Assistant Vice President Facilities Management and Development

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university has more than 43,000 students, including 2,300 master’s and PhD students, 3,100 faculty and staff, and nearly 155,000 alumni worldwide. Ryerson is home to Canada's largest undergraduate business school, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the country’s leading provider of university‐based adult education, the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Ryerson’s footprint is approximately 4 million square feet spread over 40 buildings, a new research building containing complex labs opening in fall 2019, a new academic podium and residence tower will be fully functional in early 2019 and an additional 400,000 square feet of leased space to meet its expanding need. With an anticipated academic start of 2022, Ryerson is also expanding into Brampton to provide much-needed university programs and space to students in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse communities in Canada. In 2018, Ryerson proudly celebrated its double anniversary of 70 years as an educational institution and 25 years as a university. It is clearly a university on the move.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Ryerson is searching for a collaborative, results oriented Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management and Development (AVP-FMD) who is a champion of sustainability to lead the FMD team of approximately 190 staff and seven directors. This multi-faceted portfolio is an exciting career opportunity for a strategic thinker with tactical strengths, as evidenced through significant, progressively senior-level experience managing facilities in a unionized environment, large capital projects and real estate matters. The AVP-FMD will provide strategic leadership and management for the portfolio, including to the areas of: physical asset management; functional planning; design, construction and project management services; facilities maintenance and operations; sustainability; real estate acquisition; management of leased portfolio, environmental health and safety in support of the academic mission and achievement of the academic plan of the University. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Administration and Operations, the AVP-FMD will establish integrated short, medium and long term plans; develop frameworks and guidelines that promote sustainability and development strategies and plans; design excellence; promote strategic private public partnerships; strengthen the University's relationship with the City of Toronto and the community and provide representation of the University's interests as it relates to the portfolio.

Candidate must hold the Professional Engineers designation (P.Eng.) and a graduate degree in Engineering, Architecture or a related field. The ideal candidate brings a successful track record in increasingly senior leadership roles and has overseen the planning and delivery of large projects, capital projects, retrofits and renovations, and has managed a large institutional facilities portfolio - on time, on budget and as planned. You also have experience implementing environmental and sustainability programs; including experience with managing energy, water and waste conservation in buildings in an urban environment, and ideally with respect to climate change management. You embody a collegial leadership style, have a passion for openness and transparency, possess high ethical standards and have an honest, open and consistent approach to working with peers, employees, staff, faculty and students.

To explore this key leadership position at Ryerson University further, please contact Jane Griffith or Sarah Adams at or submit your resume and related information in confidence online at

As an employer, Ryerson is working towards a people first culture and is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about Ryerson’s work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ryerson University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.