Job Posted: April 22nd, 2021

Job Title

Director of Engineering


La Valencia Hotel

Job Description

ABOUT US: La Valencia Hotel has been an unforgettable destination since 1926 and a getaway for Hollywood elite in the Golden Era.

Perched above the La Jolla Cove cliffs along the sparkling Pacific Ocean, La Valencia offers something for everyone.

Intimate and charming, dramatic and unforgettable.

La Valencia has been a destination and a place to remember for those near and far for generations.

With expansive ocean views, our hotel and restaurants are perfectly situated to provide not only exceptional experiences but also a view to inspire.

The La Valencia Hotel is an award-winning property.

We selectively look for individuals who have an entrepreneurial spirit and who thrive in an environment that demands excellence in every dimension.

Succeeding together through teamwork and shared passion for hospitality is critical to the success of the Iconic La Valencia Hotel.

YOU: To be successful in this position, we’re looking for a maintenance leader, who thrives on the details training and sharing their experience in luxury, independent hotels and creating memorable experiences for our resort guests.

This role as Director of Engineering requires previous experience in multi-faceted hotel / resort operation.

JOB OVERVIEW: The general purpose of the Director of Engineering is managing the Hotel / Resort’s Engineering Department, including all related activities including participation in executive committee meetings; hire and maintain an effective work force appropriate for an upscale Hotel / Resort; establish and maintain preventative maintenance programs for all equipment, systems, guestrooms and public areas/ general maintenance; participate in effective safety programs; coordinate and implement capital improvement projects; establish, maintain and manage department budgets and monthly forecasts for the Hotels divisions; Protect Hotel / Resort and the Owner from losses, claims, and liabilities.

Responsible for all aspects of the Engineering Department to include but not limited to, maintaining all facilities, equipment, furniture, fixtures, systems and landscaping at the highest quality standards.

The Director of Engineering is to oversee the physical condition of the property, the management of outside contracts and the functions of the engineering department in managing the work flow (repairs, maintenance, mechanical, FF&E, Life Safety Systems), of the preventive and corrective maintenance systems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Hire, train and direct all department personnel; Provide efficient use of manpower to maintain workload; Provide timely performance appraisals; Assign and verify completion of routine maintenance and operation of physical structure of resort, all mechanical systems and any other systems, which affect the operation of the facility.

Visually inspect quality of work and direct staff and outside contractors in tasks according to performance and productivity standards.

Conducts walk-through and visually assesses the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of the physical structures of the Resort, all mechanical, electrical, HVAC systems, vehicles and any other related equipment.

Manage adequate inventory of parts, supplies, tools and material for the department; Enforce Hotel / Resort and Company policies and procedures; Must be able to effectively problem solve Hotel / Resort guest/team member challenges ;Must be able to respond to emergency situations, such as fire alarms, and other life-safety situations; Maintain files per department guidelines.

Schedule and conduct monthly department meetings.

Participate as a member of the Hotel / Resort’s Executive Committee.

Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.

Maintain a working knowledge of all federal, state, local laws, codes, and regulations.

Assure proper certification of all employee mechanics and technicians, as required.

Solicit and administer all sub-contract work.

Analyze bids and verify quantities, as appropriate.

Negotiate, prepare, and administer agreements and contracts with consultants and contractors.

Liaison with governmental agencies and manage the procurement and compliance with entitlements, permits, inspections, notices, and other requirements.

Produce annual operating budget for payroll, expenses, utilities, and capital improvements.

Operate all areas within budgeted guidelines.

Provide budget analysis each period.

Establish and maintain an efficient inventory and purchasing system.

Maintain the Hotel / Resort facility and related equipment in a safe and efficient manner.

Participate in or possibly manage the property’s safety committee.

Benefit Conditions: Only full-time employees eligible
Work Remotely: No
COVID-19 Precaution(s): Personal protective equipment provided or required; Plastic shield at work stations; Temperature screenings; Social distancing guidelines in place; Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place


Job Requirements and Qualifications: Minimum five years’ experience in the facilities management of related properties or other comparable business; Proven track record in managing an efficient work force focusing on preventative maintenance of the asset’s public areas, guestrooms, and physical plant.

Experience in organizing, implementing, and maintaining a preventative maintenance tracking system and work order system.

Experience with current Building Automation Systems (BAS) technologies.

Experience with current Energy Management Systems (EMS) technologies.

Experience in coordinating and managing hospitality capital improvement projects, i.e. public areas and guestrooms renovations, FF&E repair and reupholstering, FF&E procurement, site and building maintenance and upgrades.

Experience with negotiations related to code compliance and contract engagement.

Proven ability to take charge and work with minimum supervision.

Enjoys challenges and situations where solutions are not obvious.

Able to make decisions in a high stress environment.

Ability to implement inventory practices and procedures
The ability to work well in a team
Format and document budget
Ability to learn quickly
Take ownership and have the ability to follow through
Must be adaptable and flexible
Ability to multi-task and remain calm and professional under stress
Articulate The ability to handle conflict, confrontation and diffuse volatile situations
Strong communication skills- both oral and written
Maintain accurate budget and forecast files
Good organization & time management skills
Strong mathematical skills to complete reports, financial statements and forecasting.

Good interpersonal skills; Must have a valid Driver’s License
Job Type: Full-timeBenefits:401(k)Dental insurance, Employee discount Health insurance, Life insurance, Paid time off, Vision insurance
Schedule: 10 hour shift, Holidays, Monday to Friday, On call Weekends, Supplemental Pay: Bonus pay
Work Location: One location
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is: Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous; Achievement-oriented — enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail; High stress tolerance — thrives in a high-pressure environment

How to Apply

Please email your resume to Summer at

Contact Info

Summer Shoemaker
(858) 551-3741