Vice President of Campus Planning and Design

Orange, California

Posted: 7/16/19
Deadline: 8/16/19
Reference Number: M01567

About This Organization

Chapman University

Chapman is ranked in the top tier of western universities and has consistently been identified by U.S. News and World Report as the number one “Up-and-Coming University” in the Western Region. The University ranks among the top 10 universities in the Western United States, according to the 2018 rankings released by U.S News & World Report, and rose to No. 5 among 141 peer institutions in the West, having vaulted dramatically upward since 1991, when it was ranked No. 61. The U.S News “Up-and-Coming” designation, determined by a survey of peer university presidents, provosts, chief academic officers and admission officers, recognizes the most promising and innovative leaders in higher education in academics, faculty, student life, and facilities. This ranking highlights Chapman as a trendsetter in higher education. The ranking recently changed in November 2018 when the University was reclassified from its western regional ranking to its current to “R2,” a national designation. As of the writing of this profile the University was days away from knowing its inaugural national ranking.

Job Duties

Position Summary

The Vice President of Campus Planning and Design (VP) leads the development of thoughtful and robust plans for Chapman University’s capital construction programs, including the architectural and engineering designs for new buildings and major renovation projects as well as campus master planning and campus landscape projects. The VP will work closely with University leadership to establish multi-year plans and budgets for Chapman University buildings, landscapes and capital projects. The VP will work closely with the local community and with civic officials to entitle University projects and to maintain Chapman University’s longstanding commitment to the historic preservation of its local surroundings.

Key Responsibilities

•In partnership with the Vice President of Facilities Management, Deans, Provost, and Academic Leadership, develop and maintain a framework to guide the long-term development of the campus, including the project management and ensure alignment between Chapman Strategic Plans and campus planning goals.
•Develop campus standards for architectural features.
•In collaboration with senior leadership and appropriate campus constituencies, prepare under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) periodic Chapman University Specific Plan amendments for the cities of Orange and Irvine; represent the University throughout all public, Design Review Committee and City Council meetings.
•In partnership with the Vice President of Community Relations, represent the University in dealing with the community, city, county, state and federal agencies on all matters pertaining to campus planning and design.
•Oversee correct application of planning policies, procedures and governmental regulations, including CEQA and related regulatory compliance and advise campus leadership regarding legal challenges in collaboration with the Office of Legal Affairs. Ensure that projects are in compliance with all applicable guidelines, standards, regulations, policies, and procedures, including those for procurement, contract development and management, and building codes.
•Manage the selection and work of design and planning consultants.

Required Qualifications

Candidate Qualifications/Education/Certification

•Graduate degree in Architecture required.
•Must be a State of California Licensed Professional Architect. If not CA licensed, must obtain it within one (1) year of employment.

Knowledge and Work Experience

•Seven (7) years of experience of design and campus planning is required, preferably at a university or college.
•Five (5) years of senior leadership experience.
•Advanced knowledge of architecture, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture, including in-depth knowledge of building design or planning in a large-scale college or university.
•Advanced organizational, analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills, including strong negotiating skills and highly developed political acumen.

Procedure for Candidacy

Please direct all formal applications (resumes and cover letter), nominations and inquiries to Ben Haden and Kristina Paudler at WittKieffer, preferably via e-mail, to:

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