The Associate Vice President (AVP) for University Services
provides vision and senior leadership for delivery of strategic
facilities-related initiatives that support the mission at Montana
State University. University Services encompasses Facility Services
(operations/maintenance, engineering and utilities), Campus
Planning, Design & Construction (capital project management, campus
space management and campus master planning), and Safety & Risk
Management (occupational safety & health, fire and life safety,
hazardous materials management, workers' compensation, insurance
and risk management).
The AVP works with a substantial level of independence on the
campus and exercises a high degree of initiative and judgment in
working with administration, academic and research units, support
services and students. The AVP is a service-oriented,
results-driven position for which accountability, collaboration,
and institutional success are paramount. The AVP will provide
strategic leadership by fostering service excellence and innovation
through organizational improvement, change and problem solving
while ensuring regulatory compliance.
Reporting to the VP for Administration and Finance, the AVP will
lead with integrity, enthusiasm, and dedication to service
excellence in a highly collaborative manner with constituencies at
all levels of the institution, including affiliated MSU campuses,
Montana Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Office of the
Commissioner of Higher Education (which oversees the Montana
University System). The AVP will demonstrate the ability to foster
productive and collaborative relationships with administrators,
faculty and staff, campus leadership groups, and other key
stakeholders, and ensure that University Services are provided in
an effective and efficient manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage and direct approximately 256 staff, $43.4 million annual
operating budget, ~$140-200 million project load and provide
direction and support for staff performing facilities-related
duties throughout the University.
Ensure that facilities operations are service-oriented,
cost-effective and high quality.
Represent the University to external constituencies including
the general public, outside organizations, governmental agencies,
elected and appointed officials, and other
Serve as a campus liaison concerning issues of infrastructure
and safety to the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County, and may
interact regularly with local and state government officials and
Create a safe environment for the campus community.
Plan for the development of the Campus' physical
Lead campus planning and construction efforts including the
long-range building plan.
In collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner for Higher
Education, the Board of Regents and senior campus leadership,
oversee development, implementation and communication of policies,
programs and processes to ensure adherence to relevant statutes,
regulations, policies, and procedures.
Develop creative problem solving strategies within the intent of
these controlling boundaries, provide options with cost/benefit
analysis, prioritize and recommend, and advise on risk of
Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge &
A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration or
Management, Architecture, Public Administration or related field,
and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and
Demonstrated and progressively responsible experience in
facilities management and comprehensive knowledge of effectively
leading a complex organization to include; development and
execution of capital project planning, personnel management, budget
and financial planning, construction management and/or management
of a facilities maintenance operation.
Demonstrated success in planning, developing and implementing
complex strategic goals and program initiatives that require the
effective management of resources over short and long time
Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining
productive relationships with a full range of internal and external
Demonstrated experience working with and engaging diverse
stakeholders such as students, faculty, staff and community
Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge &
Master's Degree in Engineering, Business Administration or
Management, Architecture, Public Administration or related
Previous experience with, and success in, one or more of the
following: large contract negotiation, public/private partnerships,
utility planning and management, strategic planning, capital
financing and/or real estate development.
Facilities management experience in a governmental, college or
Experience managing in a unionized labor environment.
The Successful Candidate Will Demonstrate the ability to
Manage a large business service delivery organization with
multiple workforces, distinct & separate responsibilities, and
management levels serving a highly varied customer base.
Successfully manage multilevel budgets to meet customer and
organizational demands versus availability of funds to meet said
demands. Develop current operational goals that can meet long term
planning objectives. Interact successfully with senior level
decision makers within a large and complex organization with
multifaceted constituency groups providing input. Develop positive
working relationships with regulatory agencies and public
constituency groups. Navigate successfully through a unionized
labor environment. Investigate, analyze, discover and propose
options for arcane issues outside your area of immediate
Show evidence of skills in
Effective oral and written communication abilities. Sound
decision making skills. Commitment to service excellence Strategic
planning techniques, tactical development & execution and
assessment Effective leadership, management and supervisory
characteristics Change management within a large multilevel
organization. Use of technology in operations and business
practices. Conflict resolution and problem solving strategies.
Effective presentation and training skills. Basic capital financing
techniques. Functionality of a public private partnership as it
relates to building construction.
Have applied knowledge of
Capital project delivery methods from project design and
development to construction completion and building occupancy and
the related owner management representation to the process.
Procurement methodologies for construction or related services
including adherence to company or regulatory policies. Value
engineering concepts as applied to capital construction projects
including cost reduction, life-cycle analysis and maintainability.
Space management and utilization concepts as applied to a large
scale multiple building campus. Techniques and approaches involving
public utility forecasting and planning. Risk assessment analysis
techniques. Public safety as it relates to a higher education
campus and its wide breadth of activities and varied customer
bases. Workplace safety to mitigate accident prevention and
accident cost reduction techniques.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This job
description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of
duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description
of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State
University's rights to assign or reassign duties and
responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual
must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or
without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed in this
description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
This position has supervisory duties? Yes