Vice President for Planning & Operations

Columbus, OH

Posted: 11/19/21
Deadline: 1/3/22

About This Organization

About CCAD:
Columbus College of Art & Design teaches a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body in the midst of a thriving creative community in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1879, CCAD is one of the oldest private, accredited, and nonprofit art and design colleges in the United States. CCAD offers 11 BFA programs in a variety of visual art and design disciplines, a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, and a Master of Professional Studies in Retail Design that produce graduates equipped to shape culture and commerce at the highest level.

At the core of CCAD is The CCAD Way, one of Creative Collaboration, Intentional Inclusivity, and Proven Potential. Our Core Values of Respect, Positivity, Inspiration, and Accountability unite us. CCAD’s Presidential Commission on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion works to help CCAD grow with intention into a more inclusive and equitable institution. Learn more at

About Columbus:
As the 14th largest city in the country and the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio, Columbus is collaborative, open, and dynamic. Between incredible arts and entertainment, exciting collegiate and professional sports, and a spectacular downtown riverfront of sprawling greenspace, Columbus has something for everyone. Here, you’ll find all the culture and amenities you’d expect in a major city, with the friendly and approachable attitude of the Midwest. Franklin County, where Columbus is located, is the epicenter of the state’s political, economic, and social presence and is home to 1.3 million residents with a median age of 34. Columbus is a top city for equality and was the recipient of a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign in 2020. And central Ohio is serious about higher education: the Columbus region is home to 52 college and university campuses, with 22,000 annual college graduates. Because CCAD is closely tied to the city’s numerous art and design spaces and ever-expanding districts, you’ll have plenty of places to experience creativity and showcase your own.

EEO Statement:
As an educational and cultural institution, a culture of equity and inclusion is not an add-on at CCAD, rather it is central to how we define creative excellence and the health of our institution. CCAD believes that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. At CCAD, we are determined to foster an environment of inclusion and equity. CCAD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

