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Associate Vice President of Capital Facilities Planning

Company:
California Institute of the Arts
Job Location:
Valencia, California
Category:
Facilities Management

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), located in Santa Clarita, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, seeks a dynamic and collaborative Associate Vice President of Capital Facilities Planning. This prominent role provides opportunities for a savvy and well-rounded leader to pursue a strong and sustainable vision for CalArts’ world-class campus and related locations, aligned with the needs and desires of the Institute’s vibrant and diverse community.

CalArts is renowned internationally as a game-changer in the education of professional artists. Founded by Walt Disney in 1961, CalArts offers comprehensive degree programs in six schools that span the full range of the visual, performing, media, and literary arts. Admissions to CalArts are decided primarily on artistic merit and creative promise — and the success of its model is evident in the transformative cultural impact of its alumni over the past half-century. CalArts’ imaginative yet rigorous curriculum has been a pioneer in the world of arts education for decades, and the Institute continues to distinguish itself as a place that offers boundless freedom to create, unfettered by conventional expectations.

Walt Disney imagined CalArts as an all-inclusive community where artists can look outside their own métiers and collaborate with each other across conventional categories to conjure new expressions. By breaking through artificial barriers, this ongoing exchange of ideas and methods opens up fresh perspectives, sparks out-of-the-box innovation and energizes the creative community as a whole. For this reason, CalArts has always thrived on the diversity of its artists — representing not only multiple forms and styles, but also the horizon-expanding mix of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and voices.

The Associate Vice President of Capital Facilities Planning reports to the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer (SVPFA/CFO). The AVP also serves as a leader on campus and in CalArts’ broader communities for developing and implementing policy to steward the Institute forward in smart and sustainable directions centered on CalArts’ strategic priorities. The AVP is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day direction and supervision of all CalArts’ capital facilities planning needs. The scope of this work includes the management of both the project design and development and the subsequent construction activity for all major and minor capital projects, including remodel, renovation, and new construction. The position further ensures CalArts plans, designs and construction of all capital projects are functional, environmentally sustainable, appropriately scoped, well designed, and cost effective. As the operational lead in the development of a new capital facility master plan, this is the first position of its kind since the Institute’s inception, and there will be subsequent triannual progress reviews and updates to the plan once it is formed. 

The ideal candidate for the AVP position is a servant leader who is meticulous and humble. It is important for the AVP to embody a cooperative spirit in pursuit of meeting the challenges of a growing institution in an ever-changing world. CalArts takes pride and seeks to invest in the rich diversity of its faculty, staff and student body. Therefore, the AVP must deeply value the principles of constantly improving campus culture, climate and its inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) principles. The AVP will commit to meaningful IDEA outcomes in their work, including how resources are allocated, how access is imagined and defined, and the ways in which they mentor and communicate with staff and stakeholders.

Under the direction of the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, the Associate Vice President of Capital Facilities Planning is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day direction and supervision of all CalArts’ capital facilities planning needs. The scope of this work includes the management of both the project design and development and the subsequent construction activity for all major and minor capital projects, including remodel, renovation, and new construction. The position further ensures CalArts' plans, designs and construction of all capital projects are functional, environmentally sustainable, appropriately scoped, well designed, and cost effective. The position will also be the operational lead in the development of a new capital facility master plan, the first of its kind since the Institute’s inception, and subsequent triannual progress reviews and updates to the plan once it is formed. 

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile at www.wittkieffer.com and two to three samples of writing in various lengths and formats.

WittKieffer is assisting CalArts in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 1.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Kim Brettschneider and Dee Wing
CalArtsCFP@WittKieffer.com

CalArts recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its community and integral to an arts education. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

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