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Executive Director of Facilities and Services - Facilities and Services (148690)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

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Executive Director of Facilities and Services
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of Facilities and Services. The university strongly encourages nominations of, as well as applications from, individuals traditionally underrepresented at the university.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The Executive Director of Facilities and Services has direct operational and administrative responsibility for supporting the academic mission of the campus through securing and maintaining the viability and integrity of the physical campus. Reporting to the Senior Associate Chancellor for Administration and Operations, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for the unit’s budget, human resource management, and all other aspects of its operation. Six reporting divisions include Capital Programs; Engineering and Construction Services; Operations, Maintenance, and Alterations; Safety and Compliance; Shared Administrative Services; and Utilities and Energy Services. Facilities and Services, including utility enterprise and conservation activities, is the largest administrative unit on campus with a budget of $169 million, and a staff of approximately 1,100. Facilities and Services supports a physical plant of more than 13 million net assignable square feet in 506 university district buildings covering 3.6 square miles.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to lead a diverse and highly professional team, including represented staff within 22 unions, and understand the unique role Facilities and Services plays in the complex and diverse university and broader community environments. The Executive Director collaborates with university leadership in developing a long-term strategic view of the physical environment of campus, including the campus master plan. Because the unit serves stakeholders across and beyond the university, it is essential that the Executive Director be a superior relationship builder who has personal resonance with the intellectual environment of a major research university, embodied in its faculty, staff, and students. First and foremost, an enthusiastic commitment to supporting the research, teaching, and service missions of the university is a requirement. The Executive Director must be a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, demonstrated by a successful record of implementation of and support for diversity and inclusion initiatives in workforce recruitment and retention, in vendor selection, and community engagement. Likewise, the Executive Director is expected to take a leading role in the university’s efforts to realize its ambitious goal to steward environmental resources in a sustainable manner. To accomplish the unit’s mission, the Executive Director works closely with the Vice Provost for Budget and Resource Planning on budget-related decisions. For large capital delivery (projects with a value of $250,000 or greater), the Executive Director works with the Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance/Deputy Comptroller of the University System.

Founded in 1867, the university is one of the original public land-grant institutions and is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty. Its current student enrollment, diverse in many dimensions, exceeds 51,000, with about 32,000 undergraduates and the rest being graduate and professional students. The university is a traditional residential campus with about 11,000 students living in university facilities, while others live in private housing in close proximity. The university community also includes a diverse group of about 18,000 faculty and staff. The university is located between the cities of Champaign and Urbana, in east central Illinois.

Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree strongly preferred, preferably in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, or business administration. A minimum of 10 years of experience in large, diversified, and complex college, university, or comparable organizations is required, with increasing responsibilities in the management of facilities and services; substantial college or university experience is preferred. Also required: a record of excellent communication, principled leadership, and personal integrity, as well as a history of advocacy for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

This is a full-time, twelve-month academic professional position. Salary is open and is dependent on qualifications and experience. The position is available as soon as possible after the closing date. In order to ensure full consideration, application materials (including cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references) and nominations (including the name, current position, and a brief description of qualifications and experience for the position) should be received by August 6, 2021. Interviews may take place before the closing date, but a final decision will not be made until after August 6, 2021. Candidates may create a profile through or may submit materials directly to:

Lowa Mwilambwe

Chair, Executive Director of Facilities and Services Search Committee

[email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Office of the Chancellor Category:2-Administrative Title:Executive Director of Facilities and Services - Facilities and Services (148690) Open Date:07/09/2021 Organization Name:Office of the Chancellor


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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