Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning & Operations

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Tennessee - Sewanee
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 22-0601-12
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Richard T. Nawoczynski
Richard T. Nawoczynski


Sewanee - The University of the South has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning & Operations.

Primary Function

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, the AVP, Facilities Planning & Operations
  • Directs the operational, budgetary, and personnel functions of Facilities Management Services.
  • Directly supervises a team of managers overseeing major functional areas.
  • Oversees Capital Improvement and Construction projects, including residence halls, academic buildings, auxiliary services buildings, and general infrastructure.
  • Oversees RFP and competitive bidding processes associated with building projects.
  • Collaborates with and supports the Domain (land) Manager and the Director of Business Services.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability in the development of campus sustainability initiatives, particularly with regard to energy efficiency, and sustainable design and construction practices.
  • Reviews, develops, and implements departmental policies, budgetary strategies, and internal processes.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Sewanee Community Council, which meets monthly, and the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Office.
  • Sets the departmental tone for a service-orientated organization with best-in-class customer service.


  • Facilitates solutions provided by a diverse group of service providers to students, Head Residents, tenants, staff, faculty, alumni, community members, and constituents.
  • Provides, along with partners, solutions to a wide variety of facilities and grounds problems.
  • Directs the maintenance, renovation, and repair of University facilities.
  • Develops both short-term and long-term facilities improvement plans in cooperation with the administration.
  • Serves as primary liaison to campus planners, architects, and general contractors.
  • Monitors construction management for major construction and renovation projects.
  • Oversees digital technology used to control mechanical and electrical equipment in buildings.
  • Serves on facility design committees for new capital projects and other related University committees as needed.
  • Oversees content in all departmental publications, including web pages.
  • Develops long-range and annual facilities improvement plans in cooperation with the administration.

Supervisory Responsibility

Hires, supervises, and evaluates:
  • Business Manager
  • Energy Specialist
  • Superintendent of Landscape Planning and Operations
  • Mechanical Trades Manager
  • Trades Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Special Projects Manager
Indirectly supervises:
  • 80+ non-exempt staff (custodians, carpenters, groundskeepers, craftsmen, office support, etc.)

About the University

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The College of Arts and Sciences has approximately 1,700 students and the School of Theology has approximately 100 students.


Sewanee, TN.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville (90 miles away) and Chattanooga (50 miles away), Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding University land is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource. The town of Monteagle, TN and the city of Manchester, TN are within a short drive from Sewanee. The campus is the fourth-largest college campus in the United States. The domain features forests, bluffs, meadows, lakes, and caves. The area hosts miles of picturesque hiking trails as well as “The Course at Sewanee” which in 2013 was renovated by famed golf course architect Gil Hanse.

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  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, business administration, architecture, or related field.
  • Ten years of experience in facilities management.
  • The ability to communicate comfortably with a broad and diverse group of personalities, inside and outside the University community.
  • Budget management skills, including planning and forecasting.
  • Desire to be part of a community set in the beautiful, rural mountains of Tennessee.
The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening.

The University of the South’s policy against discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Part 106, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 34 CFR 104.7, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008. In addition to contacting the Title IX Coordinator, who is the compliance coordinator, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T70, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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