Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning, Design and Construction
University of California Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 4748460
University of California, Santa Cruz Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning, Design and Construction
The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), an R1 research institution, has earned worldwide distinction through its commitment to bold high impact research and creative scholarship, innovative teaching of graduate and undergraduate students, and engaged public service that benefits our communities and the world.
Since its founding in 1965, UC Santa Cruz has been on an unprecedented trajectory. From being the first in the world to assemble the DNA sequence of the human genome and make it publicly available, to marking a new era in astronomy by being the first to observe merging neutron stars, UC Santa Cruz researchers and experts have been at the forefront of major achievements that create new paradigms and effect real change.
One of only four universities that is both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a member of the Association of American Universities, UCSC is committed to social justice and environmental stewardship, values that are practiced through research, scholarship, and campus life. With 10 residential colleges, UCSC combines the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.
The campus provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience—in laboratories, art studios, and archives as well as through field research that spans the world. Its world-class facilities are in one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, a 2,000-acre redwood forest at the edge of the Monterey Bay. Recent construction has added 3 residence halls and a new academic building at Kresge College, with more building and renovation to happen over the next few years. A more ambitious project, with 3000 beds and expanded childcare services, called Student Housing West, is projected to start phase 1 in early 2024. UCSC's Long Range Development Plan includes other significant growth the AVC for PDC will have a large roll in accommodating through development of a capital planning process and implementation of capital projects.
UCSC operates under a shared governance model in which faculty, represented by the Academic Senate, primarily chart the University's educational course, while administrative leaders direct its finances, operations and organization. In practice, these domains overlap, are interdependent, and operate with a high level of consultation, trust, and mutual respect, and a tradition of collegial collaboration between administrative leaders and faculty.
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Truly distinctive in its design and beauty, UC Santa Cruz is located on over 2,000 acres of redwood forest and rolling meadows, which overlook the Monterey Bay. A mild climate and a surplus of beaches and forests combine to make the community of Santa Cruz an exceptionally enjoyable place to live and work.
Santa Cruz is located at the north end of Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, approximately 75 miles south of San Francisco. Several major highways run to Santa Cruz, and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey international airports are all nearby. This city of 62,000 people on the Pacific coast of northern California enjoys 250 days of sunshine annually.
Living in Santa Cruz offers residents an urban/suburban mix feel. The schools in Santa Cruz are highly rated, including nationally recognized public and charter high schools. Santa Cruz's healthcare also received high marks with an emphasis on preventive health and wellness options.
In Santa Cruz County, the fun only begins at the beach. With over 14 state parks, wineries, museums, farmer's markets, and outdoor activities like hiking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, canopy tours and mountain biking, there is plenty to choose from. Santa Cruz County's farmer's markets are the basis for the farm-to-table scene locally. Fresh organic produce is featured on seasonal menus at restaurants throughout the county. There are sidewalk cafés and bistros, casual eateries at the beach or on the wharf, and elegant dining options. Santa Cruz is undoubtedly the quintessential California beach town.
UCSC invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning, Design and Construction (AVC for PDC). Reporting to Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration Ed Reiskin, the AVC for PDC is one of two AVC's in the Physical Planning, Development & Operations (PPDO) unit. PPDO is comprised of the combined resources of well-established departments on campus: Physical Planning & Construction, Physical Plant, Capital Planning, and Space Management.
The AVC for PDC is a strategic leader who is responsible for the successful development and implementation of campus wide capital programs. They are responsible for leading all capital projects and directs overall management of construction, including design, budget, standardized construction, and final inspection. The AVC for PDC is also responsible for campus planning, including capital, physical and environmental plans. This position is responsible for delivering a capital program exceeding $1 billion.
The AVC for PDC identifies objectives, manages financial and human resources, and works with a high degree of autonomy. They provide oversight and guidance on strategic planning relating to expansions and new facilities. They also bring state-of-the-art knowledge to bear in leading capital program planning and implementation for the campus, optimizing resources, project delivery methods and resource allocation to best meet the campus' significant capital needs.
