Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), one of the nation's leading research universities, seeks a dynamic and collaborative executive to serve as its next Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management (Vice President). This is a prominent role on the President's Cabinet and will join a senior leadership team implementing the goals and objectives of the university's new President, Eric W. Kaler, who began his tenure as CWRU's 11th President on July 1, 2021 after serving eight years as the President of the University of Minnesota. The Vice President will lead the development and construction of a new $300 million Science and Engineering Building, among other academic construction projects.
The Vice President is responsible for leadership, strategic direction and oversight of activities related to the university's physical assets, construction and renovation projects, services and campus plant operations, including utilities, grounds, maintenance and custodial services. A critical responsibility will be oversight of the capital building program (planning, design, construction and contract management) and supervising sustainability initiatives. The Vice President supports strategic real estate planning, acquisitions and development and also oversees the university’s academic and research properties of over 100 buildings (8.5 million square feet of facilities over a 267-acre University Circle campus, 14-acre Health Education Campus and 400-acre University Farm).
The ideal candidate will have experience leading facilities management teams and capital improvement projects, as well as large scale construction projects in the higher education field and/or in an academic health system. Of great desire for this role is the ability to work across a complex university setting by developing strong partnerships and communicating effectively with all organizational stakeholders, both internally and externally, including but not limited to CWRU leadership, the Board of Trustees, consulting firms and regulatory agencies. To be truly effective, the new Vice President will need to build a reputation as an approachable and engaging leader and an outcomes focused executive driven to achieve results.
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the Leadership Profile, available here. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Kim Brettschneider and Jim King at CWRUVP@wittkieffer.com.
Case Western Reserve University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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