Associate Director (UCIE Penn Project Liaison)


Posted: 3/4/21
Deadline: 6/3/21
Salary: Pay Range $72,837.00 - $138,391.00
Reference Number: JR00029314

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.

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.

Job Duties

The Penn Project Liaison (“PPL”) represents and coordinates Penn’s interests during implementation of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia University City Inpatient Expansion (UCIE) Project. This is a temporary position with an expected duration of at least five years. The PPL is Penn’s primary contact and representative of Penn stakeholders to the UCIE project. Penn stakeholders include, but are not limited to, The Perelman School of Medicine, The School of Nursing, Penn Medicine, Facilities and Real Estate Services and Public Safety.

The PPL requires knowledge of, and experience with, implementation of complex construction projects in an urban setting and the mitigation of the impact of construction on adjacent occupied buildings. The PPL must understand the scale, scope, schedule and construction logistics of the UCIE project and its impact upon Penn’s campus and building operations, including but not limited to vehicular and pedestrian access, public safety, adjacent building operations and life-safety, disruptions to academic endeavors, construction noise and vibration, retail operations, utilities shutdowns, and Penn managed construction initiatives proximal to the UCIE project.

The PPL must fully understand Penn’s academic, research, and clinical missions and communicate implications of the UCIE construction to numerous stakeholders and entities. The PPL must rigorously solicit feedback from Penn stakeholders and provide feedback to the UCIE team, advocating Penn’s needs and seeking to mitigate any possible disruption to Penn’s endeavors caused by the UCIE project. The PPL is responsible to anticipate UCIE construction activities, proactively engage all Penn stakeholders in a timely fashion, confirm a range of solution set to support Penn needs and coordinate with the UCIE (and the Penn teams in an iterative fashion as needed) to remediate any impact to Penn while allowing the UCIE work to progress.

Required Qualifications

Education: Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Sciences, Project Management or similar and 5-7 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required

Professional Experience: Seven to ten years relevant work experience, preferably in a medical school or academic and research environment. Or equivalent combination of these

Job Knowledge and personal skills: Strong relationship managerial skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Disciplined and diplomatic. Broad knowledge of research facility operations and construction project management. Shutdown planning, coordination of building system outages, implications to building system services.


The Perelman School of Medicine is a twelve-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.”


Pay Range $72,837.00 - $138,391.00

Other Info

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