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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Facilities Maintenance Supervisor

Germantown Friends School is seeking a full-time Facilities Maintenance Supervisor who will, under general direction, organize, monitor, and supervise facility maintenance operations and perform a variety of technical tasks relative to facility maintenance. The Facilities Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for overall maintenance and repairs including preventive maintenance of facility.


·      Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for facility maintenance and repairs.

·      Establish schedules and methods for providing facility maintenance services; identify resource needs; review needs with appropriate staff; allocate resources accordingly.

·      Work a flexible schedule that involves a certain amount of nights, weekend, and holiday hours.

·      Participate in the preparation and administration of the facility maintenance budget; submit budget recommendations; prepare cost estimates; submit justifications for equipment and monitor budget expenditures.

·      Monitor and control supplies and equipment; order supplies and tools as necessary; prepare documents for equipment procurement; prepare specifications and contracts for contract services.

·      Train or coordinate training in facility maintenance and safety methods, procedures, and techniques.

·      Develop and organize preventative maintenance and safety inspection programs for all facilities and equipment.

·      Coordinate construction projects, remodels, and other special projects.

·      Assist in the preparation of various contracts, requests for proposals, and reports.

·      Perform the more technical and complex tasks of facilities maintenance.

·      Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of facility maintenance; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.

·      Answer questions and provide information to the school community and neighbors; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.

·      Maintain building, equipment, roofs, and facilities maintenance records.

·      Maintain key and lock program, ensure all locks are maintained and operate correctly.

·      Be available for all off-hour emergencies.

·      Perform other duties, tasks, and responsibilities as assigned.


·      Plan, organize, and manage building operational services; develop, implement and evaluate a variety of building operation systems and preventative maintenance programs.

·      Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of building maintenance, repair, construction, and preventive maintenance programs.

·      Maintain and repair utility systems and physical structures of buildings.

·      Knowledge of materials, methods, terminology, equipment, and tools used in the maintenance, repair, and construction of building structures and systems including those used in performing rough and finish carpentry, painting, plumbing, heating, electrical, mechanical, air conditioning, roofing.

·      Ability to operate BAS/DDC control systems effectively.

·      Develop and recommend systems and procedures related to assigned operations.

·      Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

·      Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.

·      Knowledge of the principles and practices of safety management.

·      Knowledge of basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

·      Develop cost estimates for supplies and equipment.

·      Knowledge of construction and project management principles.

·      Knowledge of research regulations, procedures, or technical reference materials relating to building maintenance.

·      Understand, interpret, and explain laws, regulations, and policies governing building operations.

·      Knowledge of pertinent local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, codes, and rules.

·      Read and understand construction drawings, plans, and specifications.

·      Interpret and explain pertinent department policies and procedures.

·      Collect and analyze data to identify needs and evaluate program/product effectiveness.

·      Make decisions and independent judgments.

·      Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

·      Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public.

·      Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, department heads, managers, contractors, and staff.

·      Knowledge of equipment, tools, and materials used in facility maintenance activities.

·      Perform complex maintenance duties and operate related equipment.

·      Operate snow removing equipment (e.g. snow plows, front end loaders, walk-behind snow blowers)

·      Operate office equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Stanley/Best Key Control Software, BAS Honeywell Niagara Software, CMMS/Schooldude Maintenance Direct, and Preventive Maintenance.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or will be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities would be:

·      Minimum two years of college level course work in business, management, engineering, architecture, facility management, or equivalent work experience or degree. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

·      Five years of increasingly responsible facility maintenance or construction experience including lead supervisory experience.


·      Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding over 50 feet.  

·      Ability to lift 50 lbs.

·      Manually lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials.

·      Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, bending, turning, and reaching.

·      Work indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.

·      Work in and around dust, fumes, and odors.

·      Operate mechanical equipment and vehicles.

Possessing and maintaining a current and valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License is required.

Must successfully complete all state, federal and child abuse clearances.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact info of three references to Please include “Facility Maintenance Supervisor” in the subject line.

Germantown Friends School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. People demonstrating a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism in education are encouraged to apply. For more information about the school, please visit our website at

Germantown Friends School is a Quaker, independent, co-educational day school, serving early childhood‐12th grade. Located in northwest Philadelphia, the school is home to a vibrant intellectual community, located in a historic neighborhood, serving a diverse school community, with a robust educational program that is grounded in Quaker principles. For more information about the school, visit

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