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Superintendent of Facilities (Mgr 1 or Supv II)
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Facilities
Position Code:   SFAC7696A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Open until filled
Salary:   $75,000 - $90,000
Location:   Campus Site
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.


The Facilities Superintendent receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to deploy resources to meet schedules and goals. She/he reviews and approves recommendations for functional programs. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals results in additional costs and personnel, and serious delays in overall schedules. Under general direction from the Director, Physical Plant, Maintenance & Alterations, the Facilities Superintendent assumes leadership of facilities functions and assigned craftsmen to advance UC Merced along its mission of research, education and public outreach. Responsibilities include managing maintenance, repairs and service calls from all buildings on campus, and the Castle, Fresno, Promenade, Downtown Center, Warehouse and Mondo locations. Further, initiates Facilities' short & long term planning, identifies ways to enhance efficiency and safety at work place. Interacts and coordinates as needed with staff from different departmental units, academic & auxiliaries, Building Services Managers, the manager of Student Housing Operations, Bldg. Inspectors, Facilities Mechanical/HVAC Engineer and Director of Energy and Sustainability. Manages complex physical facilities and operations management, direct and manage skilled staff, simultaneously multi-crafts personnel and multi-craft projects. Manage permitting requirements, major repairs, deferred maintenance and capital projects. Provide backup coverage support to peers.


1. Manages, through subordinate staff and collaboration with colleagues, the coordination of activities of a department with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and employees. Works closely with the FM senior management, skilled trades, Plant Operators, Engineering, Energy Manager and peers on daily basis, assist to develop and implement the Facilities Management Work Order system, work plans, day/evening/night shift schedules and equipment PM's. Knowledge and understanding of data acquisition systems, energy management control system, and work order databases. Knowledge of engineering principles involving materials and fabrication methods. Skills to create schematic drawings detailing flows, piping, and equipment. Provides administrative supervision of the planning, estimation and coordination of in-house managed and or contracted construction and preventative maintenance and repair work. Manage vendors for various facility services (e.g. elevators, HVAC,). Uses knowledge of building codes and best engineering practices in all aspects of construction and possess the ability to interpret all phases of building plans, plan checks and inspections of major and minor capital projects. Collaborates with campus planners and decision-makers to provide Design Review recommendations for new buildings for the Campus Long Range Development Plan. Experienced in developing, checking and troubleshooting of plumbing. Experience and knowledge of UC facilities general maintenance, and plumbing systems. Develops, implements and performs preventive maintenance program. Uses knowledge of systems and specialized laboratory equipment such as chillers and class-100 clean room equipment, etc. Suggests additional needed work to Facilities Technicians. Maintains tools and equipment and follows safety practices. Ensures cleanliness of the working areas. Accounts for all time and material used. Develops, implements and monitors the performance of all major building systems preventive maintenance programs. Plans and schedules projects, ensures that work meets quality standards and complies with codes and regulations. Understands and complies with UC-Merced EHS guidelines, MSDS & HAZCOM procedures, Sate, NFPA or other applicable building codes and policies as part of OSHA compliance program. Understands and complies with OSHA requirements (29 CFR Part 1910) for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and complies with RCRA Standards. Participates in required ongoing training and refresher courses.

2. Complies with Union contract language. Tracks and maintains maintenance log. Provides superior customer relations to all campus entities. Skilled in interpersonal communication to effectively interact with university personnel and public, in person and over the telephone, (e.g., to transmit work directives, to coordinate projects with other relevant departments). Troubleshoot and perform emergency services, when needed. Coordinates with peers and maintenance staff to develop and implement shift schedules, work plans and equipment PM's. Assists in writing job descriptions for future hiring, assists in the interview process; establishes dept. procedures and other duties required in establishing the dept. standards. Performs employee performance evaluations as directed. Thinks and acts strategically and creatively, to utilize various resources under limited budget scenarios to support the overall organization further along its mission trajectory. Analyzes and presents detailed budgetary requirements of the Physical Plant, shops and other campus facilities.

3. Establishes, implements and monitors operational procedures and work quality and productivity standards. Reviews work performed at various at various stages and upon completion.

4. Provides oversight for planning, maintenance and upgrades of trades maintenance shops and vehicles.

5. Ensures operations meet internal and external regulatory requirements, including safety, on a continual basis. Ensures that new and existing staff receive proper safety training.

6. Coordinates aspects of facilities construction projects as related to the work unit.


Qualifications:   PLEASE NOTE: Position is being posted at two levels which have different qualification levels.


• Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

• A minimum of 5 years of managing/supervising a team of trade and craft workers within a large, complex or institutional facilities environment (not limited to training, scheduling, assigning, evaluating).

• Experience with the collective bargaining negotiation process, labor relations, personnel practices, grievance procedures.


• Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

• A minimum of 3 years leading/supervising trade and craft workers within a large, complex or institutional facilities environment (not limited to training, scheduling, assigning, evaluating).

• Experience supervising represented staff and within the parameters of a collective bargaining agreement.


• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the administration of the facilities/maintenance function within a large, complex “campus”-type mixed-use environment.

• Demonstrated knowledge and ability to explain compliance with all Federal, State, and UC System regulations in order to promote and maintain a safe environment.

• Ability to assist in developing and implementing best practices, long and short-term goals to meet the objectives of the Facilities organization in alignment with the mission of the University,

• Values and delivers high quality, professional, responsive and innovative customer service and able to inspire, motivate and continually monitor this objective in both routine maintenance issues as well as in urgent response situations (through self and others).

• Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact/engage positively with individuals and groups both internal and external to the University.

• Excellent written communication skills with the ability to maintain clear, concise reports and correspondence.

• Strong organizational skills and the ability to coordinate and prioritize conflicting demands and expectations.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of budget management and service contract administration (including estimating time, labor, materials, and equipment to perform work).

• Takes a proactive, solutions-based approach to anticipating, preventing, analyzing and resolving problems.

• Demonstrates integrity, accountability and efficient stewardship of resources.

• Proficient with technology. Able to operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications, and specialized facilities management software (i.e., online work order management systems).


Career Stability and Growth:
• Performance-based Culture
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Cross-functional/department Opportunities
• Campus Community Opportunities
• UC Systems Involvement
• Access to Lynda.com
• Lifelong Learning Nurtured

Work/Life Balance:
• Competitive Salaries
• Significant Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Days
• UC Retirement System (compatible with CalPERS)
• Affordable Medical Plans
• Free Vision & Dental Insurance
• Deeply Discounted Tuition
• Fitness and Wellness Programs
• A Welcoming Community

Opportunity to Make an Impact:
• Triple Zero Commitment
• LEED Certification
• Leading Conservation & Sustainability Programs
• Environmental Stewardship
• Cutting-edge Technology and Research
• Community Development and Involvement
• Part of UC Natural Reserve System
• HSI proudly serving 1st Generation Students
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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