Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Operations
The Facilities Team supports the mission of Wesleyan University by providing a safe, clean, functional, attractive, and sustainable campus in which to live, work and learn.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Operations is a key member of the administrative team that provides strategic and operational leadership and oversight for the facilities department.
The AVP for Facilities Operations manages a real estate portfolio of approximately 300 University buildings with almost 3 million square feet of facilities on a campus of more than 300 acres in Middletown, Connecticut.
The facilities operations team consists of approximately 110 full-time professional, technical and maintenance staff, of which approximately half are contract janitorial staff.
The AVP for Facilities Operations manages an annual operating budget of more than $20M for maintenance, environmental health and safety, fire safety, energy management, real estate, and rental properties.
The AVP for Facilities Operations will directly oversee the Director of Physical Plant Operations, Director of Environmental Services, and the Facilities Business Manager.
The AVP for Facilities Operations will partner with the Assistant Vice President for Construction and Infrastructure in the implementation of the University’s campus master planning and achievement of carbon neutrality.
- Leads an efficient, effective, innovative, responsive, and empowered facilities team and promotes a culture of continuous improvement, customer service orientation, and a commitment to diversity within the organization.
- Provides leadership in maintaining a safe, healthy, sustainable, and disaster-resilient environment that provides faculty, students and staff with the environment and functionality required to perform at the highest levels of achievement.
- Provides oversight to strategies associated with the maintenance of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems and general building structures. Develop and implement strategic plans and initiatives regarding preventative maintenance.
- Makes effective hiring decisions, sets expectations, and clarifies roles and responsibilities of direct and indirect reports.
- Effectively manages the University’s real estate portfolio valued at more than $1 Billion to optimize university assets including the leasing and acquisition of new properties, management of 100 rental properties, and the disposition of underperforming assets.
- Provides the leadership to the facilities operations team to plan, organize and respond to campus emergencies including but not limited to weather and other major events to maintain business continuity.
- Cultivates and maintains working relationships with relevant neighborhood, business, city, state, and federal agencies, public utilities and building industry groups.
- Measures, monitors, and benchmarks facilities and energy performance against peers and best practices to ensure that the University is performing at the highest level.
- Ensures requisite safety and code compliance in all areas of Facilities operations.
- Collaborates with Human Resources in the negotiation and implementation of collective bargaining agreements.
- Proactively develops and maintains a collegial working relationship with the union membership and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements.
- Oversees and monitors the annual facilities operating budgets.
- Delivers timely, informative, and critical internal communications to faculty, staff and other stakeholders regarding facilities conditions on campus.
- Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field.
A minimum of ten years of successful and increasingly responsible management experience in facilities operations.
A proven record of accomplishment leading organizational change and creating a facilities operation committed to optimizing operations, continuing improvement and delivering services in a cost-effective, transparent, and efficient manner.
Expert knowledge of local, state and federal laws and codes that apply to facilities.
Demonstrated financial planning and analysis skills, and organizational planning skills.
Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse workforce and proven ability to recruit and retain highly qualified staff members.
Excellent communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and support to individuals resulting in high performing teams.
Demonstrated creative problem-solving and strategic-thinking skills.
Must have or be able to obtain a valid State of Connecticut driver’s license in good standing.
Must be able to satisfy the physical demands of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.