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Executive Director, Design Management
Auburn University


Date Posted Sep. 28, 2021
Title Executive Director, Design Management
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Planning Design and Construction
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Facilities Operations
 
 

Job Summary
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Planning, Design, and Construction, leads a staff of over 35 personnel responsible for all university planning and project designs which includes all four major divisions of Auburn University. Directs the university’s campus planning efforts to include the Campus Master Plan and is responsible for managing all campus planning and space management initiatives. Manages the Auburn University Capital Projects program consisting of 40+ projects valued at roughly $200 million annually. Manages the design process for these capital projects for new campus facilities. In addition, manages the design of all campus maintenance, repair, and renovation projects, consisting of approximately 400 projects in support of approximately 470 existing university buildings.

Essential Functions
Manages the planning, programming , and design for Auburn University capital projects (40+ projects valued at $200 million annually) as well as repair and renovation projects (400 projects valued at $40 million annually). Manages the portfolio of all University design and engineering projects to ensure their successful completion in a timely manner.
Leads and directs all Design Management staff and external consulting groups who work in support of the department’s mission to include architects, engineers, campus planners, interior designers, and supervisors. Establishes and administers programs, procedures, and processes to ensure the quality and timely execution of all work performed by the Design Management personnel working on Planning, Design, & Construction projects. Establishes departmental priorities and allocates resources. Establishes training programs, credentialing standards, and mentoring processes aimed at the professional and technical development of personnel.
Collaborating with University leaders, such as the Provost, Deans of Colleges and Schools, or Athletic Director, develops facility program requirements for University capital projects and provides support to the Board of Trustees on project approvals and issues.
Directs the Campus Planning and Space Management department and the development of the Campus Master Plan, Image and Character Standards, and the Landscape Master Plan. Collaborates with the University Engineer on Campus Design Standards and the Dir, Construction Management on construction issues. Oversees the space management process for campus facilities.
Provides guidance, oversight, and overarching direction for all University projects relative to the order, plan, image, character, and coordination of the campus’s physical, service, and system attributes and aesthetics. Evaluates and provides recommendations concerning the long range viability and interrelations of projects.
Responsible for the implementation and communication of standard operating procedures, and works collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Planning, Design, & Construction to develop policy guidelines. Guides processes for architect, engineering, campus planning or specialty consultant selection and contracting by recommending the appropriate contract and method(s) for delivery of services. Directs and leads the Design Review Committee which reviews all projects that impact the exterior aesthetic of AU Campus and remote properties. Provides recommendations to University senior leaders regarding compliance with the Image and Character Guidelines. Communicates with University leadership, administrators, and department heads to establish working procedures, project parameters, and facility performance expectations. Collaborates with Facilities Management Client Relations to identify and implement continuous improvement activities to ensure expected quality and service are provided to all customers. Communicates and maintains relationships with external regulatory agencies. Manages the annual operational budget development process for Planning and Design and oversees cost accounting and fund expenditures supporting a consolidated budget of approximately $2.61M. Provides cost estimates on design and engineering expenditures, requirements, and major projects and provides input for the Facilities Division annual budget. Performs other related duties as assigned.


 
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