To manage the planning and administration of Kent State University's Kent Campus landscape of more than 950 acres. Reports to Associate Vice President, Facilities, Planning and Operations or designated administrator.
Additional Basic Function &\;\\;ndash\\\; if applicable\\\:
Examples of Duties\\\:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following\\\: \;\\;\\\;
Supervise employment, assignment, and discipline of assigned personnel\\\; monitor work duties and responsibilities\\\; communicate and enforce policies and procedures\\\; address employee concerns and complaints\\\; respond to grievances and resolve problems\\\; may maintain employee records and authorize leaves.
Ensure appropriate training of assigned personnel\\\; assess staff training needs\\\; develop and implement training activities.
Assist in developing and implementing goals and strategies for functional areas. Identify and report supply needs\\\; maintain inventory of supplies, tools, equipment, etc.
Responsible for the care and enhancement of the landscapes, hardscapes, Division I athletic playing fields, recreational fields, parking lots, lawns, artificial turf fields, and snow and ice removal.
Responsibilities include the care and enhancement of trees, shrubs, flowers, vines and fertilization, pest and disease management.
Responsible for managing the solid waste removal, recycling removal, and other trash collection services on campus.
Develop plans, manage and implement environmental, ecological and economically sustainable practices and projects to maintain and improve the campus grounds utilizing best practices.
Manage the procurement of goods and service contracts for campus grounds including lawn and athletic field maintenance, tree maintenance, fertilization, pesticide, herbicide and fungicide care.
Evaluate the effectiveness of procedures and standards for landscapes and hardscapes.
Inspect campus plantings to ensure proper care and maintenance.
Develop bid specifications and contract requirements for outside services and assures vendor accountability.
Develop, monitor, manage, and is accountable for the grounds operating and capital budgets to assure the most efficient and effective use of university resources.
Develop and communicate long-range projections for the grounds budgets. Measure and monitor productivity and performance of the grounds operation vs. best practices of peer schools.
Promote a productive working environment with high morale and a commitment to the quality of the built environment at Kent State University.
Collaborate with university departments and contractors to provide grounds support to large campus events including, but not limited to, Homecoming, Commencement, Day of Remembrance.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Additional Examples of Duties &\;\\;ndash\\\; if applicable\\\:
Bachelor&\;\\;rsquo\\\;s degree in landscape architecture, horticulture, turf management, or related field. Seven years of experience maintaining high profile grounds in an institutional setting.
Personal computer applications
Landscape architecture, arbor, turf management, botany, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and general grounds maintenance
Work environment and safety
Verbal, written and interpersonal communication
Creativity and innovation
Organization, planning/priority setting and project management
Direct others, provide innovation management, manage and measure work
Be action oriented
Preferred Qualifications &\;\\;ndash\\\; if applicable\\\:
Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments
Working Conditions / Physical Requirements\\\:
Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus to other campus or community sites.
Must pass a security check.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State&\;\\;rsquo\\\;s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit www.kent.edu/smoke-free.
The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.
Internal Number: 996820
About Kent State University
Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio.The Kent Campus provides the resources and facilities of a large, diverse Ohio university, while the Regional Campuses – Kent State University at Ashtabula, Kent State University at East Liverpool, Kent State University at Geauga, Kent State University at Salem, Kent State University at Stark, Kent State University at Trumbull and Kent State University at Tuscarawas - offer the friendly, casual atmosphere of small liberal arts colleges. Today, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development locally and internationally as one of the premiere Ohio universities. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Liquid Crystal Institute, for example, conducts research that translates into technologies used globally in laptops, calculators and flat screen televisions.