The Associate Vice President – Design & Construction (AVP-DC) provides leadership of the department for the timely and successful delivery of construction and renovation projects. The AVP–DC draws on both technical expertise and significant intellectual capacity to provide effective oversight and direction. Management of construction projects of all sizes involving diverse and specialized construction, detailed technical specifications, large capital investments and long-term impact on the campus community. Through leadership and direction of the organization, the AVP-DC will ensure that the combined professional expertise of the organization delivers innovative stewardship of projects and maximizes cooperation between the project owner, design teams, and builders from the inception of new construction and renovation projects through completion and turnover to owner.
Serving as an institutional resource for capital project delivery, the AVP will collaborate with senior academic and administrative leadership to support Northeastern's mission and will cultivate and sustain cooperative working relationships. The AVP will be responsible for establishing design standards. Will be responsible for design review so that all designs will meet university standards including MEP and Architectural standards. Lead staff in all functional responsibilities of Project Management, Construction Management, Project Initiation, Construction Contracts, estimating, cost containment/management, and Design Services.
In all areas of responsibility, the Associate Vice President assesses the effectiveness of current practices, processes and systems, identifies areas for improvement, and recommends, develops and implements improvement projects to standardize professional practices, streamline processes and facilitate effective management and responsive service delivery. The AVP-DC builds strong working relationships and advocates for the Division's interests in interactions across the University, whether acting independently or in tandem with the Vice President. The AVP- DC also participates in University committees and initiatives as assigned and represents the Division in efforts that may involve coordination, leadership and teaming beyond areas of direct responsibility and authority. The AVP-DC will develop and implement tools to monitor client satisfaction with a goal of continuous improvement.
The AVP-DC is responsible for reviewing the structure of the design, and project management to ensure the organization is aligned ensures an efficient and customer-focused organization.
Master's degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management or Engineering Management with a minimum of 10 years experience managing design and construction organizations within a research university. Registration as a Registered Architect, Professional Engineer, Certified Planner or Certified Construction Project Manager desired. Experience with Institutional Master Plan.
Other requirements include: strong leadership skills and a collaborative, service-oriented approach to work; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; experience in team building and partnering as well as staff development. Deep understanding of both the service and stewardship roles of university facilities organizations. Demonstrated sound judgment and leadership in complex, multi-tasked, and rapidly-changing problem-solving situations. Ability to set and manage priorities, create clear direction and expectations for staff and follow through to ensure achievement and accountability in the face of competing demands. Demonstrated interest in continuous client feedback, in assessing and improving project delivery process and systems. Must be articulate, diplomatic, a strategic thinker, able to mediate and collaborate with staff, administrators, faculty, and a variety of outside constituents. Ability to present effectively to all levels of constituents both internally and externally. Experience and Knowledge of Best Practices and Continuous Improvement processes related to capital construction departments and systems. Strategic ability to develop an organizational structure that fosters and supports the goals of the organization. Knowledge of E-Builder or other web-based project management information systems.
Additional Comments: Ideally, this position is the primary back-up for the Vice President for Facilities on all strategic matters related to project delivery, project estimating, capital project budgeting and oversight. A dedicated approach to team building and professional development is essential. An ability to communicate with all levels of constituents is also required.
Key Attributes for Candidates:
Demonstrated success with professional staff development related to project delivery/project management
A team-oriented manager
Internal Number: 60780
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.