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Director, Public-Private Partnerships and Student Housing Projects (0238U) 64889
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 14, 2024
Title Director, Public-Private Partnerships and Student Housing Projects (0238U) 64889
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Capital Strategies
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Financial Planning/Budget Management
    Facilities Operations
    Administration - General

Director, Public-Private Partnerships and Student Housing Projects (0238U) 64889

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

Capital Strategies provides a full suite of planning, design, real estate, construction, and development services to UC Berkeley. Capital Strategies is part of the Administrative Division and includes real estate professionals, architects, planners, engineers, construction managers, and administrative specialists, working together to serve the campus community.

The Director will be responsible for managing strategic P3-delivered and campus-delivered projects that advance the academic mission in the academic research and student housing sectors. To that end, the Director must be an expert in all areas of private real estate development and Public Works capital projects. This includes technical expertise in evaluating and negotiating partnerships, acquisitions, leases, and sales of property for the University, and the use of expert administration skills in providing leadership and professional services to attain the best use of the University's real estate assets which is strategic in carrying out the University's mission.

The Director must also have expertise in land use entitlement, project design, procurement, construction, and turnover of Public Works projects. The Director will advise senior management and consult with industry professionals in designing, planning, and implementing complex, technical systems, and highly customized construction features. Ideally, the Director will have specific experience and expertise in high-density housing development. This position will represent the University at meetings and conferences involving academic compliance committees, campus, UC system-wide, local government, state, and federal levels of authority in matters related to P3-delivered research facilities and student housing projects. The Director will exercise independent judgment and manage lower-level project managers. This Project decision-making will be based on established UCOP and campus procedures and integration and interpretation of relevant laws, regulations, organization policy, as well as professional best practices.


  • Leads negotiating teams to achieve optimal P3 and real estate transaction results for the University consistent with policies and good business practices. Plans and directs transactions to fit within the University policy framework while still creatively structuring the transactions to achieve the desired results.
  • Performs and manages the most complex real estate financial analyses. Uses expert techniques for property valuation, including discounted cash flow and development residual analysis to estimate value. Ensures adherence to policies and procedures for financing and debt issues, cultivates a great working relationship with UCOP Finance, and coordinates Regents' agenda items.
  • Resolves project issues requiring specialized knowledge and experience and is widely recognized by organizational staff for their expert knowledge in P3 agreements and student housing development.
  • Establishes project milestones and schedules, prepares cost estimates, functional studies, construction plans, specifications, and monitors for adherence to master-plans, budgets, and schedules.
  • Develops and manages stakeholder management strategies, both on and off campus.
  • Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building safety codes.
  • Acts as liaison among participants and resolves problems or conflicts between budgets and operational needs.
  • Manages work of other managers and staff within the Capital Strategies department.
  • Provides input and guidance to all UC locations and UCOP staff. Provides leadership and feedback to all UC locations in strategic planning and guidance on P3 real estate transaction best-practices.

Required Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of real estate principles and practices, methods and procedures used in competitive real estate transactions, including value analysis and sources, selection techniques, applicable rules, regulations, laws, policies, guidelines and practices.
  • Expert knowledge of and skills in business transactions in a complex legal and policy environment.
  • Expert organizational, presentation and negotiation skills.
  • Expert written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including expert ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies with expert customer service orientation and skills.
  • Expert listening and political acumen skills, and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
  • Expert project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects and critical components of projects with a significant impact on the organization.
  • Expert skill in building, maintaining, and nurturing strong professional relationships to achieve short- and long-range program implementation goals.
  • Expert skill in advising and consulting with all levels of management, capital planning, budgeting, and construction professionals.
  • Expert skill in promoting, advancing, and implementing P3 and student housing programs.
  • Expert skills in Microsoft Project and Excel software.
  • Bachelor's degree in Real Estate Development, Civil Engineering, Finance, Architecture, Urban Planning or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of real estate law, the California Public Contract Code and an expert in understanding the University's Business and Finance Bulletins and other relevant rules, guidelines, policies and practices.
  • Expert knowledge of design and construction, contract administration, and state building codes, including expert understanding of real estate and development industry practices.
  • Master's degree in Real Estate Development, Civil Engineering, Finance, Architecture, Urban Planning or equivalent experience/training.
  • California Real Estate Salesperson's or Broker's license.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, career position that is eligible for full UC Benefits and retirement plans. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $180,000 to $220,000 annually.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Referral Source Info

This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of "UCB Employee". Then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email.

Other Information

The search committee will review applications after February 27, 2024.

This position is expected to work primarily on-site, with some remote work flexibility.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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