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Saint Louis Science Center

Managing Director, Facility Operations

Reports To:  Chief Operating & Financial Officer

FLSA/Status:  Full-time, exempt; 1 FTE

JOB SUMMARY: The Managing Director, Facility Operations position is responsible for administering building and grounds maintenance, protection services and risk management, sustainability and accessibility practices, and property development and capital improvements.


  • Direct the daily and long-range operations of the Science Center facilities to provide a safe, clean, efficient and pleasant environment on an economical and timely basis.
  • Supervise and coach paid staff, interns and volunteers, to develop and maintain a spirit of teamwork, shared responsibility and accomplishment.
  • Collaborate with Science Center staff and others to continuously improve the overall function of facilities, systems and infrastructure, and to assist with the planning and implementation of the Mission and Strategic Plan of the Science Center.
  • Develop and administer short- and long-range goals, objectives and annual budgets for the facility operations, engineering, building services and security departments, to ensure that funds spent are appropriate in amount and application.
  • Establish and administer preventative, corrective and deferred maintenance programs.
  • Draw up specifications, invite bids, negotiate and award contracts (approved by the Board of Commissioners, as applicable), and oversee performance for all maintenance contracts.
  • Oversee facility renovations and construction projects, including plan development, contract administration and job-site supervision, to uphold standards of quality and ensure that work is completed within budget and in a safe, timely, legal and workmanlike manner.
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with vendors, contractors, community agencies and neighboring schools and businesses.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state and federal regulations and codes, by inspecting, meeting with government and insurance inspectors, and then creating and designing appropriate solutions for correcting any deficiencies.
  • Recommend and implement services, policies and facilities necessary to provide equal access to the Science Center, as specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Promote energy efficiency and sustainability through improvements to maximize building systems and environmentally responsible practices.
  • Develop and disseminate instructional, safety and emergency procedures.
  • Maintain records, drawings and other information on the Science Center facilities.
  • In consultation with the COO / CFO, allocate space and furnishings for best use by staff and visitors.
  • Participate in Strategy Team and Senior Management meetings and solicit and provide input for institutional policy decisions.
  • Represent the Science Center in community events, meetings, forums, etc.
  • Perform all other work-related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree preferred; bachelor's degree in business or other related discipline required.
  • Five to seven years of administrative, building management or project management required. 
  • IFMA certification (FMP, SFP) desirable.
  • Position requires a comprehensive knowledge of technical and business practices, and an understanding of the Science Center’s component elements and their relationship to overall strategies.
  • Working knowledge of building operating systems, including HVAC and MEP, and sustainable design in buildings and mechanical systems.
  • Ability to design, write specifications, provide drawings and conduct analytical review.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to interact with a diverse staff and guests.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a demonstrated proficiency in budgetary preparation, analysis and administration.
  • Aptitude for logical deduction, particularly as applied to situational analysis, strategic planning and negotiation.


Responsible for physical operations and management of 400,000 square-feet of facilities covering 17 acres and 5 physical entities/locations, $3.3 million expense budget and capital budgets that range from $1 to 8 million, and an in-house staff of 32 FTE.


The physical demands of this position range from an office environment to traversing multiple levels and layered terrain of the Science Center physical plant in order to monitor situations and major project work in any area of the facility, with exposure to elements at times.  Must be able to respond to all kinds of emergencies (weather-related emergencies, power failures, etc.)


To apply please go to   and click onto the Job Opportunities link, that link will take you to the Job Opportunities page, then click on the open positions link to select the position and fill out the application. 


3120 locust • st. louis, mo 63103 • p. 314.533.0930