Associate Vice-Principal Facilities

Reporting to the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) (VPFA), the Associate Vice-Principal Facilities (AVP Facilities) is a key member of the VPFA leadership team, providing leadership and operational oversight of pan-university infrastructure assets and facilities operations in support of the academic mission and strategic priorities.

The AVP Facilities is a visionary, transformative, results-oriented leader who takes a strategic and long-range planning approach to leading and managing the university’s real estate portfolio to enable the successful delivery of consistent and efficient services aligned with university priorities. The AVP Facilities portfolio includes Campus Planning and Real Estate, Commuter Services (Parking), Custodial Support Services, Campus Grounds, Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Energy and Waste Management, and the Central Heating Plant.

Committed to Indigenization, equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism (I-EDIAA), the AVP Facilities is responsible for developing and maintaining strong communication and collaborative relationships to effectively negotiate planning and infrastructure needs with various key partners including the City of Kingston, the Queen’s Senior Leadership Team and various portfolio leads across the university. The AVP Facilities regularly presents to the Finance, Assets and Infrastructure Committee of the Board of Trustees. The AVP Facilities is committed to service excellence and continuous improvement, welcomes challenges, and thrives on making a difference.

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  • An experienced executive who can lead organizational development and change.
  • Demonstrated success in providing organization-wide leadership in a complex, multi-constituent and decentralized organization.
  • Significant previous experience in a senior management role leading facilities management, strategic planning, and large complex teams.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing a large property portfolio (acquisition, development, project management, construction management and building operations).
  • A proven track record in recruiting, developing, motivating and supporting diverse and inclusive teams and talent necessary to deliver excellent service, managing their gaps and capitalizing on their strengths.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading transformative and innovative changes.
  • Demonstrated human resources experience, in a large, unionized workforce in a highly complex and diversified environment.
  • Experience in strategic planning, policy development, financial management, risk management and relationship management.
  • Experience leading or providing oversight of large capital projects from concept through governance approvals, municipal approvals and construction completion, along with required financial monitoring.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collegial decision-making environment, yet unafraid of appropriately challenging established practices.
  • Experience as an effective influencer and champion of the importance of infrastructure (our place) in contributing to the success of the organization and its core activities.
  • University degree in architecture, engineering or business management with at least 10 years of senior leadership experience.
  • Previous work experience in a university or related environment is considered an asset.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.