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Director of Facilities

Facilities | Alameda, CA | Full Time | From $165,000.00 to $185,000.00 per year

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective. 

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

Job Role

Saildrone’s facilities landscape spans a diverse range of employees with a varied level of needs who are primarily located in our 100,000-sq. ft. Alameda, CA facility but also work in remote locations as well as our offices throughout the country.  With installations ranging from factory-floor equipment to electronic clean rooms for frontier-tech drones, our facility needs are as varied as our employee base. The Director of Facilities is tasked with developing, maintaining, and running a high-quality and efficient Facilities infrastructure to support the growth and development of this diverse staff.   

The Director of Facilities oversees the safe and successful operation of Saildrone’s Alameda HQ as well as Saildrone’s growing number of satellite locations around the country. The role encompasses facilities planning for existing and new locations, as well as day-to-day and preventative maintenance, environmental health & safety (“EH&S”) programs, and execution of long term facilities projects. Whether performing the role internally, scheduling the work for outside  vendors, or collaborating with internal Saildrone teams, the Director of Facilities works professionally and collaboratively across the diverse groups that share our collective space. The Director of Facilities supervises a Maintenance Engineer, an EH&S Manager, the custodial, janitorial and building security staff. As part of the General and Administrative (“G&A”) team, the Director of Facilities reports to the CFO, is based on-site at our Alameda HQ location, and is expected to travel approximately 25% of the time. 

Detailed Job Description

1. The Director of Facilities is responsible for facility capacity planning, in conjunction with the various functional teams, including HR, Finance, Production, Operations and R&D.  

  • This includes managing employee seating space, as well as production, operations, and R&D use of the shared floor area in our current buildings.
  • It also includes planning for additional locations as necessary by the company’s evolving business model and operational footprint.

2. The Director of Facilities is responsible for managing the Facilities Maintenance Engineer, and the day-to-day maintenance of Saildrone’s building and machinery

  • Supervises the Facilities Maintenance Engineer, who will be the primary point of contact for day to day maintenance on facility and equipment (e.g., lights out, air conditioning, plumbing, machinery failure, etc.).
  • The Director of Facilities is expected to help manage the Maintenance Engineer’s workload using Saildrone’s online helpdesk system, generate analysis of ticket volume and type of requests (prioritization, “size” of effort needed, etc.), and help drive resources to the most important and urgent issues in the queue .

3. Manages Saildrone’s Environment, Health & Safety (“EHS”) Manager, and is responsible for monthly site safety inspections, hazardous waste management and disposal, compliance filings, and other EH&S trainings and SOP’s. The Director of Facilities is also responsible for co-creating earthquake drill and fire drill, and for creating the company’s Emergency Disaster Response Plan and Business Continuity Plan.

4. Supervises the company’s custodial and janitorial staff, and is responsible for ensuring that the facility is clean and well-maintained on a daily basis.

5. Supervises the company’s security staff (whether full-time, hourly or contracted), and is responsible for ensuring that the facility is secure and monitored. The Director of Facilities serves as the primary contact for emergencies after hours, and is responsible for developing facility security plans as our business needs evolve. 

6. Responsible for establishing and maintaining a preventative maintenance schedule to proactively ensure breakdown-free operations.  In addition, the Director of Facilities works with the property management company to resolve building systems repairs and maintenance activities, inspections and compliance issues as they arise.

7. Responsible for various long term project planning for improvements and budget approval, including building projects to create additional capacity for incoming staffing, HVAC and roof replacement planning, building connectivity, and investigating backup power gen-set / solar for the building. 

8. Responsible for recurring Inspections, including pest management, sprinklers, cranes, alarms, HVAC, and other building systems.

9. Responsible for documentation of significant systems and/or processes, including electrical and HVAC systems, telehandler maintenance, and server room and facility security / alarm process & procedures.


  • A minimum of 10 years of Facilities Management experience in a manufacturing and/or R+D environment.
  • CFM is a plus.
  • Strong technical background in building TI’s, infrastructure, repairs and maintenance.
  • Ability and willingness to manage schedules and perform overtime and/or after-hours work as needed.
  • Ability to work cross functionally with teams, and vendors, to meet and exceed project timelines is a must.
  • A thorough understanding of EH&S, safety training protocols and HazMat compliance.
  • A thorough understanding of building and fire-code.

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Individuals who require employer sponsorship to remain employed in the United States now or in the future will not be considered for hire for certain positions.

In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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