founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
The Facilities Team supports the mission of Wesleyan
University by providing a safe, clean, functional, attractive, and
sustainable campus in which to live, work and learn.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative
Officer, the Assistant Vice President ( AVP ) for Facilities
Operations is a key member of the administrative team that provides
strategic and operational leadership and oversight for the
The AVP for Facilities Operations manages a real estate portfolio
of approximately 300 University buildings with almost 3 million
square feet of facilities on a campus of more than 300 acres in
The facilities operations team consists of approximately 110
full-time professional, technical and maintenance staff, of which
approximately half are contract janitorial staff.
The AVP for Facilities Operations manages an annual operating
budget of more than $20M for maintenance, environmental health and
safety, fire safety, energy management, real estate, and rental
The AVP for Facilities Operations will directly oversee the
Director of Physical Plant Operations, Director of Environmental
Services, and the Facilities Business Manager.
The AVP for Facilities Operations will partner with the Assistant
Vice President for Construction and Infrastructure in the
implementation of the University’s campus master planning and
achievement of carbon neutrality.
- Leads an efficient, effective, innovative, responsive, and
empowered facilities team and promotes a culture of continuous
improvement, customer service orientation, and a commitment to
diversity within the organization.
- Provides leadership in maintaining a safe, healthy,
sustainable, and disaster-resilient environment that provides
faculty, students and staff with the environment and functionality
required to perform at the highest levels of achievement.
- Provides oversight to strategies associated with the
maintenance of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems and
general building structures.
- Develop and implement strategic plans and initiatives regarding
- Makes effective hiring decisions, sets expectations, and
clarifies roles and responsibilities of direct and indirect
- Effectively manages the University’s real estate portfolio
valued at more than $1 Billion to optimize university assets
including the leasing and acquisition of new properties, management
of 100 rental properties, and the disposition of underperforming
- Provides the leadership to the facilities operations team to
plan, organize and respond to campus emergencies including but not
limited to weather and other major events to maintain business
- Cultivates and maintains working relationships with relevant
neighborhood, business, city, state, and federal agencies, public
utilities and building industry groups. ·
- Measures, monitors, and benchmarks facilities and energy
performance against peers and best practices to ensure that the
University is performing at the highest level.
- Ensures requisite safety and code compliance in all areas of
- Collaborates with Human Resources in the negotiation and
implementation of collective bargaining agreements.
- Proactively develops and maintains a collegial working
relationship with the union membership and ensures compliance with
collective bargaining agreements. ·
- Oversees and monitors the annual facilities operating
- Delivers timely, informative, and critical internal
communications to faculty, staff and other stakeholders regarding
facilities conditions on campus.
- Survey campus (grounds and buildings) regularly with a safety,
improvements and campus visitors lens.
- Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field.
A minimum of ten years of successful and increasingly responsible
management experience in facilities operations.
A proven record of accomplishment leading organizational change and
creating a facilities operation committed to optimizing operations,
continuing improvement and delivering services in a cost-effective,
transparent, and efficient manner.
Expert knowledge of local, state and federal laws and codes that
apply to facilities. Strong knowledge of computerized maintenance
management systems ( CMMS ) and/or work order/asset management
Demonstrated financial planning and analysis skills, and
organizational planning skills. Demonstrated commitment to building
a diverse workforce and proven ability to recruit and retain highly
qualified staff members.
Excellent communication skills.
Demonstrated understanding of skilled technical trades
Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and support to individuals
resulting in high performing teams.
Demonstrated creative problem-solving and strategic-thinking
Must have or be able to obtain a valid State of Connecticut
driver’s license in good standing.
Must be able to satisfy the physical demands of the position with
or without reasonable accommodations.
Advanced degree in engineering, architecture, planning or
Experience with collective bargaining negotiations and
managing to union agreements.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Wesleyan University has retained the services of the Executive
Search Firm Helbling & Associates (www.helblingsearch.com
assist in the search for Assistant Vice President ( AVP ) for
For consideration qualified candidates should email James Lord,
Executive Director, Northeast at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on
the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check
screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan requires all employees to be vaccinated against Covid 19
unless they meet the criteria for a medical or religious exemption.
New employees must be vaccinated prior to their start date. If an
employee needs an exemption for medical or religious reasons, they
must submit a request to Wesleyan and be approved before their
Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age,
gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital
status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder,
learning disability or physical disability, political belief,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or
non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from
women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries
regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination
policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for
Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, email@example.com.