Chief Objective of Position
As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Facilities and Campus Operations provides leadership and direction to achieve initiatives consistent with the vision and goals of the University and in support of the President. The Vice President must be a strategic leader who can balance the demands of day-to-day operations with the long-term development of the University’s physical infrastructure and campus security. The Vice President provides guidance, supervision, and oversight to the Offices of Facilities Management (including Auxiliary Building Operations), Capital Outlay, Campus Police, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Grounds.
- Functions as a member of the University’s Cabinet, advising the President and Chief of Staff on matters affecting the Facilities and Campus Operations division and collaborating with other Cabinet members to advise the President on the strategic direction of the University.
- Advances the mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals of the University in coordination with the President.
- Provides strategic leadership and guidance to the University Police Department to ensure and promote a safe and secure environment for the university community and visitors.
- Provides strategic leadership and guidance concerning the environmental health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests by developing and implementing practices and programs and necessary or required training, assessment, and testing.
- Provides strategic leadership and guidance in the maintenance and upkeep of campus buildings, providing operational and clean spaces to enhance learning, living, and working. Strives to reduce the campus’s environmental footprint through energy and water conservation practices.
- Provides strategic leadership and guidance in the development and maintenance of campus grounds, creating a beautiful, functional and inspiring campus.
- Provides strategic leadership and guidance over the capital construction and renovation across campus to include design and construction, budget and expenditure development, and adherence. Develops and revises the campus facilities master plan.
- Serves as a member of several administrative university committees.
- Develops and maintains positive and professional customer service relations within the Division and with all constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, other employees, other agency personnel, and community members.
- Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees as well as fully supports the “Students First” value at Christopher Newport.
- Reviews and communicates safety issues to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and reduce work-related absences.
- Follows workplace safety regulations and adheres to applicable standards, processes, and programs. Takes immediate action to correct unsafe work conditions should they arise.
- Promotes a safe and healthy work environment by implementing safety regulations and applicable standards, processes, and programs established for employees under supervision.
- Ensures employees are trained in safety standards and procedures for their positions.
- Reports work-related incidents to Human Resources or Environmental Health and Safety within 24 hours according to the procedures established by the university, state, and federal guidelines.
- This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) related to position
- A strong leader who can think strategically with a broad institutional perspective and with a high level of personal and professional integrity;
- Creative team builder who will work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders and possess the ability to engage with the local community and foster positive relationships with neighbors;
- Understanding of and commitment to community policing principles;
- Recognize and support organizational effectiveness by using data to inform decision-making and a mindset of continuous improvement, seeking innovative solutions to enhance the campus environment;
- In-depth knowledge of facilities management principles, construction and renovation processes, best practices, and industry standards;
- Knowledge of sustainability practices in facilities management and the ability to support and implement sustainable initiatives;
- Capacity to respond effectively to emergencies and crisis situations affecting campus facilities and understanding of risk assessment and management to ensure the safety and security of the campus;
- Proficiency in budgeting, financial analysis, and resource allocation;
- Strong passion and appreciation for the vision and values of the University;
- Passion for providing exceptional service at all levels and the flexibility to adapt to evolving campus needs and changes in the higher education landscape;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
- Strong analytical skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and manage disputes.
Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with directly related work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
- Experience leading and supervising teams and overseeing complex organizations.
- Progressive professional experience in facilities management and/or campus operations roles.
- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budget management, and resource allocation.
Additional Consideration - Experience
- Experience working at a university in an executive leadership role and familiarity with the unique challenges and demands facing higher education today.
Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388 Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 4,500 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.
Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit www.cnu.edu.
Application Deadline: 11/19/2023
Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.
Review of applications will begin at 11:59PM ET on November 19, 2023.
Applications received after 11:59PM ET on November 19, 2023, will be accepted but considered only if needed.