The Assistant Vice President, Planning Design & Construction provides strategic leadership, coordination, and administrative oversight to facilities planning and design & construction and the development of long-term strategies to meet the needs of the University. As a member of multiple executive committees, the AVP will work closely with senior leadership and members of the Brown Corporatio
n to provide strategic direction to all projects and planning efforts. The AVP will supervise three direct reports and indirectly support additional staff of 25 employees. This group plans and delivers approximately 130 project annually, including over $10 million per year on Renewal and functional renovations and approximately $500 million in multi-year capital projects.
The AVP will oversee all Planning, Design & Construction activities to ensure that department and university needs are met.
S/he will develop and define the infrastructure of the department; determine areas of potential cost reductions, program improvements, and policy change; evaluate initiatives for strategic impact and/or expected outcomes; establish and implement departmental policies, goals, objectives, and procedures, conferring with university officials and departmental staff members as necessary; develop, assign, and develop comprehensive plans, processes and programs to continuously improve the organization; align resources, delegate authority, and set milestones; and develop and train staff as needed and track progress of projects.
The AVP works closely with the VP, the AVP for Facilities Operations, and other senior level staff both in the department and within the University to provide strategic direction to the group for which she/he is responsible. The AVP is responsible for the progress and quality of all construction projects. The AVP will oversee and coordinate all activities associated with project planning, design, and construction, and oversee the processesresponsible for managing, supervising, and contracting with consultants, contractors, and vendors associated with all construction, renovation and repair projects at the University. The AVP is also responsible for the development, implementation and direction of a planned project selection and cost estimating for both short and long term facility maintenance needs, including space planning, deferred maintenance, facility renewal, and facility condition inspection programs.
The AVP will ensure that all legal and departmental standards are met; develop and maintain relationships with all the City and State Agencies, regulatory and enforcement offices, other committees and boards responsible for the permitting, and a variety of local community groups; and oversee the process of negotiating with, selecting, and maintaining relationships with appropriate vendors and outside contractors.
The AVP will develop and monitor metrics to assure the organization is operating efficiently and effectively serving client and departmental needs.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, or a related field (Master’s degreepreferred). Licensed architect in the State of Rhode Island. 15 years of progressively responsible management experience.
Considerable knowledge of budget practices, employee management, and working with vendor contracts and services. Must have knowledge of applicable Building and Fire Codes. Complex, institutional experiencerequired.