Buildings & Grounds Director (Unclassified)

JOB CODE: 3008


SALARY RANGE: $73,836 - $123,392

Department of Buildings & Grounds

Under the direction of the Mayor-President, this at-will position directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the management and operations of City-Parish infrastructure related functions. Work involves responsibility for architectural services and public building maintenance, which also includes the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office (EBRSO) and substations, Parish Prison, city and district court buildings, River Center, and city and parish owned parking garages. Duties include representation of the department in a variety of public forums (e.g. Metro Council meetings) and full management of the assigned services and related activities including financial and architectural planning, maintenance, contract management, and customer service. Performs other work as requested.

Directs all aspects of East Baton Rouge infrastructure related functions including oversight of Architectural Services and Public Buildings Maintenance divisions. Directs multi-million dollar capital improvement programs, including budget control, federal, state, and local compliance issues, and administration of contracts for architectural and construction services. Directs construction activities, electrical and mechanical maintenance of equipment in public buildings, and the cleaning and upkeep of public buildings and surrounding grounds. Develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the assigned service areas, programs, and operations. Recommends and administers policies and procedures. Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; plans, develops, and implements methods and procedures designed to improve operations, minimize operating costs, and promote the most efficient use of labor and material. Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plans of direct reporting managers and support staff; assigns responsibility for work activities, projects, and programs; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems. Negotiates contracts and coordinates at a high level with consultants regarding major projects and activities. Oversees and directs the development and administration of the annual budget including the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies. Oversees and participates in providing customer service to internal and external customers by responding to and resolving escalated sensitive inquiries and complaints; negotiates sensitive and controversial issues. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent the department, including Metro Council meetings, public hearings, public outreach programs, and before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions. Plans, monitors, and evaluates the performance of assigned managers and staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; provides feedback to recognize performance or coaching for performance improvement and development; takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of architecture, particularly as applied to public works projects, including building design and development. Knowledge of the principles and practices of the electrical trade, construction trade, plumbing trade, and other mechanical trades. Knowledge of the modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding professional architecture. Knowledge of all types of construction, materials, methods, and stages of construction. Knowledge of institutional safety, correctional practices, and prison and detention equipment. Knowledge of principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Knowledge in providing effective performance feedback and conducting performance appraisals. Ability to plan, schedule, and supervise a large group of professional, paraprofessional, skilled, and semiskilled employees in a variety of architectural and construction activities. Ability to negotiate agreements and contracts. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints. Ability to manage public works projects. Ability to prepare and administer program budgets, including capital budgets. Ability to analyze complex operational and administrative problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend and/or implement effective courses of action. Ability to lead the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and management controls. Ability to select, motivate, and evaluate staff and provide for their training and development. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and customers by building trust, establishing partnerships, and developing collaborative problem solving approaches. Ability to represent the City-Parish to the public. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare clear and concise records, reports, correspondence, and other written materials. Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedents and practices, and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems. Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within general policy guidelines. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City-Parish officials and managers, representatives from other government entities, engineers, architects, vendors, and contractors.


Section 5:04 of the Plan of Government: Shall (i) have received a college degree (which must include the completion of engineering courses, or business management courses, or public administration management courses) from an accredited four (4) year college or university, and (ii) have at least ten (10) years of relevant administrative/management experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Position may require possession of a license to practice professional architecture as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position. Position may require possession of a license to practice professional engineering as issued by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.


Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.