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Assistant/Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning & Capital Programs

Lincoln, NE

Posted: 10/11/19
Deadline: 11/10/19

About This Organization

University of Nebraska

The University of Nebraska comprises four campuses: a leading Big Ten flagship campus in Lincoln, a metropolitan campus in Omaha, an undergraduate-focused campus in Kearney, and an academic health science center in Omaha. The University is home to 51,000 students and a workforce of 16,000 faculty and staff. The FY2019-20 operating budget is $2.7 billion.

Job Duties

The University of Nebraska seeks an innovative, collaborative leader to serve as its next Assistant or Associate Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Planning & Capital Programs, with the final job title being dependent on the candidate’s relevant experience. This is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced professional to steward the substantial facility assets of the University. The position reports to the University’s Vice President for Business and Finance/CFO.

Leading the recently formed Facilities Planning and Capital Programs organization, the AVP will be directly responsible for all aspects of planning, design, and construction across the Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney campuses as well as for the Central Administration, and will partner with colleagues at the Medical Center on areas and activities of shared interest. Beyond planning, design, and construction, the AVP will influence sustainability efforts via their leadership of capital project planning and delivery. In addition, the AVP will provide guidance and expertise on facility matters to the University’s executive and governance levels including the Board of Regents, the University President, and the campus Chancellors.

The AVP and their senior team will work closely with the business and academic leadership of each campus: in the hybrid model that Nebraska is implementing, each campus’ facilities and operations and maintenance leader will report jointly to a campus Vice Chancellor and to the University AVP in order to achieve better collaboration, consistency and system-wide benefits. The staff complement fully accountable to the AVP numbers 57 FTEs, supplemented by contractors as the University’s $500M capital-project program may require.

The University of Nebraska comprises four campuses: a leading Big Ten flagship campus in Lincoln, a metropolitan campus in Omaha, an undergraduate-focused campus in Kearney, and an academic health science center in Omaha. The University is home to 51,000 students and a workforce of 16,000 faculty and staff. The FY2019-20 operating budget is $2.7 billion.

The AVP for Facilities Planning & Capital Programs will be a visionary and inspiring leader with a track record of providing strategic direction and organizational structure in an organization of significant scale and complexity. The AVP will bring broad-based facilities-management and business experience and a record of leading change, managing resources, and streamlining processes and systems. The AVP will have strong interpersonal abilities, including skills in verbal and written communication, and mature organizational skills to collaborate with multiple entities, solve problems, and navigate a complex academic enterprise. They will demonstrate managerial expertise and the capacity to mentor a leadership team and further develop a high-performing, professional, client-focused service organization committed to advancing the University’s goals, objectives, and priorities.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required. A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred. A minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in capital planning, real estate, facilities design, construction, facilities management, or related experience is required. Demonstrated business acumen and experience with capital-project financing is preferred. An understanding of the facilities and physical-plant operations of a university is preferred, as is experience managing unionized staff and overseeing operations at multiple locations.

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The University of Nebraska has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this search. Craig Smith, Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are managing the search. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and their resume to Monica Williams via monica.williams@opuspartners.net. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process. Review of applications will begin after October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. Proof of conferred degree and a background check will be conducted at the time of hire.

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The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

The University of Nebraska is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.

The University of Nebraska strives to fully employ measures to achieve broad diversity in the University’s student body and workforce as permitted by state and federal law. Board of Regents policy resolution: https://www.nebraska.edu/administration/university-ofnebraska-online-worldwide/44-board-of-regents/policy-resolutions/237-diversity.html.

Required Qualifications

The AVP for Facilities Planning & Capital Programs will be a visionary and inspiring leader with a track record of providing strategic direction and organizational structure in an organization of significant scale and complexity. The AVP will bring broad-based facilities-management and business experience and a record of leading change, managing resources, and streamlining processes and systems. The AVP will have strong interpersonal abilities, including skills in verbal and written communication, and mature organizational skills to collaborate with multiple entities, solve problems, and navigate a complex academic enterprise. They will demonstrate managerial expertise and the capacity to mentor a leadership team and further develop a high-performing, professional, client-focused service organization committed to advancing the University’s goals, objectives, and priorities.


Other Info

The University of Nebraska has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this search. Craig Smith, Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are managing the search. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and their resume to Monica Williams via monica.williams@opuspartners.net. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process. Review of applications will begin after October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position has been filled. Proof of conferred degree and a background check will be conducted at the time of hire.