University of Denver Assistant Foreman - Facilities Planning & Management in Denver, Colorado

Job Description


Enrich the University of Denver's global prominence and community impact through excellence in innovative Facilities Services.


Through exceptional customer service, we provide sustainable stewardship to the university community that creates an engaging and thriving environment to learn, live, teach and work.

Core Values

  • *Stewardship: *We effectively use all resources to meet the needs of today without compromising the future. We work in a safe manner using equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourage others to do the same. We maintain confidences and protect the security of operations and assets by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure. We demonstrate efficient use of time, equipment, and other resources with a focus on sustainable operations and best practices.
  • *Teamwork: *We work together cooperatively in support of our mission. We value individuals and their contributions to the team and treat each other with respect and dignity. We actively work to create and support an inclusive and equitable workplace by embedding diversity into all aspects of the workplace. We communicate honestly and openly, listen attentively, and assume responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately. We encourage cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success.
  • *Professionalism: *We earn the trust of others through professional conduct that includes honesty, reliability, and competency. We exhibit a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. We actively endorse and support DU's mission and work to fulfill its vision, mission, and goals. We pursue professional development to increase expertise and improve our capabilities to deliver improved job performance.
  • *Service: *We contribute to the success of others by responding in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive DU experience that exceeds the expectations of students, and internal and external contacts. We understand that our performance directly affects the future of DU and strive to perform to enhance the DU experience. We embrace a positive attitude and participate through engagement with changes in procedures, environment, or responsibilities.
  • *Integrity: *We accept responsibility for the University's and public's trust and are accountable for individual actions. We conduct ourselves and perform our duties in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner that is reflective and protective of the trust placed on us as stewards of the University's facility related resources.
  • *Excellence: *We strive to achieve excellence in all endeavors and are committed to continuous improvement. We enthusiastically deliver quality services to our customers while consistently seeking to improve those services through creativity and innovation.
  • *Engagement: *We seek to "tell our story" through collaboration, communication, and inclusion with the greater DU community. Through involvement, we ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and neighbors are met and efforts from each department are understood. We take every opportunity to augment the education and research mission of the university through demonstration of real world applications of theories and principles.

Position Summary

Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Maintenance and Operation, and under the specific direction of the General Maintenance Foreman or Housing Maintenance Foreman, this position plans, organizes and supervises the functions of the respective shop to assure the proper, safe and reliable flow of work within established budgetary resources and appropriate time schedules.

Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes and supervises the work of the shop through the development of schedules, assignment of work, inspections, ordering of equipment and supplies and providing for emergency response. Assists in the supervision of a staff of workers and participate in evaluating, counseling, disciplinary actions and makes recommendations on hiring and firing of employees. The type of work includes HVAC, electrical, plumbing, painting, carpentry, kitchen equipment repair and other trades to the extent that a license is not required.
  • Assist the foreman in the day to day operation of the shop by distributing work orders to the employees and follows up with the work order system to ensure that work orders are being completed on a timely basis and works with the employees to ensure that the work orders are being completed, filled in properly and turned in on a daily basis.
  • Implements preventive maintenance programs that achieve the objective of decreasing reactive maintenance costs.
  • Exercises fiscal responsibility by ensuring that equipment and supplies are inventoried and safeguarded, that materials and labor for the work performed are used effectively and efficiently, and that shop expenses do not exceed budgetary resources.
  • Assists with the coordination of contacting contractors, to obtain pricing, schedules, etc. for special projects.
  • Works with Foreman to develop, implement, and ensure employee compliance with operating and safety procedures and trains employees in proper work and safety techniques.
  • In conjunction with the Foreman, maintains records as required to provide adequate information on systems, purchase orders and bids and estimates. Provides other reports and analyses as requested.
  • Performs work at the highest level in his or her area of expertise.

**Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, construction drawings and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees and/or customers of the University.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as weights, measures, discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic and intermediate algebra.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to assess quickly a variety of data in emergency situations in order to develop effective solutions.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of supervision; ability to understand and apply University and Department policies and procedures consistently and fairly.
  • Ability to plan, assign and supervise effectively the work of others.
  • Knowledge of methods, materials tools, equipment, codes (e.g. OSHA, EPA, building) and regulations in assigned area.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards, safety regulations and safety precautions of the trade(s). Knowledge of the construction and operational principles of assigned area systems.
  • Ability to operate a variety of equipment required for the performance of duties.
  • Ability to maintain a variety of records, prepare reports and order supplies using computerized and manual systems.
  • Ability to prepare estimates of time and material required for projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of professional, non-professional and skilled trade’s personnel.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and work a flexible schedule when workload requires.

**Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • Five years’ experience in facility maintenance or specific trade.
  • Experience in a facility maintenance environment.
  • Knowledgeable working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Please note, this position will also require a valid Colorado driver’s license and insurable by the University of Denver’s insurance carrier and a post-offer, pre-employment health screening.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Pertinent license and/or certificate in specific trade.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Familiar working with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, including WebTMA or similar work order system.
  • Experience in a University physical plant.

Work Schedule

  • varied, full-time, to include evenings, nights and weekends

Work*Environment* **

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts, occasionally in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, chemical exposure, confined spaces and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle of feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is required to lift up to 100 pounds. The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 14, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume/application
  2. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check, Motor Vehicle Report (MVR), Pre-Employment Physical, Drug Screen, Human Performance Evaluation and verification of employment and education.**

Tracking Code: 000788

Department: Facilities - Maintenance & Operation (65)

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 25.54 - 30.41 USD