Director of Campus & Capital Renewal Planning

Director of Campus & Capital Renewal Planning

Tufts University

Boston , MA   |   October 15, 2019

Tufts University is seeking an organizationally focused leader to serve as its next Director of Campus and Capital Renewal Planning (Director). The Director will be known as an objective, transparent communicator, a data-driven collaborator and advisor, and a strategic, creative, and organizationally savvy partner and influencer. The Director will be a leader of and for campus and capital renewal planning, with the vision to anticipate and respond to the challenges and opportunities of the community. The Director will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices across Tufts’ schools and to promote inclusive processes for the stewardship of physical resources. The Director will report to the Vice President for Operations, will lead an extremely strong team of 5-6 professionals and will play integral roles in Tufts’ Capital Planning Committee and Space Planning and Advisory Committee (SPACe).

Tufts University & Tufts’ Campuses

Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and provides students with a personal experience. Its particular combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty, and staff who thrive in an environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.

The core of Tufts is captured in its mission and vision statements as well as the values and priorities that will provide guidance over the coming years:

  • Mission: Tufts is a student-centered research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge. We are committed to providing transformative experiences for students and faculty in an inclusive and collaborative environment where creative scholars generate bold ideas, innovate in the face of complex challenges and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world.
  • Vision: To be an innovative university of creative scholars across a broad range of schools who have a profound impact on one another and the world.
  • Value Proposition: Creating and sustaining an environment that prepares to launch all our students into the world fully prepared to chart a course for success requires effective stewardship of our resources during a time of significant challenges in higher education.

Tufts’ history dates back to 1852, when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered “Tufts College” at the summit of Walnut Hill in Medford. Boston businessman Charles Tufts donated the land, and Hosea Ballou, a Universalist clergyman, became the first president. Shortly after the founding, Ballou remarked: “For if Tufts College is to be a source of illumination, as a beacon standing on a hill, where its light cannot be hidden, its influence will naturally work like all light; it will be diffusive.”

When the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chartered Tufts College in 1852, the original act of incorporation noted the college should promote “virtue and piety and learning in such of the languages and liberal and useful arts as shall be recommended.” The official college seal, bearing the motto Pax et Lux (Peace and Light) was adopted in 1857, and the student body picked the school colors of brown and blue in 1876. Tufts’ mascot is Jumbo the elephant, thanks to a bequest from one of the school’s founders, P.T. Barnum (of circus fame).

In 1954 “Tufts College” became “Tufts University.” Today, there are just under 5,500 undergraduates at Tufts and top-ranked graduate programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, medicine, nutrition, and international relations. Among these programs are the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the oldest graduate school of international relations in the United States, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in New England, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the only graduate school of nutrition in North America.

In total, Tufts has a footprint of 5.5 million square feet across campuses in four different municipalities: Medford/Somerville, Boston, and Grafton. Each campus has a unique landscape and a wide variety of building types that house a complex set of programs. Together the campuses serve over 11,500 students and close to 1,500 faculty.

Medford/Somerville: a suburban, New England college campus of 3.5 million square feet, 150 acres, 152 buildings. The School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the Tisch College for Civic Life with approximately 5,200 students, share the Medford/Somerville campus just north of Boston with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Boston Health Sciences: an urban campus in the Chinatown neighborhood downtown Boston of 1.3 million square feet in 8 buildings. Tufts’ Boston campus consists of four Schools and a USDA Research Center: The Tufts School of Dental Medicine; the Tufts School of Medicine; the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

Boston Fenway: 150,000 square feet in 5 leased buildings. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts, with about 400 students, is located on the Fenway campus, right next door to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Grafton: a bucolic campus of 500,000 square feet, 600 acres, 53 buildings. Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is the only veterinary school in New England. The school offers a four-year professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree programthree combined DVM/Masters of Science degree programs, and four stand-alone graduate programs.

Another “campus” of Tufts University consists of a single, nearly 1000-year-old building in Taillores, France which houses the Tufts’ University European Center.

Recently completed projects on these campuses include a new Science & Engineering Complex and Central Energy Plant, and the new 150,000 square foot multi-department academic building, the Joyce Cummings Center, is currently under construction (Medford), 30,000+ square feet of new and renovated lab space (Boston Health Sciences), and a new Equine Arena and Solar Farm servicing 40% of the campus (Grafton).

Tufts University leadership

Anthony P. Monaco, President

Anthony P. Monaco has served as the thirteenth president of Tufts University since August 1, 2011. An accomplished leader, scientist and teacher, Dr. Monaco brings to the Tufts presidency deep-rooted commitments to academic excellence, diversity, access and inclusion, a global perspective, and a keen awareness of the power of higher education to impact individuals and society.

Under President Monaco’s leadership, the university has identified strategic directions and key initiatives that will support and enhance Tufts’ longstanding commitments to innovation, collaboration, civic life and global perspectives. Major initiatives of Dr. Monaco’s tenure have included the 2016 acquisition of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and he has personally led university-wide initiatives on diversity and inclusion, sexual misconduct prevention, student mental health, and sustainable operations. Each of these efforts builds on a comprehensive assessment of how Tufts could best put its values and institutional commitments into practice.

A distinguished geneticist, Dr. Monaco’s doctoral research led to a landmark discovery: the gene responsible for X-linked Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. Before coming to Tufts, he spent two decades as a faculty member and senior academic leader at the University of Oxford.

Michael Howard, Executive Vice President

On July 1, 2019 Michael Howard became Executive Vice President of Tufts University. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Howard is responsible for all aspects of Tufts’ financial operations as well as human resources, facilities management, real estate, information technology, dining services, internal audit, risk management and public safety.

