Executive Director – Facilities Services

Atlanta, GA

Posted: 4/27/20
Deadline: 6/22/20

About This Organization

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is a kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) school district that is run by the Atlanta Board of Education. The system has an active enrollment of over 51,000 students attending a total of 91 schools and programs. Atlanta Public Schools consists of Neighborhood Schools, Charter Schools, Partner Schools, Single Gender Academies, and Alternative Programs.

Atlanta Public Schools continues to make great strides on their path toward becoming a high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators inspire, and families and community stakeholders engage.


Located in Atlanta, GA

Helpful Links:

• Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Website:
• APS – Facilities:
• APS – Facilities Services Overview:

Job Duties

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer, the Executive Director – Facilities Services provides leadership in the coordination and management of school facilities, construction, safety, and fleet maintenance. The incumbent prepares cost estimates and budgets for all building renovations and space allocations and complies with all local, state, and federal regulations.
The Executive Director – Facilities Services will be responsible for leading $100M per year in construction activities and will manage a maintenance & operations budget between $50M and $60M per year.

This role has six direct reports and indirectly oversees a total of 358 FTEs within the department.
The purpose of this position is to provide direction and supervision to ensure that instructional facilities are conducive to learning and are properly maintained. The incumbent and their staff will be tasked with continuing to seek out methods that will not only improve the delivery of construction and maintenance services to the district but also deliver these services in a cost-effective and efficient manner with quality.

Essential Job Functions:

• Provides overall leadership and coordination to the District’s Facilities Planning and Real Estate functions; ensures optimal integration, synergy, and cost-efficiency in the development and implementation of operating plans, systems, and procedures.
• Prepares management action plans, goals, and objectives that reflect the District’s stated mission and goals.
• Develops and maintains currency of a comprehensive facilities Master Plan incorporating all District facilities and real estate assets.
• Assumes responsibility for facility master planning; advises senior and executive management on strategic and tactical facility planning, land and property acquisition and / or development, facility space use, and other matters involving the use of physical assets.
• Ensures that the master plan remains consistent with and responsive to the District’s mission, goals and objectives, and overall strategic plan.
• Allocates required financial and personnel resources.
• Implements plans and programs to evaluate and improve staff productivity to maintain and meet program schedules, budget constraints, and high customer satisfaction.
• Coordinates with APS Board, administration, and department heads, ensuring efficient and effective delivery of facilities.
• Evaluates the organizational structure and operation of department, ensuring maximum efficiency.
• Develops and implements training programs for staff.
• Ensures compliance with all board, local, state, and federal policies and guidelines.
• Directs and coordinates budget development.
• Performs other duties as assigned by appropriate administrator.
• Required to attend scheduled shift during regular business hours as mandated.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related field required.
• Master’s degree preferred.
• 10 years’ experience in engineering, mechanical and facilities, or construction management required. 5 years in a Manager or Director of Engineering position required.
• Broad knowledge and strong familiarity with oversight of construction and facilities expansion / management required. Should also possess the ability to read and understand blueprints.
• Considerable knowledge of cleaning methods and grounds operation including plant management, turf management, and landscaping.
• Knowledge of maintenance activities such as: HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical, and structural systems.
• Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.)

Key Candidate Attributes:

• Excellent written and oral communication skills; supervisory, leadership, organizational, and technical skills.
• Proven ability in team and consensus building with staff, clients, and community stakeholders.
• Ability to think strategically and implement improved processes.

Physical Abilities and Working Conditions:

The Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment listed in this section are representative of, but are not intended to provide an exhaustive list of Physical Abilities and Other Conditions of Continued Employment which may be required of positions in this class. Atlanta Public Schools encourages persons with disabilities who are interested in employment in this class and need reasonable accommodation of those disabilities to contact the Human Resources Department for further information.
Vision: (which may be corrected) Read small print; view a computer screen for prolonged periods.
Hearing: (which may be corrected) Answer telephones and tolerate exposure to noisy conditions.
Speech: Understand face-to-face communications; speak with a level of proficiency and volume to be understood over a telephone.
Upper Body Mobility: Use hands and fingers to feel, grasp, and manipulate small objects; manipulate fingers, twist and bend at wrist and elbow; extend arms to reach outward and upward; use hands and arms to lift objects; turn, raise, and lower head.
Strength: Lift, push, pull, and / or carry objects that weigh as much as five or more pounds on a frequent basis. Incumbent may be required to physically restrain parties involved in a conflict.
Environmental Requirements: Encounter constant work interruptions; work cooperatively with others; work independently; work indoors.
Mental Requirements: Read, write, understand, interpret, and apply information at a moderately complex level essential for successful job performance; math skills at a high school proficiency level; judgement and the ability to process information quickly; learn quickly and follow verbal procedures and standards; give verbal instruction; rank tasks in order of importance; copy, compare, compile, and coordinate information and records.

Other Info

About the Search:

Atlanta Public Schools is conducting a regional search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates (, an executive search firm specializing in areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.

Please Submit Applications or Nominations to
Mr. Rick Nawoczynski
Helbling & Associates, Inc.
O: (724) 935-7500 x112

Please visit Helbling & Associates’ Candidates Page for more information.

Atlanta Public Schools assures Equal Employment Opportunities and equal education opportunities for employees and students as required by Federal and State Orders and Laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. This job description is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements. However, management and administration reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position.