To provide strategic and project planning, capital prioritization, and stewardship for Kent State University's land, building, space and continuously changing portfolio which is comprised of 10 locations, 2,500 acres and 8 million gross square feet. The Facilities, Planning and Operations department has approximately 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $20 million. The main areas of responsibility include: facilities master planning, capital project planning and construction, facilities operations, infrastructure maintenance, sustainability and energy management. Exercise leadership over the complete facilities lifecycle: planning, design construction and operations management. Ensure that the goals of the university's strategic road map are supported by adequate infrastructure, appropriate capital planning, construction planning and design, and facilities operations. Reports to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
Provide leadership for campus master planning, design and construction activities for all campuses and satellite operations, including international locations.
Provide leadership for multiple units relating to physical plant operations management on the Kent campus including: power production and procurement, fleet management, custodial, grounds, building trades and building maintenance, lock and building security, parking maintenance, central storage, and moving services. Establish processes, systems, services and procedures for these areas based on best practices.
Provide leadership for sustainability initiatives on all campuses and satellite locations, including recycling and trash management.
Manage budget responsibilities and seek alternative sources to optimize costs and maximize efficiency (e.g., shared services, strategic contract management and sourcing, performance contracting to fund deferred maintenance).
Establish utility and energy management practices in accordance with supply and demand benchmarks and the university's energy efficiency goals.
Participate in labor relations strategies; ensure compliance with collective bargaining agreement; develop positive labor relations strategies and communications.
Provide consultation and resources to the regional campuses as it relates to physical plant, environment and operations.
Provide leadership for the university's space utilization and management strategies; serve as co-chair of the Space Planning and Campus Environment Committee.
Prepare capital planning budgets and other approving requests for submission to the Sr. Vice President for Finance and Administration, and appropriate funding agencies.
Coordinate with public safety and environmental health and safety teams to ensure safety, security and emergency preparedness.
Monitor compliance with all state and federal regulations as it relates to construction contracts; assess pending legislation, trends and events that impact physical plant management and make recommendations.
Coordinate with the Provost, deans and other academic officers to address requirements for academic facilities.
Serve as liaison with local, regional and state officials on capital and regional planning issues, to ensure successful collaboration on joint projects.
Demonstrate excellent communications and interpersonal skills in working with a wide range of stakeholders, from university trustees and the president to faculty, staff and community leaders.
Serve on various department, division, and university committees; represent the Division on appropriate university bodies, committees, councils, etc.
Serve as a member of the Sr. Vice President for Finance and Administration's leadership team.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, business or relevant field. Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in the fields of facilities management, building management, or design and planning for large scale projects, including a minimum of five years' experience in management of a complex physical plant environment that includes design and construction of facilities.
Preferred Qualifications: Professional licensure in Architecture or Engineering.
Master's Degree in business, engineering or related field.
Prior experience with labor unions.
Knowledge Of: Federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to architecture, engineering, construction and procurement.
Budget development and management
Sustainable design, construction and facilities management concepts and strategies
Skill In: Strong budget management and financial analysis
Strong written, oral and interpersonal communications
Excellent project management skills
Ability To: Multitask and set priorities
Build and sustain relationships
Lead development of master plans for campuses
Measure performance of budgets (operating, capital and project), facilities, contractors, capital equipment
Establish long term maintenance schedules and/or contingency space planning for major reconstructions
Assessments: Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments.
Kent State University's eight-campus system, among the largest regional systems in the country, serves both the development of a true living/learning approach at the Kent Campus and the regional needs on seven other campuses throughout Northeast Ohio.
The Kent Campus provides the resources and facilities of a large, diverse Ohio university, while the Regional Campuses – Kent State University at... Ashtabula, Kent State University at East Liverpool, Kent State University at Geauga, Kent State University at Salem, Kent State University at Stark, Kent State University at Trumbull and Kent State University at Tuscarawas - offer the friendly, casual atmosphere of small liberal arts colleges. Today, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development locally and internationally as one of the premiere Ohio universities. Kent State is ranked among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating high-research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Liquid Crystal Institute, for example, conducts research that translates into technologies used globally in laptops, calculators and flat screen televisions.