A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) is the largest college in one of the nation’s premier public research universities, the University of Michigan. LSA celebrates its role as a leader in Michigan’s history and is deeply committed to diversity. Offering more than 100 degree programs in over 75 academic units/departments, LSA is housed in 27 buildings spread across central campus along with 3 outlying camps.
The Director of Facilities and Operations is responsible for the leadership of LSA Facilities and Operations (LSA FO), covering of roughly 2,000,000 square feet of building area. LSA FO supports departmental operations across campus;
oversight of all LSA renovations, including capital projects, lab renovations, interior design and other miscellaneous construction efforts in LSA facilities
partnership with central service providers, such as building maintenance, custodial services, grounds, public safety, etc.
oversight and start-up of core research facilities serving the university community
management of the colleges utilities budget, and relate sustainability / conservation efforts
input to college’s strategic priorities as it relates to capital & space planning efforts
coordination of emergency management activities
rental space procurement & operations
oversight of the college moving and support services team
The Director of LSA FO is responsible for a $2M operating budget and small to medium capital renovation projects totalling $10M+/year, leading up to facility expansion and/or new building projects based on need. This position also provides leadership to a cross functional team of 28 staff members. Staff includes: capital project managers, facilities coordinators, building managers, movers, and administrative & financial support support staff. The role requires attention to customer service and maintaining positive relationships across LSA and beyond. The director will routinely engage leaders across the university to identify ways to improve service and contain costs.
Successful candidates for the Director of Facilities and Operations role will also possess strong leadership skills, including the ability to:
Lead a large organization in meeting expectations for exemplary customer service; focus efforts on fulfilling customer expectations by seeking insight into customer needs.
Convert vision and strategy into action and align operations with college objectives.
Foster a positive environment that promotes employee engagement and recognizes staff contributions.
Demonstrate and encourage a healthy balance of work and personal life.
Champion the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A bachelor’s degree or combination of education and work experience.
Ten or more years of progressive responsibilities, including managerial responsibilities of a large department, preferably in large decentralized environments of comparable size and complexity.
Demonstrated experience in initiating and managing change in a large and complex organization.
Experience working with many units with a diversity of needs and interests in a decentralized, complex organization.Demonstrated ability to lead strategic and innovative initiatives.
Proven management over diverse groups of 10+ employees
Candidates should also have demonstrated competency in the long term creative leadership of a highly functioning team.
Demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of employee relations.
Knowledge of and experience in dealing with challenges facing public higher education is preferred. Experience in the higher education/research (academic or university) environment is a plus.
Five or more years experience in managing highly technical operations, including, but not limited to: construction management, including both capital and renovation projects; space and master planning; core/recharge facility management; technical service providers (architectural services; maintenance, custodial, etc.)
Highly qualified candidates will also possess a Master’s degree or higher. In addition, a demonstrated ability to meet assigned operational goals including financial stewardship and organizational performance in highly technical fields/operations.
Experience in emergency management and crisis response is also considered a plus
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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