TN Higher Education Commission Seeks Director of Capitol Policy

Job Summary

Tennessee recently altered its university governance structure to allow six universities to form their own governing boards. With this change came a need to reassess and propose new capital policies to ensure that Tennessee institutions continue to meet the needs of the State, while meeting institutional space and facilities needs. Reporting to the Associate Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Research, the Director of Capital Policy provides leadership in the execution of new capital budget and analysis policies as well as involvement in campus master planning. The Director collaborates with THEC staff and representatives of institutions and systems for planning, master planning, and budget functions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Refine and coordinate the criteria and scoring structure for the annual capital outlay and capital maintenance requests, distributing the criteria to institutions and systems;
  • Spearhead the collection, compilation, and assessment of all capital outlay and maintenance submittals from institutions/systems. Compose, along with other THEC staff, capital recommendations for Commission review and approval;
  • Convene institutional, system, and government representatives, when needed, to assess policies and practices related to capital management and planning;
  • Collaborate with THEC fiscal staff to ensure that institutions and systems adopt facility practices that work in concert with the state’s long range higher education financial plan;
  • Generate and refine criteria for master plans, in cooperation with stakeholders. Coordinate with various institutions and systems representatives to assist in the development of institutions master plans;
  • Assess master plans to assure compliance with THEC criteria and industry best practices;
  • Represent THEC in their involvement with master plan criteria, review of master plans, and all capital budget objectives;
  • Assist campuses as needed for planning, capital budget, and other related objectives. Participate in the development of support components such as a physical facilities inventory, facilities survey and related building rating systems;
  • Monitor the State Building Commission activities and represent THEC as needed;
  • Consolidate records of SBC projects, master plan status, and capital budget history;
  • Research and develop systems, objectives, and processes for THEC that support their broad objectives with regards to both capital and general policies; and
  • Travel to campuses as necessary to support THEC objectives.


A graduate from an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in architecture/planning or business and a minimum of five years’ experience in tasks related to requirements of this position.  An architect should have experience with master planning and capital budget functions. A business graduate should have experience with capital project and planning functions as related to budget. Experience with higher education facilities and/or as a building owner’s representative is preferred. Other degrees and other experience directly related to the objectives of this position will be considered. Good oral and written communication skills are required as well as good computer skills.

Anticipated Salary Range and Benefits

Director of Capital Policy will receive a salary package of $90,000 – $100,000. Successful candidates will also receive a competitive benefit package that includes, health, dental, life insurance, and paid vacation and holidays.


Director of Capital Policy will be housed at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission located in Nashville, TN.

About the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Commission develops, implements, and evaluates postsecondary education policies and programs in Tennessee while coordinating the state’s systems of higher education, and is relentlessly focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references on the form found at Your submission materials may be copied and pasted into the form or attached in a .txt format. Applications will be accepted through June 2, 2017. While electronic submission through the link above is preferred, written submissions may also be sent to:

Laura Stewart, HR Director

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0820