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DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES LAW SUMMARY

Thanks to a new law, the New York Department of Civil Service has established qualifications for the school district Director of Facilities (I, II, & III), including a statewide exam. Under the old law, if a qualified individual from any county in New York State was interested in a school district facilities position in a different county, he/she would have to take a test in the area that provided the job opportunity. A new statewide exam will replace all regional exams and streamline the certification process. This law has been put into place because it is the mission of New York State to provide clean, safe, healthy, efficient learning environments for school children, educators, administrators and the community. The Director of Facilities will be an experienced, qualified professional with the knowledge to safely run one of New York State’s Public Schools. This new law will insure that the position is filled by a qualified professional.

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DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES I (DOF I)

A Director of Facilities I is responsible for ensuring that facility maintenance, repair and cleaning related tasks and activities in a school district are performed.  The incumbent is typically responsible for supervision of a unit and may also work alongside lower-level employees in carrying out and overseeing work details.  The incumbent also performs manual labor and operates equipment related to the work.  The work is performed according to established policies and procedures and in accordance with applicable State, local, and federal laws, rules and regulations which apply to school district facility operations and maintenance.  The work may occur indoors or outdoors, possibly under adverse working conditions.  The incumbent typically reports to a school business administrator or district superintendent.  Does related work as required.

DOF I, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate Degree or higher-level degree in School Facilities Management, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology or a related field and two years of experience in general building construction, building maintenance or repair work in one or more of the specialty trades, such as plumbing, electrical work, heating, ventilating and air conditioning installation.

(B) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four years of experience in general building construction, building maintenance or repair work in one or more of the specialty trades, listed in (A);

(C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES II (DOF II)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
A Director of Facilities II is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the custodial and maintenance activities of a school district’s buildings and grounds department. Although certain activities are performed in the office, the incumbent of this position will, on occasion, be required to perform maintenance, repair and cleaning related tasks and activities, which may be performed indoors or outdoors under adverse working conditions. This position differs from Director of Facilities I in that the incumbent has supervisory responsibilities over custodial, maintenance staff, and where applicable, employees of the transportation department. This position differs from Director of Facilities III in that this position is not administrative in nature. The work is performed under general supervision of a school district administrator, which may include the Superintendent, with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out details of the work. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate staff and does related work as required.

DOF II, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(D) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher-level degree in School Facilities Management, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology or a related field and one year of experience in general building construction, building maintenance or repair work in one or more of the specialty trades, such as plumbing, electrical work, heating, ventilating and air conditioning installation– which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

(E) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate Degree in School Facilities Management, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology or a related field and three years of experience as outlined in (A), one of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

(F) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and five years of experience as outlined in (A), one of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

(G) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (C).


DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES III (DOF III)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:
A Director of Facilities III is responsible for the administration of a School District’s buildings and grounds department. The majority of activities are performed in the office, but the incumbent will spend time at various work sites ensuring work is being performed and completed in an efficient manner. The incumbent will rarely be required to perform maintenance or repair related tasks and activities, but needs to be able to perform such tasks if the need occurs. This position differs from Director of Facilities II in that the incumbent has primarily administrative responsibilities, while the Director of Facilities II has supervisory responsibilities over custodial, maintenance staff and where applicable, employees of the transportation department. The work is performed under the general supervision of the School Superintendent with considerable leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate staff and does related work as required.

DOF III, MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

(H) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher-level degree in School Facilities Management, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology or a related field and two years of experience in general building construction, building maintenance or repair work in one or more of the specialty trades, such as plumbing, electrical work, heating, ventilating and air conditioning installation, one year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

(I) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree in School Facilities Management, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Building Construction Technology or a related field and four years of experience as outlined in (A), one of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

(J) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).


Download the Director of Facilities (I, II, & III) Job Descriptions

Director of Facilities I

Director of Facilities II

Director of Facilities III


Director of Facilities State Civil Service Test   

The Directors of Facilities exam was held in January 2015. The next exam will be scheduled within 4 years.

Test Study Materials: 

*Notice the Test Preparation Study Guide is an independent study guide and is NOT provided by the state. This is an aide to help you study only.

 

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Upcoming Events

Legislative Update Webinar - Monday, February 27 at 2pm

Advocacy Day - Tuesday, March 7, Albany
The New York State Legislature needs to hear a unified message from our Directors of Facilities!

Critical Issues Summit - Wednesday, March 8, Albany
Think Globally, Acting Locally to Achieve Your School Facility Goals!

Managing Nuisance Geese Webinar - 12-1pm, Thursday, March 30

 

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