Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Thu Oct 15 2020 Job Description:
Oversee all operations of the Grounds department
Lead and develop Grounds department staff including the recruitment, scheduling, training and evaluation of fulltime, part time and student staff
Responsible for campus waste removal/recycling operations including the management of waste hauling contracts
Lead snow removal operations and other weather-related responses
Responsible for departmental vehicle fleet program and grounds equipment inventory
Manage landscape/hardscape projects frequently ranging from $5,000-$75,000 in scope and occasionally $75,000-$200,000 in scope; provide logistical and consultative support of projects managed by others; oversee contractors and vendors
Evaluate, develop and implement operational practices and standards for turf and tree care, new plantings, irrigation and storm water management
Collaborate with other university constituents, such as but not limited to, Event Planning, University Police, faculty, students, Residential Life & Housing, city/state municipalities, neighbors, etc.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's Degree in a related field is preferred, however; an optimal combination of experience and education (high school diploma minimum) may be considered
Must possess and maintain valid Massachusetts Driver's License (MA Commercial Driver's License preferred); Massachusetts 1C/2B Hoisting Licenses; must possess and maintain (or be able to obtain within 6 months of accepting the position) a Massachusetts (MDAR) Pesticide Applicator License
Must have a minimum of two years' experience supervising fulltime staff and five years' experience working in a groundskeeping, landscaping or related field.
Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating experience with snow removal operations, pest control, storm water management and athletic maintenance
Previous experience working within a college/university campus or similar environment is desired
Must have the ability to read and interpret landscape drawings; use computers, scanners, printers, 2-way radios and telephones; ability to use a variety of web-based applications (payroll, procurement, email, Microsoft Office applications etc.) and control systems (work order system, irrigation etc.)
Must have previous experience evaluating the work of others and knowledge of best practices for recruitment, training and retention within grounds keeping, landscaping or related field
As a performing member of the Grounds department, this position must have knowledge of and skill in the safe operation of heavy construction equipment (skid steers, backhoes, loaders, hydraulic boom lifts, forklifts, dump trucks etc.) and landscape equipment (mowers, edgers, chippers, trimmers, chainsaws, shovels, hoes, brooms, blowers, vacuums, hoses, pressure washers, grinders and chemical applicators); knowledge of applicable OSHA regulations; ability to read, understand and apply oral and written instructions and labels; ability to operate tractor mounted equipment; ability to work effectively as a member of a team or independently; ability to stand and/or walk for extended periods; ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; ability to work varied shifts and irregular hours during inclement weather; ability to safely operate groundskeeping equipment and tools; ability to bend, stoop and twist; ability to climb ladders and stairs; ability to lift and carry bags, containers and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds; ability to perform preventive maintenance on equipment operated; ability to drive tractors, skid steers, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, vans and heavy equipment; ability to use respiratory protection equipment; ability to work safely; must be able to use web based technology (email, payroll/time reporting) and communicate via 2-way radio and telephone; must maintain a positive, professional relationship with all members of the Clark Community
Facilities Management staff are considered essential personnel. The incumbent will be required to work occasional weekends, evenings and through University closings
All Facilities Management staff will demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service and willingness to contribute to cultural diversity in an educational environment
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.