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Director, Capital Renewal and Infrastructure
Tufts University

Date Posted Jan. 25, 2023
Title Director, Capital Renewal and Infrastructure
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department Campus Planning and Development
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Facilities Operations


Campus Planning and Development strategically aligns campus planning, capital projects, capital renewal and infrastructure planning, and real estate strategy to propose and implement planned renewal and expansion of university physical resources to support academic, research, clinical practice, and community needs for Tufts’ four campuses. The integration of sustainability and reaching carbon neutrality is critical to all these efforts. We collaborate across the University to develop integrated, innovative, and feasible near- and long-planning solutions.

What You'll Do

The Director, Capital Renewal and Infrastructure develops strategies for identifying, addressing, prioritizing, and costing critical capital renewal needs (building systems and envelope, landscape, hardscape, infrastructure) in support of the university’s teaching, research and clinical practice missions and close integration with the university’s sustainability goals. Applying an understanding of both design and operations, a strategic and collaborative mind-set, a high-level of analytical ability, and excellent communication skills, the Director, Capital Renewal and Infrastructure integrates planned renewal with campus strategic goals and vision and to develop recommendations for projects across Tufts University’s four campuses. Also, manages planner staff.


Essential Functions:

  • Leads the planning for Tufts University’s capital renewal program and sets goals, objectives, and standards in support of the university’s mission and priorities.
  • Serves as a key participant in the development of the university’s 10-year capital plan, and the integration of asset renewal requirements, asset modernization and program needs. Creates an effective and collaborative governance structure for developing: the 10-year capital renewal and funding plan, creating processes, protocols and documentation for assessment, prioritization, and decision-making; and resource optimization for renewal with a big-picture and value-based approach.
  • Integrates carbon neutrality goals into all facility, equipment, and infrastructure renewals, working closely with colleagues in the Operations Division and the Office of Sustainability.
  • Manages the capital renewal budget. Develops a robust, collaborative process and system for cost estimating, reviewing priorities, and fair and consistent renewal fund allocation strategy across assets on all four campuses.
  • Collaborates with colleagues across Operations and in other divisions on analyses and management of campus infrastructure including utility systems, athletics fields, landscape, parking, etc. Maintains strong working relationships on all four campuses with facilities directors, facilities engineering, and schools’ representatives to discuss priorities.
  • Tracks and benchmarks against industry trends and recommends best practices for Tufts in assessing asset conditions, managing data, and developing and implementing priorities. Includes best practices in preventive and corrective maintenance, supporting and leading the modernization of existing assets.
  • Clearly communicates goals and desired outcomes to a variety of audiences including Senior Leadership through quantitative and qualitative analyses, graphics, and presentations.
  • Manages professional planning staff. Establishes goals, coaches, monitors and appraises performance, and ensures developmental opportunities.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, or related field with 15+ years of experience
  • Strategic thinking and problem definition and solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership and collaborative experience in a large, complex organization
  • Ability to work independently in a highly customer service-oriented environment, manage stakeholder relationships, and to work effectively as a member of a project team
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work effectively in a culturally diverse and inclusive environment and to value and respect different perspectives
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly, both verbally, graphically and in writing
  • Proficiency in Excel and database manipulation
  • Familiarity with local Building Codes, including Massachusetts Accessibility Guidelines
  • Familiarity and experience with LEED, PassivHaus, other sustainability rating systems desired


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in architecture, construction management, business or related field
  • Experience working at a higher educational institution and/or non-profits, or a private firm serving institutional clients
  • Experience managing team of staff members, both internal and external consultants and working on multiple projects in differing stages at one time
  • Training staff for increased responsibility and career development
  • High level of understanding of finances, design, construction project management and contract analysis/evaluation
  • Understanding of HVAC equipment and systems, linear infrastructure, decarbonization planning, implementation and incentive rebates is beneficial
  • Experience with AutoCAD, Revit, GIS, and facilities management systems preferred

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