| The division of Infrastructure, Properties and Planning (IPP) is made up of the following departments: Facilities Management; Contract Colleges Facilities; Energy and Sustainability; Transportation and Mail Services; Finance and Information Technology; Architecture and Campus Planning; Engineering and Project Administration; and Real Estate. The division's mission is to "create and steward a dynamic environment in support of the university's mission," and its vision is to "accelerate the transformation of Cornell University into a world-recognized model of excellence, innovation, and sustainability."|
The vice president for IPP leads the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of university buildings, grounds, and utilities infrastructure for the Ithaca campus. The vice president also oversees the real estate function, campus mail, and commuter, fleet, and parking services.
Under the vice president for IPP's leadership, the Department of Utilities and Energy Management operates the university's thermal energy system, which includes both the production and distribution of steam (with electric cogeneration) and chilled water. In addition, the department operates an electric substation and distribution system, potable water production and distribution system, sanitary sewerage collection systems, storm sewerage collection system, and a campus-wide energy management and building operations system. The Department of Utilities and Energy Management serves more than 300 buildings and nearly 14 million square feet on central campus, about 40% are part of the State University of New York statutory contract colleges, 2-3% are federal and private research facilities, and the balance are part of the endowed Cornell campus. These diverse utility systems coupled with the Cornell's unique status as a combined state and endowed institution add a heightened element of complexity to the operations.
As a senior member of the staff of the university's executive vice president and chief financial officer, the vice president for IPP is expected to work regularly on various campus and community committees involving administrators, faculty, students, trustees, and members of the local Ithaca community.
IPP is a values-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity.
- Provide a broad spectrum of facilities services to the Ithaca campus. These include the planning, design, construction, maintenance and care of campus buildings and grounds through effective prioritization of a complex set of initiatives.
- Lead the planning, development and operation of the university's utilities infrastructure, including electricity, steam, chilled water, and potable water. This includes developing and implementing long-range strategic plans in concert with campus needs, available resources, and policy and regulatory constraints.
- Serve on the university's Capital Funding and Priorities Committee and Provost Capital Planning Group, and act as the administration's spokesperson on the trustees' Buildings and Properties Committee.
- Oversee the Campus Sustainability Office, which works with diverse partners to catalyze a sustainable campus transformation through the implementation of forward-looking technology. In this role, the vice president for IPP is expected to be a steward for the university's Climate Action Plan, which includes a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035, and is a member of the President's Sustainable Campus Committee (PSCC) and Senior Leaders Climate Action Group.
- Oversee the university's real estate functions including strategy, consultation, acquisition, and disposition.
- Direct the division's operations and formulate process-driven, fiscally responsible budgetary recommendations based on a yearly budget of $150 to $200 million to ensure long-term durability of the university's infrastructure and the financial viability of each major functional area within the division. Deliver initiatives that balance quality with cost to deliver.
- Advise on all matters of the Cornell Tech campus development and oversee construction contracting for its campus.
- Serve in a key role in the university-wide capital planning process, with a focus on campus renewal initiatives; lead the development and management of the State University of New York's Capital Plan for the university's contract colleges.
- Lead, set clear strategic direction, and act as staff advocate for a diverse organization of roughly 1,000 employees through the establishment and maintenance of organizational goals, implementation plans, and all aspects of staff management. Promote and exemplify university and divisional professional and personal values, leading with caring, a calm demeanor, and a positive attitude. The vice president for IPP engages the leadership team by valuing input and embracing a transparent, partnership-oriented approach to leadership.
- Serve as a member of a variety of campus and local community committees. In these roles, the vice president can expect to work closely with trustees, senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and local public officials.
PRIMARY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
Success in this role involves accomplishing the following objectives over time, with initial progress demonstrated early on, and tangible, mid-term results expected to become evident within three to five years:
- Foster effective communication and collaboration within IPP while serving as a staff advocate who supports high quality, innovative programs to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce.
- Leverage technology, knowledge and process management. Introduce appropriate new approaches and techniques to build on Cornell's existing assets.
- Ensure adherence to environmental and work safety requirements. Implement strategic succession planning to ensure long-term stable leadership of IPP division.
- Develop, build support for, and execute a plan to address deferred maintenance and implement a comprehensive planned and preventive maintenance program that addresses the needs of constituencies.
- Facilitate continuing long-term planning to ensure that campus renewal meets the evolving needs of the institution and remains fully aligned with the strategic direction of the university.
- Deliver new, quality construction and renovation projects within or below budget and on schedule. Ensure university leadership and the Board is confident that Cornell has obtained the best possible solution at the lowest total lifetime cost that achieves the program-including design and aesthetic-objectives.
UNIQUE FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
In the coming years, the vice president for IPP will be presented with opportunities that will allow him/her to influence the university's strategic direction. Some of those opportunities include:
- Working with the university's new president, Martha E. Pollack and being part of the university's leadership transition.
- Overseeing the next phase of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.
- Planning the expansion of student life facilities and updating the university's Campus Master Plan.
- Facing challenges related to the university's physical plant and commitment to climate action; playing a key role in developing adaptive reuse strategies to address deferred maintenance needs while advancing the ability of aging buildings to operate sustainably and in accordance with requirements of a twenty-first century educational space.
- Leading the transformation of East Hill Plaza into a mixed use integrated extension of our campus; including creative affordable housing solutions for faculty and staff.
Associate Vice President, Energy and Sustainability
Associate Vice President, Engineering and Project Administration
Associate Vice President, Facilities Management
Senior Director and Campus Manager, Contract Colleges Facilities
Senior Director, Cornell Real Estate
Senior Director, Finance and Information Technology
Senior Director, Transportation and Mail Services
Director, IPP Human Resources
- High degree of intelligence with strong critical and strategic thinking abilities.
- Outstanding communication and presentation skills including exemplary listening skills.
- Strong business acumen to enhance divisional efficiency and ability to share specific financial data related to physical plant expenses.
- Understanding of the role of "place" and excellence in campus quality.
- Nimbleness and ability to deal with complex issues with multiple stakeholders while navigating a decentralized organization.
- Demonstrated experience serving as a staff advocate, promoting development, and supporting succession planning efforts to enhance business continuity.
- A high degree of leadership skill with a minimum of 10 years of experience in senior-level supervisory leadership, including motivating staff and encouraging creative thought and decision-making.
- Significant experience in physical plant management and substantial understanding of technical issues relating to facilities management.
- Knowledge of project management, design development and construction management, as well as utilities and transportation systems.
- Sophisticated knowledge of business processes related to facilities.
- Knowledge of climate action issues and experience developing sustainable systems.
- Demonstrated successful fiscal experience in capital planning and managing operating budgets of $100 million or more.
- A bachelor's degree engineering, business, public administration, planning, architecture or a related field is required.
- Experience in real estate and creative funding.
- An advanced degree in engineering, business, public administration, planning, architecture or a related field is highly desirable.
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University Job Title:VP Serv/ Facilities
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Pay Rate Type:Salary
Contact Name:Cyndi Morris
Number of Openings:1
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