Job Description

Grand Canyon University is seeking a Facility Operations Director. The Facility Operations Director will oversee campus facilities services including the planning, execution, and implementation of operations, grounds, maintenance and customer service best practices for all aspects of campus academic and residential facilities as well as other assigned GCU partner facilities. 


  • Develops an overall plan for needed repairs and renovations of University buildings and facilities and incorporates into capital plans.
  • Evaluates the condition of all University buildings and facilities by using audits of the facilities to document current condition and compliance with Health, Life and Safety, and building codes and advises senior management of problems and recommendations for corrective action.
  • Evaluates daily operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the University leadership team; performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Develops building systems maintenance and preventative maintenance schedules and ensures operational processes are in place to execute according to plan.
  • Work with University administrators, faculty and staff to analyze and assess maintenance, growth, and facilities needs pertaining to programmatic changes. Develop and implement written programs, strategies and plans to meet those need.
  • Actively participates in the strategic and tactical planning processes to allocate the resources necessary to meet the College's current and future facilities plans.
  • Develops the revolving facilities operations budget and manages expenditures within approved budget.
  • Provides monthly reports on various performance metrics. Reports should reflect the strategy, planning, implementation, executing and monitoring of trends, anomalies, and opportunities for continuous improvement, enhanced workflows, and optimized processes; executes operational improvements recommended in reports.
  • Design, establish, and maintain staffing and an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the department functions; recruit, employ, supervise and evaluate department staff; direct the implementation of management development, skills training, and other training needed to ensure adherence to human resource and OSHA policies.
  • Establish best practices and standard operating procedures related to all aspects of facilities management responsibilities including, but not limited to, regulatory compliance, quality control, construction administration, asset management, personnel, safety, energy initiatives and financial management.  Create and maintaining manuals addressing best practices and SOPs. 
  • Works with Emergency Preparedness function to develop appropriate contingency plans for emergency conditions which involve the engagement of facilities resources.
  • Establishes procedures and enforces adherence to disbursement of campus keys
  • Represents the University to various government agencies, funding agencies, and all the related communities of stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Builds a positive safety culture and ensures overall EHS compliance both within the facilities department and overall University.
  • Reacts and adjusts quickly to changing conditions and comes up with timely, practical and cost effective solutions


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the fields of Engineering, Business Administration, Resource Management, or related field and minimum of 10 years’ demonstrated senior level experience in facilities and infrastructure management or Master’s degree in, Engineering, Construction Management Business Administration, or similar degree program preferred
  • Professional Engineer designation preferred.
  • Experience should include working in a large institutional setting with multiple buildings, and underground infrastructure across a 100+ acre setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building trades including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and carpentry
  • Knowledge of applicable codes and regulations related to facilities, residential facilities in a University setting and building system operations
  • Planning, fiscal, and forecasting experience with an understanding of how to keep costs to a minimum while providing best care for facilities
  • Knowledge of facility construction, applicable building codes, mechanical and electrical systems and their maintenance and operation and their related renewal costs.
  • Knowledge of facilities and property maintenance
  • Knowledge of local zoning and ordinance rules and regulations
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow and operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the management of utility systems
  • Knowledge of building engineering audit techniques and ability to interpret results.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge and understanding of computerized facility management systems, applications and tools
  • Ability to develop strategic business plans which align with GCU’s mission.
  • Able to take a hands-on approach when needed and develop a strong customer service, quality-oriented work culture
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive and detailed life-cycle cost reports and assessments.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.


GCU's Christian worldview has shaped the university's mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. The University values diversity among its students, faculty and staff, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

Only candidates who submit a resume and complete the full application will be considered - anyone without a resume will be declined automatically. For assistance with your job application please use our External Candidate Job Application Guide.

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Posted 23 Days Ago

Full time


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