Tufts University is seeking an organizationally focused leader to serve as its next Director of Campus and Capital Renewal Planning (Director). The Director will be known as an objective, transparent communicator, a data-driven collaborator and advisor, and a strategic, creative, and organizationally savvy partner and influencer. The Director will be a leader of and for campus and capital renewal planning, with the vision to anticipate and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the community. The Director will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices across Tufts’ schools and to promote inclusive processes for the stewardship of physical resources. The Director will report to the Vice President for Operations, will lead an extremely strong team of 5-6 professionals and will play integral roles in Tufts’ Capital Planning Committee and Space Planning and Advisory Committee (SPACe).
The Director influences and drives how space, one of Tufts’ most valuable and costly assets, plays an instrumental role in helping the university face the challenges of higher education today. The Director will provide senior leadership with information, expertise, and recommendations in the areas of campus planning, capital project development, space governance, and capital renewal planning. Leading both the long-range capital planning and deferred maintenance planning processes, the Director will connect program-related initiatives with plans for building condition improvements and energy efficiency, resulting in integrated planning across the university’s 5.5 million gross square feet of space in 215 buildings.
Campus Planning, within Tufts’ Operations Division, supports the goals of the University through the development of both near- and long-term plans that enable the strategic use of space and land. As a service entity, Planning’s activities include: collaborating with Schools and Divisions on programming efficient solutions to requests for space; developing projects for implementation by Capital Projects Managers; supporting the development of the University’s capital plan; leading master planning processes; stewarding space governance processes; responding to inquiries about existing space use; and providing information in graphic and data format with regard to campus properties.
Tufts campuses are comprised of 8 different schools, undergraduate, graduate, and professional, located in 4 municipalities; allowing for a dynamic planning and place-making environment. The planned new MBTA Green Line Station opening on the Medford/Somerville campus in 2021 affords exciting ways to link research and teaching programs with the Boston campuses that are just beginning to be leveraged. Supporting the strategic development of new sources of revenue and capital projects is integral to the work of the Director and Department of Campus and Capital Renewal Planning.
The successful candidate will be creative and collaborative with excellent communication, leadership, and team-building skills and will have broad knowledge of planning principles, best practices, and their application in a higher education environment. The Director must be strategic, collaborative, and articulate, and must be receptive to new ideas and proactive about exploring and implementing them. The Director must be able to represent the University effectively while interacting with peers as well as various external constituencies. Successful candidates will also have:
Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree. A master's degree in a related field is preferred;
10 years of related experience, preferably in a higher education or similarly complex and decentralized environment;
Excellent interpersonal skills;
Excellent written communication skills;
A transparent and open communication style; and
Excellent administrative and organizational skills; and proficiency with Microsoft Office and planning application systems.
Tufts University has engaged Tom Phillips, Charlotte Harris and Andy Jordan of Koya Leadership Partners to lead this search. Please submit nominations, expressions of interest, and applications, including a compelling letter of interest and resumé here.
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