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Working As A Maintenance Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $67,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Maintenance Director Do

Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary, but administrative service managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. In a small organization, they may direct all support services and may be called the business office manager. Large organizations may have several layers of administrative managers who specialize in different areas.

Duties

Administrative services managers typically do the following:

  • Buy, store, and distribute supplies
  • Supervise clerical and administrative personnel
  • Set goals and deadlines for their department
  • Develop, manage, and monitor records
  • Recommend changes to policies or procedures in order to improve operations, such as changing what supplies are kept or how to improve recordkeeping
  • Plan budgets for contracts, equipment, and supplies
  • Monitor the facility to ensure that it remains safe, secure, and well maintained
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Ensure that facilities meet environmental, health, and security standards and comply with government regulations

Administrative services managers plan, coordinate, and direct a broad range of services that allow organizations to operate efficiently. An organization may have several managers who oversee activities that meet the needs of multiple departments, such as mail, printing and copying, recordkeeping, security, building maintenance, and recycling.

The work of administrative services managers can make a difference in employees’ productivity and satisfaction. For example, an administrative services manager might be responsible for making sure that the organization has the supplies and services it needs. In addition, an administrative services manager who is responsible for coordinating space allocation might take into account employee morale and available funds when determining the best way to arrange a given physical space.

Administrative services managers also ensure that the organization honors its contracts and follows government regulations and safety standards.

Administrative services managers may examine energy consumption patterns, technology usage, and office equipment. For example, managers may recommend buying new or different equipment or supplies in order to lower energy costs or improve indoor air quality.

Administrative services managers also plan for maintenance and the future replacement of equipment, such as computers. A timely replacement of equipment can help save money for the organization, because eventually the cost of upgrading and maintaining equipment becomes higher than the cost of buying new equipment.

The following are examples of types of administrative services managers:

Contract administrators handle buying, storing, and distributing equipment and supplies. They also oversee getting rid of surplus or unclaimed property.

Facility managers oversee buildings, grounds, equipment, and supplies. Their duties fall into several categories, including overseeing operations and maintenance, planning and managing projects, and dealing with environmental factors.

Facility managers may oversee renovation projects to improve efficiency or ensure that facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health, and security standards. For example, they may influence building renovation projects by recommending energy-saving alternatives or efficiencies that reduce waste. In addition, facility managers continually monitor the facility to ensure that it remains safe, secure, and well maintained. Facility managers also are responsible for directing staff, including maintenance, grounds, and custodial workers.

Records and information managers develop, monitor, and manage an organization’s records. They provide information to executive management, and they ensure that employees throughout the organization follow information and records management guidelines. They may direct the operations of on-site or off-site records facilities. They should be familiar with the technology that is used to manage both physical and electronic records. Records and information managers also work closely with an organization’s attorneys, technology, and business operations personnel.

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How To Become A Maintenance Director

Educational requirements vary by the type of organization and the work performed. Administrative services managers must have related work experience.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for someone to become an administrative services manager. However, some jobseekers may be able to enter the occupation with a high school diploma. Those with a bachelor’s degree typically study business, engineering, facility management, or information management.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The International Facility Management Association offers a competency-based professional certification program for administrative services managers. Completing this program may give prospective job candidates an advantage. The program has two levels: the Facilities Management Professional (FMP) certification and the Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification. People entering the profession can get the FMP as a steppingstone to the CFM. For the CFM, applicants must meet certain educational and experience requirements. The CFM must be renewed every 3 years by completing continuing education and professional development requirements.

For records and information managers, the Institute of Certified Records Managers offers the Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification. For those specializing in information governance, ARMA International offers the Information Governance Professional (IGP) certification.

Work Experience

Administrative services managers must have related work experience reflecting managerial and leadership abilities. For example, contract administrators need experience in purchasing and sales, as well as knowledge of the variety of supplies, machinery, and equipment that their organization uses. Managers who are concerned with supply, inventory, and distribution should be experienced in receiving, warehousing, packaging, shipping, transportation, and related operations.

Advancement

Advancement of facility managers is based on the practices and size of individual organizations. Some facility managers transfer among departments within an organization or work their way up from technical positions. Others advance through a progression of facility management positions that offer additional responsibilities. Advancement is easier in large organizations that employ several levels and types of administrative services managers.

A master’s degree in business administration or a related field can enhance a manager’s opportunities to advance to a higher level position, such as director of administrative services. Some experienced managers may join or establish a management consulting firm to provide administrative management services to other organizations on a contract basis.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrative services managers must be able to review an organization’s procedures and find ways to improve efficiency.

Communication skills. Much of an administrative services manager’s time is spent working with other people. Therefore, communication is a key quality.

Detail oriented. Administrative services managers must pay attention to details. This quality is necessary across a range of tasks, from ensuring that the organization complies with building codes to managing the process of buying equipment.

Leadership skills. In managing workers and coordinating administrative duties, administrative services managers must be able to motivate employees and deal with issues that may arise.

