrated Pest Management and other fields as required, and attend seminars to keep updated with the latest technology.
  22. Perform such other duties as assigned by the Business Administrator.


* This list is intended to be illustrative rather than complete, and serves to show major duties and responsibilities and differentiates the position from others in the district.


Physical Necessities and Work Environment:


Position requires sitting, standing, walking or moving throughout the building, often for extended periods of the workday.  Must be able to hear (40 decibel loss maximum), verbally communicate, and have vision requirements of near acuity of 20 inches or less and far acuity of 20 feet or more with depth perception, accommodation and field vision. Required to move (push, pull, lift, carry, slide) office supplies weighing no more than 45 pounds. Requires use of either hand for fine manipulation, simple grasping and push/pull functions.  Performs a variety of duties.  Climbs stairs in and or around the building.  May occasionally bend and reach to secure records/files from desk, shelves, and filing cabinets.  Subject to inside environmental conditions.


The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations.  It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the Wissahickon School District’s Director of Personnel of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required. 


Wissahickon School District is an equal opportunity employer.

Position: Director of Buildings & Grounds
Organization: Wissahickon School District
Location: Ambler,  PA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 8/3/2022
Date Posted: 8/3/2022


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in facilities management, industrial engineering or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience and competence in mechanical and electrical systems, boilers, air conditioning equipment, water treatment and plumbing systems, building cleaning equipment and procedures, kitchen equipment, roof maintenance, scheduling procedures and preventive maintenance.
  3. Pennsylvania Registered School Business Official or Specialist status through PASBO preferred.
  4. A valid driver’s license.
  5. Any additional or alternative qualifications as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/18/2022
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Wissahickon School District
601 Knight Road

Ambler,  PA 19426
United States
Danielle D. Hey, Director of HR