Director of Facilities

Organization: Indianapolis Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Nationally accredited as a zoo, an aquarium, and a botanical garden, the Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader in animal conservation, a top tourist destination in the Midwest, and one of the crown jewels of the downtown Indianapolis scene. In 2014, the Zoo will open the International Orangutan Center.

Maintaining the Zoo’s physical structures, equipment and infrastructure (utilities, etc.) through focus on preventative maintenance, as well as repair and replacement programs, is the primary focus of our Director of Facilities position. The Director provides leadership to the Facilities, Life Support (Aquatic Engineering) and Energy Management teams. The position requires broad knowledge and experience in project management, general trades, preventative maintenance programs and asset management. Experience with Honeywell systems is a plus.

While a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university in Project Management, Construction Management, or a related field is preferred, a High School Diploma / G.E.D. is minimally acceptable in combination with extensive professional experience.

A minimum of seven (7) years of professional work experience in facilities management, construction management, or a related field is required. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years supervising direct reports, and will have proven ability in successfully directing and managing a team. The Director must have, or be able to obtain, a valid Indiana driver’s license and be insurable by the Zoo’s insurance carrier.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Directs annual Facilities, Life support (Aquatic Engineering) and Energy Management projects, which includes partnering with the Director of Finance on matters pertaining to materials and equipment procurement, competitive bidding of contracted work, and contract development.

2. Organizes, catalogs, and maintains site and building plans. Also is responsible for the Facilities asset management program, which includes being in charge of records and warranties of equipment and buildings; establishing and maintaining an accurate and constantly changing record of Facilities/Maintenance inventory and operating equipment; and working closely with the Director of Safety & Security.

3. Works closely with the Safety Manager and Director of Safety & Security on matters relating to safety, appearance of facilities, and park operations as it pertains to Facilities Maintenance, Life Support (Aquatic Engineering), and Energy Management. This duty includes assuring compliance with inspectors (including but not limited to rides inspectors, USDA, OSHA, and other regulatory associations including underground storage tanks, etc.), as well as attending and participating in safety committee meetings. Acts in a manner to promote safety and accident prevention during all work activities.

4. Assists in organizing the operations team for Zoobilation, ZooBoo, CATZ, and other special events as needed. Works with Vice President of Infrastructure and Construction to ensure readiness of events while suggesting improvements and enhancements.

5. Ensures emergency readiness as it relates to Facilities Management, Life Support (Aquatic Engineering) and Energy Management.

6. Is responsible for the annual operations budget and business plan for Facilities Management, Life Support (Aquatic Engineering) and Energy Management. This duty includes its initial preparation and constant monitoring throughout the calendar year and assisting with the development of the annual capital budget. Also is responsible for reviewing and approving requests for appropriate supplies and services for the Zoo and Gardens within the limits of the authorized budget and in accordance with IZS purchasing procedures. Develops long range strategies including the development of the annual business plan.

7. Participates as directed in the master planning process.

Working Requirements:

• Will be on call 24 hours a day; may work weekends and holidays.

• Will be required to climb ladders and scaffolding, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, push, pull and lift.

• Will be physically required to lift medium work, which includes exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions:

 Will be exposed to all kinds of indoor and outdoor weather; temperatures will range from –10 degrees to 90+ degrees.

• Will be exposed to equipment where there will be sufficient noise for the worker to shout in order to be heard.

• Will be exposed to moving mechanical parts, live electrical circuits, oil, various solvents, corrosives, and cleaning chemicals.

• Must be able to wear proper safety equipment including dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harnesses.

• Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogens Guidelines. Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human blood borne pathogens.

Technical Knowledge:

• Intermediate skill with Microsoft Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.). Working familiarity with HVAC, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and possesses mechanical aptitude. Understanding of motor and small engine repair helpful. Engineering background is a plus. Must be able to read blueprints. Must be an advanced and competent user of Outlook, Work Order, and Word. Must be an intermediate user of Excel, Power Point, Project and Honeywell station.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, and short term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.

Interested candidates must complete an on-line application at .


In the “Position Desired” section of the on-line application, please enter “Director of Facilities”.

Cover letters and resumes are strongly encouraged, and may be attached.

Please indicate your salary requirements

Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.

Applications must be received by September 30, 2013.

The Indianapolis Zoo is an EOE/ Drug Free/Smoke Free Work Environment.