NBSS is a non-profit institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative environment in Boston's North End. We're small but ambitious, supporting the School's mission to help students achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.

One of nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, NBSS is internationally known for its programs that help students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery, and commitment to excellence.

As we build on the School’s legacy of fine craftsmanship, we seek positive, dynamic individuals who share our dedication to innovation, excellence, and superior customer service.

Director of Facilties (full-time)

The ideal Director of Facilities candidate is an accomplished facilities management professional, with experience working with building systems and non-profits. They should be organized, thoughtful, and committed to high-quality work. A good work ethic and excellent communication skills are a must.

The Director of Facilities is responsible for management and supervision of the operation, maintenance, security, and capital improvements of the School’s facility at 150 North Street. Duties include supervising maintenance staff and student workers, overseeing the work of independent contractors, preparing the annual facilities budget, and approving all expenses in accordance with the final budget. Unless otherwise directed, the Director of Facilities assumes responsibility for school property and occupant safety both in general and during times of emergency.

Essential responsibilities:

Ongoing Maintenance and Operations:

  • Establish and monitor a weekly and monthly calendar for maintenance operations.
  • Oversee daily cleaning activities of the custodian and Student Workers, including trash, recycling, and snow removal.
  • Assist with maintenance projects and tasks when necessary.
  • Solicit competitive bids for maintenance and operations service contracts.
  • Purchase all materials and supplies necessary for cleaning, maintenance, and repair.
  • Assist with insurance and other facility related surveys.
  • Manage the telecommunications system.
  • Oversee information technology vendors.


  • Maintain the School’s security systems, including the security and fire alarm systems and contracts for remote monitoring of the systems.
  • Maintain building security and immediately respond to building emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

Code Compliance:

  • Represent the School in operational interactions with state and municipal representatives including police, fire, and code enforcement officers.
  • Represent the school in interactions with federal code enforcement offices, including OSHA, ADA, and emergency planning.
  • Oversee the legal disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Assist academic departments in compliance with applicable federal, state, and municipal regulations with respect to health and safety issues.

Facilities Planning:

  • Assist the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, and the Board of Directors Facilities Committee with needs assessments and the development of proposed capital improvement projects.

Capital Projects:

  • Solicit and review competitive bids for capital improvement projects.
  • Represent the School in the administration of construction and improvement projects.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in facilities management.
  • Demonstrated skill in the areas of personnel, time, purchasing, cost, and quality management.
  • Experience with the construction and maintenance of building systems, including plumbing, HVAC, electrical, security and life safety systems, as well as structural systems, is essential.
  • Experience working within the Massachusetts State Building Code is required, experience working within the City of Boston preferred.
  • A Construction Supervisor’s license, or a license in a particular building trade, is preferred but not required.
  • Management experience in a non-profit cultural or educational setting preferred.

Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, and databases. Excellent written and oral communication skills, a team player with the ability to work independently, strong organizational skills, attention to detail, demonstrated leadership and team building skills, and an ability for both practical and interpersonal problem solving. Occasional evening and weekend work required and candidate must be flexible to cover facilities related calls 24/7. Experience with a craft and an understanding of the unique nature and mission of North Bennet Street School is preferable.

Salary commensurate with experience. Health, retirement, and other benefits are available.

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@nbss.edu by Friday, February 9, 2018.

North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.

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