Job Title: Site and Facilities Manager
Common Ground High School is the nation’s longest-running environmental charter high school, founded in 1997. Our 230 students form an inclusive, powerful community of learners and leaders. These students benefit from a unique learning environment: an urban farm and 20-acre site, home to state of the art school facilities, adjacent to West Rock Ridge State Park, and located in the City of New Haven. We strive to create a learning environment grounded in foundational building blocks: rigor, responsive relationships, relevance that’s rooted in the local community and environment, and real roles & rights. Common Ground’s graduation rate consistently surpasses the state average, and between 97 and 100% of our students are accepted to college each year.
Common Ground High School is part of a community nonprofit organization that also operates an urban farm and community environmental education center. As a whole, Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. We work toward this mission through active, authentic learning rooted in justice and our environment: a farm, in a forest, in a city.
Help keep Common Ground’s site and facilities beautiful, welcoming and functional for the Common Ground community! Common Ground is looking for a Site and Facilities Manager to join our Site and Operations team. The Site and Operations teams ensure the care, upkeep and maintenance of Common Ground’s facilities and grounds in order to ensure they effectively meet all of Common Ground’s programmatic needs.
The Site and Facilities Manager interacts regularly with the public, and will often be assisted by volunteers and students in the performance of their duties.
The Site and Facilities Manager is a full-time, year-round, position. This person will report directly to the current Site and Facilities Manager as he passes on his knowledge and experience in preparation for retirement. They will supervise the indoor cleaning staff. Due to the nature of the work, the Site and Facilities Manager will be required to work flexible hours with some nights, early mornings and weekends for a total of 40-45 hours per week. Starting salary for this role is $50,000 depending on background and skills. This is a benefits-eligible supervisory position.
- Oversee the maintenance and cleaning of indoor facilities
- Manage the Cleaning crew and the Facilities Assistant
- Oversee the inventory, ordering and evaluation of cleaning and custodial supplies
- Performing regular maintenance and repair of all buildings including as necessary painting, minor plumbing and electrical repairs, etc.
- Helping maintain all landscaped areas including mowing, weeding, mulching, watering, feeding, etc.
- Pruning, trimming and removing trees, brush and invasives as necessary.
- Assisting with the management of Common Ground’s waste management systems, both indoors and outdoors, including trash, recycling and composting.
- Keeping grounds free of litter and trash.
- Assisting with Winter snow removal
- Keeping catch basins, culverts and gutters clear of debris.
- Overseeing Spring cleanup, Fall leaf removal.
- Maintaining paths and outdoor assembly areas including hauling and spreading woodchips as necessary.
- Supporting maple syrup production in the spring, including sap collection, boiling and filtering.
- Maintaining sufficient cut wood for program use, including cutting, splitting and stacking wood from tree felling on site.
- Overseeing upkeep and repair of sidewalks, parking lots,fences, planters, benches, sheds, tents, camping platforms, and other site improvements.
- Addressing potential site related hazards to ensure the safety of staff and program participants.
- Planting and landscaping of newly cultivated areas as required.
- Assisting with setting up and staffing festivals and events during the year as necessary.
- Performing site improvements to better meet program needs
- Helping reconfigure the site to meet the seasonal needs of programs.
- Supervising student and volunteer work crews
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
- Assist with maintenance and repair of grounds-keeping equipment including weed-whackers, mowers, etc.
- Assist Site Manager with maintenance and repair of the tractor and utility vehicles.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Proficient in Spanish and English
- Familiarity with general landscaping and plant care.
- Able to lift 50 pounds and engage in strenuous physical activity.
- Independent and self-motivated.
- Ability to take direction and follow through on tasks without direct supervision.
- Enjoys working outdoors.
- Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
- Able to set priorities, and develop and execute plans to achieve desired results.
- Experience with power equipment, weed wackers, mowers, tractors etc.
- Experience with chainsaws a plus.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Works well with others. Comfortable working as a member of a team. Experience and aptitude working with children and young adults.
- Personable: Comfortable engaging with the public.
- Eager to learn and willing to try new things.
- Able to think strategically and see the big picture.
- Computer proficient, Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.), and google docs.
- Comfortable using email and texting to communicate.
- Excellent problem solving skills.
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Common Ground is particularly eager for candidates who can help us to fulfill our commitment to building a racially and culturally diverse faculty and staff. Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society.
Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people whose native language is something other than English, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity. The principles of Affirmative Action are addressed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments of the United States Constitution, Civil Rights Act of 1866, 1870, 1871, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VI and VII of the 1964 United States Civil Rights Act, Presidential Executive Order 11246, amended by 11375, (Non-discrimination under federal contracts)< Act 1, Section 1 and 20 of the Connecticut Constitution, Governor Grasso’s Executive Order Number 11, Governor O’Neill’s Executive Order 9, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Law (Sec. 46a-60-69) of the Connecticut General Statutes, Connecticut Code of Fair Practices (46a-7081), Deprivation of Civil Rights (46a-58(a)(d)), Public Accommodations Law (46a-63-64),
Discrimination against Criminal Offenders (46a-80), definition of Blind (46a-51(1)), definition of Physically Disabled (46a-51(15)), definition of Intellectual Disability (46a51(13)), cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (46a-77), Sexual Harassment (46a-60(a)-8), Connecticut Credit Discrimination Law (360436 through 439), Title I of the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972. This Affirmative Action Policy Statement re-affirms Common Ground’s commitment to equity in the workplace and the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity