Director of Land Management

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Classification:Administrative Management 4
Grade:Grade 83
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Statewide
School/Business unit:SW Land Management
Location: Anchorage, Fairbanks
Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance, Executive/Director/Management, Other

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska seeks a Director of Land Management. Land Management’s (LM) primary role is to convert the University’s grant land assets to revenue to support the University’s educational mission and to prudently manage land dedicated for educational purposes consistent with campus goals and directives. Responsibilities of this position include a wide range of complex and high priority projects including development projects, property acquisitions and disposals, leases, permits, easements, site inspections, environmental remediation, and contract management.


15Responsible for hiring, training, and supervising all staff. Coordinate schedules for managing staff. Delegate and create successful teams working on complex projects. Responsible for delegation of projects to staff while balancing needs of the Department and the University. Analyze complex situations and propose viable solutions and courses of action. Manage interdepartmental processes and resolve interpersonal and interdepartmental conflict through mediation & motivation. Prepare and develop the annual budget and work plan, including regular re-assessment of priorities and accountability for project completion & the achievement of revenue targets. Coordinate and integrate various program activities and goals into the general mission of the department and define resources necessary to carry out the mission.Essential
20Accountable to University leadership for all real property matters. Responsible for maintaining an inventory of, and accounting for, all University real property assets. Represent, negotiate, and make decisions on real property matters on behalf of the University. Ensure all University real property is managed for the exclusive benefit of the University, in accordance with sound trust management principles, policies, and State law. Prepare and present financial analysis, planning, and reports (quarterly, annually, and others as needed) to University leadership and University Board of Regents. Prepare pro forma analysis, budgets, and reports for specific development projects. Identify, research, and discuss issues scheduled for presentation before the Board. Assist the CSPBO in the preparation of policy, regulations, and other strategic documents concerning the operation & expectations for the LM office; including presentations to the public, agencies, and University Administration.Essential
20Represent the University on real property matters to the general public, state and federal agencies, developers, and other landowners in Alaska and outside the State. Attend or conduct public meetings, workshops, special interest groups, and legislative hearings that require a high level of representation to address controversial issues or to present sensitive material. Coordinate with University Public Relations on all media inquiries. Work with staff to investigate and resolve all real property issues on University lands. This includes resolving trespass issues with solutions appropriate to each case. Outreach & build networks with other agencies. Undertake active conflict resolution with civic and political leaders, specializing in contacts with legislators, media representatives, community leaders, and similar organizational leaders.Essential
20The University of Alaska owns and manages approximately 151,000 acres of land, which includes approximately 12,000 acres designated as educational and 139,000 acres designated as investment property. The Director is responsible for (and delegated signatory authority for) all real property transactions on the University’s investment and educational properties. Responsible for all real property transactions including various types of authorizations, acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate development, natural resource development, sales, and other revenue generating operations. Coordinates and integrates various Major Administrative Unit (MAU) activities and goals on real property transactions assigned to LM staff. Determines staff project assignments, providing guidance and expertise on new project development for land and natural resource planning, as needed. Review, approve, and administer the necessary requests for proposals, agreements, and contracts for real property transactions.Essential
25Responsible for the direction, leadership, and administration of all daily activities for Land Management System Offices located in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Supervise and provide guidance and instruction to all staff on process coordination, policy, goals, and mission. Coordinate all actions and collaborate with staff, University departments, and University leadership to maximize revenue to the Trust to meet the department's fiduciary, statutory, and policy obligations related to managing the University’s inventory of real property assets. Acts on behalf of Chief Strategy, Planning and Budget Officer (CSPBO) for Land Management (LM). Must work collaboratively with staff, other University System Offices, and University leadership critical to the success of those activities. Responsible for long-term planning for the development of investment properties, with an essential emphasis on determining highest and best use based on economic feasibility, maximizing economic benefits. Ensure proper development of real property assets while balancing the best interests of the University, environment, other agencies, and local communities. Real property assets include land, mineral, material, forest, oil, gas, coal, renewable energy, mitigation mgt, agricultural, and related surface and subsurface resources.Essential

Salary will be determined based on experience and education. The University develops, leases, and sells land and resources to generate revenue for the University’s Land Grant Trust Fund. Land Management’s primary role is to convert the University’s grant land assets to revenue to support the University’s educational mission and to prudently manage land dedicated for educational purposes consistent with campus goals and objectives. The Director will report directly to the Chief Strategy, Planning, and Budget Officer and will set strategic direction for the unit. This position is responsible for long-term planning and negotiations in the acquisition and disposal of all University lands/resources. Decisions made by this position include; issues related to mining, timber, material sales, oil & gas leases, road construction, building construction and removal, commercial leases, and subdivision development. This person will provide day-to-day guidance and training for the Regional Resource and Senior Property managers and all other staff.

This position may be filled in Anchorage or Fairbanks. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Strong understanding of commercial transactions, financial investments, natural resource management, and commercial real estate is desired. This Director position requires effective decision making, analytical, negotiation, and communication skills. Extensive professional experience in; identifying, developing, and managing a large and diverse portfolio of real property and complex projects, with a preferred focus on land and natural resource transactions. Ability to balance institutional missions with land and resource development, revenue generation, and demonstrated leadership & management skills. Experience in preparing briefing documents for University executives; proficiency in written & oral communication. Ability to understand and summarize large volumes of information quickly and summarize and communicate to University executives, the general public, or other interest groups.

Typical Experience:

At least 10 years of expert knowledge and understanding of resource and land development principles and practices; ability to understand real estate law, Alaska Statutes, financial trust principles and practice. Proven history of working within a structured environment guided by state law and internal policies, generating revenue from contracts, real property development, and natural resource assets. Proven history of controlling revenue, expense ratio; background in change management & innovative thinking.

Required Education or Training:

Master’s degree in relevant field and ten years experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience in planning and development, managing a large portfolio of real property, negotiating, contract administration, and finance and business practices.

This is an Exempt (salaried) position. 

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references.  To ensure consideration for this position, please apply by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 11th, 2020. The first application review will occur on October 12th, 2020.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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