AVP, Campus Planing and Design

Orange, CA

Posted: 12/14/20
Deadline: 1/9/21

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Chapman University

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Chapman University, a national R2 university in the heart of Orange County, California, is conducting a search for the inaugural role of Assistant Vice President, Campus Planning and Design.

The newly-created Assistant Vice President position will be a cornerstone in the Office of Campus Planning and Design as Chapman University brings campus planning, design services and oversight, and the management of capital projects “in-house.” Reporting to the Vice President, the AVP will assist in implementing a new organizational framework, build a new set of tools, technology and management protocols for organizational effectiveness and analytical capacity, and support the establishment of a model for collaboration with Facilities Management, IS&T, Public Safety and other campus partners.

The full scope of the AVP role includes managing project-based work efforts in the areas of pre-design, design and construction, related staff management, and building the organizational infrastructure of the division. Building the organizational infrastructure of the division will involve expansion of the GIS capacity and deployment, continued development and integration of campus space databases, enhanced utilization of management software, and related tools for divisional analytical and operational effectiveness.

The AVP will be a licensed architect with an extensive track record in project planning, design and capital program management at the institutional level or within a large, complex organization; strong experience—ideally in the client representative role—on large construction projects; staff management and consultant management. This role will manage Campus Planning and Design staff members who work in the areas of space planning and GIS; project planning (programming and feasibility); design review and standards; interior space enhancements; and capital project and capital budget management. Seven years’ experience in campus planning is required; out-of-state candidates must be eligible to take and pass the California architect license exam within a year.

Chapman University offers high-achieving students the latest educational and technological resources in its blend of new, state-of-the-art and historic buildings, achieving remarkable growth in both size and national prominence over the last two decades. It has two campuses: the central campus in Orange, California and the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus located in Irvine, California, which is home to the School of Pharmacy and several graduate health science programs in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Chapman’s current and planned Capital Projects (“Category 1 and 2” projects)—twelve in number—total $175,000,000. They range from $4M to $30M. Additionally, there are other capital projects anticipated in the future for both the Orange and Rinker campuses.

Please direct inquiries and formal applications to Ben Haden and Kati Sweaney, by using the WittKieffer Candidate Portal or via e-mail to:

Chapman University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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