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Maintenance Director Career Paths

Maintenance Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Environmental Services Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Service Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Property Management
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Deputy Director
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Deputy Director Of Operations
9 Yearsyrs
Airport Maintenance Chief
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Director
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Construction
Vice President Of Construction
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
General Manager/Director
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Technology And Services
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Transportation Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Maintenance Director
Owner 6.3%
Mechanic 5.0%
Supervisor 3.4%
Manager 2.9%
Technician 2.5%
Carpenter 2.4%
Top Careers After Maintenance Director
Owner 7.2%
Mechanic 3.6%
Director 2.7%
Manager 2.2%
Technician 2.0%

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Maintenance Director Demographics

Gender

Male

90.6%

Unknown

6.0%

Female

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.0%

French

8.0%

Portuguese

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Dakota

3.4%

Turkish

2.3%

German

2.3%

Burmese

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Navajo

2.3%

Comanche

1.1%

Kurdish

1.1%

Cherokee

1.1%

Albanian

1.1%

Cayuga

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Italian

1.1%
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Maintenance Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.3%

Ferris State University

8.6%

Community College of the Air Force

8.6%

The Academy

5.8%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.3%

A-Technical College

4.7%

Central Texas College

4.4%

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

More Tech Institute

3.9%

Ashford University

3.6%

Purdue University

3.6%

Ashworth College

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Pima Community College

3.3%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Troy University

3.0%

University of Akron

3.0%

University of Houston

2.8%
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Majors

Business

23.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

9.9%

Aviation

6.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

6.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.9%

Management

5.8%

Automotive Technology

5.7%

Electrical Engineering

5.4%

General Studies

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Engineering

2.6%

Computer Science

2.5%

Construction Management

2.1%

Property Management

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

22.3%

Associate

16.5%

Certificate

9.8%

Masters

6.8%

Diploma

2.9%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$67,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$67,000
Median 50%
$105,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Dollar General
Highest Paying City
Salinas, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Maintenance Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Maintenance Director in the United States is $67,903 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $105,000.

Real Maintenance Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maintenance Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Feb 06, 2015 $243,800
Reliability & Maintenance Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Jun 01, 2013 $235,000
Aviation Director of Maintenance Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Dec 29, 2014 $170,000
Aviation Director of Maintenance Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA Sep 12, 2016 $170,000
Aviation Director of Maintenance Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA May 02, 2013 $150,000
Gas Turbine Engine Maintenance Sales Director MTU AERO Engines North America Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 15, 2015 $125,000 -
$175,000
Director of Service, Maintenance & Aftermarket Integral Oilfield Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Mar 01, 2014 $125,000
Aviation Director of Maintenance Xcoal Energy & Resources Latrobe, PA May 02, 2011 $125,000
Director of Maintenance, Serac Filler POM Wonderful, LLC Del Rey, CA Sep 16, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Director of Maintenance-Serac Filler POM Wonderful LLC Del Rey, CA Sep 10, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Director of Maintenance-Serac Filler POM Wonderful LLC Del Rey, CA Apr 25, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Gas Turbine Engine Maintenance Sales Director MTU AERO Engines North America Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 15, 2012 $120,000 -
$180,000
Director of Mailroom and Post Press Maintenance Daily News L.P. New York, NY Sep 08, 2010 $113,714 -
$150,000
Director of Maintenance Heliqwest International, Inc. Broomfield, CO Aug 12, 2015 $110,000
Director of Maintenance, Serac Filler POM Wonderful Del Rey, CA Feb 17, 2016 $95,000 -
$135,000
Regional Maintenance Director Hogan Services, Inc. Chattanooga, TN Jun 25, 2010 $90,250
Maintenance Director Clarion Boards, Inc. Shippenville, PA Aug 18, 2016 $80,475 -
$140,000
Maintenance Director Clarion Boards, Inc. Shippenville, PA Apr 01, 2016 $80,475 -
$140,000
Crane Maintenance Director Port of Miami Crane Management, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 01, 2014 $78,500
Crane Maintenance Director Port of Miami Crane Management, Inc. Miami, FL Aug 02, 2015 $75,000
Director of Maintenance Helicopter Parts and Service Inc. Pompano Beach, FL Oct 16, 2014 $72,800
Director of Maintenance Helicopter Parts and Service Inc. Pompano Beach, FL Dec 01, 2014 $72,800

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Top Skills for A Maintenance Director

  1. Preventative Maintenance
  2. Life Safety
  3. Facility
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  • Implemented preventative maintenance program for food service equipment which decreased down time during restaurant hours of operation.
  • Monitored data center and life safety systems generators.
  • Introduced, negotiated and implemented new projects to expand scope of engagement and overall facility operational well being.
  • Coordinated all subcontracted property activity such as, lawn care, remodeling / renovations projects, HVAC, and fire protection.
  • Administered all planned maintenance programs, including safety hazards training, OSHA regulations and environmental aspects.

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