Building & Grounds Superintendent

Employment Type
Job Category
Facility Management & Maintenance
Harlem YMCA

SALARY:  $70,000

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

The Harlem YMCA is seeking a qualified individual who will provide leadership to the overall operation of the mechanical, housekeeping and life safety systems of the Harlem YMCA, including preventative and routine maintenance, fire safety, security and pool operating systems. The Building & Grounds Superintendent’s primary responsibility is to consistently create that environment. The incumbent will ensure that the building has the required operating certifications and required recordkeeping as required by codes and will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with all Federal, State and City property regulations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, hire, train, develop, schedule and direct assigned staff and volunteers. Review and evaluation performance.  Develop strategies to motivate staff and achieve goals.
  • Provide overall leadership of facility maintenance, including planning and developing preventative and routine maintenance, capital and deferred maintenance projects.
  • Ensure that our facility and grounds are functional, clean, organized and inspiring.
  • Ensure that all mechanical infrastructure systems, electric, ventilation, HVAC and pool operation as well maintained.
  • Complete repair work and projects in a timely manner. Oversee all contractors that work in the facility and grounds. May be requested to review bids, and recommend selection of contractors.
  • Work with outside agencies such as Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Buildings (DOB), and Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) departments, to ensure compliance with all local, state and federal regulations related to facilities and grounds.
  • Develop budgets supporting the preventative and annual maintenance plans and monitors expenditures against budget.
  • Update facility plan periodically. May develop annual plan of capital projects, consistent with the YMCA’s strategic plan and community needs, capital improvements and deferred maintenance projects.
  • Advise management on maintenance issues and projects as requested.
  • Maintain positive relationships with members, staff and vendors. Show members, colleagues and outside vendors respect by listening carefully and showing empathy when dealing with a difficult situation.
  • Oversee and manage branch maintenance budget including the procurement of housekeeping and maintenance supplies.
  • Serve as Manager on Duty as needed.
  • Provide leadership to the security team at the branch.

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree Facility Management or a related field preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience supervising building operations and maintenance staff.
  • Current Fire Life Safety Director Certification required.
  • Knowledge of building operation and fire safety codes and regulation required.
  • Knowledge of project management, bidding, project proposals and preventative maintenance programs.
  • Knowledge of budget management, volunteer development, building security, HPD codes and regulations strongly desired. 
  • Proven background in Electrical (NYC Codes), Plumbing (NYC Codes), Fire Protection System (NYC Codes), Building Construction and Management, Energy Conservation, Burner and Boiler.
  • Must obtain YMCA Pool certification within the first 30 days of employment where applicable.
  • Must obtain F85, S12, S13, W07, F01 and C41 certifications with in the first 90 days of employment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Solid computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be able to effectively manage self and others in a fast paced environment.  
  • Must be available to respond to emergency calls during off-hours, including evenings and weekends.

We offer an exciting and innovative work environment with a culture committed to serving all members of our community. As a leading not-for-profit, community service organization, our Association relies heavily on fundraising to support the wide range of programs we proudly provide the communities we serve. Our expectation is that all staff promotes participation of their branch fundraising efforts in some capacity.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please forward your cover letter and resume with subject line “Building & Grounds Superintendent” to or to:

Harlem YMCA
Attn.:  Latoya Jackson
180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

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