Vice President, Facilities Planning and Organization

Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ

Posted: 5/14/19
Deadline: 5/31/19
Reference Number: R000019905

About This Organization

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier, non-profit, private Christian university where students find their
purpose in pursuit of their dreams. GCU was founded in 1949 as Grand Canyon College in Prescott, AZ.
During its early years, Grand Canyon developed a strong reputation for quality education in teaching, nursing, health care and fine arts. After transitioning into Grand Canyon University and relocating to Phoenix, the university rapidly grew in the higher education landscape.

GCU now serves as a leading non-profit institute where students thrive academically, personally and spiritually on the university’s vibrant campus with state-of-the-art facilities and online through its innovative digital platform. With a $1 billion investment, GCU has been able to build new technology infrastructure, offer in-demand STEM programs, expand academic offerings and more, while committing to its mission based on a Christian worldview.

Our commitment to education also extends to our employees and their families. We create pathways for employees to progress their career here, as well as continue their education for career advancement. Full-time employees may participate in an Education Tuition Discount Program that offers up to 100% of tuition costs for themselves and/or two family members.

Job Duties

Grand Canyon University has an exciting opportunity for a Vice President, Facilities Planning and Organization. This high-profile position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for the general business and financial affairs of the Facilities Department and campus development projects. The Vice President serves as a key member of the University’s administrative leadership team, providing both strategic and operational support to the University.


Manages complex campus development projects from conception to completion.
Implements strategies for continuous improvement of campus infrastructure, systems, operations and energy conservation.
Facilitates space planning and advises administration regarding space allocation policy and decisions.
Facilitates the development of an overall plan for needed repairs and renovations of University buildings and facilities and incorporates into capital plans.
Evaluates the condition of all University buildings and facilities by using audits of the facilities to document current condition and compliance with Health, life safety, and building codes and advises senior management of problems and recommendations for corrective action.
Appraises and evaluates the results of overall daily operations regularly and systematically and reports these results to the University leadership team; performs periodic cost and productivity analyses.
Participates in planning for future development and growth of the University.
Responsible for building a positive safety culture and ensuring overall EHS compliance both within the facilities department and overall University.
Represents the University in high-level negotiations with state, city and county officials concerning zoning and construction issues.
Represents the University to various government agencies, funding agencies, students, and or the general public/local community.
Designs, establishes and maintains staffing and an organizational structure to effectively accomplish the functions of the Facilities department.
Establishes policies for and provides leadership of the key functions/offices within the scope of the facilities department.
Interacts with University senior management to ensure that the planning, programming, and presentation of the University’s capital renewal needs are coordinated with the institution’s broader capital agenda.
Leads and coordinates the development of the revolving Capital Plan and Budget.
Coordinates the delivery of essential facility services by organizing the various units in a logical, non-duplicative and effective manner which best meets the work requirements and mission of the department and the needs of the University.
Establishes policies and procedures that promote a strong service-orientation to students, faculty and staff.
Maintains and ensures control of all campus keys through enforced customer accountability.
Provides for a safe campus environment by directing the development of appropriate contingency plans that anticipate requirements for extraordinary grounds, maintenance, and custodial efforts under emergency conditions.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Business Administration, or similar degree program
Master’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Business Administration, or similar degree program preferred
Professional Engineer designation preferred.
Minimum of 10 years’ directly related experience including managing a comprehensive facilities and maintenance organization to include construction management and campus master planning.
Must have valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Knowledge of construction and project management
Knowledge of facility construction, applicable building codes, mechanical and electrical systems and their maintenance and operation and their related renewal costs.
Knowledge of facilities and property maintenance
Knowledge of local zoning and ordinance rules and regulations
Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow and operating procedures.
Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the management of utility systems
Knowledge of space allocation practices.
Knowledge and understanding of computerized facility management systems, applications and tools
Knowledge of building engineering audit techniques and ability to interpret results.
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
Hands on approach with the ability to develop strong customer service, quality-oriented work culture
Excellent interpersonal and social skills and professional demeanor and appearance.
Ability to identify, develop and cultivate strategic relationships.
Ability to use independent judgment and to managing and impart information to a range of clientele
Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, statement and projections
Ability to prepare comprehensive and detailed life-cycle cost reports and assessments.
Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions
Ability to think independently and provide self and group direction, solve various problems and make informed, rational decisions.
Ability to take ownership and accountability in all situations.
Ability to develop strategic business plans which align with GCU’s mission.
Basic computer skills and proficiency with MS Office software.
Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University.

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