Associate VP-Plan, Design & Construction

Rochester, NY


The AVP of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Rochester has responsibility for overseeing the planning, development, design and construction processes for all capital projects at the University of Rochester. Collaborating with University leadership, divisions, internal stakeholders and external resources, works to achieve the University's strategic plan and campus master plan, meeting the needs of the stakeholders with long term forward thinking solutions.


  1. Reporting to the SAVP, directly responsible for the coordination of the Planning and Design, Project Delivery, Space Planning and Capital Purchasing groups. Will oversee directors, and through them project managers who are responsible for managing the portfolio of capital projects of various programs from inception to completion following standard best practices.

  2. Provides direction and leads the University of Rochester property development, including leased spaces, research, medical, and educational facilities. Collaborates with leadership and internal stakeholders to insure alignment with the strategic plan and space utilization needs of the University.

  3. The AVP will participate in the development of long-term strategic initiatives to support both the Master and Strategic Plans.

  4. Oversee the university architect and other personnel in providing assistance to campus and healthcare units in the preparation of architectural programs for all major construction projects, including meeting with designers and building users from the onset of programming to completion.

  5. In coordination with staff and University leadership the AVP will help to develop capital budget requests including cost estimates and schedules. The AVP will prepare written resolutions and presentations for Board of Trustee (BOT) approval of capital projects and may on occasion need to attend and present to the BOT.

  6. Regularly manages capital project execution within the real estate portfolio including over 12 million square feet across multiple campuses including, multiple specialized sites.

  7. In collaboration with colleagues, the position also requires that the candidate be an experienced advocate for design excellence with a demonstrable background in projects that have been cited for their contributions to place-making, enriched environments for work, learning and/or study, as well as well-crafted construction and sustainability

  8. Responsible for coordinating with all project management teams, internal project stakeholders, any external contractors to manage the successful delivery of projects. He/ She should have a proven strong background in namely project delivery, including design, construction, scheduling, financial management.

  9. Responsible for overseeing institutional development plans with the City of Rochester, the Town of Brighton and other municipalities where the University of Rochester has facilities and maintains zoning development plans.

Other duties as assigned


Bachelor's Degree in architecture, engineering, planning or a related field required; Advanced degree preferred.

A minimum of ten (10) years required (15 years preferred of experience in the management of staff as well as multiple complex construction projects, ideally in a highly complex education, research or medical environment. or equivalent combination of education and experience. Required knowledge, skills and abilities: Demonstrated successful interpersonal communication and leadership skills; Candidates must have a demonstrated working knowledge of applicable building codes and regulations; building systems (mechanical /electrical/ plumbing/ envelope); and general knowledge of LEED certification process or similar environmental design standard as well as long range capital planning. LEED AP or Construction Management Certifications preferred.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $205,245 - $328,392 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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