University of Denver Grounds Foreman - Facilities, Planning and Management in Denver, Colorado

Job Description


Enrich the University of Denver's global prominence and community impact through excellence in innovative Facilities Services.


Through exceptional customer service, we provide sustainable stewardship to the university community that creates an engaging and thriving environment to learn, live, teach and work.

Core Values

  • Stewardship:We effectively use all resources to meet the needs of today without compromising the future. We work in a safe manner using equipment and procedures as appropriate and encourage others to do the same. We maintain confidences and protect the security of operations and assets by keeping information confidential and equipment/facilities secure. We demonstrate efficient use of time, equipment, and other resources with a focus on sustainable operations and best practices.
  • Teamwork:We work together cooperatively in support of our mission. We value individuals and their contributions to the team and treat each other with respect and dignity. We actively work to create and support an inclusive and equitable workplace by embedding diversity into all aspects of the workplace. We communicate honestly and openly, listen attentively, and assume responsibility for resolving difficulties appropriately. We encourage cooperation, collaboration, and co-ownership of success.
  • Professionalism:We earn the trust of others through professional conduct that includes honesty, reliability, and competency. We exhibit a courteous, conscientious and businesslike manner in the workplace. We actively endorse and support DU's mission and work to fulfill its vision, mission, and goals. We pursue professional development to increase expertise and improve our capabilities to deliver improved job performance.
  • *Service: *We contribute to the success of others by responding in a courteous, timely and accurate manner, seeking assistance when necessary to create a positive DU experience that exceeds the expectations of students, and internal and external contacts. We understand that our performance directly affects the future of DU and strive to perform to enhance the DU experience. We embrace a positive attitude and participate through engagement with changes in procedures, environment, or responsibilities.
  • *Integrity: *We accept responsibility for the University's and public's trust and are accountable for individual actions. We conduct ourselves and perform our duties in an environmentally, socially, and economically responsible manner that is reflective and protective of the trust placed on us as stewards of the University's facility related resources.
  • Excellence:We strive to achieve excellence in all endeavors and are committed to continuous improvement. We enthusiastically deliver quality services to our customers while consistently seeking to improve those services through creativity and innovation.
  • Engagement:We seek to "tell our story" through collaboration, communication, and inclusion with the greater DU community. Through involvement, we ensure the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, and neighbors are met and efforts from each department are understood. We take every opportunity to augment the education and research mission of the university through demonstration of real world applications of theories and principles.

**Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Operations & Maintenance or their designee, plans, organizes and supervises the function of the Grounds Maintenance Shops to assure the proper, safe and reliable operation of the work within established budgetary resources and appropriate time schedules.

**Essential Functions

  • Plans, organizes and supervises the work of the shops through development of schedules, assignment of work, inspections, ordering of equipment and supplies and providing for emergency response. Supervises a staff of workers, including evaluating, counseling, taking disciplinary actions and making recommendations on hiring and firing. The work includes landscaping, horticulture, turf care, snow removal, exterior setups for events, small moves under two hours, large item trash pickups, hard surface repairs, exterior amenities (trash cans, outdoor seating, bike racks) repairs, and placement.
  • Maintains records as required to provide adequate information on systems, purchase orders and bids; oversees the timely completion of work order reports and maintains the daily and on-going dispatch, implementation and completion of the work orders and provides other reports and analyses as requested.
  • Develops, implements and insures employee compliance with operating and safety procedures and trains employees in proper work and safety techniques.
  • Exercises fiscal responsibility by insuring that equipment and supplies are inventoried and safeguarded, that materials and labor for the work performed are used effectively and efficiently, and that shop expenses do not exceed budgetary resources.
  • Implements preventive maintenance programs that achieve the objective of decreasing reactive maintenance and costs.
  • Has supervisory oversight of all personnel related matters as it relates to Grounds Maintenance shop including hiring, training, evaluation, disciplining, grievance response and termination. Training will include safety, proper equipment usage, and job responsibility as required. Establishes written work procedures specific to campus operations. Interprets, administers, and enforces work rule, rules of conduct, departmental and University policies, procedures and performance standards.
  • Designs new and major repair specifications, reviews plans for new construction projects and makes recommendations to improve maintainability, estimates costs and obtains permits, where applicable.
  • Performs work at the highest level in his or her area of expertise.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees or customers for the organization.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as weights, measures, discounts, interest, proportions and percentages.
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic and intermediate algebra.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Ability to assess quickly a variety of data in emergency situations in order to develop effective solutions.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the following: methods, materials, tools, equipment, codes (e.g. OSHA, EPA, building) and regulations of assigned area; occupational hazards, safety regulations and safety precautions of the trade; construction and operational principles of assigned area systems; some knowledge of engineering concepts; principles and practices of supervision; ability to understand and apply University of Denver policies and procedures consistently and fairly; ability to plan, assign and supervise effectively the work of others; ability to operate a variety of equipment required for the performance of duties; ability to read, interpret and work from service manuals, blueprints, sketches, diagrams and technical specifications; ability to make estimates of time and material required for work projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of professional, non-professional and skilled trades personnel; ability to respond to emergencies and work a flexible schedule when workload requires.
  • Knowledge of construction and operational principles of assigned area systems, some knowledge of engineering concepts, principles and practices of supervision, ability to understand and apply University and Department policies and procedures consistently and fairly, ability to plan assign and supervise effectively, ability to operate a variety of equipment required for the performance of duties, ability to read, interpret and work from service manuals, blueprints, sketches, diagrams and technical specifications, ability to maintain a variety of records, prepare reports and order supplies using computerized and manual systems, ability to prepare estimates of time and materials required for work projects, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of professional, non-professional and skilled trades personnel, ability to respond to emergency situations and work a flexible schedule when work load requires.
  • Knowledgeable working with Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Five years’ experience in the trade
  • Five years’ experience in a supervisory capacity


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Three years of supervisory experience
  • Seven years of experience in the trade

Please note, this position also requires:

  • Valid Colorado driver’s license and insurable by the University of Denver’s insurance carrier.
  • Must Pass a Pre-Placement Physical

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in Landscaping, Horticulture, or related field
  • Familiar working with Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software, including WebTMA or similar work order system.

Work Schedule,*Physical* *Requirements* and Working*Conditions* **

  • Varied work hours

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is required to lift 100 lbs. The employee is regularly required to talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, chemical exposure, confined spaces and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 7, 2018

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Application
  3. Cover Letter

NOTE: The online system is limited to uploading 10 files. Please combine content if necessary to get all content uploaded.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check, Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) and Pre-Employment Physical.

Tracking Code: 000710

Department: Facilities - Grounds Operations (64)

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 25.54 - 31.78 USD