The University of Kentucky (UK) is continuing to build, transform and grow its campus into a thriving, residential research campus — one poised to serve those students, scholars and staff today; one that is ready to serve the needs of the state and world tomorrow. To do this — to create the best possible environment for the UK community’s success — the institution has invested, and largely self-financed, over $2.5 billion in a campus transformation, with new residence halls and classrooms, research facilities, dining facilities and athletic venues. UK is one of only eight institutions in the country with the full complement of liberal arts, engineering, professional, agricultural and medical colleges and disciplines on one contiguous campus.
The Associate Vice President, Capital Planning, Design, and Construction is an essential position to our campus growth and transformation, and will provide administrative and leadership direction to all functional areas in support of capital planning, design, and construction project management. Direct management and collaboration with department staff will be crucial to provide all required project management services to engage stakeholders, procure services, design to codes, and complete construction within established financial, functional, operational, and scheduling goals. Significant experience with development of capital budgets, workflows, policies, procedures, organized record keeping, assessment, benchmarking and systems for the efficient allocation of resources will be key for success in the role. The AVP communicates and collaborates with various internal (e.g. University Colleges, UK HealthCare Facilities Planning and Management) and external (e.g. privately owned companies, contractors)stakeholders to define and prioritize needs in accordance with the planning, designing, and implementation of the University's strategic initiatives for both on-campus and off-campus projects. In addition, the AVP participates in the Periodic Campus Master Plan and precinct plan updates and is responsible, along with the Vice President for Facilities Management and Chief Facilities Officer, in planning and producing the biennium and 6-year capital request for University Administration.
Additional responsibilities include:
Plays an active and leading role in strategic facilities planning, space management, design standards, and ensuring compliance with required procurement and approval processes
Coordinates all aspects of the design and construction process as well as selection process for design teams and contractors
Develops, administers, and manages annual multi-million dollar University-wide capital construction program
Continuously stays up-to-date with industrial systems, design details, advance construction standards, and industry trends
Establishes Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) to be measured to ensure customer requirements are met or exceeded in accordance with established procedures and processes and holds team members accountable
Pro-actively and regularly initiates, establishes, and maintains effective client relationships with faculty, staff, students, and others to advance the University of Kentucky's strategic initiatives, mission and goals
MS Windows/Office; SAP
A minimum of ten years professional leadership experience leading teams on large, diverse and concurrent capital projects in Higher Education (or similar institutional experience) or with a private sector employer specializing in public higher education leading planning, design, and project management functions requiring project approvals from state agencies — Preferred.
Significant experience with development of capital budgets, workflows, policies, procedures, organized record keeping, assessment, benchmarking and systems for the efficient allocation of resources is required.
Driver’s License — Preferred
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering + 10 Years
Professional Engineer (P.E.) License — Preferred
Preferred Disciplines: Architecture; Planning; Engineering; Project Management; or Construction Management.
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.