Associate Vice President - Associate Vice President for Facilities and Grounds - 517975
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 517975
The University of Alabama is looking for a seasoned professional with experience and leadership in a high-functioning facilities management environment to serve as the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Grounds. The AVP will come to Alabama at a time of continued university growth and sustained commitment to outstanding facilities and grounds to support the student, faculty, and staff experience.
UA is located in the city of Tuscaloosa and is one of the nation’s premier public universities offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 200 fields of study. UA’s more than 1,400 acres of tree-lined pathways and state-of-the-art facilities are a source of inspiration for students, faculty, and staff. UA is one of the nation’s fastest-growing flagship universities. UA currently enrolls more than 38,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and attracts more than half of its students from out of state. The University is a leader among public universities nationwide in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars with more than 1,000 currently on campus. UA recently achieved Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (formerly R1) status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UA was recognized in 2020 by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, the only institution of higher education in the state of Alabama to receive the honor. Faculty members work closely with students, and many involve students at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels in basic and applied research.
The Department of Facilities and Grounds contributes to the mission and vision of The University of Alabama by providing outstanding facilities and grounds in support of an exemplary student experience, and faculty and staff success. The Facilities and Grounds mission is to help the University flourish through exceptional services, administrative leadership, and operational efficiency by professionally maintaining a world-class campus environment by delivering the highest quality service to the university community. The department has achieved distinction as a six-time Tree Campus USA Award Winner, a ranking of #1 in the nation for the Most Beautiful Campus among State Universities (Travel & Leisure and Sightlines), and the #1 Grounds, Maintenance, Custodial Services, Energy Management departments among peers, and top 100 universities in the nation (Sightlines).
The new AVP will build on this tradition of excellence and lead the team to achieve new heights.
The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, architecture, or management and at least 15 years of significant experience in comprehensive facilities management in an institutional setting, of which at least five years should be in a leadership role for a facilities management organization, or a major component of one. Essential qualifications also include a thorough knowledge of facilities planning; facilities maintenance management; utilities operation and management; personnel management and training; and financial management; excellent leadership, administrative and supervisory skills and experience; and excellent written and oral communication skills and experience, including public speaking and presentations.
An advanced degree in engineering, architecture, management, or finance and registration as a professional engineer is desirable.
Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.
It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.
With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement:
Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more. "EEO is the Law" https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
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