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Director of Grounds Maintenance

Job no: 492835
Work type: Administrative Full-Time
Location: Davidson
Categories: Staff
Department:Physical Plant Grounds

Reporting to the Director of Facilities, the Director of Grounds Maintenance will supervise all activities and personnel related to ground maintenance across all college properties. This includes planning and scheduling for all maintenance of formal and natural landscape features including driveways, walks, trees, shrubs and flowers, athletic and recreational areas, signage, storm drains and irrigation systems. The opening allows for the opportunity to revamp and bring some color to the campus through natural and organic landscaping. The Director will oversee and manage all campus fleet vehicles and equipment.  This position will be in charge of purchasing major equipment, materials and supplies for the grounds shop along with coordinating and negotiating bids and managing outside contractors, as well as some administrative work in an office setting.

Essential Functions


  • Crafting broad goals and objectives for the health, function and aesthetics of the campus landscape.
  • Supervising work of grounds department to accomplish assigned tasks and to accomplish the landscape vision; planning and organizing all work including scheduling and inspecting for a full-time grounds crew of nine, an Associate Director of Grounds, a motorpool mechanic, a small engine mechanic, , one or two work-study students, two maintenance contracts, and seasonal temporary employees, as needed.
  • Contacting outside vendors for purchases of materials, equipment and plants; planning and coordinating work of related contractors on campus.
  • Providing technical assistance to grounds employees and overseeing work in progress; training employees in horticulture and grounds keeping technology; and supervising and evaluating employee performance.
  • Designing and implementing landscapes for use on campus; demonstrating familiarity of plants; and providing record keeping and statistics for the Arboretum.
  • Acting as a liaison between grounds department and other departments on the planning of projects and functions; coordinating grounds operations with other crafts within Physical Plant as well as other departments in the College.
  • Acting as liaison with student organizations and external constituents for support, services, projects, special interests, events and problems related to recycling, plants, vandalism, setups, off-hours work, inspection, and actions or decisions to support events.
  • Remaining up-to-date and informed about current state-of-the-art practices pertaining to grounds maintenance, including all state, federal and local codes and regulations.  Championing sustainable landscape maintenance practices, both internally and externally.
  • Administering the College’s motor vehicle fleet, including the acquisition and disposal of vehicles, implementation of policies and practices of vehicle use, maintenance of vehicles, and supervision of one full time motor pool mechanic.
  • Managing a grounds yearly operational budget of approximately $1.1 million and a motor pool yearly operational budget of approximately $300,000.  Submitting recommendations for major capital maintenance projects and acquisitions outside of the operations budget.


Working Conditions


  • Majority of time spent outdoors with some time in grounds shop or other offices.
  • Works with chemicals and substances which may require safety precautions or constant attention to detail.
  • Regularly involves standing, walking, lifting and bending or other physical exertion.
  • Required to be on-call 24 hours per day with some evening and weekend work necessary during specific times of the year.

Education & Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science degree in plant science, horticulture, landscape architecture or related field with five or more years of supervisory experience in a related area OR a combination of education and related experience with demonstrated history of supervision in the landscape maintenance industry.
  • Knowledge of grounds maintenance techniques.
  • Excellent communication skills to become a leader in the campus community and develop a cohesive team environment in order to communicate to others what is to be accomplished.
  • Ability to analyze and react to situations in a problem-solving capacity.
  • Intermediate computer skills or desire to develop skills to utilize computer assisted drafting and landscape plans, specifications or contracts.
  • Basic knowledge of budget and financial analysis. 
  • Desire to contribute and leave a lasting mark on a unique, college campus.
  • Valid NC driver’s license and NC pesticide license required within the first year of service.

Davidson College is conducting a national search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates (www.helblingsearch.com), an executive search firm specializing in areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.


Please Submit Applications or Nominations to

Lindsey Johnson

Search Consultant

Helbling & Associates, Inc.


(724) 935-7500 x130


Davidson College believes the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, they seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.




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