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Deputy Director will serve as the driving force by interacting with field staff management to ensure the Director’s expectations are being met.
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Position Summary

The Deputy Director for Facility Infrastructure supports the many efforts of the SDSTA Facility Infrastructure Department Director. While the Department Director is concerned with establishing the Department’s vision, direction and goal setting, the Deputy Director will serve as the driving force by interacting with field staff management to ensure the Director’s expectations are being met.

The Facility Infrastructure Department is within the Operations Division; the Division also includes the Engineering Department and Underground Access Department. The Deputy Director for Facility Infrastructure coordinates the day-to-day operations, maintenance and construction efforts that support the Operations Division. The Deputy Director for Facility Infrastructure reports to the Facility Infrastructure Director and serves as the backup to that position as required.

Functional Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

Develops plans, budgets and schedules for the Facility Infrastructure Department.

  • Recommends staffing, budgets, schedules to achieve the goals of the department.
  • Supports the development of long-range plans for the department.
  • Analyzes operations to evaluate overall facility performance in meeting its objectives, and to determine areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement or policy change. 

Directs day-to-day activities for field personnel in the Facility Infrastructure Department.

  • Directly responsible for Facility Maintenance, Surface Operations, Electrical/Cyberinfrastructure and Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Ensures that proper work planning, scheduling and safety policies are adhered to.
  • Oversees the planning, development, and project oversight of new facilities and infrastructure, and rehabilitation or remodeling of existing infrastructure.
  • Directs the management of operations and maintenance activities.
  • Oversees the creation and maintenance of staffing plans, hiring and evaluation of staff. Empowers staff and motivates them to achieve or exceed their goals.
  • Supervises the Facility Infrastructure Department Superintendents and Foremen. Provides direction, mentors staff and supports Facility Infrastructure staff in accomplishing SURF’s long-term goals, 3-year picture, 1-year plan and 90-day deliverables.

Assists the Facility Infrastructure Director in evaluating overall department performance.

  • Reviews activity reports to determine progress and status in attaining objectives.
  • Assists with preparation of objectives and plan change.
  • Evaluates overall performance of the Facility Infrastructure Department and determines areas of potential cost reduction, program improvement or policy changes.

Supports the Facility Infrastructure Director in performing strategic planning activities.

  • Supports development of outyear and monthly planning by using the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) methods to advance the department’s mission and objectives which align with SURF’s goal of increasing usable space for science use.
  • Communicates the overall values, goals and milestones to department staff.
  • Supports a climate that ensures SDSTA operates safely and at a high level of productivity.

Desired Qualifications



  • Associates of Applied Science or Bachelor’s degree or higher, in management, engineering, science, or similar technical domains related to facility operations and development.


  • At least 10 years of experience in managing and leading in-the-field construction or development projects, a minimum of one-year experience in managing construction or development within an underground environment is desired. Knowledge of the SURF property is an advantage.


  • Leadership/management, OSHA 10 or 30, mobile equipment operation.


  • Relationship & Team Building—Ability to develop networks and utilize them to strengthen internal and external departmental support. Build and lead cohesive teams that are committed to a common goal.
  • Communication—Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with a wide range of audiences in both written and oral form. Communicates complex and highly technical topics for all to understand.
  • Technical—Ability to read and interpret design drawings and specifications, including mechanical, electrical, civil and structural.
  • Planning & Scheduling—Ability to lead the development, maintenance and execution of a project schedule with direct reports. Use the tools outlined in the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).
  • Management—Scope and plan major work packages, build and organize complex teams to accomplish objectives, measure results and deliver successful outcomes. Hold staff accountable.
  • Exercise Due Diligence—Ability to manage resources and day-to-day activities in a manner that instills public trust.
  • Quality—Know what a quality product is and how to deliver as such.

Work Requirements

In addition to working in a typical office environment, the successful candidate will be required to:

  • Work in all types of conditions (heat, humidity, wet, cold).
  • Work underground.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. occasionally.
  • Provide proof of a valid driver’s license.

The South Dakota Science & Technology Authority (SDSTA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce. Applicants are invited to self-identify as an individual with a disability or as a protected veteran. Forms are available on the website