Organization: Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, PA

Express Interest

Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operations:

Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, seeks an innovative and visionary leader for the position of Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operations (AVP). Reporting directly to the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and in the context of advancing Swarthmore’s focused commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, the AVP will be responsible for leading, supervising, and coordinating the planning and execution of maintenance, operations, and repair for all Swarthmore College facilities, including its buildings, grounds (which includes the Scott Arboretum), and utilities.  Working in close partnership with the Office of Sustainability, the AVP will plan and execute strategies to assure that our facilities and grounds are developed, improved, and maintained in a manner consistent with the college’s ambitious sustainability agenda.  The AVP will also provide strategic and operational leadership of the physical plant and its personnel while maintaining a strong and focused team to deliver excellent service to the campus community.

Swarthmore College:

Swarthmore College is one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning. As an undergraduate residential liberal arts college with an exceptionally talented student body of about 1,500, Swarthmore provides a vigorous, engaging intellectual environment and a vibrant, diverse community. Global in outlook and diversity, it draws students from more than 46 countries and 47 states. Founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) as one of the nation’s first coeducational colleges in 1864, Swarthmore today is nonsectarian, but still embraces many values derived from its Quaker heritage. Foremost among them are living in community, simple living, giving back to the greater good, generous giving, respect for the natural world, and the settlement of disputes in a consultative manner.

Swarthmore faculty are recognized scholars in their fields, passionately committed to their work as teachers, researchers, and mentors. Swarthmore offers students and faculty generous resources to extend their own and the world’s understanding of subjects from peace and conflict studies to plasma physics, from microbiology to Spanish, from dance to economics, from engineering to art history. The college employs 217 full-time members of the faculty and an outstanding staff of 567.  This position has five direct reports and oversees a total of 86 full-time equivalent employees.

Located 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia with easy access to an outstanding international airport and rail hub, Swarthmore’s 425-acre campus is a national arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. From its state-of-the-art, LEED-certified science center to a pair of loft-style residence halls, Swarthmore’s buildings and architecture stand as national models of curricular and co-curricular undergraduate facilities that encourage the development of community and collaborative learning. The campus includes major facilities for dance, theater, and music, as well as significant library holdings in 10 distinct collections. All classrooms have sophisticated multimedia equipment, and two large lecture halls provide a setting for conferences, lectures, and films. The college’s extensive athletic facilities include a new wellness and fitness center, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and an all-weather playing field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.

In 2017, the college completed a new academic building and a residence hall with 120 beds.  Construction of the new Biology Engineering and Psychology building commenced in the summer of 2017, with a scheduled completion date in 2020.  All of the college’s new construction projects have been designed in accordance with the guidelines of the college’s sustainability framework.  In accordance with the college’s Master Plan and recent “Visioning” study, Swarthmore anticipates a continued high volume of new and renovated facilities, along with an increasingly complex set of physical plant systems.  The college is developing plans for the renewal and replacement of its energy systems and will be making significant changes to its waste management practices in coming years.

The borough of Swarthmore is an extremely livable community with excellent schools and ready access to superb medical care and all the benefits of residing near a dynamic city and in close proximity of ample green space.

Swarthmore has significant financial resources to support its academic programs and student life. Swarthmore’s endowment is approximately $2.0 billion, the result of wise investments, careful budgeting, and successful fundraising. The strength of its endowment allows it to continue to offer an 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio, as well as one of the most robust financial aid programs in the country.  Swarthmore’s strong financial aid program is critically important to encouraging outstanding students to apply, to enroll in, and to be successful in Swarthmore’s academic program. As of June 30, 2017, Swarthmore’s endowment per student was more than $1.1 million, which ranked among the highest in the country.  Support from current and past donors enables the college to admit U.S. citizens and permanent residents without regard to their ability to pay for a Swarthmore education.

Swarthmore College offers a competitive benefits package, paid time off, and work life initiatives.  Further details can be found at: 

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Vice President for Finance and Administration:

Greg Brown joined Swarthmore College in June 2014. In his role as Vice President for Finance and Administration, he is responsible for Finance, Budgeting, Investments, Institutional Research, Office of the General Counsel, Public Safety, Facilities and Capital Planning, and Auxiliary Services.  Prior to joining Swarthmore, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Barnard College in New York City.  He has also served in a variety of financial and administrative capacities at Hebrew Union College, the University of California at Berkeley, the City of New Haven, Connecticut, and Yale University. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a M.P.A. from the University of New Haven. 

