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Director of Facilities (0480U) 23436
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2021
Title Director of Facilities (0480U) 23436
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Facilities Operations

Director of Facilities (0480U) 23436

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.

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's Division of Biological Sciences generates profound shifts in our understanding of the function and behavior of living organisms. New insights many discovered in our laboratories fuel the widely accepted belief that the life sciences form the defining research enterprise of the 21st century. With about 112 full-time faculty in two departments, our undergraduates and graduate students learn from and work with some of the world's leading scientific minds, deciphering the interplay of living systems from the intracellular to the ecosystemic to the planetary.

  • Facilities Planning, Development and Management Provides strategies, tactical management and coordination of all capital improvement projects, including ensuring implementation of planned and comprehensive building, landscape and infrastructure campus programs. Provides expertise in selection of design professionals, fee and contract negotiations, project code compliance and regulations, engineering and technical support, campus policies and project development. Directly oversees budgets and scheduling issues for assigned projects, ensuring on-budget and on-time performance. Focuses on the integrity of the approved project through the successive phases of project development and implementation, development of early project estimates and budgets, integrity of project design and functional performance expectations.
  • Designated by the Dean and authorized by Capital Projects to coordinate and implement the campus master plan for the Biological Sciences Division relative to future expansions (see problem statements for specifics).
  • Serves as the primary contact to the campus Capital Projects (CP) unit. Responsible for approving all expenditures for Biological Sciences projects prior to their authorizing for payment by the Project Manager designated by Capital Projects. Provides counsel and oversight to the Project Manager assigned by Capital Projects, assuring that Division and campus requirements are implemented.
  • Directs in consultation with the Dean, Capital Projects, and, as appropriate, donors, the design, renovation, and construction of building projects. In coordination with capital projects, directs selection of design professionals and negotiates contracts.
  • Responsible for converting the academic/research units design interests and needs into a clearly stated set of design requirements. During the design and planning phase, ensures design intent. Reviews and analyzes estimated cost impacts for campus, college and possibly donor review.
  • Assures that the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEPF) systems meet University and Division standards.
  • Directs the design, renovation, and construction of building projects in consultation with the Dean, Capital Projects directs selection of design professionals and negotiates contracts. Serves as liaison with academic departments to ensure effective project design and delivery.
  • A dotted reporting line exists between the Director and all building managers. The incumbent is ultimately responsible for ensuring Biological Sciences facilities are effectively maintained and all facilities-related projects are completed in a timely, cost-effective manner.
  • Personnel Management and Development Manages professional ad-hoc teams of architects, engineers, landscape architects, project managers, analysts, and other design/construction professionals. Manages team of facilities management professionals and provides indirect oversight for all building management in the Division; identifies staffing needs, selects, hires, trains, evaluates and, as required, takes corrective action with direct reports. Ensures training and compliance measures are in place for a variety of laboratory, classroom, office space and common area uses and that EHS regulations and standards are properly adhered to. Assesses staff development needs and recommends training opportunities for staff.
  • Liaison with Campus and Community Establishes/maintains good working relationships with diverse populations including internal departmental units, campus service providers such as EH&S and Police, and external regulatory agencies such as State Fire Marshalls, State Architect, et cetera, to ensure sufficient support for tactical project implementation. Represents the Biological Sciences Division in developing processes and procedures with campus service providers such as EH&S, U.C. Police, RSSP, CNS, Physical Plant, State Fire Marshal, State Architect, et cetera, to advance the interests of the campus.
  • Represents the Biological Sciences Division on campus committees such as FASDI Steering Committee, RFS Communications Committee, Campus Infrastructure Advisory Committee and the Campus Minor Capital Project review committee.
  • On all projects, responsible to attend key meetings between the Capital Projects unit and all contractual parties, especially the general contractor.
  • Develops or oversees development of communication programs to ensure awareness of and compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and policies to protect environmental health and safety engineering, environmental protection, fire protection, and hazardous materials.
  • Project/Program Analysis and Evaluation Advises senior management in developing/conducting presentations, seminars, workshops, et cetera. Advises senior management such as Vice Chancellors, Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans in responding to requests for information regarding the Capital Improvement Program. Ensures consistency and continuity in offering historical perspective in describing projects, and informs of potential claims for liability.
  • Primary College representative and presenter to senior campus management meetings including Executive Campus Planning Committee, Vice Chancellor Advisory Committee, Space Allocation Committee, Design Review Committee and Seismic Review Committee.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, state and federal legislative processes.
  • Thorough financial, budgeting and cost management skills, including interacting with and synthesizing widely divergent viewpoints and interests.
  • Thorough knowledge of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, organization, achievements, infrastructure and short- and long- range strategic capital projects plans.
  • Excellent organizational skills including skill in consistently and effectively meeting budget and time deadlines.
  • Excellent skills to lead, direct and manage personnel including selection, training, evaluating and as required taking corrective action.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to work effectively with multiple constituencies to advance organizational objectives.
  • Advanced knowledge in planning, design and construction management of laboratory, instructional, and administrative space.
  • Extensive understanding and application of fire and building codes, ADA requirements, health and safety requirements, and other regulations such as environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, state and federal legislative processes.
  • Thorough background of Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire systems commonly found throughout the University of California.
  • Expert analytical, organizational, project management and problem recognition / avoidance / resolution skills.
  • Bachelor's degree and / or equivalent experience / training in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.
  • License and/or certificate to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.
  • Licensed Third Assistant Engineer
  • Certified Emergency Management Coordinator
  • CPR, AED and First -Aid Certified
  • Qualified Building Coordinator

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration for this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to September 22, 2021.

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 see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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