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Building Manager

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Office of Physical Resources & Planning (OPRP) provides complete and integrated planning and design services, construction management, and building renewal, maintenance, and operations management to maintain the physical resources of Harvard campus.

The Building Manager assists with supervision of building operations, energy/utility management, and safety/security systems to provide a healthy, and comfortable environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community guests. The position oversees the management of approximately 97,000 GSF including classrooms, common-use spaces, technically sophisticated science research spaces/laboratories including optics labs, wet prep labs, electronical prep labs, mechanical spaces, and offices.

Position Description

The Building Manager:

  • Conducts daily building inspection tours to identify deficiencies throughout assigned buildings.
  • Assists with overseeing all building requests for maintenance, emergency repairs, shutdowns, renovations, and scheduling with impacted departments as needed.
  • Reviews and tracks work orders via a web-based system.
  • Reviews and inspects contractor work for compliance with plans, specifications, codes, and standards and provides status reports to Area Manager regarding project schedules and deadlines.
  • Analyze, plan, schedule & manage multiple projects and renovations, including small - mid-size capital projects.
  • Collaborate with and support Project Managers working on larger capital projects as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Area Manager.

Assists Area Manager in the following duties/responsibilities:

  • Oversight of all aspects of building operations to ensure that the highest quality of service is provided in support of the faculty and staff.
  • Managing yearly operating budget totaling approximately $4M
  • Oversight of Facilities Maintenance Operations trades and custodial staff assigned to your buildings.
  • Responds to emergency situations as needed during both working and off-hours.
Basic Qualifications
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive experience in Building or Construction Management.
  • Experience in alterations and renovations of academic science, research, and/or medical facilities along with working knowledge of construction procedures, building codes, and life safety requirements.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Building Automation Systems is required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or Planning or Construction Supervisor license preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Bluebeam and CAD/Revit desired.
  • Experience in comprehensive evaluations of university facilities is helpful. 
  • Familiarity/experience with design, mechanical, and electrical systems, and experience in making recommendations for improvements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with all organizational levels.
  • Must be able to prioritize and perform under pressure.
Certificates and Licenses

Physical Requirements

Walking throughout facilities, stairs, mechanical rooms, roofs, etc. Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

Working Conditions
This position is based in Cambridge, MA.  During emergency situations and severe inclement weather, this position is designated as essential and critical to the operations of the FAS.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We strongly encourage including a cover letter as part of your application.

We regret that we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
329058 Facilities & Oper Manager

Work Format

Office of Physical Resources and Planning

Administration and Finance

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Identity

8-4 M-F

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EEO Statement
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