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FLSA Designation
Date Issued: 2010-12-01
Physical Plant
Title: Manager of Plant Operations
Function and Responsibility
Under the administrative supervision of the Director of Facilities, provide day-to-day oversight of University facilities operations, supervise and coordinate activities of the grounds, Norris Center, receiving and motor pool. This includes employees, student workers and related equipment maintenance. Provide LSSU with an aesthetically pleasing environment, a functionally acceptable athletic complex including rink, pool, student activity center (SAC), gym, and provide a safe environment for everyone on campus.
Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as Senior Manager with authority to make Physical Plant day-to-day operational decisions in coordination with other members of the Physical Plant management team including prioritization of projects.

Assume the duties of Director of Facilities in the Absence of the Director.

Prepare and administer budgets for Grounds, Norris Center and Motor Pool/Central Stores. Assist in budget preparation for all areas of Physical Plant as needed.

Prepare specifications for contractors to bid on projects related to Grounds and Norris Center Facility. Work closely with outside contractors to implement job specifications. Schedule and assign all tasks to grounds, rink, pool, Norris Center building attendant and receiving employees on a timely basis; evaluate employee performance; interview and recommend personnel for positions; responsible for developing and providing appropriate training to all employees within the various areas of supervisory responsibility.

Supervise full-time grounds keeper & equipment operators, vehicle & equipment mechanic & groundskeeper and various numbers of student laborers. Directly supervise Physical Plant Administration support staff.

Maintain and make recommendations to repair, replace and upgrade processes, procedures, equipment and university owned vehicles. Also develop and implement plans for safely using and maintaining the maintenance garage, cold storage and outer storage buildings and outside storage areas.

Develop, implement and supervise snow and ice removal plan. This also includes but is not limited to sanding and/or applying deicing chemicals to the parking lots, roadways and sidewalks.

Design, plan and recommend an overall landscape theme and master plan for the university.

Develop, implement and supervise lawn-mowing operations. Maintain the health and beauty of the turf from the perspective of the need for a functional, low maintenance, and manicured turf. Identify problems in the turf and remedy through the application of environmentally acceptable fertilizers, surfactant, herbicides or pesticides. This is also, but not limited to, mowing, edging sidewalk and shrubs beds, watering, sod placement, and filling holes. This may include work performed by staff and/or contracted labor.

Supervision shall include but not limited to, planning, scheduling, organizing implementing and inspecting various landscape maintenance and landscape improvement duties. This may include work performance by staff and contracted labor.

Install and maintain health and beauty of annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs, in compliance with approved design. Must be able to evaluate the process from a horticultural and arborist’s perspective. This shall include, but not limited to, chemical applications, weed removal, fertilization, watering, wrapping young trees, pruning and removal of diseased or non-aesthetic trees and shrubs. This also includes soil preparation, construction of planter boxes and retainer walls.

Plan, schedule, coordinate, and supervise the repair and replacement of roads, parking lots, sidewalks, storm drains and other landscape fixtures. This includes cleaning, sweeping and patching. This may include work performance by staff and contracted labor.

Develop and implement a pest control management plan including applications of environmentally acceptable pesticides.

Be “on-call” to recommend actions necessary to solve problems and assist in collaborative decisions. This includes emergency situations such as broken exterior water pipes, storm damage, hydrant damage, seasonal storms including snow removal.

Perform scheduled maintenance activities such as the support of special events, projects, conferences, planned utility outages, and activities sponsored by individuals or groups leasing parts of the campus.

Provide Norris Facilities Director with appropriate maintenance and support staff coverage for all athletic activities, including the SAC, ice arena and pool maintenance. This includes scheduling and supervising full-time Sports Utility Attendants, Sports Utilities Maintenance Mechanic, Building Attendants and a number of student assistants.

Develop and implement upgrades for the Norris Center Facility including rink, gym, pool, SAC and all sports related areas in a fiscally responsible manner

Provide preventative maintenance on all HVAC, electrical, plumbing and structural components at the Norris Center Facility.

Schedule and supervise central stores, receiving and motor pool clerk including the maintenance of vehicles in the motor pool and procedures relating to receiving and the delivery of materials to various campus departments. Coordinate move orders and delivery of supplies, equipment and material to campus.

Update and distribute Inclement Weather Emergency Closure Procedure as necessary.

Coordinate Physical Plant involvement with student activities in area of responsibility, i.e., bonfires, pole climbs, winter carnival, snowman burning, etc.

Make recommendations to Director for purchases of equipment, supplies and/or services of outside vendors.
High school graduate or equivalent with a two-year certificate from an Agricultural College in landscape & nursery management and be certified with the State of Michigan in nurseries, certified in pest management and have or be able to obtain by the hire date a license in Commercial Pesticides. Then the certificates and licenses need to remain current at all times.

Must possess or obtain within six months of hire or transfer date, a valid Michigan Chauffeur's License Class 1 and a telephone contact number.

Have a willingness to learn and obtain new techniques, applications and knowledge as they become available.

Need to have a good working knowledge of light, medium and heavy-duty equipment and the ability to operate such equipment in a safe manner.

Experience and certifications in the operation and maintenance of hockey ice and pool operations is desirable.

Demonstrated supervisory and management skills.

Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time; use of gross motor skills to allow inspection of various University and area facilities and equipment; use of fine motor skills to operate computer, problem solving ability, ability to understand and work with numbers, ability to read and understand blueprints, ability to see, hear and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks, ability to establish priorities yet reevaluate priorities within a dynamic workplace environment.
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