Iowa State University (ISU) is one of the most student-centered
public research universities in the nation. It is a place where
adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As
an internationally respected university ranked in the top tier of
public universities by U.S. News and World Report and an invited
member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State
offers a student adventure rich in social and academic diversity.
More than 33,300 students choose from 100 majors and hone their
leadership skills in more than 900 clubs and student organizations.
Iowa State’s land-grant research initiatives from its 100 centers
and institutes help solve society’s greatest challenges and offer
students opportunities to learn from and work alongside world-class
scholars and researchers. A culturally diverse student body with
students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on
one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. Big 12 Conference
sports and a tradition of international cultural performances make
campus life an adventure to remember. Iowa State is located in
Ames, a community of 67,000 ranked as the number one “Best College
Town in America” by 247WallSt.com and among the top 10 best places
to live in America.
The Department of Residence at Iowa State University is seeking
candidates for the director of facilities for campus life. The
facilities include: 19 residence halls, two apartment communities
(166 apartment buildings, 2 community centers, and one laundry
area), and various maintenance shops and storage facilities with a
combined area of approximately 3.2M square feet. Department
facilities comprise many different architectural styles and
structural types constructed between 1916 and 2017.
In a collaborative and transparent manner, this position
oversees and coordinates all facilities management, maintenance,
repair, renovation, development, and construction activities
associated with the residence halls, apartments, dining centers,
and the Memorial Union. The director will be fully engaged in
understanding the Iowa State University student experience to
ensure that residents enjoy a high level of service and rapid
response through advanced technology, innovative thinking, and
service-oriented personnel. The director and their/they staff are
responsible for providing a safe living environment for residents
while maintaining buildings and grounds that are functional and
aesthetically pleasing. The director serves as a resource and
property management expert and oversees multiple craft, custodial,
and maintenance services provided by Department of Residence staff,
outside contractors, and vendors. The position also directs a broad
array of construction projects which entails the solicitation of
bids for maintenance contracts and the selection of consultants and
contractors. As a part of this role, the director monitors projects
for compliance, cost, and quality control inspections to ensure
adherence to contract specifications, industry standards, and,
where practical, best practices in sustainability and energy
conservation. It is critical for the director to be a strong
strategic thinker with the ability to serve as a connector between
many different departments and offices in order to successfully
move projects and ideas forward.
Under the direction of the associate vice president for campus
life, the director will provide assessment and strategic planning
for all assigned areas. The director works closely with the
director of ISU dining services and director of the memorial union
on repair, renovation, and construction activities. The director
establishes budgets, hiring practices, work hours, and cooperative
work efforts among a variety of teams for a workforce of over 163
employees including professional, union, and student employees.
A bachelor’s degree and eight years of related experience are
required as is the ability to demonstrate a history of providing a
high degree of customer satisfaction and operational management. In
addition, the next director must have the ability to effectively
collaborate and partner with internal and external colleagues to
create measurable organizational improvement. The successful
candidate must have experience with the project management of
capital construction projects and vendor contracts; facilities
management and operations experience in a university, hospitality,
or public access facility setting, with knowledge of mechanical,
electrical, plumbing, maintenance, and repairs contracts; and
experience advising, training, and supervising college students.
Further, the next director must have a demonstrated record of
actively supporting diversity, inclusion, and social justice and a
willingness to truly embrace the Division of Student Affairs’ core
values and priorities.
Review of applications will begin September 17, 2021 and
continue until the position is filled. A resume with an
accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson
website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.
Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather Larabee at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation
to participate in the application process should contact Spelman
Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Visit the Iowa State University website at www.iastate.edu.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic
information, national origin, marital status, disability, or
protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against.
This position serves at the pleasure of university administration
and is exempt from certain P&S policies.