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Vice President for Sustainability, Facilities, and Safety Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, a top-ranked public institution and one of the leading research universities in the United States, seeks an accomplished and innovative leader to serve as its inaugural Vice President for Sustainability, Facilities, and Safety.   The Vice President will lead the Office of Sustainability, Facilities & Safety (SFS), a newly-established unit that brings the facilities, sustainability, police and emergency preparedness functions together under a common reporting structure with a shared vision. 

The purpose of SFS is to help Georgia Tech become a world leader and innovator in utilizing sustainable practices to develop healthy, safe learning/working spaces of the future and to plan, construct, and operate the infrastructure and facilities that comprise the physical campus.  The inaugural role of the Vice President for SFS presents an opportunity to bridge the academic and research functions with facilities and safety to augment and leverage campus sustainability for the campus.  It is launched at an exciting time, as Georgia Tech undergoes a comprehensive strategic planning process under new leadership.  Founded in 1885, Georgia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country.  Currently ranked 4th among Most Innovative Schools and 8th among Top Public Schools by US News and World Report, the Institute provides a technologically focused education to nearly 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students in fields ranging from engineering, computing and sciences, to business, design, and liberal arts.   Georgia Tech is also one of the nation’s largest industrial and engineering research agencies.  The Institute’s beautiful 400-acre, tree-lined campus is located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance (A & F),  the Vice President for SFS collaborates with the institution’s academic and research leadership to exercise leadership in the management of the campus’s physical environment.  The Vice President has responsibility for overseeing design and construction; the operation,   maintenance, and upkeep of campus facilities and grounds; public safety and emergency management; environmental health and safety; and sustainability.  The VP for SFS will be responsible for developing and managing a department with  an annual operating budget of $32 million and approximately 700 employees.

The Vice President (VP SFS) will bring a broad vision of sustainability that integrates facilities, safety and well-being, while considering the campus and societal implications of building and space.  The successful candidate will have significant leadership and business management experience, excellent written and spoken communication skills, strategic planning knowledge, experience with program administration and budgeting, and the ability to foster key relationships.  A commitment to diversity and inclusion is a priority.  Demonstrated background in developing a sustainability program that is inclusive of people, physical spaces, and resources is required.  

In leading Georgia Tech’s newly configured department of Sustainability, Facilities and Safety, the inaugural Vice President for SFS will address a set of key opportunities and challenges. These include exercising leadership and bringing vision, direction, and a strategic view to the Office for Sustainability, Facilities, and Safety; creating a safe and secure environment for the campus community; leading campus construction efforts and ensuring that facilities operations are both cost-effective and high quality; developing the campus’ sustainability strategy; fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture within SFS;  integrating the diverse departments within SFS under one cohesive unit while building the team; and providing effective fiduciary stewardship of Institute resources.

Dan Rodas is leading this search with Gregg Glover.

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