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Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 17-1107-04

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Associate Vice President for Facilities Management (AVP). The AVP is responsible for directing the budget, physical plant, staffing; and management of the college’s campus facilities and major campus capital projects, design and construction, environmental health and safety, and sustainability. The AVP will work collaboratively with faculty and staff to build strong partnerships, and to understand and support the needs of customers for sustainable, responsive, and effective programs in operations. MICA’s campus encompasses roughly 1.2M SF across more than 30 buildings, all under the responsibility of the AVP.

Major role functions

  • Space Management 
  • Small and large scale capital projects
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Building Services
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Responsibilities include:

  • Manages the planning and coordination of major new construction or renovation to campus buildings, facilities, landscapes, and other campus expansions and improvements, including the renovation and remodeling of existing structures designated historic buildings; oversees campus construction standards; approves post occupancy evaluations of facility performance; oversees facility condition index reports, and plans; and collaborates on deferred maintenance programming and other construction related issues.
  • Conducts and coordinates planning activities related to the physical development of college properties including administering and maintaining the campus plan; and oversees compliance with local, state, federal and college policies relating to land use, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), historic preservation, sustainability, etc. 
  • Maintains a space inventory; advises the college's administration with respect to physical development matters, space assignment, and allocation; and analyzes and researches space issues and assignments related to classroom utilization, facilities and administrative cost recovery rates, institutional comparisons, etc.
  • Develops and manages the long-term capital projects plan.
  • Oversees long-range facilities planning work such as major extension and rehabilitation of campus properties and related systems.
  • Serves on college committees and teams including the Space Advisory Group, Incident Management Team, and the Environmental Issues Committee, and provides coordination for the Campus Planning Committee.
  • Provides leadership to facilities services and the physical plant (facilities maintenance for campus grounds, maintenance and custodial services in all owned and leased campus buildings, properties and residence halls).  
  • Provides leadership to all building utilities operations (heating and power plant), customer service and campus relations, as well as the area’s financial and administrative services and human resources. 
  • Oversees campus sustainability efforts including energy conservation and management, campus recycling and the zero-waste program, and investing in sustainable chemicals and alternative fuel vehicles. 
  • Collaborates in the development of emergency mitigation and action plans, and actively participates in the Critical Incident Management Team and Emergency Response program.
  • Provides leadership to the Building Services department, including bio-and electrical waste management.
  • Provides leadership to the Environmental Health and Safety department team. 
  • Directs and works with the staff to minimize its energy use, reduce negative environmental impacts, and promote environmental stewardship. Creates opportunities to put these actions to further the college's educational, research, and service missions. Leads and maintains the regular purchase of commodities for the college through annual/bi-annual bid-processes.
  • Provides overall supervision for the college’s facilities and capital construction purchasing programs.

Direct reports of the role include: Director of EHS, Director of Facilities Operations, Manager of Construction Services, Manager of Space Planning and Renovation Services, Administrative Assistant. The AVP reports to the Vice President for Operations & Finance and Chief Operating Officer.

About MICA:

MICA has become the leader in the education of artists and designers by fostering a community of talented, creative individuals committed to redefining the boundaries of art and design and to expanding their own vision and perspective through rigorous study. MICA’s innovative curriculum, well-equipped campus, and world-class faculty all have a single purpose: provide the education, experiences, and resources needed to prepare the artist and designers who will lead in the 21st century.
  • Ranked in the top 10 of MFA programs in the visual arts, #3 in Graphic Design, #3 Sculpture, and #4 in Painting/Drawing by U.S. News & World Report
  • In each of the past nine years, MICA has been listed as a top producer of Fulbright Fellows among specialty schools by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and was ranked No. 1 in 2008-09, in 2012-13 and in 2013-14
  • Named one of the top two studio arts programs in the country by Parade magazine
  • Listed among the 25 best U.S. design schools by ID magazine
  • Selected as a top 20 U.S. design school by GDUSA magazine
  • The Princeton Review named MICA a "Best Northeastern College" each of the last eight years
  • Enrolled 100% of Presidential Scholars in visual arts and photography who selected an art college in 2008 and 2012—consistently enrolls the most Presidential Scholars in visual arts
  • Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art in the nation
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent is required. Master’s Degree in a related field preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of facilities design and construction; facilities maintenance and building renewal management; sustainable building design and operations; utilities operation and management; human resources management, organizational development and training; and financial management.
  • Record of progressively responsible management experience involving planning, operations, and maintenance in a campus setting (higher education preferred).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with success in complex organizations.
  • Experience managing multi-disciplinary teams and staff strongly preferred.
  • Experience with RFP/RFQ/RFI, Architectural Design Process, Bid Process, M/B/E W/B/E, and local purchasing preferred.
  • Ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals that measure effectiveness of contributions to efficiency and service is required.
  • Expert project management skills, such as those utilized in managing capital projects.
  • Knowledgeable about relevant laws (e.g., ADA) and possess a broad knowledge of principles of sustainability that may be applicable to campus operations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills to interact effectively with a diverse range of people, and build trust and consensus with college constituents including faculty, staff, and students.
  • Analytical, organizational, supervisory, reasoning, communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with workforce development, local hiring and training initiatives, and understanding/appreciation for the growing importance and engagement of an anchor institution within an urban environment.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience developing, executing, and maintaining contracts with service providers.

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