Associate Vice President for Facilities

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: Michigan - Kalamazoo
Sector: Higher Education
Search ID: 22-0402-10
Marc K. Datz
Marc K. Datz
Matthew D. Lesher
Matthew D. Lesher


Western Michigan University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Associate Vice President for Facilities.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Business and Finance, the Associate Vice President for Facilities is an integral member of the Business and Finance leadership team and is responsible for the planning, design, construction, engineering, maintenance and operation of campus buildings, grounds, utility systems and supporting infrastructure. The Associate Vice President for Facilities oversees an office that provides master planning, design and construction management support, sustainability expertise, co-generation power plant, innovative partnering expertise, and other facility operation expertise to WMU. This position is instrumental in leading the planning and development of new facilities and future development of campus environments, while maintaining a strong link between those that design and build physical assets and those that operate and maintain the assets.

For more details about this opportunity, please view the position profile by clicking on the cover image to the right.

Specific Duties

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Seek out, evaluate, and implement appropriate new approaches to facilities.
  • Maintain all buildings, grounds and facilities and continue to proactively manage deferred maintenance.
  • Continue to build and maintain redundancy in critical systems such as energy management and large campus distribution systems for steam, chilled water and electric.
  • Manage all functional areas of responsibility for Facilities.
  • Maintain an inclusive and collaborative environment within Facilities, across campus and with external constituencies.
  • Work to continuously improve the service levels to optimize facilities management support and identify efficiencies across campus.
  • Responsible for overseeing the proper budget management and accountability of funds.
  • Developing and directing campus facilities planning and major construction programs; working with key WMU stakeholders to meet space planning needs.
  • Work with various state and federal governmental agencies to coordinate project funding and related reporting/record-keeping.
  • Planning, assessing, reporting and leading team efforts.
  • Ensuring that the provisions of the AFSCME and MSEA contracts are followed. 


Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, management, facilities management or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities in facilities management in a large, complex organization, including management of department leaders and a substantial overall team of full-time employees.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion and a track record of creating a welcoming professional environment.
  • Minimum of five years of administrative experience at the Director level or above in a large, complex organization.
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage multiple, complex projects.
  • Extensive knowledge of capital, financial, land-use and master planning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to resource stewardship from the perspective of both economics and sustainability.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building abilities, outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Problem solving skills to reach efficient and effective solutions in a collaborative manner.
  • Demonstratable ability to nurture relationships in an inclusive and collaborative manner with a wide range of internal and external constituencies.
  • The ability to represent and advocate for WMU needs to the Board of Trustees, other policy making agencies, community groups and other wide-ranging audiences.  

Desired Qualifications

  • Master's degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or business from an accredited institution.
  • Professional certification as Professional Engineer, Licensed Architect, Certified Educational Facilities Professional, or LEED certification.
  • Five years' experience in a state organization, college or university setting.
  • Extensive experience managing an energy facility and large campus distribution systems for steam, chilled water, and electric.
  • Experience working with unions and labor agreements.
  • Demonstratable engagement with nationally recognized professional organizations.

 Application Instructions

Please apply for this WMU position via WMU's online application system (green button below) and also email your resume and cover letter to Marc Datz.