Assistant Vice President, Facilities Operations

University of Chicago in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 24, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Chicago invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant Vice President, Facilities Operations.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities & University Architect (the University's chief facilities officer), the AVP role establishes unified responsibility for the management of all operations, maintenance, trades, energy conservation and utilities management on campus, in off-campus non-dormitory residences, and off-site University operated research facilities.  AVP provides strategic leadership to a staff of 273 plus contract employees and is responsible for continually monitoring and reviewing operational and business practices to ensure their maximum value and cost-effectiveness, making recommendations and/or adjustments as needed.  The position also manages campus utilities, including utility and fuel purchasing.  The FY 2015 budget of Facilities Operations is $107 million in expenditures.

The AVP will foster a strong culture of customer service that encourages facilities staff to be more interactive and proactive; will play a key role in ongoing labor and management relations; will enhance the University's engineering and utilities program; will partner with other Facilities Services units to foster positive facilities renovations and construction transitions to ensure smooth, successful operations; will advance programs in sustainability including energy conservation and efficiency; and will play a major role in the University's facilities renewal effort. Ultimately, the AVP is responsible for developing and staffing an integrated, strategically-aligned organization that demonstrates a commitment to client service and provides maximum value to its clients.

The ideal candidate will have first-hand experience providing strategic direction, leadership and oversight for facilities management in a service-oriented organization in a large, complex and well-respected institution, or in a public or private-sector entity of comparable size and complexity.  Particular strength and depth of experience in building operations and successful management of housekeeping, general trades, utility operations, HVAC, space management, landscaping and grounds and engineering is required.  Requirements include a track record of supporting overall institutional strategy through excellent facilities operation service and delivery; an undergraduate degree in engineering or related field; and a minimum of 12 years of experience.  The successful candidate will demonstrate a collaborative leadership style, deep technical expertise and strong communication skills. 

The University of Chicago is an institution of extraordinary eminence and ceaseless ambition. The University owns and operates a major medical center; runs the nation's largest academic press; manages two national laboratories (the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab - Fermi National Accelerator Center) as well as the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole; and supports the renowned N-12 Laboratory Schools that have led many innovations in education and four charter schools on the South Side of Chicago. In total, the University comprises an enterprise with $4 billion in revenue and a $12 billion balance sheet. It is consistently ranked among the finest universities in the world.

The University's physical assets include 211 acres of grounds, 165 buildings, and about 11 million gross square feet of laboratories, classrooms, offices, and 1,500 off-campus residences. Visit for additional information.

Please email applications and nominations to:

 Craig Smith, PhD, Partner 


The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / EEOC employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.

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