Director of Facilities & Property

Website Committee on Temporary Shelter

At Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) we believe that emergency shelter is not the solution to ending homelessness and that housing is a fundamental human right. We are looking for a passionate leader who shares these values to join our organization as the next Facilities & Property Director. If you are an experienced facilities or property manager looking for an opportunity to join an organization doing important and meaningful work in our community, this could be the role for you!

COTS is a Vermont nonprofit nationally recognized as a model for our successful program outcomes. COTS provides prevention resources, emergency shelter, support services, and housing for those without homes or at risk of becoming homeless.

COTS is seeking a senior level facilities/property management professional to manage our facilities maintenance, capital improvements, and building operations.  This role is a critical member of our senior leadership team, reporting to our Executive Director, and contributing to the strategic planning and overall success of our organization’s mission to end homelessness.  COTS currently owns/operates eight individual buildings, with one additional affordable housing construction project underway.  The Facilities & Property Director is responsible for working with our direct service team members and our property management company to ensure all of the COTS facilities are maintained as expected, including ensuring all regular maintenance, repairs, upgrades and emergency needs are addressed in a timely fashion. This role will create and maintain effective systems for managing COTS’ building assets, including furniture, fixtures, appliance replacement, and building security.  They will oversee multiple third-party vendors and subcontractors, including contract management for these vendors, and partner closely with the Housing Services Director to ensure strong professional relationships between the COTS team and the property management team are maintained.   All maintenance requests are fielded by the Facilities & Property Director, and they may be required to complete minor maintenance work themselves, as needed or appropriate.

This role will also be responsible for identifying, planning, and managing long-term capital projects, including partnering with the Executive Director and Board Property Committee to build and oversee the capital budget for the organization.  They will proactively identify potential capital risks, needs for renovations, etc., and project manage any new capital projects which are implemented.  This includes identifying and managing any vendor contracts and relationships, soliciting bids and managing negotiations.  Strong project management skills are required for this role.

Other responsibilities of the Facilities & Property Director include but are not limited to:  Actively participate in the COTS Safety Committee and support initiatives as requested; ensure a regular schedule for required tests, such as fire drills, evacuation plans, etc. is maintained and COTS is in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations pertaining to property management/building ownership; facilitate the monthly Board Property Committee meetings and attend the monthly BOD meetings; regularly conduct informal inspections of all COTS properties and maintain a regular presence at all buildings; build and maintain professional relationships with the COTS team members working in each building and respond to needs timely; partner closely with the Housing Services Director to support tenants in COTS Housing; ability to take emergency, after hours calls on occasion.

This role does not currently have any direct reports, but the ability and willingness to manage a small team is required for future considerations.

The right candidate for the role will be someone ready to jump in and work hard, while also having fun, from day one!

Education & Experience Requirements:

A minimum of five (5) years of experience in facilities/property management is required, with an associates or bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.  An equivalent combination of experience and coursework will be considered.  Demonstrated project management skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional relationships with third party vendors is required.  Experience working with or for nonprofits focused on affordable housing is strongly preferred.  At least one (1) year of leadership experience preferred.  Must be comfortable collaborating across all levels of the organization and with the Board as needed, comfort with presenting is a plus. Familiarity with the LIHTC and public funding mechanisms is desired.  Strong candidates will have experience with individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as knowledge of housing related resources and services for individuals and families.  Ability to work with individuals with mental health, medical, substance abuse and employment issues required.  Reliability, independent decision making, and strong communications skills are required.

All positions at COTS require a commitment to our mission: Advocating for long-term solutions to end homelessness and providing emergency shelter, services, and long-term housing for Vermonters who are experiencing homelessness or are marginally housed.

This is a full time position with benefits.  To apply, submit a cover letter, explaining why this position is of interest to you, and your resume to  [email protected]

COTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We embrace diversity and encourage all to apply.

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