Facilities Manager - Cambridge, MA

Facilities Manager - Cambridge, MA




HOURS: 20-24 hours per week (regularly scheduled hours can be negotiated somewhat, but Monday and Tuesdays 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. is required)



The First Church Facilities Manager (FM) is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and grounds, the majority of which is performed by the church’s sexton (custodial) staff. This includes but is not limited to:

* cleaning;

* waste removal

* yard work

* snow removal

* health and safety;

* security;

* space and logistical management.

*project management


Specifically, the FM is responsible for the following:


Sexton Supervision

The FM will supervise our 3-4 sextons who oversee the building from 7 a.m. until midnight, offering them feedback and counsel as needed. This will include coordinating schedules and assigning tasks, and following up to make sure tasks have been completed to satisfaction. The FM will spend a good amount of time out and about in the building rounds, making sure they are being kept clean and neat. The FM will also participate in the sextons’ annual reviews and assist in new building-related hires. Helping to create a team that maintains the cleanliness and orderliness of both building and grounds is a main function of the position. 


Building Related Organization

The FM will be responsible for ensuring that systems, policies, and procedures necessary for effective building maintenance are in place. This may include creating routine cleaning and maintenance checklists for building staff and operations, creating effective and cost-saving procedures for ordering building supplies, and assuring that equipment, tools and other building resources are properly maintained and stored. It also includes making sure sextons are aware of their assigned duties and tasks for events taking place in the building, including both church events such as Sunday worship as well as events sponsored by outside groups


Coordinate Building Projects

At the discretion of the Parish Administrator, the FM will assist on specific small and large-scale building projects that may involve outside contractors. The FM will maintain professional relationships with all contractors and workers and offer an on-site liaison as needed.


  • Pass CORI/SORI background checks



  • Must be able to lift no more than 50 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carry of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Potential for off hours contact and work based on church needs and emergencies



  • Previous Facility Management experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field or comparable experience
  • Strong administrative, communication and computer skills
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, unpredictable work environment
  • Ability to work comfortably with a wide range of personality types
  • Supervisory experience or skills



  • Previous experience working in a church or community center environment
  • IT and AV experience - knowledge of IT and AV systems, with ability to troubleshoot on-site problems



The Director of Operations, clergy, and members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee will all work with the Facilities Manager to see that tasks are being performed in a satisfactory manner, and to provide additional help when required. They will receive suggestions from the Facilities Manager regarding maintenance needs, and will provide general support and advocacy for the position.  They will also act as a liaison between the wider congregation and the Facilities Manager. 


As head of staff, the Senior Minister will be responsible for overseeing performance reviews, for offering timely feedback, positive and constructive, and for hearing grievances. The Director of Operations will be responsible for offering direct supervision of the Facilities Manager. Roughly once a year, a formal written evaluation will be conducted that will include assessment of areas of strength and areas of improvement. Recognition of the Facilities Manager’s work will be made to the congregation at appropriate times, such as the Annual Meeting.

Location: First Church in Cambridge, Conregrational, UCC

Contact: Kirsten Manville

Address: 11 Garden St Cambridge MA 02138

Phone: 617-547-2724

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Website: firstchurchcambridge.org

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