Facilities Manager

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Position Title:             Facilities Manager

Department:              Facilities

Reports to:               Director, Facilities Management

Hours of Work:            35 Hours Per Week



Reporting to the Director of Facilities Management, the FacilitiesManager will be responsible for the hands-on operation and management of a preventive maintenance program for the Granville, Port, and Academy Campuses. This position will supervise all custodial and maintenance staff and external contractors and ensures facility maintenance service excellence in support of NSCADS’s programs and students. The Facility Manager will in coordination with the Director of Facilities assist in ensuring the facilities and life safety systems are maintained to a safe standard.


Building Maintenance

¨       Schedule, coordinate and supervise the cleaning services of all NSCAD buildings and respond to special requests from staff and faculty and ensures requests are addressed within established budgets.

¨       Schedule, coordinate and supervise the progress of all work assigned to external contractors in the following areas: electrical, plumbing, elevators, roofing, glazing, signage, landscaping, snow removal, pest control, paving, locks, cleaners, waste management, furniture, and recycling work in cooperation with Computer Services on matters relating to UPS (Battery Back-up systems) and HVAC.    

¨       Responsible for the upkeep and regular testing of all fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency lighting and sprinklers or other fire suppression equipment, building security systems.

Occupational Health and Safety

¨       Manage all environmental elements of the buildings to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for students and employees. Ensures NSCAD meets all environmental clauses as required in the lease with the Halifax Port Authority. Assists the Director in completing regular environmental monitoring certificates for the Board of Governors. Ensures NSCAD meets environmental legislature requirements and codes for all three facilities.

¨       Assist in the formulation of facility-related policies, procedures, operational, Environmental, OH&S, etc. for the Facilities Management Department.

¨       Co-lead on Joint Occupational & Safety Committee and Crises Management Committee.

¨       Develops and implements schedules and procedures for safety inspections and preventative maintenance programs within the Facilities Management Department.  Works with the Technicians to ensure proper hazardous material handling and removal.


¨       Prepare relevant information for budgeting purposes and ensures costs are controlled and within budgeted expectations including supplies, labor and equipment. Ensures all purchasing and procurement complies with NSCAD policy.

¨       Responsible for the scheduling and Management of the Facilities Department and staff. Ensures priorities are being met and work is being completed in a quality and timely manner.  Responsible for the management of the work order system.

¨       Set measurable work performance standards to meet operational needs and continuously monitors to ensure standards are met.

¨       Facilitate and coach Facilities Management staff to optimize resources and performance. Recruits and trains new staff as required.


¨       Identify sustainability and operational initiatives that would reduce facility related operating costs and energy consumption. Ensures NSCAD receives optimal pricing for the facility operating purchases and project work per the NSCAD Purchasing Policy.

¨       Assists in the coordination of the Standard Operating Procedures and safety signage in coordination with all Shop Technicians, faculty and academic administration. Develops and coordinates Standard Operating Procedures within the Facilities Management Department.



A background in a recognized trade with Journeyman status or a Technology Engineering Diploma in a recognized field, along with a minimum of three (3) years of Management experience of technical trades personnel in an industrial, university or institutional setting is required. The successful candidate will enjoy using a hands-on approach, lead by example, and have a demonstrated ability to provide a quality, safe and healthy work environment. 

Strong computer and written communication skills.

Skills and training in occupational health and safety, WHMIS, and first aid.

Hands-on experience with Building Automation Systems, PLC’s, pneumatics, electrical, heat pumps, propane, refrigeration and steam systems is required.

Key assets will be previous experience in a reliability maintenance program and knowledge/experience of Building Automation Systems.

As this is a recognized leadership role, the ideal candidate will be a team player who processes outstanding communication skills, with strong problem solving skills and who is comfortable in a fast paced, multi-tasked setting.

AutoCAD experience an asset.


·         Effective planning and organizational ability

·         Can operate independently and exercise sound judgment

·         Excellent team skills


Applications should be sent to Human Resources via email to careers@nscad.ca. Applications should include a cover letter and detailed CV. Closing date November 1, 2016.



All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority in this search. NSCAD University is committed to employment equity and values a diverse and inclusive workplace.