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Special Advisor to AVP for Strategic Initiatives

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Custodial/Facilities, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Development, the Special Advisor to the AVP will play a key role in the successful initiation, planning, implementation, and adoption of business-critical strategic and technology projects in addition to evaluating business efficiencies and best practices for FMD.

They will maintain a high level of confidentiality in performing sensitive administrative and management responsibilities associated with day to day operations of the department and the advancement of strategic initiatives for ongoing FMD strategic plan.  This position serves as an advisor to the AVP and will provide independent analysis and judgement in prioritizing situations needing attention and taking  steps  to  ensure  projects  are  moved  forward  and  tracked  for  progress  through completion. The incumbent will develop recommendations that involve sensitive and sophisticated relationships that include stakeholders, campus leaders, and city/county leaders.   

Department Summary

Facilities Management and Development (FMD), a unit within the Administration and Finance Division (AFD), is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and repair of university facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. FMD consists of five critical and interdependent support departments, including Customer & Business Services; Energy, Utilities, & Sustainability; Environmental Health & Safety; Facilities Planning & Capital Projects; and Facilities Operations. In support of the Cal Poly mission, the Facilities Management and Development department is committed to sustainability, responsible stewardship of natural resources, and promoting an inclusive culture that values individual and organizational integrity, civility, equity, and diversity.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to understand, communicate, analyze, and apply CSU personnel policies, collective bargaining agreements, state and federal laws, rules, standards, procedures and policies.
  • Demonstrated ability in taking initiative, recognizing and anticipating the needs of a department head, including making independent decisions on schedule management, communication transactions, information preparation, records management, data analysis and discretion.
  • Thorough knowledge of administrative concepts, practices, and procedures for researching, developing and _ evaluating policies, procedures and programs including data collection, evaluation, and interpretation.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high-level administrative and analytical support including analyzing, interpreting, and applying a wide range of policies, laws/regulations/codes, directives, instructions and guidelines.
  • Ability to represent the department and its interests in a professional and conscientious manner.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree and five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of project/operations management and/or high-level administrative support. A graduate degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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