Trinity in Washington, a comprehensive university in the nation’s capital, seeks a senior executive responsible for all non-academic operations. Trinity is a fast-growing institution with 2,555 students in Fall 2011. Trinity anticipates reaching its strategic goal of 3,000 students by 2015 or earlier. A century-old Catholic institution that still maintains a thriving core women’s college of 1,000 students, Trinity today is a diversified university with three coeducational professional schools offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to the undergraduate women’s college.
Reporting to the president and working in close cooperation with the provost and chief financial officer, and other senior executives, the vice president for administration supervises the major non-academic operational departments, some of which are outsourced, including: facilities, security, dining services, bookstore, transportation services, post office and print shop, and works in close partnership with the teams responsible for technology services, human resources and auxiliary enterprises including the Trinity Center for Sports, conferences and housing. As Trinity’s plans for the construction of a new academic center mature, the administrative vice president will also have a large role in planning and coordinating the project management details of this initiative.
Specific duties of this position include:
1) monitoring the performance of all major operational contracts and working directly with the contract managers to ensure fulfillment of Trinity’s goals and contract expectations; these contracted services include facilities (Aramark), food service (Sodexho), bookstore (Barnes & Noble), security guards (Allied Barton);
2) with the Aramark facilities team, developing and overseeing the implementation of facilities plans that address Trinity’s critical needs in areas such as deferred maintenance, energy management, environmental stewardship, space utilization and ongoing upgrade projects;
3) continuous planning and analysis of the effectiveness of campus security operations, including assessment of both personnel and technology effectiveness toward establishing a continuous quality improvement environment for campus safety;
4) analysis of customer service and satisfaction for all campus services to improve results in order to improve student and staff retention and effectiveness;
5) coordinate and supervise the preparation of the annual and capital budgets, in coordination with the managers and the chief financial officer;
6) development of strategic plans and annual operating reports with measurable assessment results for each function.
Qualifications: the successful candidate will demonstrate the knowledge necessary to be an effective leader and supervisor for all of the operations in the scope of this position. The candidate must also be able to provide evidence of the ability to exercise good judgment in sometimes stressful circumstances; to work independently and take initiative while also keeping necessary colleagues fully briefed; to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; to work with the many disparate constituencies of the university, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, contractors; to manage and negotiate contracts; to supervise a broad range of personnel from those with technical skills to those with advanced management skills. The candidate should also have a sophisticated understanding of and ability to use modern technology to improve operations and communicate results. The candidate must also have outstanding interpersonal skills, the ability to coach and build teams, sensitivity and sophistication in relation to working with and providing services to a highly diverse population, a great sense of humor and high ethical standards.
Education and experience: candidates must present at least a master’s degree, preferably in a field directly relevant to this position: business, business administration, general administration, public administration, project management or other equivalent field.
Candidates must also have at least 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience in a similar position in another higher education institution or a comparable institution, e.g., a hospital or large public service organization, preferably with a residential component.
Application: a letter of intent addressing interest and qualifications for this position, along with a complete resume or c.v. and the names of at least three references familiar with the candidate’s immediately prior employment sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the
achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is
committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all
qualified individuals to apply.