Associate Director, Design & Construction

Philadelphia, PA

Posted: 4/7/22
Deadline: 6/30/22
Salary: $59,703.00 - $95,524.33

Reference Number: JR00047228

About This Organization

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn’s vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Job Duties

The Associate Director for Design and Construction is directly responsible for the development, management, and implementation of PSOM construction, renovation, and relocation projects. The Associate Director applies sound management practices to projects involving facilities renovations and new construction, in the areas of project initiation, project administration, internal and external collaboration, data and information management, project team communications, programming, budgeting, scheduling, status reporting, Tele/data planning and activation, move planning and coordination, specialized equipment procurement as well as carrying out special projects. In so doing, supports the overall mission of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. This position is considered “essential.”

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, or related field is preferred and 5 to 7 years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of the education and experience required. Preferred experience in bio-medical research laboratory design within an academic environment.

Job Knowledge and Personal Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, patient, good managerial and people skills, accurate and precise, organized, willing to follow procedures/regimen, familiar with database software packages, CAD/CAFM systems, and with basic building infrastructure systems and space planning.


The Perelman School of Medicine is a multi-building research and teaching complex with emphasis on biomedical research. As such, and to ensure successful fulfillment of its mission (research and education), the School Community requires a much higher level of support service delivery than usually experienced in a typical academic environment. Problems that would be mere annoyances in some facilities have the potential of destroying thousands of dollars and months or years of often-irreplaceable work. The Department of Space Planning & Operations is responsible for coordinating and assuring uninterrupted delivery of the necessary utility and other support services.

The above statement is included in this position description in an attempt to provide the reader with an understanding of:

1) The responsibilities of this Office;

2) The importance to both the School and the University of the work performed; and

3) The stress and pressure placed upon employees by the emergency situations to which they must repeatedly respond.

4) All employees of the Space Planning & Operations department are considered to be “essential.”


$59,703.00 - $95,524.33

Other Info

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