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Facilities Coordinator, ARIO Properties

As part of the delivery of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)/University of Guelph Partnership Agreement, the University of Guelph operates and maintains a number of properties located across the province that are owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). This includes 13 research stations, a regional campus, and 2 third-party occupied campus properties. These properties provide U of G scientists and their collaborators with unique and valuable venues for conducting research studies across the broad spectrum of life sciences; environmental management and protection; food production; products for health and the bio-economy; and crop and livestock production management. In addition to providing significant research capacity, the regional campus at Ridgetown also delivers diploma and certificate courses in agricultural based programs.

The Office of Research, Strategic Partnerships operates these properties in support of research programs, and is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the land and physical infrastructure at these sites. The University of Guelph is also responsible for the planning and implementation of an ARIO-funded minor capital repair and upgrade program at these locations to maintain the long-term integrity of the infrastructure, and to maintain research program capacity. ARIO and industry sector partners are also funding major capital renewal projects that have resulted in a number of new and soon to be constructed facilities at the locations, including the Dairy Research Centre at the Elora Research Station (completed fall 2015) and the new Beef Research Centre at the Elora Research Station (scheduled to break ground in the fall of 2017).

Consider this opportunity to join our team as a Facilities Coordinator, ARIO Properties. Reporting to the Facilities Manager, ARIO Properties, you will work with research station and regional campus facilities managers to plan, develop and implement projects and service contracts associated with the operation and maintenance of the properties. Coordination of O & M services at the locations will be primarily the responsibility of station and campus managers; however, you will be the primary resource for addressing infrastructure-related issues, and ensuring services are being implemented consistently across all sites in accordance with legislation, best practice and ARIO requirements. Similarly, as Facilities Coordinator, you will work with station operations management to develop and prioritize minor capital program requests to ARIO, balancing asset integrity, life cycle replacement, regulatory compliance, efficiency and program capacity. Approved projects involving single suppliers or contractors may be implemented by station managers directly; however, more complex projects involving multiple trade contractors, consultants or more complex tender process will be administered by you, either directly or under the supervision of the Facilities Manager.

As Facilities Coordinator, ARIO Properties, you will also be responsible for ensuring the operations and maintenance requirements associated with third-party lease tenants at several of the locations are met in accordance with lease requirements. This includes tracking the proportionate share of operations and maintenance costs for tenant-occupied spaces; planning for and implementing capital repair and upgrade projects; responding to tenant queries and service requests that are beyond the scope of station or campus managers; and providing data and necessary back-up for annual third-party audit of the tenant expense calculations.

To be considered for the role of Facilities Coordinator, ARIO Properties, you must have:

 A college diploma in Facilities Management, Construction, Architectural, or Engineering Technology and three (3) years of current experience in a facilities or construction administration role.
 Knowledge of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and other legislation related to the operation and maintenance of infrastructure.
 Knowledge of building systems in a variety of settings, in addition to the processes that are required for efficient operations and maintenance.
 A valid driver’s licence.
 Proven computer skills.
 Effective written and oral communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.

A significant portion of your responsibilities as Coordinator will be carried out in an agricultural setting; as a result, experience or a background in agriculture is an asset, but not necessarily required.

The University of Guelph (www.uoguelph.ca) is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to change lives and improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Facilities Coordinator, ARIO Properties, including application instructions, please go to our website at www.uoguelph.ca/jobs. Applications, quoting Hiring #2017 0361, must be sent to: careers@uoguelph.ca. Closing date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.