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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 267580-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Wisconsin Dells
Categories: Operations and General Maintenance

Job Summary:

The Upham Woods Facility and Operations Manager develops, coordinates, and implements strategies and objectives for buildings, equipment, and grounds operations at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center to meet the needs of the university, its employees, and user groups. Upham Woods is a residential outdoor learning center within the UW-Madison, Division of Extension, and provides hands-on, field-based, educational opportunities to youth, youth leaders, and adults through programs focused on environmental leadership education. The Center, officially accredited through the American Camping Association (ACA), consists of 14 buildings, including a new welcome center, a raptor enclosure, and provides seasonal and year-round lodging for visitors. The Center sits on the Wisconsin River with over 300 acres of forested land, including a 210-acre island, which is designated as a state natural area.

The Facility and Operations Manager will join a highly collaborative team of educators who support each other's work in the management, operation, and educational programming of Upham Woods. The team emphasizes developing positive and productive workplace relationships to support and maintain effective internal and external partnerships with the UW-Madison, Division of Extension. The position reports to the Center Director and works closely with the Director and Administrative and Financial Assistant Director to identify and prioritize facility and grounds improvements and maintenance. This position also supervises the Building & Grounds Supervisor, seasonal custodial teams, and maintenance staff; serves as the lead coordinator with external contractors, risk management, and university facility contacts; and coordinates land management and conservation volunteers to support the Center's mission and strategic priorities.

The Facility and Operations Manager fulfills a critical role of overseeing the operations of buildings, maintenance, technology needs, nature center/animal care, land management objectives, and equipment operations, including on-site vehicles and boats at Upham Woods. This position coordinates with the Director and Administrative and Financial Assistant Director for all work matters including recruitment, hiring, training, and performance management of operations staff; budget development; policy development and implementation; donor development campaigns; and long-term facility planning. This position shares responsibility as emergency on-call and on an as-needed basis for evening and weekend programming, flexing work hours during the typical work week (M-F) to accommodate evening or weekend hours. The successful candidate must hold a valid driver's license to drive university fleet vehicles.

Responsibilities: Plans and oversees building and grounds operations to meet the needs of the university, its employees, and visitors.
  • 15% Implements and evaluates existing strategies and objectives for building and grounds operations and makes recommendations to unit leadership for program or function enhancement
  • 10% Identifies, proposes, and implements new or revised unit operational policies and procedures
  • 20% Directs day-to-day operations of the unit to provide technical advice, problem solving assistance, and unit goals and policy interpretation
  • 10% Schedules logistics and secures resources for program activities across multiple work units to ensure optimum efficiency and compliance with appropriate policies, procedures, and specifications
  • 10% Prepares periodic reports and financial statements, and records progress, status, or other special reports for leadership or external agencies
  • 10% Monitors the unit budget and approves unit expenditures
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 5% Develops and implements land management priorities including forest management and trail development/construction/maintenance
  • 5% Identifies and leverages internal and external sources of funding to implement facility upgrades towards energy efficiency and renewable technologies
  • 5% Seek professional development opportunities in areas that may include: boater safety; challenge course construction, maintenance, facilitation, medical and water safety training; top rope anchor & shooting sports certification; and chainsaw safety.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


1. At least 3 years of relevant professional work experience related to the responsibilities of the position
2. Demonstrated leadership and success in overseeing facilities and grounds operations
3. Demonstrated experience developing and managing budgets
4. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills that contribute to positive and productive workplace relationships and effective partnerships
5. Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity

1. Staff management and supervisory experience, including position recruitment, performance management and volunteer supervision
2. Leadership and management experience at a camp or facility that serves youth groups
3. Experience managing multiple projects, multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality work
4. Experience with developing and implementing land management priorities in a forested system
5. Experience planning for and managing facility and site accessibility to ensure an inclusive learning environment
6. Experience or certification in various operational areas such as operating motorized and non-motorized watercraft; construction, maintenance, and facilitation of low-element challenge courses; advanced medical and water safety training (WFR, EMT, LG, WSI); top rope anchor certification; shooting sports training (archery); chainsaw safety

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $68,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

Seek professional development opportunities to obtain or maintain certification in various areas that may include motorized and non-motorized boater safety, low-element challenge course construction, maintenance, and facilitation, advanced medical and water safety training (WFR, EMT, LG, WSI), rock climbing top rope anchor certification, shooting sports certification, and chainsaw safety

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.


Amy Workman
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Building & Grounds Manager (B)(FP125)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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