The Position:

Reporting to the Vice President of Finance and Administration, the Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operations will oversee all of Swarthmore College facilities, including its buildings, grounds (which includes the Scott Arboretum), and utilities. The AVP will work closely with other college divisions and departments to understand their facilities needs and priorities; develop positive relationships with the campus community to enhance communications and outcomes; and set a high standard for transparency to keep others informed. Working in partnership with the Executive Director of Capital Planning and Capital Projects, ensure that operations decision-making aligns with long-term capital plans and priorities, and that capital planning reflects consideration and realities of facilities operations. The AVP will also be responsible for developing and managing the budgets for all of facilities operations.

Key primary responsibilities and opportunities for the AVP include:

  • Develop short- and long-term plans for the maintenance, operations, and repair of the college facilities and grounds that balance funding availability and project scopes in support of the mission of the college;
  • In partnership with the Office of Sustainability, Information Technology Services, and the Office of Student Engagement, build upon the college’s established commitment to leadership in sustainability and environmental stewardship through institutional processes, management of facilities, and educational activities;
  • With institutional focus, like-minded colleagues, and resources already in place, play a leadership role in assessing and moving forward the college’s agenda with regard to environmental decision-making and planning, including energy conservation, carbon neutrality goals, zero waste goals, greenhouse gas emissions goals, water management, transportation management and others as jointly agreed upon; and with regard to emerging technologies and best practices related to building infrastructure in all areas of building, infrastructure, and grounds management;
  • Develop strategies and implement plans for energy efficiency: create long- and short-term energy strategies for campus buildings and infrastructure; select and implement automated building management systems; develop strategies to optimize the use of the college’s green revolving loan fund and the internal carbon charge; assess building conditions; and implement energy procurement strategies that support sustainability goals;
  • Clearly communicate goals, priorities, and plans to departmental personnel and to the campus community; partner with other institutions and thought leaders beyond the campus to further the goals and objectives of Swarthmore College;
  • Maintain good communication with neighboring property owners and be considerate of their concerns;
  • Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with students and faculty on new initiatives and existing programs, such as the President’s Sustainability Research Fellows Program, that contribute to the overall educational mission of the college;
  • Set the professional standard in respect and decency towards others while upholding compliance with the college’s and physical plant’s community values;
  • Continuously work to develop and ensure a culture of fairness, cooperation, teamwork, and inclusiveness with the staff of facilities and physical plant, the college community; value and be an advocate for inclusion and diversity;
  • Ensure that projects are completed on schedule, within budget, and are in compliance with applicable codes and regulations; make certain that plant administrative, safety, and operating procedures are current and reflect the requirements of other college offices and local, state, and federal regulations;
  • Affirm that formal and informal training programs are current, reflect the needs of the various shops and departments, are continuously updated, and provide the knowledge and skills to plant personnel; provide opportunities for advancement based on the changing skill set of plant personnel;
  • Provide a high standard of transparency in decision-making and in interactions among all stakeholders.


The Associate Vice President for Sustainable Facilities Operations will have the following experiences, capabilities, and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering or related area of study is strongly preferred; Master’s degree, professional and related certifications, including LEED accreditation, and licensures are preferred.  A minimum of ten years’ experience is required.
  • A proven record of visionary leadership in facilities management, utility management, and grounds maintenance in a complex environment;
  • A track record of accomplishments and success in achieving sustainability goals in such areas as waste management, grounds maintenance, custodial services, building maintenance, and energy procurement;
  • The ability to lead with both a decisive and consultative style, foster open communications, and proactively build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and diverse constituencies;
  • Ability to integrate best practices in building management technology, sustainability, and accessibility in a campus environment;
  • A proven leadership track record of successfully hiring, supervising, mentoring a large and highly diverse staff and a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity; a demonstrated record of encouraging the professional development of staff; and experience supervising multiple departments;
  • Brings enthusiasm for the job with a customer service approach and be willing to work within a team environment;
  • Well-organized and self-directed individual who exhibits a high level of integrity that inspires trust and confidence;
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization; and an interest and desire to work with students and faculty to gather input, to explore and create options, and to seek outcomes that focus on learning goals;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations; demonstrate outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to analyze and optimize operational systems to improve upon their effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Adept at problem solving and creating solutions;
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals and to be skilled in articulating complicated technical challenges to others including those without technical training.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter discussing their interest in the position as well as their accomplishments in relationship to the listed responsibilities and qualifications. Background checks will be performed on all final candidates.  Applications and nominations should be sent to: 

Andy Evans and Mo Lashendock
Koya Leadership Partners
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Swarthmore actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

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