The Director of Buildings and Grounds

Administrator / Full-Time

Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA

plays a facilities management role and leads the School’s Buildings and Grounds department. The position is a 12-month position reporting to the Director of Operations. While supervising and assists the Buildings and Grounds staff in their daily duties, the Director of Buildings and Grounds also develops and implements preventive maintenance initiatives for the 14 buildings on the 26 acre campus in Fitchburg and the school’s satellite campus at Devens, MA.  The role is a service-oriented position that works directly with all faculty and staff, outside vendors, and the school’s Buildings and Grounds Trustee committee.

The Director of Buildings and Grounds is responsible for the following:

  • Oversight of the functioning of building systems including mechanical, electrical, fire/life safety, elevators, etc. Knowledge of local building and inspectional codes is required.
  • Maintenance of all school buildings and grounds Including seasonal landscaping and snow removal
  • Maintenance, upkeep, and organization of all school-owned tools and maintenance equipment
  • Oversight of all employees within the Buildings and Grounds Department. At present there are two full time employees on the team.
  • Provides input on hiring decisions and performance management pertaining to employees within the Buildings and Grounds Department
  • Management of the Buildings and Grounds Department budget and expenses as part of a yearly strategic plan developed with the Head of School and the Director of Operations. The annual plan is presented to the trustees committee on Buildings and Grounds along with capital improvement projects.
  • Oversight of all school inspections and emergency drills, and upkeep of all records pertaining to inspections and drills
  • Oversight and coordination of contractors for facility needs and projects entailing HVAC, electrical systems, plumbing, cleaning, etc.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the school’s faculty residential housing and prepare vacated campus housing for reuse.
  • Respond to special projects (Harvest Fair, graduation, summer repairs, etc.).
  • Assure that buildings and grounds regulatory compliance is completed, inclusive of the school’s Integrated Pest Management Plan, as required.

The Director of Facilities will also:

  • Serve with the Head of School as the primary points of contact for any school emergency situation
  • Make at least one complete observation per week of the school’s buildings and grounds. The purpose of the observation is to identify any matters needing attention, while interacting directly with the 65+ members of the faculty and staff
  • Submit weekly a current list of projects, repairs, and such requests as relate to buildings and grounds to the Director of Operations

Manage and oversee security protocols, training and faculty/staff compliance as related to the Active Shooter Response Training know as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).

Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Minimum two-year college or technical school degree
  • 3-5 years’ experience in facilities maintenance, preferably in a multi-building, campus like setting
  • Willingness to learn and grow professionally.
  • Valid “clean” driver’s license
  • Prior experience serving as a “clerk of the works” for capital improvement projects
  • Contractor’s license and experiential skill in building trades such as carpentry, plumbing, light electrical and basic HVAC
  • A working knowledge of a variety of concepts, practices, and procedures related to upkeep and repair of buildings and grounds.

About Applewild School

Applewild has been a cherished community institution since 1957 and we are courageously re-imagining ourselves to evolve our programs to offer a compelling and relevant education. We have a main campus in Fitchburg, Massachusetts which is approximately one hour from Boston. We offer preschool through 9th grade, including a small junior boarding program for students in grades 5-9. In 2014 we opened a satellite location in Devens which serves preschool through third grade and is growing. We are additionally sponsoring the creation of a new school called “Foundations at Applewild” which is located on Applewild School’s Fitchburg campus and will serve students in grades two through eighth with diagnosed language-based learning disabilities. We are thankful to draw a broad range of students from over 32 towns and several countries, and well over half of our students receive financial assistance in order to attend. Our core values and competencies lay the foundation for a culture that encourages respect, honesty, compassion, and fairness. Our faculty have invested in their professional growth to create an educational environment that is deeply metacognitive — our goal is to teach children to be the protagonists in their own educations. At Applewild, we know that once children feel emotionally safe and valued for who they are, then children will avail themselves to deeper and more authentic learning experiences. When considering adult additions to our community, we are very interested in growing our diversity and in diverse perspectives and experiences. We seek smart, creative, and thoughtful professionals who are interested in trying new things knowing that some failures are intrinsic to cultivating a culture of progress. We are looking for professionals who care deeply about developing the next generation for a future we know will be marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Intellectual curiosity, cognitive agility, passion, and emotional resiliency are paramount for success. We are committed to offering a progressive but proven curriculum, so professionals seeking to join our community must be keen on teaching using student-centered and project-based learning. We are a small school so everyone wears multiple “hats” to meet the needs of our community. The School is accredited through the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools. Applewild School is an equal opportunity employer and as such does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. We welcome individuals that add to the diversity and vibrancy of our community.

Candidates should send a letter of interest, and resume to Amy Jolly, Head of School to (please indicate position in subject line).

Applewild School

Fitchburg, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender