Advertised Summary Job Description: The Associate Vice President will report to the Vice President, Manhattanville Development Group (MDG) and work closely with other members of the MDG Executive Team. S/he has oversight of the design process and management for all capital projects in Manhattanville from inception, including programming and conceptual design, through the design and construction administrative phases. In particular, the Associate Vice President will be expected to have full administrative control for the design management of all projects on the Manhattanville Campus. S/he will provide oversight of the design and leadership over the architectural consultants and other design firms associated with the project. In conjunction with AVP for Project Management, s/he will ensure that the project is built on-time, within budget and to the highest quality standards. S/he will represent the University's interests with outside governmental agencies, tenants and community groups as directed by the Vice President.
As a key steward and design authority of the MDG Executive Team, lead and drive the progress, preparation and review of design documentation in conjunction with the Associate Vice President of Project Management. Directs, oversees, and provides support and coordination throughout all phases of schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration of major and minor capital projects. Lead the selection of external architects, ensuring the integrity of the selection process, and that the firms are solicited from a diverse and comprehensive pool. Maintain profiles on the expertise, quality and performance of external architecture firms, to inform future selection decisions.
Play a leadership role in the planning for major capital projects including the selection of external architects. Help to further develop, maintain, and put into practice the campus master plan; and to collaborate with colleagues across campus as a steward for best practices in design and planning services. Will be an important source of advice to University leadership, providing expertise, counsel, and oversight regarding campus planning, programming, landscape and architectural design, strategic sustainability and energy planning and major capital projects.
Responsible for overseeing approved design scope ensuring that schedules are accurate and met; cost are within approved budgets; all changes are reflected in revised budgets; and quality control standards are established and met. Integrates into design compliance accessibility requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by understanding the requirements of ADA. Develops and maintains design standards and communicates them to design consultants and others performing work on campus.
Oversee and support the sustainable design standards and goals set for the project; support BIM (building information modeling) goals and other state of the art programs developed by the Manhattanville executive team. Promote and participate in the development of environmental and sustainability initiatives, including employing sustainable principles such as those of the US Green Building Council and guidelines set forth by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. May represent the Vice President on special committee and special projects as assigned.
Provide leadership, coaching and guidance to department associates for professional growth and development.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required preferably in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management. Advanced degree preferred. A minimum of ten years' related experience required in fields such as design, construction and/or project management experience in the construction of large and complex institutional and/or commercial projects with a developer, construction manager, general contractor, or similar firm.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Must have a demonstrated track record of leading teams to deliver design, programming and planning excellence. Strong design experience is preferred in the design of science and laboratory buildings, academic buildings. Experience developing and/or maintaining design master plans, integrating programmatic design requirements that may include exterior architecture, interior design, roadways, and other design planning required.
Ability to analyze and evaluate existing and proposed architectural designs, master plans, and physical planning studies for aesthetic and technical cogency. Experience in contract negotiations, architect agreements and all other related documentation. Successful track record in meeting budgets, schedules and high quality standards.
Resourceful, creative and strong problem solver with solid leadership and teambuilding skills. Strong administrative and cost control skills, able to communicate both verbally and written at all levels. The ability to communicate with the University community, public, external partners, and others regarding planning, design, and issues. Must have excellent organizational and time management skills and have proven ability to work in a client-service environment. A team player who can fit into a professional team. High level of integrity and work ethic. Demonstrated judgment and discretion in working with confidential materials.
Preferred Qualifications: Professional license as a Registered Architect and LEED accreditation is desired.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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