Dia:Beacon Facilities Manager

Application deadline: Open until filled

Paid, full-time position in Beacon, New York

Dia:Beacon Facilities Manager

Located on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, Dia:Beacon displays Dia Art Foundation’s renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public programs. Dia:Beacon, which opened in 2003, has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond. Occupying a former box-printing factory, the contemporary art museum spans nearly 300,000 square feet and welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Dia:Beacon seeks an experienced Facilities Manager to join its Operations team. Reporting to the Director of Operations, this position will be responsible for the overall maintenance of Dia:Beacon’s building and grounds, supervising staff and vendors, and overseeing the safety systems and protocols of the museum to safeguard staff, visitors, and the collection. This is a full-time position that often requires extra hours during weekends, holidays, and at night to deal with building concerns and to accommodate on-call needs. The Facilities Manager must reside in close proximity to Dia:Beacon in order to quickly respond to building emergencies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor and maintain Dia:Beacon’s physical plant including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems
  • Conduct regular inspections of the building and grounds; make recommendations for improvements and repair; perform and/or coordinate general/minor repairs and maintenance of building and property
  • Respond to all building system failures; diagnose cause and supervise all activities required to restore proper operation
  • In collaboration with the Director of Operations, plan for and supervise larger projects involving repairs and upgrades for building structure and service system
  • Oversee the building’s fire alarm and security systems; maintain thorough knowledge of all systems and operational policies and procedures; ensure all required testing and inspections are carried out according to state and local codes and insurance requirements
  • Maintain and update, as needed, a comprehensive safety plan and emergency-response plan; in conjunction with Visitor Services management, ensure all staff are properly trained on safety procedures
  • Respond to building security issues and fire alarms, ensuring proper and timely action is undertaken
  • Along with other designated staff, responsible for building lock-up procedures
  • Supervise the housekeeping staff and ensure their daily duties are efficient and contribute to a safe and clean environment for staff and visitors
  • Manage the hiring, scheduling, payroll, employee relations issues, and performance reviews for direct reports
  • Negotiate and supervise contractor/vendor contracts and related services
  • Responsible for overseeing work related to Dia:Beacon’s grounds, including landscape maintenance and snow removal
  • Along with other Operations management, serve as an on-call responder to issues that occur during off hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays


  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in a related field of study
  • Minimum five years of hands-on experience with facilities management and building operations; experience maintaining a museum facility is a plus
  • Technical knowledge and skills in working with HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems
  • Knowledge of all phases of physical plant operation, maintenance, and repair, including planning and scheduling projects, staff, and contractors
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to safety, fire, construction, public access, and record-keeping requirements
  • 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

Working conditions and physical demands:

  • Frequent walking and moving around the workplace—in indoor and outdoor working conditions—to oversee, manage, and complete projects
  • Mobility and dexterity required to monitor, repair, and maintain facilities, including lifting and moving up to 50lbs and operating machinery and other equipment

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a letter of interest and resume to hr@diaart.org with “Facilities Manager” as the e-mail subject heading. No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified. Employment references will be requested and offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check. 

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.

Deadline: Applicants are invited to apply as soon as possible. Position is open until filled.

Dia Art Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.