24-82 Executive Director of Design and Construction (Manager 210)
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 24-82
Join a vibrant equity-minded campus community of educators whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Division of Facilities invites applications for the position of the Executive Director of Design and Construction.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
WCU proudly offers a positive and purposeful work environment; comprehensive employee benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance along with many wellness programs; a commitment to work-life balance including generous paid vacation, paid sick time, military leave and paid time off for most major holidays; and a University mission to support employee personal and professional growth including a tuition waiver for self and family members, training and development, and advancement opportunities.
In supporting the mission of West Chester University, the Facilities Division designs, constructs, and maintains a dynamic, safe, and sustainable campus to continually advance its nationally benchmarked living and learning community. The Division is comprised of numerous departments who, working with university stakeholders, collectively manage and oversee the natural and built environments on the West Chester University campuses. WCU Campus includes at least 100 buildings, structures, and utility systems, including geo-exchange, electric, water, storm, and sewer. Building types include a mix of residence halls, parking garages, classroom buildings, performance space, athletics, food service, administration buildings, research facilities, and a library.
This position is at the forefront of advancing the University’s strategic goals and sustainability efforts as an institutional priority. The Executive Director of Design and Construction (EDFDC) will be advancing initiatives outlined within WCU’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. This involves finding ways to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases while transitioning to more sustainable processes and procedures.
Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice President Facilities Management, the Executive Director of Design and Construction is responsible for the leadership and operational efficiency of projects in-line with applicable policies, contractual agreements, and expectations. Oversees project management to include planning & design, resource allocation, documentation & compliance, and liaison to internal stakeholders & external partners, regulatory agencies, clients, and vendors. Provides leadership in a team-oriented, participative environment of professional management group involved in new construction and renovation projects in support of the University mission. The incumbent is also responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing departmental policies, programs, and procedures to ensure efficient and effective operations of staff and delivery of projects.
The ideal candidate has a strong knowledge of facilities management, construction operations & capital planning, and project management - concepts, protocols, and standards. Leverage their experience, expertise, and established industry knowledge to the organization’s process and success. Demonstrate attention to the determinants & priorities of operational needs while balancing budgetary controls. The person will have strong and creative problem solving & analytical competence(s). The individual can effectively communicate (oral and written) and collaborate with cross-functional teams & stakeholders. The candidate has a strong customer service focus, fostering a commitment to the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders.
Lead coordination of project activities between internal University divisions/group and external providers - third party contractors, consultants, and vendors, as required to synchronize design and construction activities thereby ensuring timeliness of overall project effort and minimizing interference with ongoing University operations.
Directs all aspects of project interface in the campus community including customer relations, scheduling, utility shutdowns, off hours work, building/space shutdown coordination, etc.
Responsible for ensuring compliance with all State and University procurement requirements, government agency codes and regulations, and other internal compliance requirements.
Oversee the development and administration of project capital budgets.
Works with Procurement, General Counsel's Office, and Finance to ensure all contracts are enforced with consultants and contractors.
Interface with faculty, administration, student leadership, neighborhood groups, and governing municipal officials, to coordinate University capital projects efforts and minimize impact on campus and surrounding communities, while ensuring efficient and cost-effective implementation.
Provide leadership in current and future sustainability efforts. Prioritize sustainability practices in projects to reduce environmental impact and improve the efficiency of University facilities.
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or closely related field
Experience in all facets of both management and delivery of construction and renovation projects
Ability to effectively communicate in writing and verbally, and present dynamically to a variety of constituents
Master’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or closely related field; and/or
Experience managing staff in a unionized environment; and/or
Working knowledge of coordinating the design of architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, data, security, and communications systems; and/or
At least 10 years of experience in land development and land planning; and/or
At least 10 years of design and administration experience implementing academic housing and general-purpose facilities in a higher education setting
Opportunity for periodic alternative work scheduling is available.
Salary ranges between $122,235 and $134,457 commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Excellent benefits package including undergraduate tuition fee waiver for self and dependents.
To be considered an applicant for the position, please submit the following:
List of three references with contact information (Include position title, phone number, and email address).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
To be considered a finalist, applicants must successfully complete the application and interview process.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.