Facilities & Building Operations Manager

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The Position

The Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a dynamic individual to join our team as the Facilities & Building Operations Manager. In this pivotal role, you will support the long-term health of the organization by ensuring the physical plants are optimized to efficiently showcase art, warmly and safely welcome visitors, and continue to elevate Denver’s expanding art community. The Facilities and Building Operations Manager will oversee the maintenance and improvement of a 27,000 square foot Gold LEED certified museum building as well as a leased 400 fixed seat auditorium building.

This is a full-time position with benefits, and the successful candidate will have a flexible schedule to support maintenance and emergency schedules with the opportunity to work remotely up to one day per week on administrative tasks as needed. Our headquarters, and this position, are based in downtown Denver.

About You

  • You like to work a flexible schedule and are available on occasional nights and weekends to perform scheduled or emergency duties, as needed.
  • You are a creative problem solver who takes initiative and approaches new obstacles with curiosity and ingenuity. 
  • You are detail oriented while also being able to see the bigger picture. 
  • You have excellent organizational and, on the spot, problem-solving skills, you can communicate effectively with a variety of internal and external partners.
  • You have a proven ability and eagerness to identify technology gaps and learn new skills quickly.
  • The desire to work with a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative organization as an individual contributor, this position does not manage any direct reports.

A Day in the Life

Facility Management

  • Monitor, inspect, maintain, and manage the repair of building life services including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, janitorial, fire and building security systems.
  • Perform general maintenance and repairs.
  • Monitor and maintain the building’s temperature and humidity levels consistent with art preservation standards.
  • Assist with event set-ups and teardowns.
  • Maintain and organize the Museum’s offsite storage area.
  • Develop and manage facility-related operating procedures and policies.

Safety & Risk Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all safety and security protocols, developing contingency plans as necessary.
  • Coordinate with local and state officials to comply with regulations and maintain required facility licenses/certificates.
  • Manage facility access procedures.
  • Respond to facility emergencies, including alarm and fire systems.
  • Perform daily a walkthrough of the facility to determine potential safety or risk issues.

Collaboration & Coordination

  • Coordinate with the Chief Operating Officer on new building projects.
  • Coordinate with facility vendors to ensure all systems are functioning optimally.
  • Coordinate with internal teams to ensure the safety, security and surveillance of the installed artwork.
  • Oversee contract janitorial and guard services.  
  • Attend staff meetings and report as needed on facility-related issues. 
  • Conduct training for staff members on facility-related topics.
  • Assist with facility requirements for the Annual Gala.

Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Create, manage, and adhere to the annual facility budget.
  • Plan for longer term capital expense and asset life cycle replacement.

What You Bring to Us

  1. A minimum of 5 years of experience in facilities management.  Experience with museum or library facilities is strongly preferred.  
  2. Current facilities-related licenses are strongly preferred.
  3. Ability to perform minor maintenance repairs and read and understand building/mechanical plans, with working knowledge of HVAC systems.
  4. Requires excellent analytical and organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
  5. Adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  6. Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, as well as general math proficiency.  
  7. Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.

Schedule Availability: Days, nights & weekends; availability to perform 24/7 emergency duties.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to speak, understand, and communicate in English effectively, in person and in writing. Ability to hear adequately in person and by phone, in personal and group settings.
  • Ability to work with, and process information from, a variety of individuals and media (e.g. computers, projected images, printed materials), and sitting and/or standing up to 8 hours per day. 
  • Mobility necessary to access various offices and a wide variety of meeting and museum settings. Mobility necessary to perform a variety of tasks that involve standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, bending and twisting, occasionally climbing stairs or using an elevator, possibly reaching chest high and overhead for materials.
  • Ability to reach for, move and/or lift up to 75 pounds and the use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.

About Us

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA Denver) is a nonprofit organization providing an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time. MCA Denver is paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term.  We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties.  We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. We welcome all audiences, celebrate all voices, and share all stories to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for our community. 

Our Core Values

We are:

Adventurous – We are risk-takers. We are creative, open, curious, and sometimes weird.

Excellent – We strive to be the best in our field, we have high expectations, we believe in being resilient, creative problem-solvers, and professionals.

Human Centric – We are collaborative. We strive for emotional intelligence, and we value relationships.

Inclusive – We are welcoming to all audiences, voices, and stories. We believe in being authentic and inclusive.  We actively seek and engage with diverse perspectives.

MCA Denver is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment that prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. MCA Denver affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the museum community may benefit from each other’s experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. All employment decisions at MCA Denver are based on business needs, job requirements and individual applicant qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, or belief, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), family or parental status, or any other status protected by law. MCA Denver will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

Our History

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s need for a contemporary art museum in Denver. In 2007, we opened our new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of LoDo Denver. Our building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop bar and café.  In 2021, MCA Denver opened a satellite location at the Holiday Theater in Denver’s Northside.  This 380-seat auditorium is the site of some of the museum’s programming and events.

Visit us at https://mcadenver.org to learn more.

Application Process

  • This is an exempt, salary position. The salary range is $65,000 to $70,000 commensurate with experience and includes our standard benefits package, including a medical plan, dental plan, basic term life insurance, short term disability, 403b retirement, holiday pay and generous paid time off.
  • Please submit your interest via our applicant portal here.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but priority consideration will be given to those received by June 7, 2024. 
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