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Chief Building Engineer

Chief Building Engineer

Maret School is seeking a highly skilled Chief Building Engineer to join our Facilities Department in creating a safe, efficient, and comfortable environment for the school community. This role reports to the Director of Facilities and joins a small but highly experienced team. The Chief Building Engineer is responsible for a wide variety of hands-on assignments from minor to multi-faceted and provides complex planned maintenance and in-house repairs to extend the lifespan of equipment, prevent breakdowns, and optimize performance. The Chief Building Engineer must be a collaborative, hard-working, and creative problem-solver. Areas of responsibility include:

HVAC Maintenance and Repair

  • Complete complex maintenance on HVAC equipment such as chillers, pneumatic controls, lochinvars, VAV systems, air compressors, pumps, and boilers
  • Identify, diagnose, and promptly address malfunctions with HVAC equipment, coordinating with the Director of Facilities and outside vendors as needed

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Maintenance and Repair

  • Regularly inspect MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) systems for operability and to identify repair needs, documenting as needed
  • Complete identified MEP repairs, coordinating with the Director of Facilities and outside vendors as needed
  • Proactively maintain and repair building components including doors, door hardware, electrical switches, outlets, lighting fixtures, toilets, etc.

Life Safety Response

  • Respond to emergency situations (fire alarms, weather alerts, etc.) promptly and take actions to safeguard occupants, mitigate damage, and restore operations
  • Possesses an understanding of fire related equipment, fire control panels, and sprinkler systems


  • Assist in tracking the Facilities Department budget and identifying cost-effective solutions
  • Research and order materials for repairs


  • Work with members of the Facilities Department to complete event set-ups and breakdowns
  • Assist in snow removal
  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional after hours emergency response

Desired Expertise and Experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of HVAC, electricity, plumbing, and maintenance
  • Ability to use wide variety of tools and test equipment in performing repairs and maintenance
  • Washington, DC Stationary Engineer license
  • Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certificate or equivalent
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration certification
  • Strong understanding of fire control panels and sprinkler systems
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Familiarity with applicable technology systems (Microsoft Office suite, Asset Essentials ticketing system, BAS and access control)


  • Capable of bending, stretching, reaching, lifting and/or standing for extended periods and able to carry, lift, or drag heavy items (up to 50 pounds)
  • Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to hear voices, alarms, bells, and horns
  • Possess a valid driver’s license


  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Commitment to professional development of self and others
  • Strong organization and time-management
  • Consistent attention to detail
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Ability to interact with a variety of people in a professional, cooperative, and courteous manner

Maret’s dynamic community and campus in the midst of Washington, DC, create a unique learning environment for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Expert teachers inspire students to think both creatively and analytically, seek out multiple perspectives, work hard, and make time for joy as they tackle our challenging curriculum and explore artistic and athletic pursuits. The school’s mission and core values guide all that we do and provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning, responsible citizenship, and achievement.

Our community strives for equity and inclusion in every aspect of school life. Maret School stands firmly behind the principle that the admission of students, the employment of faculty, the operation of programs, and the governance of the School be open to all who are qualified regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, or creed. We believe that this principle is both firmly grounded in the spirit of American democracy and in keeping with the civil responsibilities of an independent school.

All adults on campus are role models for our students and are considered part of the faculty. Every Maret employee must abide by our code of conduct.

To apply, please send cover letter and résumé BY EMAIL ONLY Please email from individual email accounts as we will not open materials sent from a third-party firm or address. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond personally to every applicant. You will hear from us only if your experience matches our current needs.