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Kansas State University - Associate Vice President in the Division of Facilities and Campus Planning
Title:Kansas State University - Associate Vice President in the Division of Facilities and Campus Planning

Kansas State University

Associate Vice President in the Division of Facilities and Campus Planning


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist Kansas State University in their search for Associate Vice President in the Division of Facilities and Campus Planning.



For best consideration, please apply by 1/25/2022.


Kansas State University seeks an experienced facilities professional to serve in this critical and highly visible role. The ideal candidate is proactive with a proven background in supervision, planning, and facilities management seated in real world experience. The Associate Vice President delivers a hands-on approach to leadership, operations, and problem solving while working seamlessly with all levels of the institution including trustees, senior administration, faculty, staff, students as well as external contractors and vendors. This leader is an actively involved, outward facing, transparent communicator who engenders trust.

The Associate Vice President will provide strategic and project planning, capital prioritization and stewardship for Kansas State University’s land, building, space, and continuously changing portfolio which comprises 3 primary campuses, 183 acres, and 7.3 million gross square feet. In addition, this position provides executive leadership and oversight of the Division of Facilities including:

  • facilities management;

  • building and grounds maintenance;

  • road system maintenance;

  • energy and environmental programs;

  • mechanical, electrical and water distribution systems;

  • planning and construction management projects;

  • custodial and postal services.

The AVP ensures that the goals of the university’s strategic plan and campus master planning are supported by adequate infrastructure, appropriate capital planning, construction planning and design, and facilities operations. This position reports to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


  • Provides executive leadership and strategic vision over the management, supervision, and direction of the operational activities of the Division of Facilities with a strong emphasis on customer service, implementing policies and procedures -to increase efficiencies and cost-effective practices, improve staff productivity, and ensuring a safe, pleasant, and appropriate environment for students, employees, and guests of the university.

  • Engages the campus community to assess and improve services and reporting across all units.

  • Directly oversees a team that drives positive results in an innovative, collaborative, and high-quality manner.

  • Provide vision and leadership for campus master planning, design, and construction activities for all campuses.

  • Plans, directs, and oversees implementation of the University’s campus master plan and development and execution of all capital improvement programs to support the facility needs of the university’s academic, research, public outreach, and student life programs.

  • Serves as primary contact to the internal and external stake holders on capital planning and construction.

  • Leads the completion of the five-year capital improvement plan approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in accordance with the K-State Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plans.

  • Provides leadership and oversight of the campus deferred maintenance program in accordance with KBOR guidelines.

  • Demonstrate a solution focus working in a dynamic environment that is open to be best possible delivery of projects that work within the Board of Regents and State of Kansas guidelines.

  • Provide effective fiduciary stewardship of university resources.

  • Manages an annual operating budget of over $42M and a five-year capital plan ranging up to $300M.

  • Develops, coordinates, and leads all facilities operating and capital budget strategies, providing compliance with state and board of regent’s policies.

  • Designs, maintains, and evaluates organizational structure and operational effectiveness and implements necessary change for improvement.

  • Promotes employee development and engagement; establishes an inclusive environment that leverages the strengths and talents of all staff.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Knowledge of facility management and/or auxiliary services principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of construction rules and regulations for compliance.

  • Knowledge of RFP and bidding process, contractual terms, and conditions.

  • Knowledge of accounting/finance rules and regulations as mandated by federal and state agencies.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Ability to negotiate terms of contracts.

  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from internal or external customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten or more years of successful and progressive administrative experience in a facilities management, planning, and construction environment for large scale projects, preferably in a higher education setting

  • Master’s Degree in related area of concentration preferred.

  • Professional licensure in Architecture or Engineering.



About the University

Kansas State University educates nearly 22,000 of tomorrow’s potential leaders and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world. The university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options. The Graduate School offers 73 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and 43 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines. The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation’s best colleges and the association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated Kansas State University as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.


Commonly referred to as K-State, the university is proud of its welcoming environment and considers all K-Staters family. Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships. 


Research Opportunities

As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, Kansas State University is dedicated to research that will better their community, state, and world. The university is at the forefront of several crucial research areas, including global food systems and biosecurity. Kansas State University takes great pride in ensuring faculty members have the tools necessary to make the breakthroughs the world needs. They offer a variety of programs and funding opportunities to secure their researchers’ success. 

In part because of the university’s biosecurity research and expertise, Manhattan was chosen as the location for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which is currently under construction adjacent to campus. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Kansas State University has a long, storied history of embracing diversity and inclusion as a core component of their educational mission. As the nation’s first operational land-grant, K-State has always admitted students without regard to race, gender, or creed. Their commitment to meeting the needs and interests of a diverse student body and preparing all constituents for meaningful engagement in an ever changing, diverse world is unwavering. They believe that diversity adds value to the educational fabric of their institution and students are encouraged to capitalize on the learning opportunities that differences can create.  

To learn more information about diversity and inclusion at K-State, please visit


The Community

Situated in the heart of northeast Kansas’ scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan’s 56,000 citizens enjoy a dynamic community with shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Manhattan is affectionately known as the “Little Apple,” a nod to its East Coast namesake, but has a vibrant culture all its own. Here is just a sampling of what residents look forward to year-round:  

  •  - Shopping, dining, and socializing in Aggieville, a local entertainment district with a fun, energetic vibe. 

  •  - A vibrant, revitalized downtown area with fine dining options and local boutiques. 

  •  - The Flint Hills Discovery Center, featuring exhibits about the beautiful surrounding region. 

  •  - Beautiful outdoor life at Sunset Zoo and The Gardens at Kansas State University. 

  •  - Recreation opportunities at the Konza Prairie, Tuttle Creek State Park, Linear Park Trail and more. 

  •  - The university’s McCain Performance Series, which hosts acclaimed Broadway musicals, comedians, musicians, and other entertainers.  

  •  - Exciting Big 12 athletic events (faculty and staff are eligible for discounted tickets).

  •  - Colbert Hills Golf Course, ranked as the top public golf course in Kansas.
     - Excellent K-12 education. The local high school ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. high schools, and the district is home to several Kansas Master Teachers.


Learn more about the Manhattan community, at 



To Apply


Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES) is assisting Kansas State University. Inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated confidentially.

For best consideration, please apply by 1/25/2022.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. 

Please do not email applications. 


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. 

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially. 


Inquiries and questions: Please send to

Nominations and referrals: Please send to  

All K-State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless granted an exemption by the university) by January 4, 2022 or their first day of employment, whichever is later, pursuant to the federal executive order for federal contractors. To learn more about this requirement and potential exemptions, please visit K-State’s COVID-19 website.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. 

Background Screening Statement

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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