Job Details

Southern Methodist University
  • Position Number: 5317140
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Director of Landscape Management

Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem - paired with entrepreneurial drive - creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

This position directs and administers the design implementation, management, installation and inspection of landscape operations for assigned areas. This position will be responsible for insuring assigned work and scheduled functions to be carried out and completed on time. Responsible for all turf areas within the university acreage on the main campus and east campus including sports turf.

Plan, direct and control all policies, procedures, operations, equipment, and personnel in the management, installation and care of facility landscape areas

Keep all of the SMU campus and several other properties owned by SMU managed at APPA Levels 1 and 2.

Oversee contracted vendors and in-house staff for turf management including sports fields along with oversight of tree, shrubs, & flower bed management.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees the daily work assignments of subordinate staff as scheduled; reviews work to ensure that work is completed as assigned and in a timely manner; provides teaching, assistance, instruction and directions as needed of landscape vendors/contractors and sports turf staff.

  • Reviews job performance of subordinates and participates in performance appraisals; disciplines subordinates as needed following established policies and procedures; participates in the interviewing and hiring of subordinates.

  • Assist in planning landscape programs for the facility; consults with administration and management relative to planting plans; makes suggestions and implements program. Includes but not limited to directing, administrating, design implementation, management installation and inspection of landscape operations.

  • Responsible for the oversight of the development, implementation and planning of all seasonal flower beds and ornamental shrubbery. Oversee the planning and implementation of planting displays in the gardens and lawns.

  • Ability to manage CMMS/IWMS by opening, documenting and closing work orders. Responsible for making sure teams self-identify work request as needed.

  • Oversee the planning of various landscape management programs which include safe pesticide control, safe fertilizer and safe pruning practices. Monitor and manage the health of mature trees on campus. Fertilize and properly care for sick trees on campus or trees impacted by construction. Manage green grass year round on the Boulevard, Main Quad, Clements Hall lawn, and the Law Quad.

  • Oversee the management of all trees on campus. Keep canopies managed at 8' to 10' off the ground. Keep all deadwood removed from trees. Monitor Oak Wilt. Manage the health of newly planted trees.

  • Performs daily campus safety walks. Review and inspect work in progress to insure completion on schedule. Coordinate support as requested for special events and meetings.
  • Determine fiscal requirements of the department and prepare budgetary recommendations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Candidate with bachelor's degree is preferred.

A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the trade field including five (5) years of supervisory experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate with knowledge of horticulture, forestry or a related field is preferred. Candidate with computer literacy is required. Knowledge of excel, word and must demonstrate the ability to learn computerized work order software. Candidate must also possess the ability to prepare routine reports, records and order supplies.

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Evening and weekend work may be required to perform the assigned duties and to be able to respond to emergencies.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend, crawl, squat and climb
  • Reach above the shoulders
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Kneel, stand
  • Walk for long distances

Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas

Job: Facilities

Organization: Facilities Planning

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Staff

Employee Status: Manager with Direct Reports

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Variable

Travel: No

Job Posting: Jun 7, 2024, 8:47:23 PM

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