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Chief of University Planning, Design & Construction

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 11/25/19
Deadline: 12/20/19

About This Organization

University of Toronto

Across its three campuses, the U of T currently enrolls some 91,000 students from 157 countries, with the St. George campus in downtown Toronto hosting more than 60,000 of them. The University employs over 14,000 faculty (in all faculty classifications) and 7,000 staff and sustains the largest library system in Canada. In its 2018 academic year, the University managed $1.27B in externally funded research (including grants and contracts managed by its affiliated hospitals to support research conducted by U of T faculty). Its proposed operating budget for 2019-20 is $2.77B.

Job Duties

The University of Toronto (https://www.utoronto.ca), also known as UofT, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief of University Planning, Design & Construction (UPDC). Reporting to the University’s Vice-President for Operations & Real Estate Partnerships, the Chief is responsible for a portfolio of land, buildings and related facilities spanning academic, research, administrative, residential, and commercial buildings on the University’s three campuses. Shaped by the University’s commitment to design excellence, its sensitivity to historical context, and its resolve to manage expenditures in a responsible, sustainable way, the portfolio presents many challenges and opportunities. Overseeing this exceptional array of land and buildings, the Chief of Planning, Design & Construction is a significant leadership position with University-wide span of responsibility that entails extensive impact on the University’s mission and on the experience of faculty, students, staff, neighbors, visitors, and alumni. The Chief will ensure that the University continues to develop its physical assets with an eye on architectural impact, design quality, and operational efficiency and will introduce appropriate new ways to develop and deliver large-scale capital projects.

Currently, UofT has over $1.6B in active capital projects with ~$700M in new projects launched in the current academic year. Over the next 15 years, UofT will build out 10 million GSF inclusive of academic buildings across its three campuses. Central to its next decade of growth is the Four Corners Strategy, an outcome of a planning process begun in 2017 by University leaders to establish a broader financial base of support in the context of declining provincial funding. The Four Corners Strategy alone sets an ambitious goal of generating $50 million in operating funding per year by 2033 through the development of approximately four million square feet of new space devoted to innovation, residential, office, and retail spaces. The funding will be invested directly in the research and teaching mission. Completing the planning for the Four Corners Strategy and – in partnership with Real Estate – executing this ambitious plan will be a major area of attention for the Chief and the entire UPDC team.

The Chief will be an inclusive, consultative, and trusted partner to multiple stakeholders and will bring recognized expertise in planning, design, and construction gained through leadership experience in complex institutional and preferably urban settings. The Chief will have the presence and subject-matter expertise to work closely with the senior leadership of the University, Principals and Deans, and to provide strategic support to the Vice President for long-range planning of the physical resources of the University.

The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice. Founded in 1827, it is one of the world’s great universities, distinguished by an extraordinary depth and breadth of excellence and regularly ranked in the top 10 public research universities worldwide. Its global outlook and cosmopolitan location in one of the world’s great cities provide students with a transformative educational experience, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to navigate our rapidly changing world. The University is one university with three campuses, each of which is a comprehensive centre for teaching and research: the University of Toronto St. George, the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the University of Toronto Scarborough. The St George Campus is prominently situated in a complex urban setting, with a wide variety of architectural styles, and is surrounded by diverse neighbourhoods and landmarks. The UTSC and the UTM campus are approximately 30 km from downtown Toronto and present different conditions and complexities.

Across its three campuses, the U of T currently enrolls some 91,000 students from 157 countries, with the St. George campus in downtown Toronto hosting more than 60,000 of them. The University employs over 14,000 faculty (in all faculty classifications) and 7,000 staff and sustains the largest library system in Canada. In its 2018 academic year, the University managed $1.27B in externally funded research (including grants and contracts managed by its affiliated hospitals to support research conducted by U of T faculty). Its proposed operating budget for 2019-20 is $2.77B.

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The University has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are managing the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent to monica.williams@opuspartners.net.

Required Qualifications

A university degree in Architecture, Engineering or Business is required (graduate degree preferred); architectural accreditations are desirable. In addition, the Chief will bring:

• At least ten (10) years of senior-level experience with a land and building portfolio, with construction management or within a large organization heavily involved in development, including several years of related space- and facilities-planning and/or capital-projects management experience at a senior management level and in an urban setting.
• Experience with municipal processes related to capital development.
• Demonstrated experience managing teams, managing budgets, and delivering projects on time and on budget.
• Highly developed computer skills especially with design, project-management, budgeting, and reporting applications.
• Excellent oral and written communication and visual skills including the ability to communicate ideas to diverse audiences of varied technical understanding both within and outside the University.
• Highly developed research, presentation and organizational skills.
• Demonstrated leadership, project management, initiative, planning and analytical skills.
• Exceptional aesthetic sense and intuitive understanding of design principles.


Other Info

The University has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Monica Williams, Associate, are managing the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations may be sent to monica.williams@opuspartners.net.