Associate Vice President, Capital Projects

New Jersey, United States
13 Jan 2021
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13 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Office of Capital Projects
Category   Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


Reporting to the Vice President for Facilities, the Associate Vice President, Capital Projects  (AVP) will be responsible for managing the University’s capital projects from project inception and design phases through commissioning and closeout, as well as, directing its real estate activities. As Princeton embarks on a major multi-year capital program, the AVP will establish a strategic and integrated approach to developing the University’s facilities and will thereby strengthen its management of the physical resources it leverages to advance the academic mission.

The AVP is also responsible for directing Princeton’s real-estate development activities, including leading strategic planning efforts and oversight of acquisition, sale, and leasing of all Princeton's real property assets. This includes management, construction, and financing of all real-estate projects and collaborations with private development partners. The AVP leads a staff of 60 professionals with a wide range of skills.


  • Provides leadership and direction to the Office of Capital Projects, ensuring that the staff delivers innovative stewardship of University assets and maximizing cooperation among project stakeholders, design teams, builders, and developers from the inception of projects through the programing phase to construction completion and turnover to building occupants.
  • Works collaboratively with the University Architect, Sustainability, Engineering, Utilities and Operations groups serving as the functional lead for all capital project management and all campus development activities and ensures that planning and design standards sustain the campus’s aesthetic features while promoting efficient use and sustainability. 
  • Directs Princeton’s real-estate development activities and deepens Princeton’s expertise in partnerships with real-estate development firms as appropriate.
  • Leads the planning and execution of large-scale projects for the University. Additionally, the AVP supervises RFPs, contracts, proposals for goods and services, and the management of service providers and vendors.
  • Plays a leadership role in the development of capital projects delivery by designing and managing processes to align internal and external project participants and by leading a high-performing professional.
  • Serves as a resource for capital project delivery, the AVP collaborates with senior leadership to support Princeton’s mission and will cultivate working relationships with local, county, state, and federal agencies.
  • Completes the implementation of a new project-management software system and ensure that the new system improves project planning, delivery, and reporting.
  • Develops a “center of excellence” approach to project management that, by sharing expertise, methods, tools, and resources, will enhance the capabilities of other Princeton units that may continue to deliver some of their own projects.
  • Enhances the collaboration with the Office of the University Architect in strengthening the early stages of the project life cycle.
  • Supports the Vice President of Facilities in his role as secretary to the Board of Trustees Committee on Grounds and Buildings and in his work with the Facilities Planning Group—chaired by the Provost, this committee reviews capital projects and advances approved projects for consideration by the Board.

This search is being managed by Helbling & Associates. All nominations, inquiries, and applications can be directed to Jim Lord, Executive Director, (724) 935-7500 ext. 109, Electronic submission of credentials is strongly encouraged.


Essential Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in architecture, engineering, planning, real estate, finance, or related field.
  • Current professional license or certification as an architect, engineer, planner, or real estate professional.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience including planning and design management, and implementation of multi-year capital programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the programming and design of large, complex facilities projects.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in using physical design to successfully promote collaboration.
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of facility operation problems, preferably in a university or research environment.
  • Able to interact effectively with departmental staff as well as campus and enterprise-wide stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, implementing sustainability principles and practices.
  • Excellent collaboration skills and ability to provide effective communication within and outside of the department.
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with stakeholders and negotiate with the University’s best interest in mind.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion and a track record of creating a welcoming professional environment.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment is essential

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in higher education, construction, or real estate development.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership of real estate organizations, contract law, and finance.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.