Managing Director of Facilities and Construction


Managing Director of Facilities and Construction

About Living Classrooms

Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation is a Baltimore – Washington, DC nonprofit that disrupts the cycle of poverty and helps our community become safer, stronger, and healthier by building skills for life. Living Classrooms inspires children, youth, and adults to achieve their potential through hands-on education, workforce development, health and wellness, and violence prevention programming. Living Classrooms has developed a distinctive competency in experiential learning – learning by direct experience – or what we call learning by doing. We utilize our environmental campuses, athletic fields, community centers, and historic ships as “living classrooms.” We work with one child, one teen, one adult, and one family at a time to identify existing barriers towards success and provide resources and opportunities to help each person reach their full potential, thus supporting stronger family units and more resilient communities.

While each of our program areas is distinct, in combination they create a powerful synergy. Our maritime heritage sites create opportunities for employment training. Our education programs use our environmental and maritime resources as living learning laboratories. Our employability programs create stronger communities that are better prepared to exercise environmental stewardship.

About the Opportunity

Living Classrooms Foundation is seeking an exceptional Managing Director of Facilities and Construction to lead all aspects of the Foundation’s management of its property, facilities, vehicles, maintenance and housekeeping functions; capital projects; and, construction training programming. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this role will steer the Foundation’s efforts to efficiently and strategically steward all of its physical and capital assets. The Managing Director will function as a hands-on leader with a passion to build a high-performing team to ensure each of the Foundation’s living classrooms and offices maintain a high quality appearance, function and maintenance. The Managing Director will provide input and support decision making for the organization and is integral in the Foundation’s success in executing all facets of its mission.

The ideal candidate is an inspirational leader with demonstrated ability to establish ambitious goals and drive high impact results.  She/He/They will have proven experience aligning strategic business needs with HR support and talent-focused solutions to help achieve both short and long-term business goals. She/He/They will be analytical, highly collaborative, and have a proven track record of strong business/financial acumen, exceptional consultative skills, and a passion for driving culture and being an effective influencer to achieve desired outcomes. 



 §  Develops and manages departmental budgets, including capital, operating and construction budgets

§  Oversees staff utilization, workflow, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and overall resource allocation

§  Establishes a safe work environment for employees and program participants by performing safety audits and inspections, and conducting safety-related training

§  Presents and prepares all facilities infrastructure repair and renovations projects by identifying and managing vendors/contractors, including bid process, contract compliance, and vendor/contractor performance

§  Manages all facilities construction, remodeling, and renovation projects

§  Troubleshoots problems and resolves issues with internal and external customers, partners, and vendors

§  Ensures compliance with State, Federal and Local government regulations related to facilities planning and management

§  Negotiates and manages all facility leases

§  Manages facility related service contracts such as housekeeping, security, HVAC Systems, etc.

§  Supervises the facility, housekeeping, and construction staff

§  Identify facility related problem areas through monthly site surveys and sets targets for performance improvement

§  Builds service oriented team that supports all other departments in the Foundation

§  Analyzes and sets standards for productivity and cost effectiveness of services to ensure effective deployment and utilization of resources

§  Develops and maintains the strategic facility plan, including needs assessments, strategic alternatives and recommendations

§  Prepares Facilities Report that summarizes facility issues and the appropriate recommendations/resolutions

§  Defines, develops, and reviews inventory management and asset control procedures

§  Performs other duties as assigned


§  A minimum of 10 years of experience in facilities management with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience of facilities management staff

§  Direct experience in facilities operations, maintenance, construction, and/or other related fields

§  Undergraduate degree; general contractor’s license; IMFA or APPA facilities certifications; or, equivalent combination of education and experience

§  Proficiency with MS Office Suite Products

§  Demonstrated ability to think, act and plan strategically

§  Experience working with employees at all levels, and across multiple groups

§  Strong business and financial acumen, curiosity, learning agility, and learning/growth mindset

§  Ability to assess and translate facilities and construction implications, and identify relevant solutions

§  Strong assessor of talent and able to coach for development

§  Ability to influence senior leaders

§  Proven trackrecord of managing, mentoring, and inspiring a high performing team to achieve ambitious goals

§  Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines, working on multiple concurrent programs requiring gathering, design, and project planning/management

§  The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions

§  Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to clearly communicate innovative and creative strategies and solutions

§  Demonstrated commitment to valuing justice, diversity, and equity; and, contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is required to use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Employment is contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory fingerprinting and criminal background check  

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