Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), one of the nation's leading research universities, seeks a dynamic and collaborative executive to serve as its next Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management (Vice President). This is a prominent role on the President's Cabinet and will join a senior leadership team implementing the goals and objectives of the university's new President, Eric W. Kaler, who began his tenure as CWRU's 11th President on July 1, 2021 after serving eight years as the President of the University of Minnesota. The Vice President will lead the development and construction of a new buildings and the renewal of others, among other academic construction projects. 

The Vice President is responsible for leadership, strategic direction and oversight of activities related to the university's physical assets, construction and renovation projects, services and campus plant operations, including utilities, grounds, maintenance and custodial services. A critical responsibility will be oversight of the capital building program (planning, design, construction and contract management) and supervising sustainability initiatives. The Vice President supports strategic real estate planning, acquisitions and development and also oversees the university’s academic and research properties of over 100 buildings (8.5 million square feet of facilities over a 267-acre University Circle campus, 14-acre Health Education Campus and 400-acre University Farm).

The ideal candidate will have experience leading facilities management teams and capital improvement projects, as well as large scale construction projects in the higher education field and/or in an academic health system. Of great desire for this role is the ability to work across a complex university setting by developing strong partnerships and communicating effectively with all organizational stakeholders, both internally and externally, including but not limited to CWRU leadership, the Board of Trustees, consulting firms and regulatory agencies. To be truly effective, the new Vice President will need to build a reputation as an approachable and engaging leader and an outcomes focused executive driven to achieve results.

The Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management will ensure the fiscal and fiduciary well-being of the division within the broader context of the university’s mission. Responsible for developing, organizing, directing and monitoring: (a) all budgeting and financial activities of the Plant Administration of CWRU, (b) all internal control systems and (c) ERP implementation and information systems to support work order and project management to ensure accurate and timely reporting of construction projects. The Vice President serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and provides senior staff support to the CWRU Board of Trustees’ Campus Planning Committee.

Additional information about CWRU is available at Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by October 29, 2021. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Kim Brettschneider and Jim King 

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.