Career Definition of a Church Facilities Manager
A church facilities manager will be responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of a church's buildings and grounds. Depending on the size of the church, this could involve managing a team of maintenance employees and directing their activities, or being solely responsible for the facilities directly. With either of the previous options, this role will include duties such as communication with other church staff or volunteers regarding necessary repairs, scheduled maintenance, or issues that need to be further investigated.
Typically, building and facility maintenance will include all plumbing, electrical, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and for a church could also involve audio and video systems and lighting, as well as grounds keeping and/or exterior building maintenance. The management portion of the job will involve communication with contractors and outside vendors, and potentially planning future projects with the financial management division of the church.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Organization and the ability to prioritize tasks, repair skills, communication and management skills|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$94,020 per year (Administrative Services Managers)|
|Job Outlook (2016-26)*||10% increase (Administrative Services Managers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Candidates with a bachelor's degree will typically be preferred, and management or facilities maintenance experience will be highly valued. Depending on the church facilities being managed, as mentioned earlier, the role may involve more hands-on maintenance, in which case it may be helpful to possess trade certifications, such as a certified electrician or a certified HVAC technician. Some universities and colleges offer formal degree titles in facilities management, which may be appropriate and advantageous for candidates as well.
A career in facilities management will usually require an individual to be able to prioritize tasks based on urgency and other factors. This will require organization and a good working memory. Candidates should also have strong communication skills in order to interact with vendors, contractors, and subordinate employees, as well as churchgoers and anyone making a facilities-related request. Of course, individuals will typically need to have skills in building maintenance, repair, and knowledge of the various systems that affect a building's day-to-day operations.
Career Outlook & Salary
As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for administrative services managers are expected to grow by 10% from 2016-2026. The BLS also reports a median salary of $94,020 per year, as of May 2017, for these professionals. Formal education, training, certification, and work experience will likely add to earnings opportunities.
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