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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace

Director of Facilities and Construction

Position Summary

This position manages daily activities of Zoo’s Maintenance Department and acts as primary contact, project manager, and facilitator of all Zoo maintenance activities. 

Essential Functions

  • Oversees daily activities of Zoo’s Maintenance Department and ensures the accomplishments are aligned with the Zoo plan goals and strategies.  Responsible for all preventative, routine, and emergency maintenance for facilities including rides, structures, roadways, walkways, water systems, water quality, animal exhibits, facilities and site permits, equipment, and vehicles, etc. 
  • Primary regulatory contact and responsible for ensuring compliance, completion of reporting, and coordination with regulatory agencies (OSHA, DEP, EPA, USDA, etc.) as they relate to the facilities, animal habitats, infrastructure, rides, vehicles, equipment and environmental and waste water permitting, and fire protection systems.
  • Acts as primary contact, project manager, and facilitator of all Zoo maintenance and construction activities.  Oversees project planning including developing work plans and staffing.  Serves as owner’s representative for construction projects or as part of owner’s construction management team as needed.
  • Responsible for hiring, training, safety, evaluation, motivation, development, performance, discipline, termination, and staff general human resource needs. 
  • Inspects and follows up on work completed by direct reports, maintenance department, and contractors – spends time each day observing inspections, repairs, and rehab projects.  Looks for “root cause” solutions to ensure work is correct and the repair is long term.
  • Develops safety programs and ensures compliance through training, program management, and documentation. 
  • Develops department budget under direction of COO; monitors expenditures and ensures compliance with Zoo’s purchasing policy. 
  • Spearheads planning for capital and preventative and predictive maintenance programs.  Creates and executes proactive repair and maintenance plan that accounts for institutional priorities.
  • Oversees training, use and reporting of facility/project management software, including management of priorities, insuring follow through, reporting and data analysis.
  • Prepares creative scope/RFP documents for remodel and new construction projects; prepares budgets and obtains quotes. 
  • Manages start-up and close-out of multiple construction projects, troubleshoots job-site problems, ensure quality of 3rd party work, handles project construction responsibilities from cost estimating to close out, acting as the primary liaison with project managers, performing multiple walkouts with necessary sub-contract coordination, ensuring quality control, ensuring all requirements are properly implemented, and subcontractor scope of work development. 
  • Manages pre-qualification and evaluation of potential construction vendors. Solicits bids and suggests contractors for assigned scope.  Manages interactions with contractors and serves as a liaison between contractors and Zoo team. 
  • Interacts with Operations Department and other departments as necessary in developing project timelines, facility closings, and plans in regards to maintenance and construction.  Provides thorough briefings for Zoo departments directly involved in maintenance and construction as well as executive summaries for peripheral staff to ensure all departments are well informed and prepared.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Electrical, Mechanical or Architectural preferred –P.E. is a plus).
  • At least 7-10+ years of experience with direct supervision of Maintenance Department personnel, facilities or construction personnel, and subcontractors or equivalent experience combination.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in management preferred with demonstrated experience in exceptional project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex physical facilities and ensure their secure, safe, and environmentally sound operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of mechanical systems, power systems, waste water treatment, plumbing, electrical, building systems, life-support and safety systems, preventive maintenance systems, and basic construction techniques is essential; experience in space management, building automation systems, and predictive maintenance.
  • Experience managing capital projects from concept through design to start up – both new construction and renovations from small scope (several thousand) to large scope (several millions).
  • Possess knowledge of trades and skills to effectively communicate and coach a diverse maintenance team and facility with a wide variety of assets and equipment.
  • Prior responsibility in budget, cost justification, preventative maintenance programs, work order systems, and permitting. 

Other Requirements

  • Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.
  • Previous Zoo or Aquarium Experience preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
  • Possess visual, hearing and other sensory and cognitive capacity appropriate for facility and construction management and general safety practices.
  • Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking.
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough terrain on foot and by vehicle.
  • Ability to work long hours and varying shifts, including nights and week-end, to support special events and the needs of the operation.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize project management and work plan software.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and ability to adapt well to other computer programs.

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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604

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