Jun 25, 2021

Assistant Director- Plumbing Systems

$140,000 yearly
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford University, Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA
Full-time Management - Maintenance Management - Operations Management - Productions Management - Sales Management - Services

Job Description


Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community in a sustainable and fiscally responsible manner. The department is the steward for a $1.8 billion asset portfolio covering 1/3 of Stanford’s campus and has a $272 million annual operating budget for FY17. R&DE comprises 800+ staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost (SAVP Office), Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, Maintenance Operations & Capital Projects, and a team of four R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Strategic Communications.  R&DE houses 13,000+ students and their dependents while serving over 6.5 million meals annually to students, conference, catering, retail, and concession guests and annually hosts a combined 52,000 guests in the Stanford Guest House and on-campus in Stanford Conferences.



This division supports all R&DE operations and provides strong stewardship of its facilities by delivering daily and preventive maintenance, executing 50-year asset renewal model, managing design and construction of capital and other essential projects, infusing sustainability, safeguarding occupational health and safety, monitoring life-safety systems and after-hours security, overseeing furnishings/fixtures and parts inventory, administering move services and the fleet, managing utilities and waste, ensuring emergency preparedness and business continuity, and providing space and property administration.



Manage facilities operations and maintenance staff, including other supervisors/managers, over assigned area(s) or facilities, engaged in facilities, building, and/or equipment management or maintenance. Lead department/unit strategic management, and participate in long-range planning.



  • Oversee the management of assigned facilities and programs staff (technically, operationally, and administratively), including: planning and directing the activities of department(s); monitoring maintenance activities for timely completion and quality; overseeing staffing, performance evaluation, and staff management; forecasting department or division staffing needs.
  • Create, develop, and manage budget for assigned area(s).
  • Participate in annual and multiyear project prioritization, planning, and funding; lead department/unit strategic management; may lead planning in some areas or segments; develop and review recommendations regarding short-term and long-range programs and projects, long-range financial and programmatic planning and development.
  • Develop and review policies and procedures; interpret and manage policies and procedures for assigned area.
  • Clarify and resolve complex problems spanning multiple areas or technical fields; develop or oversee program implementation within assigned area. Implement and oversee condition assessment programs. Manage assigned projects.
  • Research and develop new initiatives and technology to improve service, enhance revenue, and realize system wide opportunities
  • Perform complex, accurate troubleshooting/problem solving for all facets of building plumbing systems and plumbing-related infrastructure including domestic hot water systems, plumbing supply and waste lines, and related infrastructure from mains to buildings; planning, oversight, ensuring timely performance of plumbing-related preventive maintenance; plumbing-related safety oversight; performance of high quality, code-compliant maintenance and repairs; scoping and managing contracted work in these areas; development, review, updating of R&DE plumbing standards; staff training on means and methods related to the plumbing trade; serve as a plumbing technical resource for project scope development; support the Stanford Apprenticeship Program related to the plumbing trade
  • Functions as a rotational part of the Duty Supervisor program team providing after-hours guidance in resolving emergency situations

* - Other duties may also be assigned




Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in engineering or other appropriate technical training, or combination of technical education, training, and experience. Five or more years of extensive relevant professional and managerial experience in an environment with a variety of building types (administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, residential & dining facilities, auditoriums, etc.). Successful completion of a plumbing apprenticeship program


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Technical knowledge of best practices in facilities maintenance discipline
  • Demonstrated experience developing and managing budgets and service contracts
  • Demonstrated experience planning, developing, and implementing programs
  • Demonstrated experience understanding and applying relevant codes, regulations, and processes
  • Ability to accurately read and understand building drawings, plumbing drawings
  • Basic computer skills

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Considered Highly Desirable:

  • Demonstrated high level skills in the operation and maintenance requirements for building plumbing systems, domestic hot water systems, and building supply and waste plumbing systems; means and methods of the plumbing trade
  • Demonstrated knowledge in types of relevant building systems, advantages/disadvantages of each, and typical system life cycles
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including explaining technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrate effective cultural competence in diversity and inclusion practices, strategies, systems, policies, etc. 
  • Understands multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms
  • Negotiates and facilitates through cultural differences, conflicts, tensions, or misunderstandings
  • Role models for inclusive and culturally competent behavior

Required Certifications and Licenses:

  • none

Desired Certifications and Licenses:

  • C36 Plumbing Contractor’s License



  • Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • Requires 24-hour response availability seven days per week for emergency situations.
  • May be exposed to noise > 80dB TWA.
  • May working at heights 4 - 10 ft.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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