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Ast Vice Pres Real Estate and Capital Planning

Michigan State University
East Lansing
Closing date
Jul 8, 2021
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Job Details

Job no: 713181
Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: Infrastructure Planning And Facilities
Department: Ipf Administration 10072654
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Engineers/Architects, Financial/Accounting, Operations Services, Executive Management, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Ast Vice Pres Real Estate and Capital Planning

Position Summary

The Assistant Vice President Real Estate and Capital Planning will provide leadership and strategic vision to approximately 75 support and professional staff (which includes temporaries, on-calls and students). This position is responsible for implementation of an integrated planning model that responds to “cradle to grave” acquisition, planning, design, construction and disposal of capital assets. This position is responsible for shaping the unit to reinforce collaboration, accountability, and responsibility. This position will be responsible for managing the University’s capital projects from planning, project inception and design phases through construction and closeout, as well as developing and growing its new Real Estate office and functions. This position also promotes an environment that recognizes and supports diversity, creates a climate that values and recognizes initiative, innovation, service excellence, continual learning, stewardship, and the achievement of results. The position oversees the offices of Campus Master Planning; Planning, Design and Construction; Capital Renewal; and Real Estate, Leasing and Property Management. Through this oversight, the AVP administers the continuum of university capital planning that spans strategic real estate acquisitions and asset management, to leasing and occupancy planning, design and construction, and alternative delivery models inclusive of public private partnerships.

The successful leader:

  • Demonstrates strengths in strategy and leadership across a variety of teams and functions; promotes and monitors operational excellence; builds consensus and fosters effective teams.
  • Establishes strategic direction and sets priorities to develop and grow the new Real Estate Office, building upon the existing leasing and capital acquisition/disposition activities and integrating these into a complete asset management portfolio that spans campus locations statewide; creates and assesses decision variables and KPIs to monitor performance and support strategic approaches to project delivery and real property management.
  • Develops, directs, and serves as a centralized point of contact to lead, evaluate and manage alternative delivery models for strategic capital projects, such as but not limited to, public private partnerships.
  • Collaborates with and seeks relevant guidance from campus stakeholders, cultivating a high level of trust and collaboration.
  • Aligns and elevates the continuum of campus master planning and capital planning from inception to completion, connecting capital asset management seamlessly to both emerging and long-range university needs and strategic endeavors.
  • Partners closely with the provost’s office and annual academic planning in order to nurture a continuous planning and innovation cycle that tightly connects to the academic program.
  • Ensures a culture that practices and enables a diverse and inclusive environment, building a participative team climate that assumes a proactive stance and seeks innovation solutions, enhancing partnership with university stakeholders (on campus and across the state), delivering outstanding service and creating value for users.
  • Sets a tone of fiscal diligence, advancing sound fiscal management and employing effective strategies that balance mission with cost effectiveness, innovative solutions, and high-level service and quality.
  • Promotes and ensures compliance with university policies, procedures and ordinances, state and federal laws.
  • Establishes and builds trusting relationships with customers and campus and community partners.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Engineering, Planning, Construction, Real Estate, Architecture and/or related field

Desired Degree

Masters -Engineering, Planning, Construction, Real Estate, Architecture and/or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Planning, Construction, Real Estate, Architecture and/or related field or equivalent education/experience.
  • 10+ years of progressively challenging professional experience leading large and complex teams with a history of demonstrated leadership aptitude; ability to coordinate activities of multifaceted operations that provide support and services to a diverse constituency in a customer service centered manner.
  • Experience in largescale procurement and vendor management, large contract negotiation, creation of construction and maintenance metrics, risk assessment, public/private partnerships, strategic planning, and capital financing.
  • Experience with multi viewpoints and gathering relevant information through a variety of methods (i.e., surveys, focus groups, industry best practices, benchmarking) in order to provide recommended action and to build consensus.
  • Experience implementing strategic frameworks, mission, vision, values and action plans.
  • Experience leading within a complex, interdisciplinary, union environment that deploys business intelligence tools for reporting, queries, and analysis.
Desired Qualifications
  • Licensure as a professional engineer, architect or Landscape Architect.
  • Master’s degree and/or professional certification such as, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED/LEED-AP) certification, or Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).
  • Experience in developing and implementing alternative delivery models such as public private partnerships.
  • Real Estate License, broker license or experience in real estate development

  • Knowledge of Environmental Health & Safety regulations.

  • Experience in a higher educational setting.

  • Substantial experience in motivating, directing, and second level management; experience leading in a unionized environment and human resources policies; highly skilled in change management

Required Application Materials

Applicants will be required to submit CV and Cover Letter

Department Statement

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) plans, builds and maintains the physical environment for the university’s education, research and outreach missions. The unit is comprised of numerous professionals who specialize in their areas of expertise, guaranteeing the best care and stewardship of MSU’s campus. As a unit, its collective vision is to be the most high-performing, innovative, leading-edge facilities organization in the nation.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jun 16, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 8, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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