Geisinger Health (Geisinger) has its beginnings in 1915 in the small community of Danville, located in central Pennsylvania along the northern branch of the Susquehanna River. Unlike most healthcare systems, which evolved with a hospital focus, Geisinger’s history and tradition is that of a physician-led and physician-driven healthcare organization. Today, Geisinger Health is regarded as a national model of healthcare delivery centered on an advanced multispecialty group practice. Geisinger’s strategy of integrating physicians and hospitals has expanded to include the management of health and the financing of healthcare services through its wholly controlled health insurance company, the Geisinger Health Plan.
Geisinger operates 10 hospitals as well as a number of smaller clinical care facilities and pharmacies. The health system serves over three million patients with a primary geographical coverage area that includes 45 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, Geisinger conducts medical research and operates Geisinger College of Health Sciences. The organization also has a charitable arm, the Geisinger Foundation.
The Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations will provide enterprise-wide strategic leadership, coordination and oversight of the operation and maintenance of Geisinger facilities, in support of key growth strategies, and will invest in enhancing infrastructure capabilities while driving key sustainability initiatives for the system. Collaborating with executives and staff from across Geisinger, this individual will provide vision and leadership in developing a roadmap that minimizes Geisinger’s carbon footprint, improves energy efficiency, and reduces operating costs. Additionally, this position will build a strategic plan to ensure availability and sustainability of the skilled trade workforce into the future. Operationally, this position will be expected to successfully manage routine capital and infrastructure projects, champion internal processes to ensure efficiency, communicate frequently with all staff and leadership in Facilities and Construction, meet all regulatory and compliance standards, and maximize facility uptime.
This individual will report directly to the Vice President of Facilities Planning and Construction and will have oversight of an operating budget of $75 million, as well as a dedicated $20 million capital budget for strategic infrastructure investments. This individual will be accountable for a total staff of approximately 250, including eight direct reports. The new leader will also work collaboratively with peers who also report to the Vice President of Facilities Planning and Construction.
- A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably mechanical or electrical engineering, facilities management, or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum of ten years’ progressive experience in facilities management within a large, complex health system, university or other appropriate enterprise.
- Must live within the Geisinger core care delivery area, or within reasonable driving distance; expectation is a regular on-site presence.
- Must have expert knowledge of sustainable engineering and building automation systems, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
- Demonstrated experience in leading facilities functions within a complex, multi-site enterprise.
- Must be highly collaborative, team oriented and have the ability to navigate a complex, matrixed environment.
- Skilled in effective leadership of a dynamic team including coaching, evaluation, and team building.
- Demonstrated experience and ability in integrating large scale facilities operations understanding the various components of cost effectiveness, process, human capital and technology.
- Possess positive leadership qualities and the ability to motivate people, work cooperatively, solve technical problems, make decisions, and effectively manage personnel and financial resources.
- Comprehensive knowledge of facility operations including design and construction, maintenance, repair, and renovation.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of principles, practices, and procedures of regulatory codes and requirements related to facility maintenance.
- Expertise and experience with energy management systems and contemporary sustainability models and practices.
- Project management experience.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of life cycle and equipment and facilities replacement planning and schedules.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret and apply standards, regulations, policies, and procedures to apply trends, models, and best practices in facilities management within and outside of the higher education industry.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written formats to a variety of audiences using diverse communication techniques and tools to ensure the appropriate flow of complex information, collaborative efforts, and feedback.
- Must possess highly developed interpersonal skills, diplomacy and sensitivity, and the ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion in establishing, building, and maintaining effective working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, and other stakeholders.