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Job ID: 166743

Director of Design & Construction
Stevens Institute of Technology

Date Posted Sep. 8, 2021
Title Director of Design & Construction
University Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Facilities Operations

Job Description

The Division of Facilities and Campus Operations provides planning and design, construction, maintenance and campus operations services in support of the university’s mission and strategic goals while employing the latest sustainable technologies.  Key services include building repair and maintenance, grounds and landscaping, space planning and custodial services. In addition, the division directly supervises all significant capital design and construction activity on campus.

The division is also charged with continuing Stevens’ commitment to sustainability. Stevens currently meets 100% of its electricity needs from renewable sources. This, along with other sustainability initiatives ensures contributes to the  university’s longstanding commitment to reducing environmental impact. Stevens is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and has recently received a STARS Gold rating for its comprehensive, multi-divisional commitment to sustainability

The Office of Design and Construction provides project management services for capital improvement projects, including new construction and renovation projects, on and around campus.  Renovation projects include improvements to classrooms, offices, laboratories, athletics facilities, student housing, site improvements and student services as well as updates to the infrastructure to keep our campus and its buildings operational.

Overall Role and Primary Responsibilities
Reporting to the Vice President for Facilities and Campus Operations, the Director of Design & Construction  will oversee projects from planning & design through construction, inspections, move-in and closeout and will supervise the work of Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers and Project Coordinators, as well as coordinate closely with the Director of Planning & Design.  The Director of Design & Construction will be expected to act as the primary point of authority and accountability for all capital projects assigned to the department and guide the Design & Construction Department in project management and conflict resolution. This requires the ability to build, lead, and manage a project team, to create a project plan, including project definition, scope and budgets, and to solicit and synthesize input from end-users, departmental leadership, facilities staff, consultants and other key stakeholders.  It also requires organizational skills, particularly in tracking the schedules and budgets for all projects in Design & Construction with input from the other department members.

The Director of Design & Construction will be responsible for enforcing and improving protocols to maintain consistency, compliance and efficiency to ensure capital projects are done in accordance with all audit requirements and critical dates and budgets are adhered to.  The Director of Design & Construction shall also take a lead role in preparing for the regular Project Management meetings as well as all inter-divisional meetings such as the Capital Budget Working Group, the Capital Planning Weekly Team Meeting, the Monthly Facilities Contract Review Meeting, and the Design & Construction portion of the FY Objectives meeting.  The Director of Design & Construction will also be expected to be the lead Project Manager on select projects.

Specific tasks include:

  • Lead Design & Construction Department meetings to track and report on all project schedules, budgets, and status.
  • Provide leadership to department to create and maintain an efficient, effective consistent level of service to the Stevens community end users.
  • Create and provide leadership to enforce and improving protocols to maintain consistency, compliance and efficiency to ensure capital projects are done in accordance with all audit requirements and critical dates and budgets are adhered to.
  • Take a lead role in preparing for the regular Project Management meetings as well as all inter-divisional meetings such as the Capital Budget Working Group, the Capital Planning Weekly Team Meeting, the Monthly Facilities Contract Review Meeting, and the Design & Construction portion of the FY Objectives meeting.
  • Be the primary point of contact with all SIT divisional leadership to understand and respond to capital needs.

Project Management Direction of Senior Project Manager and Project Manager Projects:

  • Participate in and assist as required in project team meetings with SIT in-house personnel to schedule work and coordinate shutdowns, tie-ins and contractor access
  • Participate in and assist as required in cost control activities by seeking the most effective method of delivering services
  • Review documents for compliance with SIT standards (as well as assist in creating standards), and existing site conditions.
  • Ensure that projects comply with all applicable guidelines, codes and standards (FGI, NFPA, NJ and local Building Codes, ADA, etc.)
  • Effectively communicate construction impacts and work collaboratively with SIT leadership and staff to mitigate impacts to ongoing operations
  • Perform periodic construction site walk-throughs and inspections with project management staff to help ensure safety and prompt correction of deficiencies to instill a culture of cleanliness and safety on all projects
  • Maintain interface with client and internal business units, ensuring compliance with project performance goals, including quantitative cost and schedule targets, and achievement of SIT quality standards

Key Competencies

  • Strong leadership, organizational, and project management skills including conflict resolution, training and guidance, design, construction, occupancy, schedule and budget management.  This includes:
  • Meeting with Senior Project Managers, Project Managers and the Director of Planning & Design to mentor and ensure a consistent product delivery to the Stevens community regardless of the Design & Construction staff member assigned to the project.
  • Develop/enhance/improve procedures to move toward and maintain a best-in-class Design & Construction Department
  • Interfacing with leadership and end-users to define project requirements and establish project work plan and deadlines
  • Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations to SIT leadership and staff and/or public audiences
  • Managing the RFP and competitive bid process and participating in selection of design teams
  • Managing the design development process, ensuring consultant teams and internal partners deliver designs that are responsive to the program, and meet established schedule and budget targets
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to the bid leveling process
  • Experience with various contracting models for design and construction
  • Representing SIT with architects, vendors, consultants, and regulatory agencies
  • Overseeing consultants and contractors
  • Familiarity with best practices in construction site safety protocols
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful user relations to ensure smooth integration and delivery of projects
  • Ability to identify defects in quality of construction during site walk-throughs
  • Knowledge of financial terms and principles and enforcement of same as they apply to the design and construction processes
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex business documents. Knowledge of general and industry-specific financial terms and principles.
  • Ability to set aggressive but achievable deadlines and be accountable for meeting them
  • Capability and willingness to perform periodic inspections of job site conditions and project progress, which might include climbing stairs and ladders to access areas throughout on-site and off-site properties, accessing roofs, mechanical equipment rooms and electrical rooms
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite and presentation skills to present to SIT leadership, internal and external organizations.


  • Strong communications and relationship-building skills
  • High ethical and moral standards
  • Excellent judgment and strong reasoning ability
  • Advanced analytical and quantitative skills
  • Ability to respond swiftly and effectively to sensitive project-related issues
  • Ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with end-users and internal departments
  • Ability to take initiative and make well-informed decisions.


  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS), in Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management
  • Advanced degree in Business, Planning & Design, Construction Management, Engineering or Architecture a plus
  • 10+ years of work experience in project management required, at least 3 years of which should include management of multiple and/or highly complex projects
  • 3+ years of managerial experience required (directly supervising one or more staff on multiple projects)
  • Experience working on at least two sides of the business (i.e., consultant, construction manager, owner, owner rep, architect, engineer or contractor) is preferred
  • Experience in related fields preferred

This is a Grade 10 position

Division of Facilities and Campus Operations
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In order to be considered a candidate for any job at Stevens, you must submit an online application. Please attach a cover letter and resume with each application. Other requirements for consideration may depend on the job.

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Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

Stevens is building a diverse faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities. Stevens is a federal contractor under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other federal statutes.

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