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Vice President of Facilities Development & Operations

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 17-1108-17

Washtenaw Community College has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Vice President of Facilities Development & Operations who will be responsible for the design, maintenance, and upkeep of all college-owned and leased facilities; procurement of all interior and exterior furnishings; and construction and professional design services.

Major areas of responsibility

  • Central Power Plant
  • Electrical & Mechanical Systems
  • Buildings Maintenance
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Custodial Services
  • Warehouse and Receiving
  • Mail services
  • Energy Management
  • Environment Health and Safety
  • Recycling and Sustainability
  • Construction Management. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Directs the work of architects, engineers, site planners, contractors, faculty, and staff in the development of plans for construction, renovations, and site projects throughout the campus. Reviews and approves designs, plans, materials, and furnishings procurement; determines cost implications of specifications, safety, and physically disabled measures.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures dealing with the maintenance, modification, and repair of equipment, including instructional equipment which is permanently installed.
  • Prepares the Capital Outlay budget, all capital construction and operational budgets under his/her authority for approval by the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, President, and the Board of Trustees (and submittal to the state, if required).
  • Functions as internal consultant to college administrators, directors, and department heads to assist in developing requirements and specifications for all major capital, maintenance, and construction projects. Acts as liaison between campus staff and construction managers, architects, engineers, designers, and other design consultants.
  • Maintains and updates the Campus Master Plan prepared by consultants to ensure compliance with time schedules and project completion.
  • Plans, directs, and evaluates the maintenance of all ground and physical facilities including the preventative and deferred maintenance programs, repair of buildings, grounds and equipment; analyzes costs and work schedules; sets priorities for assignments; prioritizes operations and repairs; and routinely inspects the campus for quality of repairs and maintenance and areas that need improvement.
  • Maintains liaisons with various local, county, and state officials and agencies in such areas as construction, fire safety systems, funding, site development, zoning, roads, parking, permits, and right-of-way.
  • Provides direction and technical knowledge on the implementation of federal regulations including Americans with Disabilities Act, Michigan Barrier Free regulations, State Construction Codes, and Federal and State OSHA industrial safety orders.
  • Prepares reports on facilities activities for the Board of Trustees; presents information at public meetings.
  • Administers Facilities Management operations by supervising, training, and evaluating personnel as well as making recommendations regarding the hiring, discipline, and discharge of personnel.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or related engineering discipline.
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Administration, or Personnel Management. 
  • Seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressive leadership experience at the executive director, associate vice president level, or above, in higher education, preferably in a unionized environment. 
  • Five (5) years of experience managing renovation and major capital construction projects from inception through occupancy.
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations and procedures, including building and life safety codes, and Capital Outlay requests. 
  • Five (5) years of experience preparing and managing contracts involving professional design consultants, including architects, landscape architects and civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers.
  • Demonstrated administrative ability to plan, organize, and direct the resources and activities of diverse college departments.
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Demonstrated record of achievement in effectively managing energy and campus utilities and systems.

Search Consultant: Rob Dible

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