The Equity Project Charter School

Director of Building Maintenance and Engineering

1 month agoNew York, NY

The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School is a successful and growing school that has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and 60 Minutes for its radical investment in teachers and its outstanding results.  This is an amazing opportunity for a professional with technical and operational expertise in high-performance buildings to provide leadership to the management and maintenance of a newly constructed 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility incorporating green design principles.

Watch the video below to learn more about TEP's new Middle School facility, designed with community and equity at the forefront. 

About the Role

The Director of Building Maintenance and Engineering will support TEP’s mission for sustainability and conservation by managing all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems throughout the facility to ensure a clean, safe, environmentally healthy atmosphere for students and staff. The Director of Building Maintenance and Engineering will partner with Facilities Department leaders to oversee TEP’s maintenance and custodial team as well as outside service contractors while maintaining a strong focus on customer service, building excellence and sustainability.


  • Direct TEP’s efforts to achieve sustainability goals by identifying and implementing energy conservation measures. Manage metrics and report on key performance indicators such as GHG emissions, energy and water use.
  • Lead all maintenance and repair to ensure efficient operation of all building systems including HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire protection and energy management.  Develop and maintain a preventive maintenance program for all building and mechanical systems to ensure all equipment and fixtures are functioning optimally.
  • Ensure initial and ongoing adherence to all New York City and State operating certification requirements.
  • Develop and implement an effective system to ensure prompt responses for repair and maintenance requests, including appropriate record keeping for preventative maintenance, fire safety logs, energy conservation and consumption reports.
  • Plan and supervise contract services for facility repairs and maintenance, including building equipment maintenance contracts and all work performed by outside contractors.
  • Operate and manage the Building Management System. Respond to after-hours emergencies and implement emergency protocols as warranted.
  • Maintain building’s access control system; diagnose and repair problems with door hardware and electrified locks.
  • Develop and maintain an inventory of tools and equipment necessary for building maintenance.
  • Develop training opportunities for staff on topics including workplace safety, fire safety, preventative maintenance, and building systems.
  • Work closely with School Directors and Operations Directors in planning improvements for the facility and ensuring that the facility is maintained to the highest standard and supporting the programmatic needs of the school.

Certification Requirements

  • A valid Certificate of Fitness for Standpipe (S-12), Automatic Sprinkler (S-13) and Supervision of Fire Alarm Systems (S-95) issued by the New York City Fire Department
  • Certificate for Hazardous Materials, issued by an OSHA-approved program.
  • A valid Universal Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) Certificate (EPA 608 Certificate) issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

About You

  • Minimum of five years of experience in commercial or school building operations
  • Expertise in energy conservation; knowledge of NYC Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection System Codes, and building construction and management
  • Knowledge of the repair and maintenance of HVAC, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems
  • Ability to read and understand schematic drawings
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail


  • The opportunity to join an experienced, diverse, and mission-driven team that is passionate about educational equity
  • Compensation: Competitive annual salary in the range of $125K to $150K, based on the individual’s experience level
  • Time Off: 5 weeks of vacation plus 11 federal holidays (New Year's, MLK Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, Christmas).
  • Employee Wellness: We value your well-being through our Staff Food Program, Staff Retreats, and Wellness Programming
  • Healthcare: World-class medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, and Life Insurance policies
  • Family Focus: Parental leave and dependent care account so you can care for your loved ones
  • 403b Retirement Plan: We care about your ability to save for your future
  • Learning & Development: A culture that encourages and promotes professional growth and development, including tuition and continuous learning reimbursements

NOTE: In adherence with Department of Health guidelines, all charter school staff is required to provide acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: 1560776