Job Duties

Columbus College of Art & Design seeks a Vice President for Planning & Operations (VPPO) to manage the college’s strategic and campus planning efforts and oversee the operational areas of the college. Currently, these areas are Library & Information Technology, Operations (including Auxiliary Services & Events, Facilities & Studio Management, and Safety & Security), and, though not a formal department of the college, campus planning. Reporting directly to the president, the VPPO is expected to be a strategic leader of their areas and at the college-wide level and also play a significant leadership role in strategic planning. The VPPO is responsible for promoting the highest standards of work, leading the institution in terms of administrative and operational effectiveness and efficiency, and working to meet CCAD’s Strategic Plan goals. Serving as a close partner to the president, the VPPO should be seen by their colleagues as a trusted resource who values the academic environment and student experience and is able to translate needs, priorities, and plans across all areas of the college. The ideal VPPO will demonstrate the ability to innovate and remain flexible, understand and value academic decision making and shared governance, and appreciate art and design education. He or she may be a generalist in terms of disciplinary background and work experience but will be an outstanding collaborator and orchestrator able to manage a group of diverse domain experts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
● With departmental leadership, oversee the development and implementation of appropriate systems, policies, and procedures for operational areas of the college.
● Evaluate current processes and policies in relation to institutional financial stability and success and make strategic recommendations for necessary change and growth.
● Ensure responsible stewardship of college resources within areas of oversight while maintaining a responsive position to changing academic and administrative needs of the college.
● With the CIO, anticipate and plan for necessary technological innovations to advance college administrative, operational, and academic functions.
● Ensure proper management, maintenance, and operation of the college’s physical assets.
● Oversee long-range campus planning, design, construction, and other related projects.
● Ensure compliance with governmental, environmental, health, and safety regulations in support of a safe and productive campus environment.
● Supervise and support Operations with a focus on effectiveness and efficiency as well as opportunities for innovation.
● Collaborate with leadership in Human Resources and Finance on areas of overlapping work and to help achieve college-wide goals in these departments.
● Recognizing that all activities are interconnected, promote strong collaborative relationships between administration and operations departments with Academic and Student Affairs.
● Partner with college leadership in master planning in support of strategic plan goals and a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
● Lead campus-wide space utilization analyses and appropriate responses.
● Stay current on and promote best practices in higher ed administration, operations, and planning with particular attention to the unique characteristics of an independent art and design college.
● Serve as point person for CCAD’s sustainability priorities and initiatives.
● Lead or participate in internal committees such as the Executive Emergency Response Team, the Project & Capital Management Committee, and select Strategic Planning Pods.
● Participate in administrative staff meetings and attend other meetings and seminars as requested.
● Attend Board of Trustees meetings and serve as the administrative lead for the Board committee on Campus Planning & Technology.
● Collaborate with and serve as a key advisor to the president with a particular focus on managing the successful implementation of the college-wide strategic plan.
● Serve as a member of the senior administration of the college, with seats on President’s Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team.
● Serve on assignments as are necessary to support the college’s mission.
● Represent the college with external groups such as the Discovery District SID and SMART Columbus as well as in other appropriate venues as requested by the president.
● May be asked to fill in for the president if needed.
● Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Currently, this position directly supervises two staff members: Associate Vice President for Operations, and Chief Information Officer. The exact portfolio of supervision and area responsibilities may shift depending on the experiences of the right candidate and/or may evolve over time. The position will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with CCAD’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Required Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to do so.
● Proven track record of leading in a culturally competent manner, working with diverse groups, and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural perspectives.
● Demonstrated leadership capabilities and ability to problem solve and facilitate meetings, as well as experience working collectively to achieve positive results and ability to perform multiple tasks in a calm, effective manner.
● Experience developing, planning, and leading complex initiatives including change management and organizational transformation
● Outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and an ability to listen to divergent views while building consensus and collegiality.
● Demonstrated ability to use imagination and emotional intelligence while engaging with others in problem-solving.
● Excellent organizational skills and ability to work at both the macro strategic level as well as the micro detail level.
● Ability to set priorities and manage work and deadlines at an executive level.
● Eagerness and ability to take on challenges, learn new skills, and expand knowledge across multiple areas of expertise.
● Understanding of college or university budgets and experience with budget management.
● Experience with Microsoft Office, G-Suite, and ERP or SIS.

Education and/or Experience:
● Bachelor’s degree and 5-10 years of executive level relevant experience (or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience) required; graduate degree preferred.
● Extensive experience within a college or university setting is preferred.
● Extensive experience with art and design studio practice preferred.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk between campus buildings. Specific vision abilities required to do this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Occasional travel is required.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

This position is full-time, non-exempt. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications. CCAD offers a benefits package including: vacation time, additional paid time off while the college is closed during winter break and other holidays, annual sick time allowance; health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; tuition waiver and exchange programs, campus parking, and free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art.

Review of applicants will begin January 3, 2022 and will continue until position is filled.

Other Info

How to Apply:
Visit to submit your application. When asked to upload application materials, please submit a resume/CV and a cover letter. If you are applying from any website other than CCAD or Indeed, you will receive a follow up email 3 hours after your initial submission directing you to follow the link and complete your application. You must complete this two-step process, or your application will be considered INCOMPLETE. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

CCAD Vaccination Requirement Notice

Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) is committed to protecting our students, employees, and our communities from COVID-19. Toward that goal, and in consideration of guidance released by the state of Ohio, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a variety of public health authorities and professional organizations, CCAD is implementing a vaccination requirement policy for its students and employees.

All employees, including on-campus, hybrid, or fully remote status, are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccination as determined by CCAD and provide proof of their fully vaccinated status upon hire.

Reasonable Accommodation: Employees in need of an exemption from this policy requirement due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief must request a Request for Exemption form from Human Resources to begin the interactive accommodation process after an official offer of employment is accepted. Accommodations will be considered and/or granted where they do not cause CCAD undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Please direct any questions regarding this notice to Human Resources at

*CCAD reserves the right to modify, supplement, revise, or rescind any part of this notice as it deems necessary or appropriate with notification.