Manager, Landscape & Construction Services

University Of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst , MA 01003

Posted 3 months ago

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under general direction, the Manager of Landscape and Construction Services serves as one of four co-leaders for the Custodial and Grounds Services department within the Physical Plant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Primary focus areas of this position including oversight of the approximately 1,450 acres on the Amherst campus, along with multiple satellite facilities; landscape sustainability, conservation and wildlife habitat initiatives; snow removal; customer service; and collaboration with University and private partners. The Manager of Landscape and Construction Services is responsible for unit leadership of a large multi-faceted (landscape and construction) and highly skilled and professional unit; budget management upwards of $2MM; assessment of related services, programs and performance; training and job performance appraisal of staff; and related policy, procedures and standards development and implementation. Landscape and Construction Services are diverse, yet critically support each other in the maintenance of the campus landscape. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Custodial and Grounds Services and serves a member of the department's leadership team.

Essential Functions

Landscape Sustainability

  • Through sustainable planting, using a variety of hardy, beautiful native plants, and other landscaping techniques,

  • Feature low-maintenance and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces.

  • Lead Landscape and Construction Services Department forward-thinking approach to landscape design, maintenance, and operations.

  • Lead efforts for sustainable lawn maintenance and landscaping practices used on campus.

  • Creations of landscape IPM program with focus on reduction of use of pesticides and herbicides

  • Devise eradication plan for invasive species

  • Creation of selection document of native plant species to be used in the campus landscape.

  • Conservation, retention, and recycling of water

  • Permeable pavement usages. Alternatives to bituminous concrete. Usage of rain gardens, permeable pavers.

  • Reduction of salt usage during snow removal and de-icing practices.

  • Selection of equipment to lower emissions and noise pollution.

Conservation, wet-lands, and wildlife habitat

  • Target wildlife included primarily pollinators and songbirds; butterfly gardens.

  • Site nesting boxes providing shelter for native bird species, housing for bats, sunning opportunities for snapping turtles, and mowing practices for box turtles.

  • Coordinate with campus faculty for research opportunities and student engagement in initiatives.

  • Monitor order of conditions requirements as related to wetlands maintenance, storm water management, and wildlife habitat.

Supervision

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and address the job performance of the Landscape and Construction Services staff.

  • Manage all hiring, on-boarding, training and professional development, job performance reviews, disciplinary concerns, and off boarding within the union.

  • Address workplace concerns; work with Human Resources and Labor Relations staff to resolve personnel matters; and as needed, participate in grievance investigations and hearing.

  • Provide staff with opportunities for competency-based learning and engage staff in unit, department, and institutional goals and events.

  • Lead regularly scheduled effective meetings, provide context for decisions, foster open lines of communication, maintain appropriate levels of confidentiality, and cultivate a staff culture rooted in collaboration, civility, adaptability, and professionalism.

Organizational Leadership

  • Provide direction, strategic visioning, and measureable goals for Landscape and Construction Services Departments

  • Align priorities with University and departmental strategic plans.

  • Utilize assessment and evaluation measures to establish outcomes, monitor progress, address concerns, and foster continuous improvement with the landscape and construction services department.

  • Serve on and/or lead division/campus wide committees and initiatives, liaise with signification stakeholders and offices.

  • Develop positive and effective working relationships within the department and across campus.

  • Enact clear and open communication patterns.

  • Make timely and appropriate decisions.

  • Actively participate in key professional development organizations

  • Demonstrate leadership and professional throughout work.

Actively commit to advances in matters of diversity and including, compliance, budgetary/fiscal responsibility, and use of technology.

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.

  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student access

  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of the Physical Plant and the department

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.

  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.

  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.

  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Educational Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree in facilities management, education, administration, business, horticulture, environmental conservation, turf grass management, or related field plus 7 years' progressive, related experience within a large, multi-skilled and multi-faceted setting, with a minimum of 4 years supervising full-time, non-student staff OR Bachelor's degree in facilities management, education, administration, business, horticulture, environmental conservation, turf grass management, or related field plus 5 years' progressive, related experience within a large, multi-skilled and multi-faceted setting, with a minimum of 4 years supervising full-time, non-student staff

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Management of a large full time staff (25 or more); demonstrated ability to effectively lead, train, and develop supervisors within reporting line and ensure effective management of indirect reports

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including strong ability to relate effectively with high diverse work force; ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships; ability to honor privacy/confidentiality; commitment to team success; and superior communication (oral and written)and active listening skills.

  • Superior project management skills with emphasis on sustainability, snow removal operations, wetlands management and utility support, and effective completion and delegation of routine work and projects. Ability to effectively develop and deliver trainings, presentations, and reports to meeting organization goals and objectives.

  • Experience with vendor management, large and small scale contracts, and purchasing tools/equipment/supplies/products required for landscape and construction maintenance and related operations

  • Ability to engage in significant physical activity in the field, including inspecting trenches and evaluating icy sidewalk conditions and ability to respond to emergencies whenever required.

  • Established skilled in typical office suite software and CMMS software.

  • Valid Driver's License

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • APPA Certified Educational Facilities Professional certification

  • MA Construction Supervisor's License

  • Experience working in a unionized environment

  • Relevant work experience specific to a college/university setting

  • Working knowledge of relevant policies, codes, and best practices, including, but not limited to, ADA compliance and federal and state wetlands and sustainability laws and guidelines

  • Active involvement in related professional association(s)

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to access and evaluate outdoor work sites, including inspecting trenches and evaluating sidewalk conditions. Exposure to all kinds of weather conditions.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, first shift. Night and weekend work required.

Salary Information

Pay Grade 28

PSU Salary Schedule: https://www.umass.edu/humres/sites/default/files/2015%20PSY%20Scalary%20Scheedule.pdf

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide a rsum, cover letter, and three professional references (former or current supervisors).

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jul 26 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

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