Facilities Operations

Within the context of a career, Facilities Operations recognizes the dynamic interaction of various organizational business, plant, maintenance/renovation, transportation/parking, grounds/waste management and utilities/energy management functions with each other (see Career Bands) and with the teaching, research and service objectives of the organization. Facilities Operations interacts with all academic, research, patient care, student services and business operations of the University. To succeed in this career field, typical requirements for the Facilities Operations professional include:

  1. Business Capabilities – Demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the business of an organization or unit.
  2. State of the Art Facilities Operations practices – Demonstrating updated competencies in functional areas (Career Bands).
  3. Management of Change – Managing change processes so that Facilities Operations activities are effectively merged with the business needs of the organization.
  4. Dynamic Design – Development of short and long-range maintenance, renovation and facilities operations plans for the campuses.

The ability for a Facilities Operations professional to integrate these four elements in an academic, research, health system or business environment is essential. By helping their organizations build a sustained competitive advantage and by learning to manage many activities well, Facilities Operations staff members become strategic business partners.

Jobs in this Career Family deal with the institution-wide operation, maintenance and renovation of University buildings, facilities and equipment. Typical functions include plant operations, custodial services, skilled trades, parking & transportation, utilities, grounds & waste management, etc.