Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Facilities Manager

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Facilities Manager who is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and its success. 

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Denis M. Griesmer, general manager, at by end of day Friday, January 26th. Subject line should read: YOUR LAST NAME, Facilities Manager. Your email should include two attachments: a resume and a two-page cover letter giving examples of work that illustrate the experience required in the description and explaining why you are interested in this position. No phone calls, please. 

Facilities Manager Job Description 

The CPT Facilities Manager is central to creating an environment for artists, staff and patrons that is welcoming and supports creative work. CPT believes that a clean, efficient and functional theatre facility positively impacts the emotional state and the creativity of the people who use it. So, the Facilities Manager is a key role in making great theatre by collaborating in making a great environment. 

The Facilities Manager reports to the General Manager and manages a full-time custodial position as well as temporary, part-time janitorial employees. This role is responsible for nearly 75,000 square feet of property consisting of three buildings and a parking lot, including two performance venues, four rehearsal halls and offices. 

As an operational role, this position will interact and provide support to all staff members and artists and should have a strong “customer service” attitude. At CPT, this role needs to be a manager and a “doer.” The CPT Facilities Manager should be able to manage vendors and facilities staff as well as be able to execute small repairs and resolve facilities issues in a hands-on fashion. 

This role includes vendor management as well as procurement and assessment of products and services. CPT is primarily interested in candidates with 2 to 4 years of experience in facilities management or the equivalent. Salary range is $40k to $45k based on work experience. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off. (Benefit details below.) 

Facilities Manager Responsibilities 

  • Manage and Oversee Repairs & Maintenance Activities 
    • Ensure all maintenance is performed in a safe, effective, and efficient manner. 
    • Develop strong working relationships with contractors and service providers. 
    • Manage and schedule outside vendors to execute maintenance and repairs as needed. 
    • Oversee procurement and vendor accounts for facilities and janitorial supplies. 
    • Manage or complete facilities special projects and improvement projects as assigned. 
  • Execute and Complete Repairs & Maintenance
    • Develop maintenance procedures and ensure effective implementation. 
    • Execute maintenance and repairs as skills and experience allow. 
    • Maintain the interior and exterior of the buildings. 
    • Operate and maintain hand and power tools. 
  • Supervise Facilities Staff and Budget 
    • Manage and direct all facilities staff to ensure upkeep of all facilities. 
    • Publish janitorial staff work schedules and distribute overtime based on business needs and events. 
    • Responsible for performance evaluations of janitorial staff. 
    • Conduct staff training on safety, equipment use and the science of cleaning. 
    • Monitor department expenses and control budget. 
    • Manage, code and submit for payment facilities related bills and invoices. 
    • Respond to event rental inquiries, manage relations with event renters, support event rentals. 
  • Support and Respond to Staff 
    • Continuously assess the condition and function of the facility to best serve artists, patrons, and staff. 
    • Manage facilities emergencies reported by staff & management and ensure they are completed. 
    • Manage routine maintenance requests from staff & management and ensure they are completed. 
    • Collaborate with other staff on needs for events, rentals and productions. 
  • As Occasionally Needed: Fill in for custodial/janitorial staff 
  • Other duties as assigned by management 

Job Benefits 

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance with employer contribution. 
  • Health Savings Account. 
  • 401k retirement plan. 
  • Life, STD and LTD Insurance paid by employer. 
  • 29 days paid time off including holidays, increasing after three years. 
  • Free tickets to all Cleveland Public Theatre, Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi and CORE Cleveland productions. 
  • See a beautiful view of Lake Erie from our rooftop offices. 


The ideal candidate will have the following: 

  • Skills 
    • Ability to walk, climb extended ladders, stretch, bend, and lift up to 50 pounds. 
    • Valid driver’s license required. 
    • Ability to operate a computer, check email and perform research for work related items. 
    • Writing and communication skills, especially with email correspondence and follow-up. 
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. 
    • Special consideration will be given to candidates with professional experience in one more construction trades: e.g.: electrical, carpentry, paints and finishes. 
  • Experience (Your cover letter should speak to experience in these areas.) 
    • Facilities management or home maintenance and repair experience. 
    • Experience assessing and negotiating with outside vendors. 
    • Demonstrated project management or project management-like experience: for example, coordinating schedules and deadlines between people, assigning tasks, maintaining task lists, following up with people on assignment progress and holding them accountable, assessing project completion. 
    • Experience moving between different types of projects and tasks in the course of a day. 
    • Candidates with previous theatre or arts experience will be given special consideration. 
  • Qualities and Personality 
    • Energetic, enthusiastic, and always willing to see projects to completion. 
    • Comfortable re-prioritizing tasks as they arise. 
    • Attention to detail and accuracy while working on multiple projects and tasks. 
    • Able to work efficiently and calmly in a fast-paced environment. 
    • Genuine interest in the arts and knowledge of live theatre. 
    • Highly organized and self-motivated. 

About the CPT Staff 

CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has a demanding work environment, but we have fun and love what we do. We value hard work, and strive to center courage, humanity, integrity, representation, respect, and joy, “challenging each other to do and be our collective best.” At CPT cross-department work is the norm. For applicants considering relocation to Cleveland, our city is an excellent community to live in with top-notch arts and culture, a vibrant theatre scene, beautiful public parks, a great lake, and VERY affordable housing. 

About Cleveland Public Theatre 

CPT is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Its mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking theatre and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through its annual theatrical season, featuring between 8-10 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and CPT annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s annual budget is around $2.5 million a year. CPT has 22 full-time staff members. 

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