Position at IDEA Public Schools
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!
IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.
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The Regional Director of Facilities and Construction manages the IDEA experience beyond the classroom, from the moment a student sets foot in our schools until a student walks the stage at graduation. The Regional Director of Facilities and Construction works to eliminate operational obstacles that could prevent teachers and school leaders from focusing on instruction.
Specifically, the Regional Director of Facilities and Construction is responsible for achieving operational excellence at every school, with a specific emphasis in the following areas: staff hiring, onboarding and development, facility maintenance, and staff and student safety. Additionally, the Regional Director of Facilities and Construction leads the execution of construction and warranty management.
- Leads schools in operation goals in accordance with IDEA's growthplans (79 schools in operation for the '18-'19 school year)
- Manages construction related projects (new, 2nd phase, existing school facility improvement and expansion, and installation of modular units) to deliver timely, quality, cost-effective facilities in time for school openings.
- Directs CapEx facility improvement efforts from approval to execution by working with regional and school personnel to conduct master planning, identify projects, determine costs, and manage the construction process.
- Ensures that 100% of Facility Managers hired by 5/1 and Custodians by 7/1, 100% of Summer Institute sessions are executed with excellence and with 100% staff attendance, 100% of facilities heavy equipment delivered to campuses by July 1, 100% of new campuses fully stocked with all custodial supplies, 100% of HVAC units are functional two weeks before the first day of school, 100% of modular units are installed with certificate of occupancy by July 1, 100% of new buildings have Certificate of Occupancy by July 31, 100% of building turnover meetings are conducted with Principals, APO's, and FM's by June 30, 100% of campus spaces have a comfortable temperature on the first day of school, 100% of campus staff have the required keys to lock classrooms and access staff restrooms.
- Ensures top performers occupy every seat across Facilities and Construction (85% Facilities and Construction Staff Retention Rate)
- Establishes hiring practices to attract top performers for every role in Facilities and Construction, including screening exercises, interview protocols and vetting mechanisms.
- Customizes onboarding practices to ensure each new team member is set up for success based on the unique responsibilities of their role.
- Develops and executes differentiated professional development for Facilities and Construction staff, to build technical capacity, and leadership and management acumen.
- Achieves Operational and Financial Excellence in Facilities through Direct and Indirect Management (cost/sqft, A+ in Quality, Safety & Energy Audits)
- Provides strategic and tactical leadership in the areas of Facilities and Construction. Directly manages the Facilities and Construction team to achieve the highest levels of performance.
- Indirectly manages Facilities teams at each campus to achieve the highest standards in quality and safety, the highest level of operational efficiency and the financial targets at every campus.
- Indirectly manages Facility Managers by providing technical training, ongoing support, and by building the capacity of their managers (APOs) to oversee their work effectively.
- Works with Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs) to mentor and support Assistant Principals of Operations (APOs) on best practices, analysis and tracking mechanisms to ensure effective monitoring of progress toward goals (PTGs).
- Achieves Safety Excellence in Facilities through Direct and Indirect Management
- Provides strategic and tactical leadership in the areas of safety in Facilities and Construction by evaluating practices, procedures and facilities to assess risk and adherence to the law.
- Indirectly manages Facilities teams at each campus to achieve the highest standards in safety by preparing and enforcing policies to establish a culture of safety with students, staff and parents.
- Indirectly manages Facility Managers by providing training, ongoing support, and by building the capacity of their managers (APOs) to oversee their work effectively in the areas of safety.
- Works with Regional Directors of Operations (RDOs) to mentor and support Assistant Principals of Operations (APOs) on best safety practices, analysis and tracking mechanisms to ensure monitoring of safety procedures.
- Ensures 95% of construction punchlist and warranty items are resolved within 90 days after the first day of school
- Oversee all aspects of construction; including coordination with project managers and design professionals, oversight of contractor selection and the bidding process, management of multiple construction schedules, as well as on-going oversight of warranty programs.
- Attend construction project meetings with general contractors and project engineers during the construction process to minimize punchlist items.
- Attend walks of new campuses to ensure proper standards have been followed and rectify inconsistencies immediately.
- Follow up on punchlist items to ensure they are resolved within 90 days of the school opening.
- Identify opportunities to improve construction standards and building quality.
We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:
- Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
- Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
- Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
- We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.
- Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, or a related field (required); Master's degree preferred
- Experience: Minimum 5-7 year's experience in facilities management; minimum of 3 years in a supervisory role
Salaries for this position typically fall between $65,400 and $83,400, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.
IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.
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