Helbling was retained by Carleton College to secure an Associate Vice President for Facilities & Capital Planning.
The Associate Vice President for Facilities & Capital Planning (“Associate Vice President”) provides leadership in the operation and enhancement of the campus grounds and buildings as they are used and envisioned by the Board of Trustees, senior administration, faculty, students, and staff in support of academic excellence and the mission of the college. The College has a legacy of careful stewardship, creative planning, and progressive initiatives in utility infrastructure and sustainability. Reporting to the Vice President and Treasurer, the Associate Vice President will oversee facilities operations and maintenance, custodial services, grounds, campus utilities, project management, and capital planning.
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- Steward the physical plant of the College and the staff who care for it.
- Oversee a $16 million budget for the daily operation of the College’s facilities including operations and maintenance, custodial services, grounds, campus utilities, project management, and capital planning.
- Advise the Vice President and Treasurer and engage in collaborative institutional planning in the development of capital budgets.
- Provide leadership in promoting the aesthetic quality and long-term sustainable design of the campus, in keeping with the College history and mission.
- Lead integrated planning efforts for the maintenance, repair, renovation, and renewal of current and future campus facilities and physical infrastructure.
- Oversee comprehensive asset management practices for a diverse complex of campus facilities.
- Support ongoing planning and implementation of the Strategic Plan, Facilities Master Plan, Circulation Plan, Utilities Master Plan, Climate Action Plan, Student Life and Housing Plan, and IDE Plan.
- Collaborate with City of Northfield and other regional and state agencies and serve as the College’s public representative for planning and use of campus facilities and physical infrastructure.
Additional Key Responsibilities
- Carleton College prides itself on its past initiatives to explore and adopt sustainable business practices and the Associate Vice President will be a key leader in developing opportunities for further investments and development.
- The Associate Vice President will interact with faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees, and alumni as appropriate and will represent the College in a professional, informed, and attentive manner.
- The Associate Vice President will serve as the liaison to the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees.
- The Associate Vice President is responsible for a total full-time staff in the Facilities organization of approximately 100 individuals who report through a series of unit managers. Eighty employees in Facilities are represented by Local 70 IUOE and the Associate Vice President will assist management in setting a tone of collaboration and professionalism with this group’s leadership and members.
- The Associate Vice President will foster an environment that supports college priorities, utilizes resources effectively, is dedicated to open communications, and is committed to the professional development and growth of staff.
About Carleton College
Carleton College is an equal opportunity educator and employer committed to excellence through diversity. Equal opportunity for all is an essential part of Carleton’s recognition that diversity expands the Carleton community’s intellectual horizons and enriches the teaching, working, living, and learning environment. Carleton College is committed to the principle that its educational facilities, activities, and employment opportunities shall be offered without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age.
A bachelor's degree and 10 or more years of relevant experience are required. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated record of creativity, servant leadership, collaboration, support for the continuing professional development of their staff, the ability to represent the College with external parties in collaborative and negotiated relationships, and practical, hands-on experience in representative areas of facilities operations.
Candidates should have knowledge, experience, and demonstrated success with:
- Complex operational facilities in support of educational and/or research functions.
- Overseeing major renovation and new construction capital projects in the context of ongoing operations and a need for active management of scope, timeline, and budget.
- Design and aesthetic interpretation, including evolving principles and practices of efficient and sustainable design and operations.
- Principles of engineering and maintenance that enable efficient life cycle use of resources.
- Building successful relationships with an operational staff and working collaboratively with a represented workforce.
- Budgeting and financial planning and accountability.
- Analyzing complex issues and developing innovative solutions and approaches.
- Public speaking, written and interpersonal communication skills.
- A strong appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education.
A master’s degree and/or additional years of experience.
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Carleton College is an equal opportunity educator and employer
committed to excellence through diversity. Equal opportunity for all is an essential part of Carleton’s recognition that diversity expands the Carleton community’s intellectual horizons and enriches the teaching, working, living, and learning environment. Carleton College is committed to the principle that its educational facilities, activities, and employment opportunities shall be offered without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, disability, or age.