Through subordinate managers, this position directs large and complex critical projects that impact the campus. The position leads a highly collaborative organization with a focus on customer service, financial accountability, innovation and stewardship. The AVC for PDC is responsible for ensuring all projects achieve programmatic, functional, and financial objectives.
Essential Functions and Duties
Directs overall management of the entire construction process, including design, budgetary costing, standardized construction, and final inspection.
Serves as technical advisor and assists senior leadership on all planning and related project matters, exercising independent judgment and initiative when rendering opinions and making decisions having long-term impact on the organization.
Provides leadership expertise and engineering / architectural consulting services.
Recommends architectural and engineering planning and design procedures and standards.
Provides expertise in selection of design and construction professionals, in fee and contract negotiations, in project code compliance and regulations, in engineering and technical support, in organizational policy and procedures and in guiding project development.
Evaluates construction design and ensures adherence to the level of architectural quality and state of the art infrastructure reflecting the organization's vision.
Ensures adherence to building codes and zoning requirements.
Oversees the preparation of architectural, engineering, and cost estimates, functional studies, construction plans, specifications, and schedules.
Oversees negotiation of contracts and verifies adherence to schedules, terms, and conditions.
Campus Planning (20%)
Leads campus in developing and evaluating financing strategies and coordinating with the Office of the President, the legislature, state, county, and local agencies.
Directs the capital planning program.
Manages the capital review process for capital improvement proposals and the development of priorities for the campus capital improvement program.
Develops and coordinates annual and multi-year capital improvement plans for state and non-state projects, including short and long-range facilities and infrastructure needs and associated resource requirements.
Advocates campus needs with the Office of the President, budget officials, and all external agencies on budgetary matters.
Manages independent contracts for the preparation of capital plans.
Coordinates planning studies related to the development of the campus long-range plans.
Oversees all physical and environmental planning for the campus.
Provides guidance to subordinate managers to resolve complex issues.
Ensures the overall monitoring and success of assigned functions and for integrating these activities with other campus units.
Leads senior managers to establish organizational strategic plans and goals that work towards ensuring compliance and effective management of units.
Hires, trains, provides feedback and professional development opportunities for direct reports.
Education, Licenses and Certifications
A Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience and / or training is required
A Master's degree is preferred
A License to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning, or landscape architecture is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Expert knowledge of and experience in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design, and construction.
Ability to successfully navigate a large and complex organization with multiple decision-makers.
Expert written communication skills.
Expert verbal communication skills.
Expert interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with and cultivate trust and credibility with multiple and diverse constituencies to advance organizational objectives.
Expert skills in budgeting and cost management, to include experience with stewardship of resources.
Knowledge of and experience with a diverse set of delivery models and structures for achieving the capital needs of an organization.
Experience with economic development and facility investment to support facility development; ability to creatively address project funding and revenue generation.
Ability to develop long-range strategic plans, measurable goals and performance metrics for all unit operations.
Expert skills in leading, directing, and managing a diverse team across a broad grouping of functions and employee categories, including union-represented staff. Skills include selection, training, evaluation and providing development opportunities for growth.
Understanding, supportive, and encouraging of forward-thinking approaches to ensuring environmental sustainability and process optimization in all unit operations; flexible and responsive in the face of changing environments and emerging opportunities.
Strong track record in managing business and industry partnerships.
General understanding of purchased utilties and renewable energy.
Special Conditions of Employment
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
The selected candidate will be required to work all scheduled hours on-site.
Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
The selected candidate will be subject to the annual financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974.
The University of California has implemented a vaccination policy covering all employees. Employees, including new hires, are required to comply with any applicable policies relating to the University of California vaccine program.
University of California, Santa Cruz: ucsc.edu
University of California, Santa Cruz – PPDO website: ppc.ucsc.edu/ppdo
University of California, Santa Cruz is conducting a national search with the assistance of Helbling, a ZRG company (www.helblingsearch.com), an executive search firm specializing in the areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: UCSC Equal Employment Opportunity webpage (https://equity.ucsc.edu/eeoaa/equal-employment-opportunity/index.html).