Jim Kauppila

Chief Facilities Management Officer (CFMO)

Mr. Kauppila brings with him considerable professional experience. Jim Kauppila comes to Unity from FMC Health and Nutrition where he served as Project Manager and Site Capital manager and managed multi-million dollar projects and an annual budget of around $7m. Previously Kauppila was Facilities Manager for Naturally Potatoes in Mars Hill; Manufacturing Engineering Manager for Medical Device Technologies in Gainesville, FL; and Senior Industrial Engineer for Vanity Fair Corporation in Tampa FL.

Kauppila holds a Master of Science in Business from Husson University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida.  He has extensive experience in LEAN Manufacturing, NFPA 101 Life Safety Training, Safe Quality Foods (SQF2000) practitioner training, HAACP training, OSHA General Industry training and has completed the Basic Wastewater Treatment training course.

 

Position Summary

A new executive position, the Chief Facilities Management Officer (CFMO) leads efforts to develop and manage physical assets to ensure a sustainable, safe, inclusive and welcoming physical environment in support of the mission of Unity College. The CFMO works with senior leadership to establish strategic direction and leads execution of facilities planning, development, safety and maintenance efforts. The CFMO works with the President and senior leadership to continue to transform Unity College from a college with a strong regional presence to a leading national institutional of higher education. The CFMO will be the first among equals for functions like facilities planning and maintenance, campus beautification and landscaping, real estate management, campus cleanliness, energy and utilities, physical asset maintenance, construction and renovation, and emergency preparedness within a framework of safety and inclusion.  The successful CFMO will provide the college with grounded creativity through proven strategy, data based decision-making, and innovative thinking. Within the framework of functional leadership, the CFMO supports and is supported by other senior level leaders and works with all constituencies to realize the Unity College Mission and Strategic Plan. The CFMO reports to the President.

Essential Functions

  1. Leads campus physical infrastructure efforts at Unity College and ensures achievement of institutionally established goals.
  2. Provides support to senior leadership in efforts to integrate curricular, co-curricular, and residential components into a transformative and developmentally differentiated living and learning experience through the educational framework of sustainability science.
  3. Develops and executes an integrated physical facilities plan that advances the institution’s strategic plan and mission, supports attainment of revenue goals, fosters student satisfaction, differentiates Unity College, and increases its national exposure.
  4. Manages the design, bid, submission, and construction phases of major and minor projects on college owned properties.
  5. Leads all college physical facilities, landscaping, and grounds planning and development initiatives.
  6. Serves as a representative of Unity College in community planning meetings.
  7. Acts as campus representative at design and construction meetings and assures that the best interests of the college are monitored.
  8. Develops policies and procedures concerning the security of the college property, the safety of students and employees, and emergency preparedness.
  9. Manages strategic plan initiatives and goals as assigned.
  10. Provides informed, effective, and collaborative leadership within a model of functional leadership and shared governance.
  11. Provides supervision and managerial oversight for physical facilities and other areas as assigned.
  12. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the institution’s policies and procedures, laws, and regulations.
  13. Establishes and maintains departmental plans for each supervisory area including goals, measurable outcomes, assessment plan, budget, timeline, and benchmarks for each.
  14. Directly supervises departmental managers in related areas.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the institution’s policies and procedures, laws, and regulations.
  15. Achieves institutionally assigned goals for functional areas of administration.
  16. Establishes and maintains departmental plans for each supervisory area including goals, measurable outcomes, assessment plan, budget, timeline, and benchmarks for each.
  17. Establishes business protocols, standards, and procedures for all supervisory areas and works with Data Governance Committee and other campus groups to ensure best practices.
  18. Advocates for institutional resources to create and maintain high quality departments and programs and manages the budget for areas of oversight.
  19. Manages financial, material, and personnel resources in accordance with governance policies and in alignment with the Strategic Plan.
  20. Continually assesses and strengthens all phases of each functional area to improve processes and efficiencies.
  21. Works to maintain a campus culture of customer service and advocates for student success.
  22. Represents the college in formal and informal presentations and through networking as needed in related functions.
  23. Serves as a member of Senior Staff.
  24. May serve as staff liaison to a standing committee of the Board of Trustees at the discretion of the President.
  25. Supports institutional sustainability initiatives and values as a senior member of the college.
  26. Contributes to the college’s commitment to safety by using safe work habits, using ergonomics and proper lifting and biohazard protocol as appropriate. Assists other leaders in managing workplace safety.
  27. Assumes responsibility to maintain and upgrade professional knowledge and skills with regulations, industry trends, current practices, new developments, and applicable laws.
  28. Serves as a role model for the college’s standards of conduct.
  29. Performs other duties as assigned.

Functional Responsibility

First among equals for physical plant planning and maintenance, campus beautification and landscaping, real estate management, custodial, energy and utilities, physical asset maintenance, and construction and renovation.

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