Senior Vice President of Operations & Business Services

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
May 22, 2023
May 31, 2023
Full Time
Senior Vice President of Operations & Business ServicesGeorge Mason University ("Mason"), Virginia's largest and most diverse public research university, seeks a seasoned and innovative finance and operations executive to serve as its next Senior Vice President of Operations & Business Services (SVP). Located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and known for its entrepreneurial spirit and rapid emergence, Mason is one of the most remarkable success stories in the past half-century of American higher education. The Senior Vice President reports to the Executive Vice President and is responsible for managing the University's business and operations. The SVP oversees the operational execution of the vision and mission of the university, while ensuring stability, security, and efficiency in alignment with the University's strategic priorities. Responsibilities:The SVP oversees the key business operations of the university, including facilities, campus operations, capital strategy and planning, IT services, and auxiliary operations, providing management and strategic oversight to these departments to ensure service delivery in a manner that meets the diverse needs of Mason's many constituents. Additional operations housed in these units include sustainability, EagleBank Arena, Child Development Center, and other operations.Working closely with the EVP, as well as key partners and stakeholders across the university, this position is responsible for overseeing the whole of the operational ecosystem to ensure smooth coordination and interoperability, while also understanding of the functional details.The SVP will lead transformational change in how these services and operations are delivered to meet the evolving needs of a growing university, facilitating necessary strategic investments, and prioritizing operational efficiency.The SVP will guide initiatives to improve and modernize systems and infrastructure, some of which have seen underinvestment and long-deferred maintenance, to best serve the needs of the university.This position will oversee the activation of new assets and management of capital projects, such as the Fuse building, and ensure that the necessary operational and financial framework is in place to intake and foster vibrant and fully-integrated additions to the Mason ecosystem.The SVP will provide strategic leadership and planning to ensure future-compatibility of Mason operations, ensuring they are well-positioned to meet future needs as well as current ones.The SVP will have ownership of key university priorities, such as sustainability, serving as a champion while ensuring alignment with university priorities.Provides strategic management and guidance to oversee key Mason contractors and external service providers under the SVP span of control.Qualifications:The SVP will possess:Technical expertise and broad managerial experience combined with a collegial style that will engender trust and foster collaboration across the university;Significant experience overseeing operational functions within higher education, state government, or an organization of significant size and complexity;Well-developed interpersonal skills;Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a wide record of integrity;Diplomatic communication skills, tact in interactions with others, and keen political acumen;Significant operational experience with a major research university is preferred, as well as previous successful experience in strategic leadership including working with governing boards;An understanding of a complex academic or operational environment; willingness to embrace an inclusive, entrepreneurial, and innovative culture and governance structure; andAdvance academic credentials (MBA or other) highly desirable; however, an extraordinary business or government career profile will be considered.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Mason is assisted in this search by Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm. Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must electronically submit a resume and cover letter. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Confidential electronic inquiries concerning this search should be directed to Isaacson Miller.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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