Assistant Vice President for Facilities Services

California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

ID: 7063018
Posted: January 13, 2020
Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Job Description

Founded in 2002, California State University Channel Islands is the youngest of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Located on approximately 1,200 acres midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in Camarillo, California, CSU Channel Islands is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, as well as its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSU Channel Islands supports more than 30 academic programs, 26 undergraduate majors, 26 minors, seven master’s programs, and one doctoral program. Enrolling over 7,000 students in fall 2019, both graduates and undergraduates, CSU Channel Islands is designated as an Hispanic-serving institution and is represented by 53.1% Hispanic/Latino students, 55.4% historically underrepresented groups, 59.7% first generation college attendees and 65% female students. Additionally, CSU Channel Islands maintains a 22:1 student/faculty ratio, sponsors 78 clubs and organizations, and hosts 300+ campus events annually, with 1,600+ students living on campus and 100+ in living-learning or themed communities. Annual spending related to CSU Channel Islands generates a total impact of $114.4 million on the regional economy, and nearly $240.5 million on the statewide economy. The institution has currently achieved approximately 1/3 of its projected enrollment growth, with a master planned buildout at 15,000. The entire Southern California region is forecasting a growing enrollment trend, which differs greatly from much of the rest of the country, where enrollment is declining. There is just over 1.3 million gross square feet of space on campus, with 44 named buildings currently on record, and over the next four years the campus has over $350 million in the capital construction queue.

Serving as the senior facilities administrator at CSU Channel Islands and reporting to the vice president for business and financial affairs, the assistant vice president (AVP) for facilities services leads and directs the strategic operational and developmental planning of all campus facilities to support the mission and forecasted enrollment growth of the University. The AVP provides vision and leadership for Facilities Services, which includes the following departments: Administrative Services; Operations; Facilities Support; Engineering Services; Logistical Services; and Planning, Design & Construction. The AVP plays an active role in campus master planning, promoting and advancing the University's strong commitment to environmental sustainability, and oversees the successful operation, maintenance and development of the University's physical plant. The AVP plays a key role in establishing and directing the strategic goals of the department, ensures operational objectives are achieved, engages collaboratively with campus administration and the campus community to provide superior customer-focused services, and collaboratively oversees the multi-year capital outlay program. Additionally, the assistant vice president recommends and implements policies and procedures; manages all design, engineering and construction activities, including budgetary management, scheduling, safety, reliability, and functional performance of all construction-related projects; assumes responsibility for the management, effective use, and functional performance of all utility equipment and energy at the University; collaboratively develops and manages the Department’s annual operating and capital budgets; and ensures that the University's grounds and buildings are well-maintained in a sustainable manner and are aesthetically appealing to students, faculty, staff and visitors (to include a multi-year grounds enhancement program).

In partnership with the Environmental Health and Safety Department, the AVP assumes responsibility for environmental health and workplace safety at the University, overseeing coordination and technical assistance for compliance with hazardous waste management and disposal, hazard identification and abatement, code compliance, ADA compliance, and other health and safety matters. The AVP also leads efforts to achieve greater energy efficiencies in all facilities operations, developing strategies to obtain the greatest economies in energy purchases, directing efforts to attain increasingly high conformance to LEED standards, and promoting responsible and productive sustainability efforts in all facilities activities. The assistant vice president effectively manages a departmental staff of 117 in a unionized environment, which includes five direct reports, and administers an operating budget of $6.3 million.

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, planning or a related field (advanced degree preferred); a minimum of ten years progressively responsible professional and administrative experience in the field is required, including at least seven years in a senior level leadership role in a large and complex Facilities Department. Demonstrated experience with capital planning and construction, supervising and motivating staff, preventative maintenance, collective bargaining and budget controls is required. The successful candidate will possess excellent communications skills in all media, as well as a tactful, collegial management style. Successful completion of multiple, large-scale capital projects, a background in higher education facilities management and planning, demonstrated experience building and sustaining a high performing, service-focused organization, and experience with strategic planning are highly desirable.

Additionally, the successful candidate should possess the ability to lead a large service department in exemplary customer service; manage a large and diverse workforce in a collective bargaining environment; understand large and complex facilities, administrative, maintenance and construction operations, including HVAC, electrical utility systems and energy management programs; define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions, and deal with multiple abstract and concrete variables; comply with reporting requirements for construction management policy and procedures, as well as financial reporting; develop and monitor metrics to ensure the organization is operating efficiently and serving campus needs while meeting budgetary parameters; and effectively respond to the needs of a growing university.

Review of applications will begin February 14, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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California State University Channel Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.


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