Job Vacancy Building Engineer KIPP Memphis Public Schools

Job title: Building Engineer

Company: KIPP Memphis Public Schools

Job description: Company Description

KIPP Memphis Public Schools is part of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of tuition-free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 270 KIPP schools across the nation serving nearly 100,000 students. Founded in 2002, KIPP Memphis serves over 1,800 K-12 students in our five North Memphis schools and almost 900 alumni on their journeys to-and-through college with our KIPP Forward Program.

As a leader in providing high quality education for students who need us most, the KIPP Memphis team and family serves as a model of excellence and collaborates with other community organizations to raise the overall quality of education in Memphis. The mission of KIPP Memphis is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose – college, career, and beyond – so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Job Description

Job Title: Building Engineer

Job Status: Full-time, Exempt

Start Date: Immediate opening

Shift/schedule: Daily, M-F, occasional after hours, Occasional weekends and holidays

Department: School-based Support

This position is under the direct supervision of the Director of School Operations, the Facility Building Engineer oversees general maintenance, upkeep and security for the school facilities and grounds. The Building Engineer is responsible for all oversight, budget management and contracted services. In this position, s/he is responsible for the efficient operation of the facility’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering (MEP) systems, building and site components as well as preventative maintenance and repairs. The Facility Building Engineer oversees and coordinates with school leadership and operations team in connection with major repairs and maintenance of the facility to ensure that the building has adequate heat, lighting, ventilation, plumbing, security or etc. for the safety and comfort of the KIPP Memphis Team and Family. The Building Engineer will also direct and manage activities and personnel related to special, capital, and other grant related projects and deferred maintenance and replacements of building components and systems as assigned by the Director of School Operations. This position also provides support as needed to other facilities within the KIPP Memphis region.

Job Responsibilities:

Select, direct, manage and coordinate site, building, security and grounds contracted services

Prepare and maintain accurate accounting of school facility budgets under the oversight of Director of School Operations

Provide maintenance and project related support across KIPP Memphis schools

Provide management, training and support as needed for the shared facility services team

Manage and supervise maintenance School Support Technicians as necessary to support facility maintenance and repairs ensuring schools basic facilities needs are handled

Inventory and purchase necessary materials, equipment, and supplies

Directs and coordinates service providers, installs, inspects repairs and maintains the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and related building systems

Monitors the heating, cooling and ventilation systems to ensure facility is at appropriate temperature and properly ventilated during normal hours of operation

Performs, or directs to be performed, general repairs such as touch up painting, patching walls, security hardware, hanging shelves, etc.

Manage renovations of existing facilities in concert with the school administration and KIPP Memphis schools

Manage, perform, coordinate and inspect major contract work on the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and site related systems

Directs and supervises performance of parking lot snow removal if necessary

Directs, supervises and/or performs snow removal operations of sidewalks and entrances

Director of Facilities and Transportation

Works with Principal and Regional Office lead to develop and implement strategies to initiate and meet aggressive capital campaign goals and special facility grant projects

Develops, monitors and controls school specific facility budgets under the oversight of the Director of School Operations

Responsible for overseeing all capital and special projects as assigned by the Facilities Director. Directs, manages, and assures project completion in a successful, timely and cost effective manner; Meets the goals of the project requirements

Reports issues, concerns and deviations from project requirements, physical building and site concerns, and security issues to the Director of School Operations; Collaborates on initiatives to bring situations back into compliance

Attends all meetings as requested by Principal and Regional Office

Responsible for and supervises all maintenance programs relating to the interior and exterior conditions and appearance of the property

On call for response to emergencies; Handles emergencies and instructs staff how to handle emergencies at any hour; Provides staff training and cross training for emergencies and mechanical systems

Responsible for maintaining documentation for all renovation, construction and equipment maintenance; Daily review of the physical condition of the building at the beginning and end of day is required

Works with and maintenance staff and outside vendors to facilitate proactive preventative maintenance programs and repair for all major building components; e.g. chillers, boilers, water pumps, fire/life/safety systems, air handlers, elevators, common area electrical components, plumbing risers, etc.

The Building Engineer is responsible for walking the property daily on a scheduled basis and preparing a list to document each inspection

Heavy lifting, bending, stooping, kneeling, and reaching may be required; This position requires physical strength, good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and the ability to move freely about the building

Conducts Daily Property Walks: Look for items which need to be addressed and repaired, included but not limited to, such areas as front entry lobby, cleanliness, glass, walls, floor, equipment room, façade, classroom building perimeter, personnel uniform inspections, climate control, fire code compliance, life safety signage, etc.

Perform other related duties as assigned


Meet regularly with Principal and Regional Supervisor to identify issues and concerns regarding facilities

Includes immediate supervisor in budget related communications

Responds to and addresses emergencies as identified by immediate supervisor.

Informs and coordinates with immediate supervisor on scheduling and timing constraints regarding projects and maintenance activities

Assists in training and supervising School Support Technicians

Assures accurate accounting of all unrestricted and restricted income and its sources

Liaison between Regional Office and Principal when required


Required Qualifications:

Minimum of 5 years’, verifiable, maintenance and repair experience in medical, office or educational environments

Proven expertise in either Mechanical, Electrical, or Plumbing

Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel

Good verbal and written communication skills

Ability to work as team leader and as a team member

Ability to manage and balance the ambiguities and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment

Relentless results-orientation

Basic proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook with strong preference for candidates with Building Automation Systems or Energy Management Systems software (BAS/EMS)

Committed to the mission of preparing educationally underserved children for excellent high schools and colleges

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Management experience is preferred

Additional Information

ADA Requirements

This position is one where the incumbent might be required to stand for extended periods, lift heavy objects on a regular basis, do repetitive tasks with few breaks, climb ladders and work in extreme weather environments. This position also requires responses to facility or security emergencies that occur after hours, on weekend or holidays.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

KIPP Memphis is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying to the school. KIPP Memphis does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Expected salary:

Location: Memphis, TN

Job date: Sat, 02 Jul 2022 22:12:28 GMT

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