Manager of Plant Operations

Permanent, full-time position

Do you have an educational background in Engineering or Architecture? Or perhaps you’re a Tradesperson with a Master Licence or a similarly qualified professional? Are your managerial skills coupled with knowledge of custodial and maintenance processes? If so, take the next step in your successful career by joining the Peel District School Board (PDSB) in this pivotal role.

Reporting to the Assistant Controller of Maintenance Services, you’ll be responsible for the management, facilitation and coordination of maintenance services required as a result of work orders, project files, and emergency repairs, and for managing the day-to-day operations to ensure normal operations of all PDSB facilities, over 17 million square footage and 265 buildings and grounds. This will include directly supervising the maintenance supervisors, defining the responsibilities of maintenance operations staff, being accountable for the services provided by internal unionized trade staff and external contractors, and providing technical guidance and advice to school administrators, management and employees.

As Manager of Plant Operations, you’ll manage the annual operating budget of $24.5 million, perform the ongoing review of operation processes and procedures to improve service delivery, develop departmental plans, set goals and deadlines, and implement procedures to improve productivity and customer service. This collaborative leadership role will see you working with senior staff to develop business process improvement, technology and information systems (e-base, work order and project file systems), and working closely with the Assistant Controller of Maintenance Services in developing the multi-year capital renewal plan. An excellent presenter and communicator, you’ll be an active member of the Labour Management, Multi-Site Joint Health and Safety, new school design, and other committees, liaise with Board staff in various roles regarding facility improvement initiatives and department processes, and facilitate LEAD training for all new Principals and Vice Principals.

An experienced operations manager who leads by example, you’re equally prepared to respond to emergencies on a 24/7 basis, including attending to on-site emergencies, as needed, and, in the absence of the Assistant Controller, to carry out the duties involved in managing all aspects of the Maintenance Services Department, including staff, budget, and renewal project activities.


With a degree, diploma or certificate in Engineering or Architecture with extensive experience and/or a background in institutional/commercial buildings, or a Master Licence in a specific trade, or an equivalent combination of post-secondary education and experience, you have a solid foundation for success as our new Manager of Plant Operations. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate the following experience, knowledge, strengths and abilities:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience overseeing multiple trades and managing unionized staff with a strong customer service focus.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in project management in an institutional environment.
  • Knowledge of custodial and maintenance processes, school board policies and procedures, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, Ontario Fire and Building codes, Ontario safe drinking water and all applicable trade codes, Ontario Human Rights Code, Safe Schools Act, Bill 157 and Bill 168, budget management, contract administration, municipal joint use agreements, collective agreements, industry trends and change management practices.
  • Excellent technical, presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent budget management, organizational and analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Financial System, Work Order System (eBase), Project Management System (i.e., eBase; School Planning and Renovation Console (SPARC)), Excel, and Word.
  • A valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression, and to working in a diverse school community and/or work environment.

Salary range: $111,653 - $139,567 per annum

To apply for the position of Manager of Plant Operations, please complete an online application through Apply To Education .  Your completed application package on Apply to Education must include your cover letter, resume and supporting educational credentials. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

The Peel District School Board (PDSB) is a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse board that serves 155,000+ students and approximately 17,000 employees. In PDSB, 87% of students are racialized, non-white, representing 162 different ethnic backgrounds. Students in Peel have 121 different first languages. Student diversity also exists in terms of gender and gender expression, sexuality and in terms of ability and faith. A responsive and empathetic understanding of the lived experiences of the students and communities we serve is vital to those who will take on leadership roles within the PDSB. The workforce consists of teachers, office staff, custodial staff, education assistants and professional staff. The workforce is largely unionized through PDSB’s numerous affiliated bargaining agents.

Commitment to Equity, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism

The Peel District School Board is committed to equity in employment. We are committed to equitable hiring practices that allow us to hire qualified staff who reflect the full diversity of the Region of Peel. We will provide reasonable accommodation (e.g., an accessible location, rescheduling of interviews that fall on Days of Significance etc.) based on any of the human rights protected grounds, during the hiring process if advised in advance.

We are also committed to inclusion, anti-oppression and anti-racist practices while also supporting the continuous growth and development of an equitable and empowered education system at the PDSB.

Criminal Background Check

Successful candidates must provide a satisfactory Criminal Background Check prior to commencing employment. Please review the requirements for the Criminal Background Check.

Recruitment Process

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but will only be contacting candidates whose skills, experience and qualifications best meet the requirements of the position. When contacted, candidates will be provided with an overview of the various elements of the selection process; such as, test and skill demonstrations. All communication to applicants regarding this job posting, including an invitation to complete skills assessments and/or a job interview if applicable, will be made through email. Candidates are encouraged to regularly check their email as listed on their account.

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