Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

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Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI is one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. WPI's talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary researchthat seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 45 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

Located in the heart of Worcester, MA, New England's second largest city, WPI's sprawling campus is set on a secluded hilltop in an area that is home to 13 colleges, several top notch museums, shopping centers, and diverse arts and entertainment. The WPI community consists of approximately 460 faculty members and 680 staff.

Where science and technology meet real-world challenges
WPI was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. WPI's founding motto of Theory and Practice continues to underlie our academic programs. WPI graduates emerge ready to take on critical challenges in science and technology, knowing how their work can influence society and improve the quality of life.

Distinguished Faculty
Our world-class faculty is both renowned and accomplished. In the National Survey of Student Engagement, WPI ranked first for student-faculty interactions, a measure of the quality and quantity of time spent by faculty with undergraduate students. Our Distinguished faculty were ranked top in the nation by the Wall Street Journal for Combining Scholarly Research with Classroom Instruction.

Cutting-edge research
WPI's research is internationally recognized for breakthroughs and innovations in biotechnology, fuel cells, nanotechnology, information security, and more.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for Campus Planning & Facilities Management (VP,CPFM) will provide strategic leadership for planning and design of the campus to support WPI's mission, vision and strategic plan. This role will play a critical role in developing a long-term vision for campus growth and implement innovative approaches to ensure that university facilities support WPI's educational mission and community. The role will oversee the efficient operational and financial performance of several areas including Campus Planning, Facilities Operations, Design and Construction and Environmental Health and Safety. In addition, the role will serve as a steward of the evolving physical campus providing leadership of transformation that supports all aspects of the value proposition of WPI. The VP,CPFM is a member of the President's Management Council.

The VP,CPFM will lead the planning, operation, maintenance, renovation, and construction of University buildings and grounds while ensuring a high level of satisfaction to community stakeholders.

Additionally, the role will support sustainability, energy management, real estate, and other physical plant infrastructure of the nearly 100 acre campus totaling approximately 2.6M SF of buildings, ensuring safe operations of these units and compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The VP,CPFM leads the execution and evolution of the Campus Master Plan through the planning and design of all major construction, and the development/maintenance of a long-term campus environmental, space management and building development plan.

This role will manage and coach a team of diverse professionals (including members who serve under a collective bargaining agreement). The VP,CPFM will leverage and oversee department finances, equipment and relationships with external vendors and service providers to accomplish strategic and operational objectives, ensuring adherence to University policies and procedures.

The role will oversee operational and capital budgets directly related to facilities and will lead and drive focus on operational efficiency, productivity and customer service.

The VP,CPFM serves as the principle liaison to the campus community, including the President's Management Council and the Facilities and Campus Infrastructure Committee of the University Board of Trustees on relevant matters regarding campus planning and physical operations.


  • Lead the development of strategically integrated long-term capital plans consistent with funding priorities through a collaborative approach with the EVP & CFO and other key stakeholders.
  • Participate in and contribute to WPI's strategic planning efforts, providing information, analysis, and thoughtful, creative solutions to institutional challenges.
  • Exercise a high level of independent judgment and creative thought in the implementation of best practices in directing, planning, developing, and delivering services to the University.
  • Provide analytical support for critical questions involving potential growth of the campus (i.e., the impact of growth on necessary facilities).
  • Utilize expertise and data to support decisions regarding allocation of space, facility management, program planning and other needs.
  • Develop and manage operating and capital budgets; develop methods to monitor and analyze expenditures; negotiate purchases, contracts, and service agreements; ensure compliance with University finance and accounting standards.
  • Advancement of the University's diversity and inclusion efforts by developing a team culture of respect, professional growth, customer service and accountability. Serve as a strong organizational advocate for department and staff, representing their interests and needs with the campus community.
  • Support and provide leadership to campus sustainability efforts, integrating LEED and other approaches to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility.
  • Develop and implement departmental programs and initiatives including key performance metrics to assess effectiveness.
  • Develop effective working relationships with members of an increasingly diverse community, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, trustees, donors, and business partners.
  • Maintain effective relationships with professional colleagues at similar institutions to keep abreast of market developments and best-practices.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • A significant record of administrative leadership and achievement; knowledge and experience of the operations of a large service-oriented organization comprised of a diverse employee population.
  • Ability to be a positive change agentwithinWPI's distinctive university culture by identifying and implementing imaginative and entrepreneurial solutions to complex problems. Work as a strategic visionary, connecting best practice programs and initiatives to the university's mission and established goals.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to use data to guide decision-making; ability to direct and resolve ambiguous problems.
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills that foster and support a collegial, consultative, and forthright style of leadership.
  • Unquestioned integrity with a high energy level and a strong work ethic. Broad intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for fresh ideas. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse user groups, including faculty and administrative staff, trustees, students, parents and alumni and success in maintaining high levels of user/occupant satisfaction in the provision of facilities or analogous support services.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a relevant discipline.
  • A record of accomplishment in establishing a vision for facilities-management services and capital project delivery that advances the organization's mission, maximizes efficiency and return on investment, and demonstrates effective stewardship of assets.
  • At least 10 years' of progressively responsible and relevant experiences in campus planning, facilities management, development of capital programs, space management, and environmental health and safety programs and services for large high-volume/high-use education and research institutions, with at least 5 of those years in a senior leadership position.
  • Strong budget planning and management experience.
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, campus planning, architecture, construction or facilities management.
  • Certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).
  • LEED Accredited Professional.
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or disability. We are looking for individuals who value creativity, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.





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Posted: 8/11/2017
Application Due: 8/11/2018
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