Building Maintenance Operations Supervisor

Arlington, Virginia
$74,214.40 - $113,360.00 Annually
Sep 25, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This recruitment is being re-opened to reflect fiscal year 2019. If you have previously applied for this position under a former announcement number, you do not need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services seeks an experienced team leader to manage one of the 2 teams that provide building repair and maintenance services to a portfolio of over 80 County buildings. Under limited supervision this employee will plan, direct, coordinate and supervise HVAC mechanics, Building Engineers, licensed Stationary Watch Engineers, and contracted service staff in the operation, repair, and maintenance of mechanical, electrical, emergency power equipment, plumbing, building envelope and other related components, systems and equipment, as well as computerized building automation systems. This employee will also coordinate and direct the repair and maintenance of critical sites at (2) Data Center and (6) radio sites. This position is located in the Facilities and Engineering Division and reports to the Maintenance Section Chief.

Supervisory/Administrative duties include:
  • Supervising, planning and coordinating the work of a team of employees in assigned operational areas including writing and reviewing scopes of work and work-related procedures, establishing deadlines, priorities and work sequences;
  • Making adjustments to schedules, priorities, and work sequences to accommodate equipment breakdown, material delays, or unplanned absences;
  • Training and instructing employees in the use of a variety of specialized equipment and technical procedures and arranges for the availability of all equipment necessary at work site;
  • Monitoring the inventory of repair and replacement parts and supplies and approving purchases made by subordinates;
  • Scheduling and monitoring specialized contracts, evaluating cost effectiveness of utilizing contractors;
  • Using Microsoft Office Suite or similar software to perform administrative tasks such as preparing payroll, completing time sheets and daily activity, personal injury, accident, and vehicle reports, and to complete performance evaluations; and
  • Responding to citizens' inquiries and/or concerns, and keeping citizens apprised of County policies, regulations and work schedules when necessary.
Operational/Technical duties include:
  • Monitoring and inspecting contracted work to ensure compliance with contractual agreements and with national, state and local code requirements;
  • Training subordinates in proper diagnostic, repair, maintenance and installation procedures;
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting building air comfort, temperature problems, air distribution/balancing/stratification problems, and building automated system (BAS) problems;
  • Responding to calls for emergencies and assisting with standby operations;
  • Preparing, reviewing, prioritizing, and assigning work orders; reviewing contractor's invoices and approving payment using the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) and ensuring that records of preventive and corrective maintenance repairs are maintained in the CMMS;
  • Assisting with the capital improvement projects (CIP) by providing prioritized lists of capital building needs to the Section Chief;
  • Ensuring energy saving strategies are maintained and implemented through coordination with the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) team; and
  • Meeting with other agencies, Miss Utility, contractors and other supervisors to develop plans, discuss issues and provide time and cost estimates for requested work.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines as well as excellent communication and customer service skills to interact with internal and external customers.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: High School diploma or equivalent, plus extensive experience in commercial buildings or a similarly complex environment in a variety of skilled trades areas related to the maintenance of buildings and building systems including HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems and energy management. At least one year of experience with automated hi-rise building systems is required.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for up to two years of the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications: Preference may be given to candidates with possession of a valid 3rd class DC Steam Boiler Engineer's license or Maryland 1st class license and experience in one or more of the following:
  • Significant experience coordinating, managing and/or supervising employees in the field, including staff on 24/7 shifts;
  • Developing and implementing a preventive maintenance program using maintenance software;
  • Identifying, coordinating, directing, and teaching staff to make repairs in all trades for large commercial building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, sprinkler, dry pipe, preaction systems, structural, emergency power generating systems, data and critical sites;
  • Managing plant mechanical systems, preferably in large (over 350,000 sq. ft.) commercial or correctional facilities;
  • Managing small construction projects and interacting with project managers and trades staff;
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing electrical systems and controls (277 and 480 volts); and/or
  • Servicing water pressure booster systems, and sewer ejection and treatment;

Special Requirements

1) A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted.

2) Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicants driving record.

3) A valid Universal Refrigerant CFC License is required.

4) ARC Flash and Confined Space certifications obtained within probationary period.

5) Must possess one of the following licenses or a reciprocal license from another state:
Virginia - HVAC Journeyman's License, Electrical Journeyman's License;
Maryland - HVAC Journeyman's License, Electrical Journeyman's License; or
District of Columbia - Electrical Journeyman's License, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Journeyman Mechanic's License.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday - hours may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. Must be available for call back in emergencies, will be in an On-Call rotation with other supervisors.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered .

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please support your responses to the supplemental questionnaire on your application. Please check ALL which describe your background, experience, and certifications/licensees as it relates to the minimum qualifications.
  • I have earned a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent
  • I have at least one year of experience with automated hi-rise building systems
  • I have a valid Universal Refrigerant CFC License
  • I have a valid Virginia HVAC Journeyman's License or Electrical Journeyman's License
  • I have a Maryland HVAC Journeyman's License or Electrical Journeyman's License
  • I have a District of Columbia Refrigeration/Air Conditioning Journeyman Mechanic's License or an Electrical Journeyman's License
  • I have earned a reciprocal license from another state and it is listed on my application
  • I have a valid ARC Flash and Confined Space certification (required within probationary period)
  • None of the above


How much experience do you have in commercial buildings or a similarly complex environment in a variety of skilled trades areas related to the maintenance of buildings and building systems including HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems and energy management?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please list any automated building systems you have worked with. If not applicable, put N/A.


Please use the space below to describe your experience with maintenance and repair of the following systems (including commercial):
  • HVAC systems including computerized digital control systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Emergency power generating equipment & systems
A file may be attached to your application if space provided below is not sufficient.


Please check all boxes for which you have extensive experience in the following building trades work areas:
  • Plumbing systems
  • Carpentry
  • Painting
  • Locks
  • None of the above


How much experience do you have overseeing and/or performing the maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairing of electrical systems and controls - 277 and 480 volts?
  • none
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


How much experience do you have servicing water pressure booster systems and sewer ejection and treatment?
  • none
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Which of the following do you possess?
  • District of Columbia's Steam Boiler Engineer's License - 3rd Class
  • Maryland's Steam Boiler Engineer's License - 1st Class
  • High Pressure Operator License from another state (please specify state on application)
  • None of the above


Please describe your experience in the construction field, in particular, managing small construction projects and interacting with project managers and trades staff.


Please provide details of any experience you have using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). If not applicable, put N/A.


Check the Microsoft Office (or similar) software packages you have used and the types of documents you have prepared.
  • No experience with Microsoft Office Software
  • I have performed these functions using similar software (Describe on application)
  • Correspondence using Word
  • Reports using Word
  • Forms using Word
  • Spreadsheets using Excel
  • Charts and graphs using Excel
  • Slide presentation using PowerPoint
  • Data bases using Access


There is an on-call rotation with the other Supervisors. Normal work shift is from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., however emergency situations may require work on any of three shifts for short periods of time. Is there any shift below for which you are unavailable to work? Please check all that apply.
  • 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • 11:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • I am available to work any of the three shifts listed.

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