Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services

Knoxville, TN

Posted: 9/15/21
Deadline: 11/30/21
Salary: Salary and benefits will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About This Organization

University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Job Duties

General Description

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Facilities. Reporting directly to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, the AVC for Facilities will be responsible for the development, management, and delivery of all maintenance programs for campus facilities and related systems, including management of capital construction and renovation, energy management, utilities, environmental activities, custodial support, grounds maintenance, and architecture and engineering services.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop, prioritize, determine, and justify resources required for, and administer projects for the maintenance, renovation, and modernization of facilities and utilities in the context of University priorities and the Campus Master Plan.
• Lead and serve as the principal university representative of the Department of Facilities Services, providing advice and support to other campus departments such as academics, student life and athletics.
• Establish organizational direction and lead management staff to develop and implement strategies designed to achieve operational goals that efficiently use assigned resources.
• Be responsible for the effective management of all financial resources, including developing and managing an annual operating budget of approximately $80 million that includes both utilities and a significant cost recovery program.
• Be responsible for the management of special funded facilities programs such as deferred maintenance, special repairs, and capital projects.
• Recruit and retain a diverse workforce and foster a positive work environment where diversity is valued, respected, and celebrated.
• Uphold the principles of inclusivity, diversity, dialogue, collegiality, respect, knowledge, integrity, learning, awareness, and responsiveness. Sets standards, goals and plans related to these areas.
• Play a key role in campus emergency preparedness, master planning, and space management.
• Participate in professional associations and campus programs and committees.
• Oversee the effective management of the Student Facilities Fee.
• Promote a sustainable and equitable campus community through the oversight of the Office of Sustainability.

Required Qualifications

Characteristics of a Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will have the ability to coordinate activities of a multi-faceted operation to provide effective support and services to a diverse constituency and to respond to multiple and changing priorities. Commitment to a strong customer service philosophy and ability to direct and manage a multi-trade work force consistent with that philosophy will be important. The AVC for Facilities will be flexible and have the ability to analyze and respond appropriately during crisis or emergency situations. Critical characteristics include demonstrated ability and skill in problem solving and decision-making in operational and human resource.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and consensus building skills, and will have the ability to work collaboratively within a complex organization with a strong customer focus on student, faculty, and staff. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to effectively communicate with all levels of management, support staff, students, and various external contacts. The successful candidate will also have the ability to delegate assignments, evaluate work performance, and hold subordinates responsible for satisfactory performance of assignments. Preparation and maintenance of operational plans, and measurement of performance relative to those plans will be important, as will the creative and thoughtful leadership of over 500 individuals who provide critical services to the University. Capital and operational budgeting and control are critical elements of the AVC for Facilities role.

Career Path Leading to this Position

The successful candidate should have at least five years of experience at the Director, Assistant/Associate Director, Assistant/Associate Vice President or Chancellor level in a university setting or a large multi-facility organization with responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the work of a large and diversified work force. This experience should clearly demonstrate the ability to independently perform the wide range of complex management and technical assignments associated with Physical Plant administration, utilities plant and systems operations, facilities management and/or construction. They should have considerable prior senior level management experience and responsibility for large complex budgets and significant technical experience with utilities, building systems, construction, and operational services. Equally important will be demonstrated experience in building diverse leadership and work teams and meeting performance standards.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of safe working techniques and safety equipment, and must have the ability to understand, interpret, apply, and convey university and departmental policies and procedures. They will be sensitive to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the campus community.


An undergraduate degree and experience in Engineering, Plant Management, Business Administration, or Public Administration are required; an advanced degree in engineering or management is preferred.


Salary and benefits will be provided commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Other Info

Submitting an application

Applications should be submitted in electronic form (as an e-mail attachment) and must include a current resume, the names and full contact information for five references, and a cover letter comparing the applicant’s strengths and experience to the required qualifications and describing the applicant’s vision of the key challenges and opportunities.

The University of Tennessee is conducting this search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates, Inc. (, an executive search firm specializing in the areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.

Please Submit Application Materials or Nominations to:

Mr. Rick Nawoczynski, Senior Managing Consultant
O: (724) 935-7500 x112
C: (724) 462-5393

Ms. Valerie Abbott, Researcher
O: (724) 935-7500 x128
C: (412) 298-7905

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