• Manager, Facilities Repair and Renovations

    Location KN-St. Kitts
    Job ID
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    The Facilities Building and Repairs Manager will oversee building repairs and maintenance function including, but not limited to, mill-work, cabinet making/refinishing, furniture refinishing and building restoration services. The success candidate will be charged with ensuring the proper upkeep and integrity of the University structures. The incumbent will be responsible for making changes and enhancements, provide maintenance and repairs to existing building components and internal infrastructures and will provide leadership and supervision for skilled and general repair technicians. This position supports the effective learning, living and working environment for students, colleagues and guests to the campus.


    The Facilities Building and Repairs Manager will have responsibility for reviewing and approving contractor work as assigned and will ensure that tasks are completed in a safe and efficient manner yielding a professional finish. The position will also be required to perform as project manager.


    The successful candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to assess and implement systems, schedules and procedures to meet demands in a fast-paced environment, working across disciplines functional areas to achieve objectives.


    • Create, implement and oversee a comprehensive preventive maintenance program involving periodic inspections, routine service and repairs of building envelopes and architectural systems including fire doors inspections and remediation;
    • Using the University’s Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), review, assign, prioritize, track and close out work orders for completion of building maintenance and repair projects in a timely fashion;
    • Observe and inspect the work of employees while in progress and upon completion to ensure effective utilization of labor, materials and equipment and implement new methods and procedures where necessary;
    • Monitor work practices of employees to ensure compliance with safety protocols, policies and procedures;
    • Prepare and maintain records of the work performed and account for the materials used;
    • Interview and make selection decisions for direct reports;
    • In conjunction with the Facilities Operations Manager, the Health & Safety Manager and other 3rd party entities, develop and conduct training programs designed to establish standard protocols;
    • Engage, plan and schedule subcontractors when needed and inspect their work;
    • Determine the need for supplies, materials and equipment; assist in the preparation of annual budgets as well as monitor the section’s expenditure ensuring alignment with department budget;
    • Perform ad-hoc assignments involving technical investigation and analyses and recommend solutions to unique facilities problems;
    • Supervise employees in a manner consistent with University practices;
    • Attend meetings where needed to represent building and repairs issues/responsibilities;
    • In the absence of the Facilities Operations Manager, assumes responsibility for management of the electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians;
    • Assist in collection of data and reports preparation relevant to the progress and cost of the work performed. Maintain Building Maintenance records and related technical files;
    • Conduct standard computations to calculate the dimensions of projects under construction, identify the proper placement of important structural components of a project or building, and calculate the quantity of materials and labour required to complete the project;
    • Prepare rough sketches or plans to scale from oral and written instructions. 
    • Share "off-hours" on-call duties for the division on a rotational basis as well as implement a shift system to ensure coverage on weekends reducing operational expenses (overtime). Maintain access and availability to with the University telephone. Remotely dispatch, call-in and/or direct staff to address problems on-campus. Respond in person if the situation warrants.

    Completes other duties as assigned.


    Good experience of working within a customer-facing environment is a requirement for this position along with exceptional people management and administration skills. Specific qualifications and competencies within this general requirement include the following:

    • Certificate or Technical college education in construction, construction management, carpentry or related field (City and Guilds). A Bachelor's degree in Construction/Project Management or Architecture is preferred;
    • Three (3) years of professional experience in a related field; 
    • Excellent balance of interpersonal, technical, organizational and influencing skills;
    • Superb written and verbal communication skills;
    • Highly flexible and adaptive, able to multi-task across a number of simultaneous areas;
    • Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills;
    • Ability to manage ambiguity, work autonomously, recommend successful approaches and proactively solve problems;
    • Excellent IT literacy skills in MS Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Auto-Cad;
    • Must be able to work on own initiative with a proactive and flexible attitude.

    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean.  A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians.  Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. 


    Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.


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