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 Specialist, Facility Management - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: DC Public Schools (DCPS) 
Hiring entity type: Educational Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Construction
Engineering - Civil
Operations - Other
Project Manager
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: a0x4U00000HQkAbQAL / Latpro-3839358 
Date posted: Nov-09-2021
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Specialist, Facility Management

Office: Office of Innovation and Systems Improvement

Date Posted: 11/8/2021

Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,007 - $92,534

NTE Date: N/A

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, effective September 19, 2021 you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when you choose to opt out of being vaccinated and instead agree to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card to your candidate dashboard, or you must select on your candidate dashboard that you are opting out of being vaccinated. If you opt out, you will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or opt out of being vaccinated.Position Overview

The Office of Innovation and Systems Improvement (ISI) works with the Chancellor to align resources across the organization through innovation and continuous improvement. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, we are guided by the five strategic priorities of the new Capital Commitment 2017-2022 Strategic Plan:

  • Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
  • Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
  • Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
  • Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
  • Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.

The Specialist, Facility Management will be part of the Facility Management team, which is responsible for effective planning of small capital improvements at all schools that are not actively being modernized by the Facility Planning & Design team, overall execution of the DCPS sustainability plan, proper maintenance of building assets and grounds, and coordination of building use agreements. The Specialist will work closely with school leaders, custodial staff, other DCPS Central Office teams, and the DC Department of General Services (DGS), to ensure facility-related issues are reported and addressed in a timely manner and that buildings are well-maintained so all students are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that is safe, clean, and engaging. The Facility Management team may at times be required to respond quickly to emergencies via phone, email, or in-person outside of the normal workday or workweek.

The Specialist, Facility Management will report to the Director, Facility Management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates and tracks the progress of medium to large capital improvement projects at assigned schools or components of larger projects.

  • Schedules and coordinates program-related meetings, conferences, appointments, and logistical efforts.

  • Develops and implements utility use reduction strategies via auditing and evaluation of usage rates at existing DCPS facilities.

  • Strategically plans and manages Facilities division small capital projects with a focus on equity, impact, and efficiency.

  • Leads Facilities division engagement efforts with school leadership, staff, and students as it relates to facility management best practices and green behavior change.

  • Supports the development and prioritization of a multi-year Capital Improvement Plan.

  • Collaborates with DCPS Central Office teams to develop and implement Facilities division education initiatives for students interested in relevant fields (architecture, engineering, construction, etc.)

  • Supports the budget, procurement, and human resources needs of the Facilities team.

  • Builds relationships and liaises with various DCPS departments and DGS to drive collaboration and project success; stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization; and informs the Director of developments that impact or change the direction of programmatic priorities.

  • Tracks and reports progress of projects and work orders through use of various electronic platforms and programs.

  • Interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders; remains professional and solutions-oriented in all interactions; and keeps informed about innovations, developments, and research in the field of maintaining sustainable buildings with USGBC LEED, FitWell, building features.

  • Responds to occasional before- and after-hours facilities emergencies and supports school opening efforts on occasional weekends in the last month of the summer.

  • Refines and improves the team's project management process; identifies patterns/trends in issues across multiple schools' projects; works with the Director, Facility Management to develop longer-term, systematic solutions, systems, processes, standards, and guidance to address them; and works closely with school leaders to determine how to appropriately communicate with the school community when facility issues that impact students arise, including issues which result in school closures.


  • Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Previous facilities, construction, and project administration experience required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have strong ability to multitask.
  • Experience managing sustainable buildings and/or LEED Green buildings a plus.
  • Experience with community or constituent engagement a plus.

DCPS Values

  • STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
  • COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
  • EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
  • EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
  • TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
  • JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.


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