Chief Facilities Officer

Location
Houston, TX
Posted
Jun 17, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College


DO NOT APPLY TO THIS SITE
PLEASE APPLY DIRECTLY TO WHELESS PARTNERS
Send your cover letter and resume to:
ChiefFacilitiesOfficer@WhelessPartners.com


For more information or to discuss this position, contact:
Lisa J. Marks, Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer
Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant
941.240.8847
www.whelesspartners.com


Position Overview
Houston Community College System (HCCS) --- a unified system of academic college education, career and technical education, adult education, distance learning, customized business / industry instruction with on-site workforce training to advance the business community, and international educational partnerships --- is seeking a Chief Facilities Officer for this expansive college system with 23 operating locations and 4.5 million square feet of space. Chosen leader will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life, and community service.

Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and serving as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, the chosen Chief Facilities Officer will manage and coordinate Environmental Safety, Capital Improvement Program, Building Operations, Business Services, Facilities Maintenance, and Construction Management, serving as executive administrator for all items related to architectural and engineering design, construction/remodeling of HCC facilities, including the oversight of Capital Improvement Programs (CIP), facilities operations and maintenance, space use and planning, design of buildings and negotiation of contracts, coordination of environmental safety, and administration of fleet management, distribution and asset management.

Job Specifications
Specific background/experiences and skills/accomplishments that appear to be the most important for success in the position.
  • Progressive, documentable accomplishments in increasingly complex professional roles and experiences responsible for successful planning and execution of facilities oversight, orchestration and management, with solid experience in Engineering, Architecture, Facility Management or Project Management. The ideal candidate has held administrative positions in an academic setting and possesses an understanding of the nature and purposes of a major college system and how the planning and construction functions support those purposes.
  • Demonstrated success in large, complex and distributed organizations with proven leadership capacity to oversee, orchestrate and drive all phases of a facilities division encompassing 4.5 million square feet of space, providing consultation, support, leadership, strategic oversight, and tactical management in alignment with the strategic plan and objectives of the institution's overall mission.
  • Executive leadership acumen and management skill sets to establish and maintain facilities standards and measures for project management, design, maintenance and operations for all facilities, which will result in planning and constructing facilities that improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.
  • Proven ability to create, operate and preserve safe and effective built environments that facilitate the mission of the college. Demonstrable experience in setting the standard for quality service in creating and preserving the college's physical environment. Proven successful establishment as a leader in providing customer service across all units of the college system.
  • Proven track record of implementing and maintaining effective communication and working cohesively and cooperatively across departmental lines, with employees, vendors and external contacts of all levels within and external to the organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in the development, completion, and implementation of an energy master plan across a complex organization with multiple locations and diverse facilities. A change agent with change management skills and experience leading cultural change across the college district.
  • Demonstrated leadership success to ensure the design, execution and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provides reasonable assurance that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, and financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable law, regulation, policies and procedures. Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets and accountability systems.
  • A proven effective manager of human capital with documented success in recruiting and selection; hiring and termination, training, development, mentoring, counseling, and performance evaluations.
  • Skill to oversee, orchestrate and direct the effective performance of executive directors/managers and team members in the system's offices for Environmental Safety, Capital Improvement Program, Building Operations, Business Services, Facilities Maintenance and Construction Management. Proven organizational and management skills to initiate, prepare, and maintain all correspondence, reports, and studies necessary or appropriate to the position.
  • Strategic planning and assessment skill sets to formulate effective and efficient policies and procedures governing institutional facility-related activities, and make recommendations to the Senior Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration for approval and implementation.
  • A community-minded servant leader with willingness to be called upon to work with community, business, educational, and other organizations to improve the educational and overall well-being of the community. Track record of participation and leadership in community development initiatives, involvement in college-supported community programs and activities.
  • Possesses a marketing mindset with a collaborative approach to work in concert with other members of the executive team to advance a positive, differentiating brand and image of the institution within the community and beyond. Leadership presence and skill to serve as an HCC ambassador and the face and voice of HCC Facilities to the broader Houston community and beyond.
  • A student-centered leader and advocate for student achievement, with demonstrated commitment to the institutional mission to ensure that the college designs, builds, operates, maintains and renews the physical environment required to meet the teaching and learning needs of the college and community.
  • Expertise to continue implementation of the Master Plan cycle for all locations, to advance the centralized approach of deploying facilities services while reducing reliance on outsourced maintenance, to increase energy efficiency, to redesign asset inventory processes, to complete ongoing facilities condition assessments, to implement the system-wide signage plan, to address system-wide parking needs, along with proven financial stewardship to develop a workable plan to address deferred maintenance needs within budget constraints. Forward-thinking strategic planner with vision to support facility needs of the college which address future shifts in the college-going population.
  • Management acumen to provide daily direction and management of the facilities team's operations and to maximize employee performance within their areas of responsibility, through project management, planning, organizing and implementing continuous process improvement.
  • Skilled in analysis. Gathers and analyzes data to measure progress against strategic initiatives and timelines; thinks outside the box to develop innovative action plans to accomplish goals; adjusts action plans, as needed, to align organizational direction and focus.
  • Ability to develop strategic relationships to identify needs and critical success factors and to strengthen the overall effectiveness of facilities initiatives across the system footprint. Skill to build commitment and drive for results, establishing a culture of excellence.
  • Ideal candidate brings demonstrated skills and proven understanding of the dynamics of working within a multicultural environment.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Construction Technology or an equivalent is required. Master's degree is preferred. State license for an engineer, architect, urban planner, or project management (PMP) certification is preferred. Ten (10) years or more of professional experience in planning, project management, or construction management is required, with at least five (5) years in an administrative management position.

