Western University – Associate Vice President, Facilities Management

Job Description

The Western Experience is founded on an unwavering commitment to outstanding student engagement, including a deep commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak, and Chonnocton (Neutral) peoples. The HuronWendat peoples also have a history of living in this territory.

Combining academic excellence with life-long oppor­tunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth, Western has been preparing future leaders for careers of impact in their communities since 1878. Including the affiliated university colleges, the University is home to nearly 45,000 students from more than 128 countries, and is a founding member of the U15 group of Canada’s most distinguished research universities. Never settling for the status quo, Western seeks to maximize its potential as an academic community and increase the impact of its research, teaching, and community engagement. The University’s newly released Strategic Plan, Towards Western at 150, outlines a bold, inclusive vision for Western’s future.

Reporting to the VP, Operations and Finance, the AVP, Facilities Management leads all aspects of the Facilities Management portfolio: facilities operations, facilities development and engineering, construction, sustainability, building services, administrative services, and parking. This portfolio also manages human resource functions, including relationship management with two dedicated unions, along with information technology support through embedded resources in the division. The team maintains over 10 million square feet of space in 100 buildings linked by 16 kilometres of roadways and sidewalks, and situated on 480 hectares of land. Facilities Management is responsible for planning, development, construction, operation, maintenance, and stewardship of all buildings, infrastructure, sites, and services across the campus community.

The AVP will be an engineer with substantial experience of forward-looking, sustainable facilities development and manage­ment leadership in a complex, multi-site organization. Service-oriented, with a demonstrated record of advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization, the AVP will be inspired by the educational mission and Western’s aspirational Strategic Plan. In addition to visionary strategic and operational leadership, the role requires a deep under­standing of capital planning, design, project management, facilities operations, and the wide variety of services that support a large and diverse portfolio. This is an opportunity to lead a dedicated, 450-person team in supporting Western’s growth aspirations and commitment to sustainable operations through the delivery of an ambitious capital plan targeting substantial campus facilities and infrastructure development over the next decade.

Western University acknowledges that the London area is covered by Treaty 6 (London Township), Treaty 7 (Sombra Township), and Treaty 21 (Longwoods). This land continues to be home to diverse Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) whom we recognize as contemporary stewards of the land and vital contributors to our society. By recognizing First Nations Peoples’ relationships to the land, we make explicit Indigenous Peoples’ presence and rights to self-determination.

Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Black and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. The University provides support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommoda­tion that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. Candidates requiring accommodation during the recruitment process are asked to advise the search consultants.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining the reasons for your interest in the role and describing the aspects of your experience that are relevant to the required criteria. Please include a statement describing your record of accomplishment with regard to advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization. Please visit caldwell.thriveapp.ly/job/1010 to apply online to project 220210. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; please submit applications as early as possible, and no later than March 11, 2022.