Assistant Vice President of Operations- Office of Physical Plant

University Park, Pennsylvania

Posted: 2/10/21
Deadline: 3/31/21
Reference Number: REQ_0000010171

About This Organization

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Job Duties

This position is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day oversight of the operations and maintenance of the physical plant of The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus and select activities at the Commonwealth campuses.

Working under the direction of the Vice President of Facilities Management and Planning & Chief Facility Officer and the Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management and Planning & Deputy Chief Facility Officer, the Assistant Vice President for Operations works in a highly collaborative manner with the Deputy Chief Facility Officer and will have primary responsibility for the maintenance and operations of the 954 buildings with a current average building age of 36.4 years, encompassing approximately 21 million square feet, 7,927 acres of land, and 77 miles of paved walkways and roads at University Park. In addition to oversight of the two University-owned and operated steam plants and incinerator, waste water reclamation facility and potable water treatment facility, central chilled water system, high voltage electrical distribution system, and natural gas distribution, the Assistant Vice President for Operations will also provide leadership and guidance for the maintenance and operations of buildings and their associated electrical and mechanical systems; facility utility systems including heating, air conditioning, water, and electricity; minor maintenance projects completed using in-house resources; grounds maintenance, streets and sidewalks, snow & ice control, custodial, and management of all related Operations assigned resources.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, construction management, or applied engineering or a related field and 15 plus years of experience in facilities management. 12 plus years of relevant experience in a large, complex academic, healthcare, or institutional organization with diverse stakeholders, including 3-5 years of experience in a supervisory position leading a diverse team of personnel.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Registration as a Professional Engineer

· Direct experience in facilities management/physical plant administration within higher education

· Advanced degree in engineering or closely related field

· 15 years of experience in a supervisory position leading a diverse team of 100 or more personnel

Other Info

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