Jim McConnell

Associate Vice President of Facilities Services

Capital Project Delivery

Responsible for leading and managing financial management, human resources, strategic communications, administrative services, and special initiatives. The executive director provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the department has the proper operational controls, reporting procedures, and support systems in place to effectively support financial strength and operating efficiency.

Executive Director,
Capital Project Delivery


Provide administrative and project support to the Capital Projects Delivery team in Facilities Services. The Project Administrator reports to the Director of Project Management or the Director of Construction Management. The Project Administrator will provide support on staff and project-related activities serve as a first-line resource to vendors, administrators, faculty, staff, and other constituents in a fast-paced setting. Work in a team environment with other staff in Facilities Services and throughout the University. This position may require non-traditional work hours.

Ensures overall client satisfaction with services provided by Capital Project Delivery and other Facilities Services (FS) functional areas. The manager is responsible for driving continued improvement in communications and service delivery across projects both within and external to FS, as well as the collection and analysis of regular feedback from clients on project delivery and post-occupancy satisfaction.

Leads project management functions for new construction and renovation projects. The director works on overall policies and processes, and develops a thorough and ongoing understanding of Chicago’s construction industry and various project delivery methods to make informed strategic decisions for capital projects.

The Manager of Construction Diversity and Community Engagement leads the strategy towards embedding diversity in all aspects of design and construction projects managed by Facilities Services. They are an advocate for our M/WBE program and builds business relationships in the community and works with all project teams to ensure that qualified M/WBE businesses have maximum opportunities to compete for University contracts and subcontractor opportunities.  They also advocate that qualified candidates from the university community are considered for employment opportunities on construction projects. 

Leads and manages program and project management functions for science and research capital projects that include large and complex new construction and renovation projects on state of the art laboratories as well as major infrastructure, maintenance projects, and minor renovations. The director develops a thorough and ongoing understanding of design and construction within the research industry to make informed strategic decisions on delivery processes for capital projects.

Manages a team of project managers and assistant project managers, and directly manages selected projects. The assistant director works with the director and the executive director on overall policies and processes concerning project management. This individual develops a thorough and ongoing understanding of Chicago’s design and construction industry.

Facilities Operations

Assistant Vice President,
Facilities Services Operations


Responsible for all maintenance activities in an assigned zone and serves as the client’s main point of contact for strategic and daily facilities maintenance and operations. The zone manager performs highly skilled planned and preventative maintenance duties, and leads technician equipment training initiatives. This individual coordinates and advocates for facility needs related to assigned buildings, and ensures environmental sustainability initiatives are integrated into all operations.

Serves as deputy to the assistant vice president of Facilities Services operations. This position focuses on processes that provide efficient and effective management of corrective and preventative maintenance activities. The senior director ensures planning and scheduling processes are implemented to provide efficient deployment of resources and utilizes process-based key performance indicators to evaluate work completion, productivity, goal achievement, and customer service.

Responsible for long-term energy management programs, including strategic procurement of natural gas and electricity, energy conservation efforts, renewable energy portfolio, master planning, sustainability, and strategic initiatives. Additional responsibilities include monitoring centralized building automation systems, oversight of the building commissioning process, budget management, and adherence to all safety rules and regulations.

Responsible for all maintenance activities in an assigned zone and serves as the client’s main point of contact for strategic and daily facilities maintenance and operations. The zone manager performs highly skilled planned and preventative maintenance duties, and leads technician equipment training initiatives. This individual coordinates and advocates for facility needs related to assigned buildings, and ensures environmental sustainability initiatives are integrated into all operations.

Manage and operate the Residential Properties portfolio providing faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student housing in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods. Provide organizational, fiscal, and strategic direction for the team of property managers, leasing professionals, on-site janitors, building engineers and contracted support personnel responsible for all aspects of leasing, building management and customer relations. Implement and document best leasing and management practices.

Responsible for the performance of all department trades and operations functions including; electrical, carpentry, locksmiths, decorating, sheet metal, roofing, care of grounds, service crew, auto mechanical shops, façade repair projects and Faculty Exchange services. Also provide campus services through contractors with outsourced FTEs including pest control, elevator maintenance and inspection, recycling and refuse collection, and custodial services.

Finance and Business Services

Responsible for leading and managing financial management, human resources, strategic communications, administrative services, and special initiatives. The executive director provides the leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure the department has the proper operational controls, reporting procedures, and support systems in place to effectively support financial strength and operating efficiency.

Executive Director,
Finance and Business Services


Responsible for supervising accounts payable staff to ensure all department payables are processed in a timely manner and in accordance with the University’s policies. This position entails supervisory work with advanced responsibilities, coordinating the accounts payable function in relation to staff, to other departments, and to vendors.

Responsible for managing the team that prepares financial reports, variance explanations, and risk analysis for operating budgets. The manager is responsible for developing ad hoc reporting requests and monthly closing activities, and ensuring that all reports and disclosures comply with applicable governmental regulations, departmental standards, and University policies. This individual works with auditors to track audit findings, make recommendations, and facilitate adjustments.

Leads human resource and strategic planning efforts through working collaboratively with members of the department to facilitate an environment that fosters strong motivation and performance, as well as, drive strategic priorities forward. The scope of the position encompasses workforce and organizational planning, compensation, recruitment, retention, employee and labor relations, and training for departmental staff.

Responsible for managing the team that prepares financial reports, variance explanations, and risk analysis for capital budgets. The manager is responsible for developing ad hoc reporting requests and monthly closing activities, and ensuring that all reports and disclosures comply with applicable governmental regulations, departmental standards, and University policies. This individual works with auditors to track audit findings, make recommendations, and facilitate adjustments.

Campus Planning + Sustainability

Responsible for leadership, management, and oversight of long- and short-term campus design and sustainability initiatives in support of the University’s strategic goals. The assistant vice president works with the associate vice president and senior leadership team in leading the creation and maintenance of strong collaborative working relationships with customers, peer service providers, external consultants and contractors, trustees, officers of the University, and deans.

Assistant Vice President,
Campus Planning + Sustainability


Serves as a resource to the department and the University community at large. The associate director is responsible for the management of campus planning, programming, stewardship and preservation of historic resources, accessibility, and space planning. The associate director is also responsible for administering the University’s planned development ordinance.

Responsible for managing capital planning for the University, which includes creation and maintenance of a database of facility condition assessments listing deferred maintenance, capital renewal, and plant adaptation needs. The manager analyzes data for strategic planning and funding, and prepares special estimates, presentations, and reports as needed.

Serves as a high-level technical resource in business application and data management matters associated with the selection and application of automation to positively impact the organization, operating, and technology strategies. The director leads complex information technology projects and ensures the success of enterprise-level application rollouts.

Serves as a resource to the department and the University community at large. The associate director is responsible for the Botanic Garden Initiative, the design of campus landscape and grounds, planning for the care of the campus tree inventory, heritage landscape stewardship, campus lighting, outdoor signage and wayfinding, open space usage policy, and street furniture. The Associate Director proactively and collaboratively works to maintain the campus environment at the highest standard.

The Sustainability Manager will be responsible in assisting the management of University sustainability goals and associate projects; development and implementation of projects related to natural resource conservation and energy efficiency; LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and sustainable buildings; waste diversion; and partnerships with students, staff, and faculty.

Office of the Associate
Vice President

Provides high-level administrative support for the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Facilities Services. The executive assistant II serves as an administrative resource on issues related to the office of the AVP and the senior leadership team. Responsibilities include organizing and editing materials for various committees and meetings. Working collaboratively with FS staff, the executive assistant II leads, plans, and supports key community service outreach initiatives.