The Wexner Center for the Arts (Wex) is The Ohio State University's (OSU) multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. The Director of Facilities is responsible for proactively ensuring the timely and meticulous care and preservation of the Wexner Center's signature building, in turn ensuring the center's ability to present the highest quality experience for artists, visitors, Wex staff and partners alike. The role includes facilities management and maintenance, building operations, custodial services, safety/emergency management planning, and project management pertaining to all aspects of the center's facilities, including Mershon Auditorium. Serves as the primary liaison for facilities and operational issues with senior Wex management; OSU Facilities, Operations and Development (FOD); university and external facility users; and appropriate regulatory agencies.
This role has primary responsibility for logistical, operational, and building systems management of an architecturally significant 100,000 sq. ft. multi-disciplinary arts center complex. Designed by Peter Eisenman, opened in 1989, the Wex building proper is comprised of 13,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, a flat floor black box performance space with configurable seating from 150-300 (or 500 standing capacity), a 295-seat film/video theater, a store, and a 90-seat cafe. In addition, the center administratively oversees and programs a 2,400-seat proscenium auditorium (Mershon, built in the 1950's), to which the Wex is physically connected – all of which support a year-round schedule of more over 300 programs.
The Director of Facilities also has primary management responsibility for routine upkeep, maintenance and modernization, capital improvements, and facilities modifications, including managing and/or coordinating the efforts of external vendors or project teams engaged for various initiatives (including architects, engineers, contractors, inspectors, and other planning and design professionals). He/she also ensures the completion of projects within budget and on time.
This position is responsible for space utilization management and sourcing and procurement of furniture, fixtures, and equipment to support a staff of approximately 70 plus numerous part-time workers and interns; mail distribution and delivery; and maintaining onsite and offsite storage. Develops and manages a departmental budget of approximately $420,000.
This position works closely with the Director, Administration and Operations and the Deputy Director of the center. Maintains a close working relationship with the
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