Attributes Desired

Those human traits and abilities that appear to be most important for the success of this position.


  • A mature, optimistic, energetic, well-grounded, innovative, service-oriented personality and calculated risk taker with a bias for action, a record of setting and surpassing objectives, and the proven "can do" conation and drive to execute strategies and produce results beyond expectations. A smart, effective, team oriented executive leader.
  • Understands and believes in the mission of Houston Community College. Strategic, innovative, forward thinking and future-oriented, with robust commitment to the mission, strategic plan and growth strategies of the institution.
  • Demonstrated transformational leadership style, with a systems-thinking approach to management. Outstanding team synergy and team leadership skills; the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates mutual respect for diverse cultures and inclusivity and a commitment to a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Change leadership and change management skills. Advances and promotes ideation and implementation - putting innovations, strategies, ideas into practice.
  • Possesses humility and a servant heart. Prefers transparency in operations and decision-making processes.
  • An inclusive, strategic and transformational leader who fosters an environment of innovation, collaboration and accountability to accomplish objectives at a high standard of excellence. Listens to and values opinions of others.
  • Ability to balance strong action-oriented leadership with collegial decision-making practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all segments of the college system and community. A collaborative, communicative leader and highly sought after problem solver.
  • Trusted and trustworthy. Establishes trust and allows employees to do their jobs. Not a micro-manager.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and excellent presentation, negotiation, verbal, written, and cross-functional communication skills.
  • A hands-on, sleeves rolled up leader accustomed to diligence and hard work, who performs many tasks personally and serves as a role model, mentor and motivator to team members to follow his/her example of self-direction, personal accountability, and continuous pursuit of excellence in all endeavors.
  • Confidence and courage in decision making. Able to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization for the present and future.
  • An advocate of personal and professional development who encourages and facilitates employees in developing their strengths and improving overall performance. Motivates by providing opportunities for professional development.
  • A professional who embraces a team environment and works with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency, and fiscal responsibility.
  • Possesses a strong moral compass along with personal and professional integrity beyond reproach, reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability.
  • An approachable, positive minded, likeable persona with a sense of humor and exceptional relational skills.
  • Passion for excellence. Capable of seeing opportunities that aren't always apparent.
  • Able to facilitate multiple competing priorities with excellent follow through skills.
  • Effective social skills. Politically astute, yet not political.
  • High level of professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Successful experience in managing and resolving conflict.
  • Ability to sell a point in a non polarizing manner. Possesses talent to influence people positively, be a catalyst for progress, to make a decisive impact.

DO NOT APPLY TO THIS SITE
PLEASE APPLY DIRECTLY TO WHELESS PARTNERS
Send your cover letter and resume to:
ChiefFacilitiesOfficer@WhelessPartners.com

For more information or to discuss this position, contact:
Lisa J. Marks, Managing Director & Chief Operations Officer
Florene Stawowy, Senior Search Consultant
941.240.8847
www.whelesspartners.com

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