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Executive Director of Facilities - Facilities and Services (A1300025)

Position Deleted on 3/12/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Urbana, IL
Admin - Facilities Management
Application Due:
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email

Executive Director of Facilities

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking nominations and applications for the Executive Director of Facilities. Founded in 1867, the campus is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions and is one of the top comprehensive-research public universities in the nation. Its current student enrollment is quite diverse with a total enrollment of 42,611 composed of 31,932 undergraduates, the rest being graduate and professional students. The campus is a traditional residential campus with nearly 10,500 students living in campus facilities while others live in private housing in close proximity. The University community also includes a diverse group of 11,000 faculty and staff . The campus is located between the cities of Champaign and Urbana, in central Illinois.

The Executive Director of Facilities 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. The successful candidate will report to the Chancellor and Vice President. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the department's budget, human resource management and all other aspects of the department which include overseeing the functional areas of Utilities and Energy Services, Engineering and Campus Services, Operations and Maintenance, Capital Programs, Safety and Compliance and the department shared administrative services. Facilities is the largest administrative unit on campus with a budget of approximately $95 million, a utility budget of $92 million and a staff of 1,200. Facilities supports a physical plant of more than 13 million square feet as well as 320 main campus buildings covering 2.8 square miles.

The Executive Director shall have the ability to lead a highly professional staff and have an understanding of the unique role that the Facilities department plays in a complex and diverse university environment. The Executive Director collaborates with campus leadership in developing a long-term strategic view of the physical environment of campus, including the campus master plan. The Facilities department has a strong commitment to fostering and creating a sustainable environment. The Executive Director will play an integral part in helping the campus realize its full potential of a sustainable future through best practices, innovation and environmental stewardship. The successful candidate will need to lead with strategic vision and skill, interacting with academic, research, and labor communities both internal and external to the campus. The Executive Director is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and works closely with the Associate Chancellor for Budgets and Resource Planning on a day-to-day basis. For large capital delivery (projects with a value of $250,000 or greater), the successful candidate will report to the Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance/Deputy Comptroller of the University.

Requirements include a bachelor's degree; master's degree strongly preferred, preferably in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, planning or business administration. A minimum 10 years of experience in a large diversified and complex college, university, or comparable organization, with increasing responsibilities in facilities management. Demonstrated and excellent communication and management skills as well as a commitment to diversity in the workplace are essential.

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 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 March 8, 2013. Interviews may take place before closing date, but a final decision will not be made until after March 8, 2013. Candidates may create a profile through or submit materials directly to:

The Hollins Group Inc.

c/o University of Illinois Executive Director of Facilities Search

225 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575

Chicago, IL 60606-1274

Electronic submissions in WORD format may be sent to:

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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