Assistant Director, Facilities Management

  • Deadline: December 24, 2020

Cape Breton University is one of Canada’s youngest and most innovative universities. Committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and thought leadership, CBU strives to create a global academic experience and build a sustainable future for Cape Breton Island. Home to nearly 5,500 students, CBU is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. This excellence extends throughout the Institution’s diverse community of valued faculty and staff who relish the idea of helping to create and promote a quality environment at CBU.

Cape Breton University delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its community. Surrounded by pristine natural landscape, vibrant culture and welcoming communities on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from more than 50 countries around the world.

Our people, our cultures and our strong sense of community make Cape Breton University a special place.

Reporting to the Director, Facilities Management, as Assistant Director, Facilities Management, you will play a key leadership role in ensuring the department is delivering on its mandate to effectively and efficiently deliver a multitude of diverse functions and services, including utilities services, facilities maintenance and repair, alterations and renovations to existing facilities and campus security, in support of the University’s overall mission.  You will provide planning and oversight for campus facilities and infrastructure and be accountable for ensuring that all physical plant facilities and grounds are developed, operated, and maintained in a safe, effective and efficient manner consistent with the needs of the University and within budgetary constraints.  You will play a lead role in working with senior CBU leaders and with external engineers, architects and contractors in the design and construction of exciting new potential projects on the horizon, such as the recently announced CBU Centre for Discovery and Innovation. As this role is in succession to the Director, Facilities Management position, this could be an exciting opportunity to further grow your career.

As the ideal candidate, you are a professional engineer with experience in a complex, multi-stakeholder, unionized environment overseeing a diverse range of facilities, operations and projects. Whether your experience is from the public or private sector, you are committed to customer service excellence and continuously striving to do things better. Your exceptional interpersonal and communication skills enable you to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders alike. You are as comfortable walking through a worksite and talking through technical details of a project with members of your team as you are conducting a formal presentation about a new building to a committee of the Board of Governors. Collaboration and integrity are hallmarks of your leadership. You are excited by the opportunity to play a lead role at CBU, breathing new life into existing spaces and advancing the construction of new buildings. Most importantly, you take pride in contributing to the incredible experiences those spaces create for students, faculty, staff and members of the University and Cape Breton communities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Andrea Forbes-Hurley at or Emma Wach at; by calling 902.424.1104, or submit your application online.

Cape Breton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Cape Breton University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.