Physical Plant Manager

Website Saint Louis Science Center

Salary Range: $87,975 – $97,750

Under the general supervision of the Managing Director – Operations, this position will plan, organize, and supervise all functions of the Science Center Physical Plant Department.  Coordinate the maintenance and development of facilities and systems, including repairs, renovation, and capital improvements, by performing regular inspections, diagnostic evaluation, coordinating preventive, routine or emergency work, and maintaining and updating complete technical records.


  • Direct supervisory responsibility for the safety, condition, and operability of the physical plant of the Saint Louis Science Center.
  • Responsible for managing the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to ensure comfort of visitors and employees to ensure proper operating environment for a variety of exhibits, audio-visual equipment, and computer systems. Performs hands-on duties as needed.
  • Responsible for managing the operation and maintenance of electrical and lighting systems, including automated control, fixture specification and installation, lamping, energy management, and equipment repairs. Performs hands-on duties as required.
  • Responsible for coordinating and overseeing facility appearance upgrades, including painting, fixture installation, carpeting, and other related maintenance as required.
  • Responsible for coordinating and overseeing of Grounds Maintenance Service and alterations.
  • Recommend and manage annual budgets of expenditures. Prepare requisitions and purchase orders as required. Procure and evaluate bids as required by SLSC financial policies.
  • Coordinates, manages, and oversees vendor relations for all services related to the Engineering department.
  • Develops departmental policies and procedures to ensure a safe, efficient, and cost-effective operation.
  • Reading, interpreting, and assisting in the preparation of plans, specifications, and other bid documents for minor construction projects.
  • Responsible for providing project manager services for physical plant projects, including coordinating and overseeing outside contractors when engaged.
  • Maintains accurate records of facility blueprints, maintenance records, systems manuals and schematics, inventories of equipment and parts, and energy usage.
  • Ensures safety, security, and dependability in the operation of equipment and systems, through thorough and ongoing training and operations monitoring.
  • Develops, reviews, and maintains a preventative maintenance program for all appropriate equipment and systems.
  • Advises the Operations Managing Director on all engineering or maintenance matters concerning new and existing facilities and makes presentations to the Facilities Committee and Safety Committee, as requested.
  • Maintains technical areas in a clean, safe, and efficient manner.
  • Manages the acquisition, inventory and/or storage of associated fixtures and equipment and formulates policies and procedures for their maintenance.
  • Attends staff meetings and/or training sessions to encourage teamwork, strengthen and promote communication, and enhance personal growth.
  • Develops, monitors, and reports on appropriate department activities and plans including work orders, preventative maintenance schedules, 10-year capital plans, etc.
  • Assists supervisor and the Leadership team in developing and executing capital building projects including project schedules, contractor/subcontractor performance, and budget management, throughout all phases of design through completion.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


  • Supervises, directs, assigns, and evaluates the daily work of assigned staff; trains employees in work procedures, standards and safety practices; interviews and recommends selection of job applicants, appraises employee performance, conducts informal counseling on work issues, prepares documentation and improvement plans for deficiencies, and recommends performance recognition and disciplinary action.
  • Selects, schedules and monitors contract labor and maintenance vendors, with responsibility for their work.
  • Coordinates the effective and responsive interactions of the Engineering staff with other Science Center departments and divisions.


  • Demonstrated project planning and management skills.
  • Demonstrated management and organizational skills including supervisory, budgetary, cost estimating and bidding experience, capable of working on multiple projects and priorities on a deadline and without supervision.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings, both paper and electronic documents.
  • Ability to work effectively with other staff, self-motivated, enthusiastic, flexible: ability to work varied hours including weekends, evenings, or holidays.
  • Knowledge of BOCA, NFPA, OSHA, ADA, and other relevant codes.
  • Knowledge of computer programs, including Johnson Controls, TRANE, Microsoft Office, work order management system, etc.


Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.


5 years of Supervisory / Management experience in a physical plant role.


  • Proficiency with electrical, HVAC and plumbing schematics.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.


Proficiency with math calculations as related to budget monitoring, project cost management, and physical plant data.


  • Valid Motor Vehicles License
  • Stationary Engineer License desired
  • IFMA Certifications desired


While performing the responsibilities of the Physical Plant Manager’s job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb stairs and ladders and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision and hearing abilities required by this job include close vision and must be able to lift and manipulate heavy objects (50 pounds regularly and 100 pounds occasionally) and work safely on various types of high lift equipment and ladders.


Ability to work in mechanical environments where noise and dust levels are high. Ability to work safely on various types of high lift equipment and ladders up to 30 feet high. Frequent work in office environment, mechanical rooms, in confined spaces, production rooms, outdoors up to 2 hours per day; as well as rooftops, offices, galleries, and construction sites, as well as near sensitive equipment, and in public areas of the facility. Work done in partnerships and alone.


Typically weekdays with occasional evening and weekend hours. (Schedule may be adjusted due to the likelihood of working several evening shifts per month for special events requiring engineering coverage. On-call duty for after-hours needs (routine and emergency.)

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