Helbling has been retained by the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, to conduct an executive search to secure an Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Planning, Development & Operations (AVC) who will provide strategic leadership for the physical planning, development, and operations across the 6M SF of campus facilities. Responsibility includes acquisition, planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and renewal of campus buildings, systems, infrastructure, and grounds.
The AVC position was created by the Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services with assistance by other key members of her team in response to a recent restructuring within Facilities, Operations, and Real Estate. The AVC oversees five units (approximately 300 FTE):
Located in the picturesque community of Santa Cruz, CA, UC Santa Cruz is home to 17,000 students on 2,000 acres. Santa Cruz is located 75 miles south of San Francisco, 32 miles southwest of San Jose, and at the northern edge of Monterey Bay. The university is situated in an extremely unique physical environment overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz is home to many popular attractions including an abundance of hiking/biking trails, the Santa Cruz Wharf, and highly desirable surfing conditions.
Named to the 2017 US News & World report top 50 Best Global Universities, UC Santa Cruz has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to the university's core values.
The ideal candidate will have a record of facility and planning experience, and possess the qualities needed to lead change, manage resources, streamline processes and advance customer service. He/she will be a visionary leader who can bring together a diverse team to advance the campus physical plant needs and goals. The AVC must be able to successfully collaborate with campus leaders and stakeholders to address challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
Search Consultant: Rick Nawoczynski