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University Engineer and Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Pennsylvania (Western)
  • Client: Higher Education
  • Search ID: 19-0208-10

Helbling is conducting a search on behalf of a higher education institution in Western Pennsylvania to secure a University Engineer and Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Facilities Management and Campus Services (FMCS). Reporting to the Associate Vice President for FMCS, this role contributes to the institution by providing long-range strategic and master asset planning for building and utility systems on a campus-wide scale. The AVP leads the capital renewal plan for all university buildings and infrastructure (plant replacement value > $2.5B) and handles commissioning for new construction and renovations.


  • Provide oversight and ensure coordination of engineering related issues between the various elements of FMCS, Campus Design and Facilities Development (CDFD), Enterprise Risk Management, and Computing Services with regard to ongoing construction, renovation, and maintenance activities.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight over commissioning efforts for construction and renovation projects.
  • Facilitate in conjunction with the CDFD department and the Design Review Committee.
  • Integrate needs and assessments from strategic plan, master plan, deferred maintenance assessments, utility master plan, energy conservation plan, capital renewal program, and other sources; develop a coherent strategy and spending plan to meet all of these needs for existing facilities and infrastructure.
  • Run and coordinate green practices and sustainability initiatives.
  • Provide strategic oversight and planning of utility systems and handle utilities commodity procurement.  Master planning of infrastructure to improve efficiency of energy usage of current campus buildings and planning for future campus expansion.
  • Lead operation of all FMCS Information Systems, including multi-functional systems tied to Housing, Athletics, Student Affairs, University Police, etc.
  • Run Preventative Maintenance Program utilizing Computerized Maintenance Management System (Maximo), and Geographic Information Systems (ESRI ArcInfo GIS), and Building Information Management (BIM) systems.
  • Provide support (data, technology, resources) for ongoing academic research activities and initiatives to include “letters of support,” data acquisition, and provision.
  • In partnership with CDFD, the University Engineer maintains university design guidelines and ensures that design standards reflect current technology and university objectives and explore initiatives to improve maintenance effectiveness and system reliability.
  • Handle the facilities library, drawing, and GIS area.
  • Represent overall FMCS perspectives to standing committees such as design review, chemical, and radiation safety and the environmental practices committee.

Flexibility, excellence, and passion are vital qualities within FMCS. Inclusion, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity are valued competencies. Therefore, our client is in search of a team member who is able to effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. They are looking for someone who shares their values and who will support the mission of the institution through their work.


  • Minimum education: Master’s Degree.
  • Preferred education: Master’s in a relevant field (Engineering, Public Policy, Administration, etc.).  Special preference for a related PhD.
  • Minimum years of experience: Ten plus (10+) years’ relevant experience.
  • Minimum Certification: Licensed as Professional Engineer.
  • Preferred Certification: Licensed as a Professional Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Well-developed organizational strategic management and personnel management skills.
  • Ability to work with and manage cross-functional people and teams.
  • Ability to develop and manage University Engineer departmental and project related budgets.

You should be able and willing to work outside of normal business hours as occasional evening and weekend work is necessary given the nature of facilities management.  Note, this position requires sufficient maneuverability to survey and inspect assets in the field when traveling to campus facilities and construction sites.

Search Consultant: Marc Datz

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