Prior to Tufts, Mr. Howard was Executive Vice President of Smith College from 2014 to 2019 and was Vice President for Finance at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2011 to 2014. Before his appointment at MIT, Mr. Howard spent 15 years in financial leadership roles at Fidelity Investments and as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

Mr. Howard holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a concentration in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Barbara Stein, Vice President for Operations

Barbara Stein is Vice President for Operations overseeing Dining, Tufts Public and Environmental Safety (TUPD and EHS), Campus Planning, Real Estate, Facilities Services, Energy Programs and Capital Program Management.

Barbara joined Tufts in 2013 as Director, Strategic Capital Programs, reporting to the Vice President for Operations and responsible for the project delivery of multiple large capital projects through management of a team of senior project managers. In just two years Barbara was promoted to Director, Capital Programs responsible for all capital projects, renewal planning, co-leading capital planning for the University on all campuses.

Before arriving at Tufts, Barbara served as Senior Project Manager at Harvard University, developing systems and standards for project delivery within the $2.4 billion House Renewal program. At GLC Development Resources she worked with local non-profits and institutions on real-estate related planning and capital projects. During years with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, Barbara managed strategic planning and oversaw the Annual Capital Repair and Improvement Program for residence halls at the nine State Colleges in Massachusetts.

Barbara graduated with a BA from Smith College and Master of Architecture from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.

The Opportunity

The Director influences and drives how space, one of Tufts’ most valuable and costly assets, plays an instrumental role in helping the university face the challenges of higher education today. The Director will provide senior leadership with information, expertise, and recommendations in the areas of campus planning, capital project development, space governance, and capital renewal planning. Leading both the long-range capital planning and deferred maintenance planning processes, the Director will connect program-related initiatives with plans for building condition improvements and energy efficiency, resulting in integrated planning across the university’s 5.5 million gross square feet of space in 215 buildings.

Campus Planning, within Tufts’ Operations Division, supports the goals of the University through the development of both near- and long-term plans that enable the strategic use of space and land.  As a service entity, Planning’s activities include: collaborating with Schools and Divisions on programming efficient solutions to requests for space; developing projects for implementation by Capital Projects Managers; supporting the development of the University’s capital plan; leading master planning processes; stewarding space governance processes; responding to inquiries about existing space use; and providing information in graphic and data format with regard to campus properties.

Tufts campuses are comprised of 8 different schools, undergraduate, graduate, and professional, located in 4 municipalities; allowing for a dynamic planning and place-making environment. The planned new MBTA Green Line Station opening on the Medford/Somerville campus in 2021 affords exciting ways to link research and teaching programs with the Boston campuses that are just beginning to be leveraged. Supporting the strategic development of new sources of revenue and capital projects is integral to the work of the Director and Department of Campus and Capital Renewal Planning.

The Director reports to the University’s Vice President for Operations. This division encompasses not only Campus and Capital Renewal Planning, but also includes peers in Capital Programs, Facilities and Engineering Services, Dining, Auxiliary Services, Public Safety, Real Estate, and related services. 

Strategic Vision

The Director will be involved in space governance and physical planning at the highest level. The Director presents to trustees and partners regularly with senior leadership. The Director:

  • Leads the development of the university capital plan, starting with the development of School and Division plans, aiding in the prioritization of the university plan;
  • Leads strategic planning initiatives and studies, using data to support;
  • Oversees the annual deferred maintenance fund of $30-40M. This includes a 5-10 year renewal planning, facility condition assessment and index tracking, qualitative input from facilities colleagues and School leadership, and integration with carbon neutral planning; and
  • Spearheads the university space inventory and facilities database and its application and/or growth as the basis for indirect cost recovery.

Campus Stewardship:

The Director provides stewardship for the master plans on all campuses and schools to support their academic missions with regard to the student experience, research, teaching, efficient operations, and diversifying revenue sources. Additionally, the Director:

  • Communicates with the School and Division leadership to enable synergies between physical planning and academic priorities;
  • Leads cross-school working groups to streamline the oversight of campus shared spaces such as classrooms, social spaces for students, and housing;
  • Oversees management of multiple planning studies;
  • Engages with the Schools and Divisions in the development of ideas for new programs, evolving departmental needs, and revenue generating opportunities;
  • Directs programming on all major new projects;
  • Communicates plans and planning goals to diverse audiences; and
  • Provides strategic stewardship of space and capital project governance processes for both long-range and short-term use; and
  • Supports sustainability initiatives and carbon neutral planning efforts.
  • Co-chairs university wide Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SPACe).

Lead a strong team and processes

This Director manages and leads a planning staff of 5-6 full-time employees, and also oversees maintenance of space and property inventory and databases, proactively using data analytics to support studies and initiatives.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be creative and collaborative with excellent communication, leadership, and   team-building skills and will have broad knowledge of planning principles, best practices, and their application in a higher education environment. The Director must be strategic, collaborative, and articulate, and must be receptive to new ideas and proactive about exploring and implementing them.  The Director must be able to represent the University effectively while interacting with peers as well as various external constituencies. Successful candidates will also have:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred;
  • 10 years of related experience, preferably in a higher education or similarly complex and decentralized environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • A transparent and open communication style; and
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills; and proficiency with Microsoft Office and planning application systems.

Tufts University has engaged Tom Phillips, Charlotte Harris, and Andy Jordan of Koya Leadership Partners to lead this search. Please submit nominations, expressions of interest, and applications, including a compelling letter of interest and resumé here.

Tufts does not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status,  genetic information,  or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.  Retaliation is also prohibited.  Tufts will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment and Rights Act, Executive Order 11246 and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination, all as amended. Tufts is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer. More detailed Tufts policies and procedures on this topic may be found in the OEO Policies and Procedures page.

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