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Associate Vice President, Research & Administration Facilities

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Texas - Houston
  • Client: Healthcare
  • Search ID: 19-0307-07

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Associate Vice President, Research & Administration Facilities. 

Our Client

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention.  MD Anderson provides cancer care at several convenient locations throughout the Greater Houston Area and collaborates with community hospitals and health systems nationwide through MD Anderson Cancer Network®.
U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey has ranked MD Anderson as the nation's top hospital for cancer care.  Every year since the survey began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals, and it has ranked first for 10 of the past 11 years.  The recognition reflects the passion of our 21,000 extraordinary employees and 1,000 volunteers for providing exceptional care to patients and their families, and for realizing the institution’s mission to #endcancer.

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research, and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees, and the public.

Position Summary / Essential Job Functions 

Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer within the Facilities Management Division, the primary purpose of the Associate Vice President (AVP), Research & Administration Facilities role is to direct the management and provision of all space utilities in support of the Research and Administrative mission of MDACC, including maintenance operations, alteration, housekeeping, and repair of buildings.  The AVP will coordinate the provisions of all facilities services for assigned facilities including space administration, facilities planning, project management, and facilities operations.

Core Values

  • Caring Behaviors
    • Courtesy – Is respectful and courteous to each other at all times.
    • Friendliness / Teamwork – Promotes and rewards teamwork and inclusiveness; is sensitive to the concerns of patients and co-workers.
  • Integrity Behaviors
    • Reliability – Communicates frequently, honestly, and openly.
    • Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for practicing our values.
    • Safety – Models safe behavior (wears badge and personal protective equipment, washes hands, and keeps work area clean and orderly); notices a safety concern or emergency, understands role and uses proper procedures to report it; mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices; demonstrates ethical and personal responsibility in work and behavior.
  • Discovery Behaviors
    • ​Responsiveness – By his / her actions, creates an environment of trust; encourages learning, creativity, and new ideas.
    • Personal Leadership / Self-Initiative – Helps others to identify and solve problems; seeks personal growth and enables others to do so.

Job Specific Competencies

Direct Research and Administrative Facilities

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the planning, construction, maintenance, repair, and alteration of assigned areas, including periodic and requested maintenance and repair.  Arrange for contractual services for minor repair and remodeling projects.  Oversees housekeeping and maintenance services for assigned buildings.  Resolves operations and maintenance problems.
Reviews construction plans and specifications for proposed buildings or for all major alterations in assigned areas; recommends such changes as needed to assure operations, maintenance, and housekeeping services.  Establishes procedures for the operating and maintenance of buildings and their environments.  Develops an ongoing effective energy conservation program.  Responsible for periodic building and equipment inspection to ensure compliance with appearance, maintenance, and safety standards in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Support Facilities Management Divisional Functions

Prepares recommendations for the capital construction, renewal, deferred maintenance, and annual operations budgets; and exercises budget control.  Coordinates the budget preparation with Facilities Management and the institutional budgeting procedures.  Accountable to the Vice President for Operations and Facilities Management and Executive Management for daily operations and establishing priorities for providing needed building improvements, repairs, alterations, housekeeping, and other services provided by Facilities Management organization.  Through subordinate managers, directs tradespersons, housekeeping workers, and administrative staff.  Hires or makes the principal recommendation on the hiring of the management and supervisory staff; and completes appropriate performance reviews and recommendations on promotions, salary, and other personnel matters.

Provide Institutional Services

Provides strategic leadership and expertise in all matters related to the provision of essential logistic and support services required to operate the institution.  This includes products and services of parking and transportation, and site support services.  Works closely with UTPD and Environmental Health and Safety concerning hazards, safety, and security matters, and ensures compliance.  Serves on various institutional committees to provide liaison and consultation on Facilities Management services.  Participates in activities community or professional organizations and may represent MDACC, as appropriate.  Coordinates with other Facilities Directors as necessary to support the multidisciplinary mission of UTMDACC; and  provide efficient communication channel for coordination, long-range planning, and problem resolution.


  • Coach and Develop
    • Assess strengths and development needs of employees; provide challenging development opportunities; provide relevant, timely feedback; mentor others.
  • Provide Direction
    • Provide clear direction and priorities toward a common vision; clarify roles and responsibilities for employees; promote empowerment.
  • Strategic Thinking
    • Define strategic goals and issues clearly; apply broad knowledge and experience when addressing strategic issues; foresee obstacles and opportunities relating to change or improvement.
  • Service Orientation
    • Provide service to stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues, and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient, and innovative manner to include:
      • Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to stakeholders at all times.
      • Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson’s Standards of Conduct, institutional policies, and procedures.
      • Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders.
      • Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed.
  • People Leadership
    • Provides development opportunities and ongoing feedback to employees to include timely completion of administrative staff and classified employees each evaluation period.
    • Provides clear direction and communication to employees within unit.
    • Demonstrates cultural competence that creates an inclusive environment for the diversity represented within unit's staff.
    • Manages operating expenses to budget.
    • Completes required 16 hours of continuing education for people leadership skills per year.
    • Completes Management Curriculum within required timeframe.

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  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree
    • Preferred Education: Master’s Level Degree 
  • Experience: Fifteen (15) years of management experience within a Facilities department / division.  
    • Preferred Experience: academic medical center or other institution of similar complexity.

Search Consultant: Joe Wargo

MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer.  As part of its efforts to achieve these goals of a tobacco-free hiring process, if you are offered a position at MD Anderson Cancer Center, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws.
Diversity and inclusion at MD Anderson are not just important; they are essential. Workforce diversity is one of its greatest strengths and keys to success in our mission to cure cancer. We take an expansive view of diversity, considering differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religious beliefs, as well as communication styles, thought, skill and ambition.  It is the policy of MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.


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