Associate Vice President of Facilities

The California Institute of Technology
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a world-renowned science and engineering Institute, invites nominations and applications for the Associate Vice President of Facilities. The Associate Vice President of Facilities (AVP) reports to the Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer and provides strategic and day-to-day leadership for the Institute’s physical plant, including Design and Construction, Facilities Operations, Facilities Planning and Services, Campus Security & Parking, Environment Health and Safety, Campus Emergency Management, Mail Services, Facilities Financial Services and IT, and Faculty Housing. The AVP will assist in strategic planning activities and policy development, formulation of the capital budget and leadership on master plan issues, and provides significant support to the Buildings and Grounds, and Business and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees. The AVP will establish performance goals, allocate resources, and develop policies to affect the efficient operation of the department while controlling operating expenses at a level consistent with best practices for stewardship of 4.5 million square feet of facilities with a value exceeding $2.5 billion. 

The AVP must have the ability to collaborate well and supportively, with strong interpersonal skills, to build trust, cultivate understanding, personally exemplify a customer service orientation, and foster and maintain good working relationships with varied and diverse constituencies. The successful candidates will have 10 years  in a facilities leadership positions, in a higher education environment preferred, and a bachelor’s degree in a related field, with an MBA or master’s degree in related field preferred. This individual will also be capable of operating in a consultative, decision-making culture and perform  a variety of executive level  duties of broad scope and complexity that require outstanding professional ability, originality, mature judgment, a very collaborative approach and understanding of the organizational structure of the Institute. They will be well versed in recognizing, attracting and motivating top talent, providing a productive work environment while leading and supervising direct reports to assure effective job performance, and providing an encouraging environment of supportive supervision for those who work in organizations that report to the AVP. Given the current budgetary pressures and expected growth of research the Institute anticipates, the AVP is expected to manage and develop appropriate plans and programs that balance sometimes conflicting demands to generate the most optimal solution possible. The AVP must possess flexibility, ingenuity, and an ability to manage through organizational change while taking a leadership role in the development and implementation of sustainable initiatives and programs for the Institute. 

Caltech is a private, research university located on 125 acres in Pasadena, California, approximately 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Caltech, founded in 1891, marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.  Caltech's extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability. The successful candidate will resonate with our mission.

Caltech has engaged Opus Partners  to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries and nominations should be sent by email to Katie ( To apply:


Caltech is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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