Seeking Applications for Facilities Manager

 Position Announcement

Job Title: Facilities Manager
Hours: Part-time - 2 days/week
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Blue Ridge Discovery Center, Konnarock, Virginia
Pay: Based on experience

Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center as a Facilities Manager and help create and maintain one of the most exciting projects in Southwest Virginia. This is an opportunity to fill a vital role in the success of our mission while working at the base of Virginia’s highest mountain and in one of the most stunning landscapes in the East. The approximately 10-acre property you will be managing exists to connect our community to a rich and diverse ecosystem and this position will be central to that experience.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This part-time position at BRDC maintains and expands all facility infrastructure as needed. The position is responsible for preserving the good condition of infrastructure and ensuring that facilities are safe and well functioning. The goal is to establish a setting that inspires staff, volunteers, and participants that is also safe and hassle-free. The Facilities Manager will be challenged with maintaining a biologically diverse property that supports wildlife at all levels without the use of toxic chemicals and avoids pollutants. The position will be responsible for monitoring and producing reports on drinking and wastewater; managing waste disposal with an emphasis on reduce, reuse, recycle; inspecting and repairing buildings; maintaining clean and hazard-free grounds; managing property security; and working with volunteers, partners, and contractors to achieve maintenance goals with the dual purpose of engagement and cost-efficiency.

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Is well-organized and dedicated to property cleanliness

  • Has excellent organizational and leadership skills

  • Has excellent problem-solving skills

  • Maintains operations at a high level of efficiency while reducing both short and long-term maintenance costs

  • Efficient with task management 

  • Ability to work independently and with a high level of personal responsibility

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proven experience as a facilities manager or relevant position

  • Well-versed in technical/engineering operations and facilities management best practices

  • Proven skills in general maintenance of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems

  • GED/High School Diploma required, BSc/BA in facility management, engineering, business administration, or relevant field preferred

  • Relevant professional qualifications (e.g. CFM) will be an advantage

  • Skills as a naturalist are a plus

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive Salary

  • Schedule flexibility

ABOUT BLUE RIDGE DISCOVERY CENTER

Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, discovering, and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded in 2008, BRDC has built a reputation for implementing innovative hands-on experiential learning programs and initiatives. Working with all age groups from children to adults, including curious kids, professional researchers, and amateur naturalists, BRDC draws on a deep web of knowledge about local natural history to illustrate relationships within the rich flora, fauna, and geology that make up the unique Blue Ridge ecosystems. Emphasizing curiosity while establishing a life-long appreciation for the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge region are goals that shape BRDC’s work and its vision.

BRDC’s MISSION is to inspire curiosity, discovery, and stewardship through the wonders of the Blue Ridge.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.