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Manager of Buildings and Structural Trades

Hamilton is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 diverse and talented students from nearly all of the 50 states and approximately 40 countries. More information can be found at www.hamilton.edu/about.

Position Summary:

The Manager of Building & Structural Trades is responsible for providing supervision and leadership to the colleges Carpenter, Paint, and Masonry staff in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the College’s Building and Structures.  This position manages and maintains planned maintenance programs for all college structures, coordinates the daily operations of the trade shops, plans and prioritizes projects, establishes best practices, monitors and measures trade shop performance.  In addition, this position is responsible for the coordination and supervision of various construction projects on campus as directed by the Associate Director, Building Services.


  • Supervises the construction, maintenance, and repair of the college’s building and structures.  Manages and maintains planned maintenance programs for all structures, coordinates assists and supports other college departments with setup of special events, including but not limited to, Commencement, Reunions, and the Great Names Series and other activities as requested.  
  • Directs and leads the day-to-day operations of the carpenter, paint, and masonry shops and seasonal personnel. Generates work orders, prioritizes and schedules the daily and seasonal projects for each shop as needed. 
  • Manages the staff’s weekly payroll records, vacation, sick and personal time.  Ensures appropriate staffing. Maintains the departments TMA system.
  • Works in cooperation with the Physical Plant management staff in developing and prioritizing renewal & replacement projects. Coordinates and supervises a variety of construction projects on campus as assigned by the Associate Director of Building Services.
  • Hires and coordinates projects with external contractors based on project needs. Monitors and inspects progress of projects and construction sites to ensure safety standards and project specifications are met.  
  • Develops and implements departmental procedures and processes to increase departmental performance, efficiency and safety.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of equipment and vehicles in the trade shops. Recommends and develops plans to increase efficiency and safety of trade shop equipment and vehicles. 
  • Develops estimates for materials and labor required to complete projects and tasks as requested by management.  Maintains inventory and purchase materials for the trade shops based on approved estimates.
  • Works with Forepersons, Staff, and Union to ensure production and Human Resource challenges are resolved in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • Directly responsible for developing, initiating, and providing performance evaluations and feedback to the trade staff.  Documents and keeps accurate records of staff feedback in preparation for annual performance reviews.
  • Develops and manages the departmental budget.
  • Keeps up to date with rules and regulations as they pertain to the trade shops and employees including but not limited to, lead training, asbestos training, fall protection and lift training, New York State Fire Codes and regulations.
  • Provides hands on presence to trade shop staff, promotes an open door policy, and continuously works to develop a sense of co-operation and teamwork amongst physical staff and the college community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.


Bachelors Degree in Engineering and/or Construction Management or related field plus a minimum of 5 years in the Construction/Maintenance field required.  Minimum of 5 years experience in a supervisory role required, preferably in a Union environment.  APPA credentialing a plus. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of maintenance and construction procedures, standards, methods, safety, OSHA regulations and Construction management laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem solving and time management skills.  Ability to interact and motivate staff, develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers, and other physical plant staff. 
  • Project management skills, ability to multitask, establish priorities and deadlines and manage to established deadlines.  Must be flexible and possess the ability to analyze and change priorities when needed.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability to accurately develop an estimate for a construction project, accounting for all of the activities required for completion of the project and determining if the project should be outsourced or remain in house.
  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain and promote cooperative, professional, and respectful working relationships with all employees, contractors, vendors, and business partners of the college. 
  • Must have enthusiasm for the job, a customer service approach, and the willingness to work within a collaborative team environment.    
  • Computer skills, Microsoft office.




Please review Hamilton's Benefits Summary for more information.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and contact information for three professional references to apply@hamilton.edu. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in all areas of the campus community.

Posted 07/14/2014
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