Northern Arizona University — Vice President for Capital Planning and Campus Operations

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks an innovative and transformative leader to serve in the newly created role of Vice President for Capital Planning and Campus Operations. The new Vice President will be a key member of the President’s senior leadership team, working closely and collaboratively with the President and other university and community leaders, to advance the institution’s shared mission, vision and key strategic priorities.

The Vice President will be responsible for providing creative vision, leadership and management for: facilities services, capital planning, design and construction, physical plant and utilities, parking and transportation, space management, contracting and purchasing services, postal services, and police and campus safety. The division consists of nearly 300 employees with an operating budget of approximately $41 million.

NAU has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and sponsored research over the past decade. The Vice President will serve as a proactive partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, and others to advance the goals of a dynamic public university with a complex mission, consisting of undergraduate instruction, strong graduate and research programs in selected areas, and substantial distance programs across the State of Arizona and in electronic formats. The selected VP will provide the support and services necessary to promote a productive and engaged learning and workplace environment, including the prioritization of construction, space planning and other key initiatives in alignment with growth and research expansion priorities.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, imaginative, and experienced leader with a track record of progressive management success in a university or similarly complex setting; planning, resource development and project management skills; experience dealing with governing boards and municipalities; and experience managing a variety of campus operation functions. In addition, the Vice President will demonstrate the capacity to lead staff through organizational change. The incumbent will appreciate the academic mission, approach tasks with a “people” orientation, and possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

NAU has more than 4,200 faculty and staff supported by an annual budget of $550 million. NAU’s highest enrollment peaked with just over 29,000 students statewide. NAU values global engagement, diversity, civic engagement and community building. Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU’s mountain campus location covers 740 acres with 121 buildings totaling 6.6 million square feet. Estimated replacement value of its buildings is $1.99 billion. Flagstaff has a population of about 68,000, rich in cultural diversity. With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 23, 2016. Candidate materials should include a cover letter and resume submitted via email to NAUCapitalPlanning@wittkieffer.com.
General confidential inquiries and questions regarding the search may also be directed to the search consultants, Jane Courson and Ben Haden, at this designated address or by phone at 619-930-5600. To view the full leadership profile click here.

Applicants receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. Information voluntarily disclosed regarding protected status will not be considered in hiring decisions.


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