Facilities Manager

Application deadline: Open until filled

Full-time position based in New York City

Dia Art Foundation is looking for an experienced Facilities Manager to join Dia’s team during an exciting time of growth and expansion. Reporting to the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, this position will be responsible for all aspects of mechanical systems and maintenance of Dia’s facilities, buildings and grounds in New York City and Bridgehampton.

Dia is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its collection and exhibitions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and maintain mechanical and building systems for all New York City locations including Chelsea facilities and galleries (opening fall 2020), Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), the nearby apartment, and the forthcoming Wooster Street gallery (opening in 2021). Monitor and maintain mechanical and building systems for Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton
  • Monitor and maintain life safety and security systems throughout all facilities and respond to building security issues and fire alarms, ensuring proper and timely action is undertaken
  • Respond to all building system failures, diagnose cause and supervise all activities required to restore proper operation
  • Supervise contracted system vendors
  • Conduct regular inspections of the building and facilities; oversee, perform, and coordinate general maintenance and minor repairs; recommend improvements and anticipate repair issues
  • Assist tenants with maintenance issues in rental spaces when required
    • Oversee and perform general maintenance and repairs at The New York Earth Room and The Broken Kilometer locations, as needed
  • Coordinate with colleagues for facility use including Visitor Services, Education, and Curatorial departments
  • Manage facilities staff, outsourced housekeeping staff, and temporary staff for special projects
  • Supervise and direct the activities and performance of the building associate, closely managing in the areas of scheduling, payroll, performance reviews, and employee relations
  • Provide ongoing supervision of the outsourced housekeeping staff and ensure their daily duties are performed efficiently and up to standards
  • Hire and supervise temporary staff for special projects
  • Maintain shop facilities and perform general carpentry, as needed
  • Complete general carpentry for office space, back of house facilities, and storage, i.e. shelving
  • Assist with fabrication and build-outs for exhibitions, as needed


  • Minimum five years of hands-on experience with facilities management and building operations; experience maintaining a museum facility is a plus
  • Must have prior experience with carpentry and building trades
  • Must obtain relevant FDNY Certificate of Fitness
  • Technical knowledge and skills in working with HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems required
  • Knowledge of all phases of physical plant operation, including maintenance, repair, and planning and scheduling projects, staff, and contractors
  • Ability to perform tasks related to sheetrock wall construction, general carpentry, light electrical, and plumbing
  • Knowledge and experience with federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to safety, fire, construction, public access, and record-keeping
  • Experience supervising staff and contractors
  • Must have experience with contract negotiation and management
  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with staff and vendors
  • Self-starter with strong organizational, project, and time management skills
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to handle frequent walking and moving around the workplace to oversee, manage, and complete projects; will have exposure to external weather conditions in all seasons
  • Mobility and dexterity required to monitor, repair, and maintain facilities; lift and move up to fifty pounds; operate machinery and other equipment
  • Flexibility to work extra hours and weekends to deal with building concerns and to accommodate on-call needs

Qualified applicants may apply by e-mailing a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Facilities Manager” as the subject heading.

Dia provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance plans and a 401(k) plan with company match. Paid time‐off benefits include three weeks of vacation, ten days of sick leave, and twelve holidays. Additionally, staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.