Executive Director, Real Estate Services

Position Overview

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The California State University (CSU) system Chancellor’s Office seeks an outstanding leader to serve as its next Executive Director for Real Estate Services (ED, RES).

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Capital Planning, Design and Construction, the ED RES provides systemwide leadership through policy direction and the strategic acquisition and development of real estate on behalf of the CSU, including through the creation of strategies to take best advantage of public-private partnerships on specific development projects. The ED RES also is responsible for developing and administering policies and procedures related to real estate for the Board of Trustees, including acquisitions, disposals, long term ground leases, preparation of due diligence documents and physical development.

The California State University is the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year university, providing opportunities for upward mobility to nearly half a million students and empowering them to become leaders in the changing workforce. With 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers stretching from Humboldt to San Diego, the CSU strives to create a welcoming environment for all members of its campus communities. The Chancellor’s Office is located in Long Beach, California, and the Executive Director works in support of all 23 campuses, while supervising a team working virtually out of Long Beach.

The ED RES oversees the management of a staff of four, and regularly interacts with all levels of management, both within CSU and external to the University, on all of the 23 campuses. Significant experience reviewing and analyzing financial plans related to real estate development, advanced understanding of the decision-making processes and structure of large, complex, multi-campus educational institutions, and experience leading the development and implementation of public private development strategies will be important for this individual’s success.

The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative, and collaborative leader who understands the complexities of a large, multi-faceted public university system, and has experience managing complex projects and helping move the project from the initial campus vision to the private developer construction completion and operation. A bachelor’s degree in a relevant area and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in developing and executing real estate projects in a large complex organization is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Candidates may come from diverse industry backgrounds though experience within higher education is preferred.

The Search Profile, with additional information about the University, the opportunities for the ED RES and instructions for application, may be found above

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by April 17, 2023. The search committee will continue its work until an appointment is made.

Candidates should provide the following:

  • Letter of interest stating how their experience and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the leadership profile;
  • A curriculum vitae/resume;
  • Five professional references with email addresses and phone numbers are provided (references will not be contacted without prior permission from the applicant).

Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to: CalStateRealEstate@agbsearch.com

For additonal information, nominators and prospective applicants may contact:

Dr. Julie Staggs, Executive Search Consultantjulie.staggs@agbsearch.com / (571) 970-7895

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Plympton, Principalmargaret.plympton@agbsearch.com / (484) 554-4542

The CSU is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. As such, the Chancellor’s Office prohibits discrimination, including harassment, because of any protected status, and retaliation for complaining about such practices or participating in an investigation.

In accordance with Executive Order (EO) 1096, CSU systemwide policy prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation, based on specified grounds, or retaliation for complaining about such practices or participating in an investigation.

The CSU also has a systemwide policy on disability support and accommodation, which is stated in Executive Order (EO) 1111.