Associate or Deputy Director

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Classification:Administrative Management 3
Grade:Grade 82
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:Land Management
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Other

Position Summary:

The University Statewide Land Management Office is looking for an Associate or Deputy Director to join the team.


10Represent the University on investment property matters to the general public, state and federal agencies, developers and other land owners in Alaska and outside of the state. Investigate and resolve contamination and trespass issues on University owned investment lands. Initiate due diligence actions, environmental assessments, and monitor progress of cleanups~ of contaminated properties. Resolve trespass issues with solutions appropriate to each case, location, and situation. Engage and build on contacts, partnerships, and networks with other agencies.Essential
15Assist the director in the preparation of draft policies, procedures, regulations, and other strategic documents concerning the direction and operations of the department. Includes presentations to the public, agencies, and University administration.Essential
15Identify, evaluate, and develop University properties for residential, recreational, and commercial real property projects to provide investment positive returns: assess development opportunities with private and public entities, review and write financial proformas for real estate and partnership scenarios, draft cost benefit briefs, write scopes of work for requests for proposals (RFP''s), and covenants. Secure property rezoning and vacation requests, and agency approvals. Resolve title problems. Determine wetlands, navigable, and public waterbodies. Negotiate and manage professional services and construction contracts.Essential
15Oversee acquisition and disposal of real property interests, including fee title, leases, easements, use permits and agreements, held for educational purposes. Coordinate, communicate, and assist the campuses in the development of their land acquisition plans and matters of real property, and identify where there may be a disposition or devaluing of any Trust held ownership valuation.Essential
20Provide long-term planning for developing University Land Grant Trust Endowment properties, with emphasis on determining highest and best uses based on economic feasibility, maximizing economic benefit for positive revenue generation, and assuring proper development of the property; while, balancing sustainability of the University Trust Endowment with competing interests of the campuses, external agencies, and local communities. Analyze the value, marketability and risks associated with acquisition of remaining Trust lands, real property donations, purchases, leases, permits and easements from individuals, corporations, and state and federal government.Essential
20Supervise assigned unit(s) of professional staff, including the department business fiscal unit/area individual(s). Provide direction, guidance, and training of employees in complex transactions, real estate use conflicts, and followthrough, including management of the day to day administrative duties of the department as a customer service centered enterprise tasked with managing all Trust real properties on behalf of the Board of Regents. Perform new employee hiring, coaching, mentoring, and evaluations. Assist the Chief/Director in coordination of committees, process, timely preparation, and necessary Statewide Land Management materials for submittal to and required action(s) of University Board of Regents and their related board committee meetings. Fill in and assume the duties of the Chief/Director of the Statewide Land Management Offices in his/her absence.Essential
5Assist the director in the preparation and tracking of the annual operating and capital budget, workplans, and the department employee training and development plans. Includes regular re-assessment and modification.Essential

The Associate or Deputy Director is an independent decision maker within the general principles and guidelines of the approved Statewide Land Management Strategic Plan 2017-2030, and the mission of the UA Land Management office. Given the wide range and variety of Land Grant Trust endowment responsibility, real property related programs, projects, conflicts, and problems addressed by this department, there is no simple or standard template on which decisions can be or are made.

Unlike or more than most University departments, the Statewide Land Management Office must function with private sector creative mentality, business efficiency, cost effectiveness, nimbleness, and high productivity in order to fulfill its primary mandate; a mandate and purpose of generating income to help support and sustain the Land Grant Trust Endowment which helps to fund University programs and the UA Scholars scholarships annually. In addition, the department must provide oversight and direction concerning administration of University lands held for educational purposes that are often in conflict with generating revenue for the Trust. Land development is a high profile and often controversial activity, and as a Land Grant Institution granted its lands by act of Congress, those lands were given with the intent to be monetized.

Decisions made by this position tend to be very visible (i.e road construction, timber harvests, oil/gas/mining exploration, building construction and demolition, land use permits for land development activities) and these can affect the public image of the University and sensitivities of anti-development entities and faculty.


This is a professional senior journey level position requiring both formal education and applied experience. It requires a high degree of multidisciplinary skills and training with extensive knowledge, experience and proficiency in real property management or resource development activities for monetization purposes; investment and financial analysis; real estate principles, practice and law; real estate appraisal; title; marketing; financial analysis, management and accounting principles; land information systems; surveying; aerial photo interpretation; technical and professional writing; and, construction and contract administration, budget development, strategic planning and personnel management.

Traveling including ability to locate, assess, and evaluate property in remote locations. Ability to understand and respond effectively to the unique politics and personalities of various regional and local communities across Alaska; as well as, the transparent public processes within the University academia organization. High level of technical and professional writing skills and verbal communication skills.

Ability to juggle a diverse number of high priority sometimes competing projects and to learn new materials quickly. Ability to sort through large volumes of information to quickly determine the key issues and develop a range of solutions to complex problems. Projects require pragmatic and creative thinking to develop alternatives to resolving difficult issues with very limited assets. Ability to constantly re-evaluate processes and look for ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness. The ability and patience to interact effectively with hostile technical focused people both internally and externally who do not always agree with the University's decision on any given issue.

Required Experience

A MINIMUM of a Bachelor’s degree or licensure in land use planning, natural resources, finance, business, engineering, public administration, real estate, surveying, forestry, mining, or a related field. Training or equivalency is needed in real estate, complex contract/partnership negotiations, supervision, business administration, and project management. Must have prior supervisory experience.  A Masters degree is preferred.

Education and Training

A minimum of 10 years business related experience, knowledge, and understanding of: resource development practices, real estate law, Alaska Statutes, land title issues, surface and subsurface estate principles, financial trust principles and practices, utility & road construction standards and principals, environmental assessments, employee hiring coaching and discharges, real property appraisal techniques, laws, regulations and ordinances concerning land planning and development.  Experience must include the full range of administrative supervising, recruiting, hiring, coaching, mentoring, directing subordinates, and training.



Application Deadline: To ensure consideration, please apply by the application deadline of Tuesday, September 26, 2018.

Application Materials: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three (3) professional references.



Background Check: The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check. Probationary Period: Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat. Training Policy: It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at: Tobacco-Free Campus: UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus. For more information, please go to: Notice of Nondiscrimination: The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at


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