Information & Responsibilities
Facilities Development & Management Overview
CalArts’ Facilities Development & Management area has an annual operating budget of more than $6.8 million and includes a diverse workforce currently nearing 70 employees. The department is responsible for CalArts’ 60-acre main campus in Valencia, CA, which encompasses nearly 740,000 total square feet of built space and comprises 18 buildings with a replacement value exceeding $350 million.
CalArts’ built environment includes a sprawling five-level, 500,000-square-foot main building, two on-campus student residential facilities, a number of steel buildings hosting curricular and support spaces, and the utilities infrastructure to support these structures. The main building was constructed in the early 1970s and retains much of its early character, though it has undergone various renovations over the years, including an extensive renovation following the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
The Valencia campus includes numerous studios and production and performance spaces, including the Walt Disney Modular Theater, the first of its kind in the world. There is also an on-campus music pavilion known as “The Wild Beast,” a 3,200-square-foot structure built in 2009 and used as a large classroom and combined indoor-outdoor performance venue.
In addition to the main Valencia campus, CalArts operates the 26,000-square-foot Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative performance and exhibitions that is part of the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex of the Los Angeles Music Center in downtown; a small, standalone downtown LA office building 2,200 square feet in size; and a 32,000-square-foot adjacent shopping center property across the street from the main campus
The Vice President for Facilities Development & Management (VP FD&M) reports to the President and serves as a member the President’s senior leadership team. The Vice President is responsible for project design and delivery and for all activities involved in operating and maintaining CalArts’ physical environment including associated energy and utility infrastructure and grounds. In addition, the role oversees Environmental Health and Safety services and Emergency Services.
The Institute is currently positioning itself for the investments in program and facilities that will position it for the next decade. Part of this effort is a comprehensive analysis of operational support functions that have been organized under various senior roles at the Institute, including the chief facilities officer, the chief financial officer, and the chief student affairs officer. The new VP of FD&M will join this ongoing effort to align the Institute’s ancillary services – campus safety, food services, events management, mail and receiving services, and transportation – to be efficient, effective, and sustainable enablers of programmatic excellence rationally organized under the senior leaders of the Institute.
As part of this planning process, the Institute has begun a complete self-study and external review of the Institute’s Facilities & Operations departments and policies. This process included inviting seasoned peers from higher education through APPA (the Association of Physical Plant Administrators) to conduct a site visit and full review in February 2022. The final report from this effort, which will assess CalArts’ current state and will advise on current efforts to prepare for the major facilities work ahead, will likely be available in the final rounds of the VP FD&M search process.
Qualifications and Competencies
The VP FD&M will have the interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills to navigate a decentralized, mission-driven enterprise and the variety of cultures and business practices such an enterprise sustains. They will be secure personally and will be able to harness the strength of others to keep the organization focused on the Institute’s goals, objectives, and priorities. They will be a collaborative, goal-oriented leader who puts the interests of the Institute ahead of their personal advancement and who can mobilize all possible resources to get the job done.
The VP FD&M will achieve and sustain an optimal balance of robust central services and standards, center-led innovation, and local, school-led innovation, and will succeed through their subject-matter expertise, influence, business acumen, relationship skills, and results. They will be someone who partners readily on the basis of a shared understanding of institutional priorities and fiscal realities.
Finally, the VP FD&M will be an effective and dedicated manager who will drive operational excellence including investment in the ongoing professional development and growth of a high-performing, customer-centric, and results-oriented facilities management and operations organization.
Candidates will possess:
● Bachelor's degree (required; advanced degree preferred)
● A broad and current grasp of the latest developments and best practices in facilities technologies, infrastructure, and management
● A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in facilities management planning and services, including at least five (5) years in a managerial role
● Outstanding leadership ability combined with a depth of intellect, diplomatic skills, and an appreciation for human dynamics
● A track record of “leading by example,” managing and coaching staff toward successful performance
● Exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
● Excellent organizational, administrative and project management skills: a decisive, hands-on, results-oriented manager who is able to keep projects moving forward within a consistent strategic framework
● The ability to control and move forward on several priorities simultaneously and to be highly adaptable in switching priorities as required, without losing momentum
● A strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to large and small responsibilities; enduring energy plus the highest ethical and professional standards
● A self-motivated, confident style that is coupled with sensitivity and flexibility
● The ability to inspire rather than demand respect and to succeed through influence as much as through positional authority
● The ability to galvanize trust, communicate effectively, and build relationships across all Institute constituencies
● A demeanor that inspires, embodies, and supports a culture of professional excellence
● An open, approachable interpersonal style with experience building consensus among peers, subordinates, and others throughout an organization
● Readiness to promote others above self
● Respect for academic shared governance, with strong interpersonal and listening skills and the gravitas and ability to effectively communicate and establish credibility with a wide range of constituency groups ranging from faculty and staff to students, alumni, donors, trustees, and external partners
● Discretion and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive matters appropriately
● A commitment to and appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusion
● A sense of humor
How to Apply
CalArts has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Chris Stadler, Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications, and nominations should go to firstname.lastname@example.org. The search process will unfold with the greatest possible attention to candidate confidentiality.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.