FACILITY MANAGER – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE (San Salvador)
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:41 PM

JOB TITLE FACILITY MANAGER – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE (San Salvador)

TYPE OF VACANCY MID-MANAGER

REPORTS TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE

SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT GERACE RESEARCH CENTRE – SAN SALVADOR

SUMMARY: The Facility Manager will be expected to reside at the Gerace Research Centre during the entire business season (November to August) where he/she will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the physical plant. The island is a harsh environment in which to live and the successful candidate will have to adapt to hot, humid temperatures, irritating plants and insects, and periodic disruptions in electricity and communications. Please note that medical care on the island is limited and major medical emergencies require evacuation by plane from the island. This position is physically demanding and requires working long hours with almost no days off during the busiest weeks, including weekends. The Facility Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and, like the director, is expected to be “on-call” whenever visitors are on campus. The contract for this position will be for two (2) years and is renewable upon positive performance review.

Program and Funding

The basic philosophy of the GRC has not changed over the 45 years of its existence: to provide to as many students, faculty and scientists as possible the opportunity to study and do research in the unique and pristine environment of the Bahamas. To this end the program of the station has four facets: 1) student classes brought to the GRC by their own professors; 2) individual researchers conducting approved research projects in San Salvador; 3) upper-level graduate courses offered directly by the GRC; and 4) conferences and symposia hosted at the station. The GRC receives some indirect support from the College of The Bahamas, but the GRC is basically self-sufficient and relies on student tuition and fees paid by researchers for its operation. Over the years, extensive funds have been allocated for the transformation of the various buildings from their military purposes into accommodations suitable for academic personnel and for supporting educational and research endeavors. This process is continuously being undertaken as the number of participants at the GRC continues to increase. Further, it should be realized that the maintenance of these facilities involves coping with the extreme corrosive salt air environment, the age of the buildings with related electrical and plumbing problems, as well as the modernization of the station to suit advanced academic pursuits. We invite you to view our web site at www.geraceresearchcentre.com, and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GeraceResearchCentre/.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Facility Manager will be expected to reside at the Gerace Research Centre during the entire business season (November to August) where he/she will be responsible for directing the overall operations of the physical plant. The island is a harsh environment in which to live and the successful candidate will have to adapt to hot, humid temperatures, irritating plants and insects, and periodic disruptions in electricity and communications. Please note that medical care on the island is limited and major medical emergencies require evacuation by plane from the island. This position is physically demanding and requires working long hours with almost no days off during the busiest weeks, including weekends. The Facility Manager reports directly to the Executive Director and, like the director, is expected to be “on-call” whenever visitors are on campus. The contract for this position will be for two (2) years and is renewable upon positive performance review.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The position of Facility Manager is required to perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to the following:  Directing the overall operations of the physical plant including maintaining the vehicles and boats, buildings, guest rooms, fresh and salt water plumbing, food preparatory equipment, and sustaining and upgrading the aging electrical system;  Supervising the physical plant staff and conducting performance reviews (currently a staff of two);  Managing and administering minor construction/renovation projects around the Centre;  Establishing a preventative, predictive and replacement program for the Centre’s vital equipment;  Coordinating the setup of rooms and laboratory spaces for use by various college and university groups;  Assisting faculty with equipment for research and educational needs and maintaining research and laboratory equipment;  Coordinating with the Executive Director the purchasing and transportation of parts and supplies for the station;  Maintaining a small dive shop and dive compressor.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The Gerace Research Centre is a complex facility with a wide variety of tools, equipment, and technology. While we do not anticipate that any one individual would have a mastery over all intricacies of the station, we do expect the Facility Manager to possess at least a working knowledge of the aspects of this facility and the ability to learn new skills while employed here. Duties and responsibilities for this position can be modified to best fit the strengths of the successful candidate. Necessary attributes: A sound mechanical competence: It is vital to the station that the Facility Manager has a deep knowledge of electricity, motors, pumps, plumbing, refrigeration, building and construction tools, and automotive equipment. Outstanding people skills and human resource skills: Interactions with both staff and visitors must be handled in a professional manner. This position requires the meticulous management and delegation of tasks to the physical plant personnel. Requests made of the Facility Manager by visitors are common, complex, and time consuming. These requests must always be dealt with in a calm, uncritical, and personable manner. Exceptional organizational skills: Time is often limited and multiple tasks often need to be accomplished quickly during the busy season. The Facility Manager must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity. Ingenuity and adaptability: It is extremely difficult and very expensive to acquire parts and equipment. The Facility Manager must possess creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in order to keep aging equipment functioning in an extreme salt-air environment until improved or replacement parts can be shipped (sometimes taking months). Desirable attributes: A basic scientific background: This position requires locating, devising, and maintaining scientific equipment for research and education in the natural sciences. An understanding of the research needs of the visitors is preferred. Scuba certification and knowledge of dive operations: The GRC has a dive tank air compressor and small dive shop that is utilized by many of the researchers and classes. Having skills as a SCUBA diver and the ability to maintain dive equipment is highly desirable. A competency with computers and networking: The GRC utilizes multiple internet connected computers in our computer lab, library, and administrative offices. Further, a wireless network is in place throughout the faculty residences. The ability of the Facility Manager to troubleshoot computer and network issues would be a positive. Management of an Analytical Laboratory: The GRC has a modernized analytical lab with environmental science and water chemistry research equipment including a DI water filtration system, spectrophotometers, balances, pH meters, fume hoods, and other standard laboratory equipment. Having a familiarity with analytical equipment and maintenance would be preferable.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT QUALIFICATIONS:  A minimum of an associate’s degree in an engineering related field or equivalent;  A minimum of 5 years’ experience directly related to physical plant management or an equivalent combination of considerable education, training, and experience with the aspects of physical plant management, personnel management, automotive expertise, and safety and budgetary practices;  Previous experience managing personnel;  The ability to begin this position no later than November 1, 2016.

COMPENSATION:  Annual Salary of $30,000 (negotiable based on qualifications and experience);  Fully furnished apartment on campus;  All living expenses on the island (food, utilities, internet);  One month (4 weeks) paid vacation;  Paid travel to Florida twice a year;  Half of the cost of medical insurance. Mailing Information: After reading this and you are still interested in this position, please send the following with the subject line “GRC Facility Manager” to the mailing address below:  Your Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;  A one to two page letter of interest highlighting your experience and abilities relevant to this position;  At least three (3) written professional references that stress your abilities in the above mentioned areas;  Copies of any relevant qualifications (if applicable); Application review will begin August 15th and continue until position is filled. It is anticipated That interviews will be conducted around the first week of September. Mailing Address: Associate Vice President, Human Resources The College of The Bahamas P.O. Box N-4912 OR Email: [email protected] Nassau, Bahamas The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the Facilities Manager – Gerace Research Centre.