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Associate Vice President for Planning, Design and Construction

Boston, MA

Posted: 9/27/19
Deadline: 10/26/19

About This Organization

Boston University

Boston University was established in 1869 with the vision to create a university that was inclusive—that opened its doors to the world—and engaged in service to and collaboration with the city of Boston. From the day of its opening, BU has admitted students of both sexes and every race and religion. The University counts Martin Luther King, Jr. among its alumni. Other notable alumni include the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in the United States, the first woman admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, the first Native American to graduate with a doctorate in medicine, and the first African-American psychiatrist in the United States.

Today, BU is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses – the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus – in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. Offering a breadth of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through its 17 Schools and Colleges, BU enrolls approximately 35,472 students, making it the fourth-largest private university in the U.S. Most departments and programs over 300+ fields of study are small enough to offer the closeness and informal atmosphere of a small institution, but taken together they provide the resources and intellectual stimulation of a large urban university.

Job Duties

Boston University (BU), a private university founded in 1869, invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Planning, Design and Construction (AVP-PDC). The AVP-PDC will provide strategic leadership, coordination, and administrative oversight in the planning, design, and construction (PDC) of University facilities in support of the short and long-term space program and facilities needs of the University. The position reports directly to the Vice President for Campus Planning and Operations and will be responsible for supervising 3 direct reports and indirectly support additional staff of 15 employees. In FY 2019, the PDC group planned and delivered approximately 220 projects valued at approximately $160 million of spend, involving major capital projects as well as annual renewal and renovation related projects.

The AVP-PDC will lead the next chapter in building an excellent and efficient team with a strong service orientation and expert staff and systems in a way that gives physical form to the University’s mission, vision, and programs through the effective use of human, environmental, and financial resources. The AVP-PDC will also bring outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated success working effectively with senior leadership and a broad range of other internal and external constituents. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience either Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Planning or a related field. Master’s Degree strongly preferred as is a Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer certification. The successful candidate will have fifteen to twenty years of progressively responsible senior-level management experience in PDC preferably at a higher education research university involving all facets of PDC including, but not limited to the architecture/exterior design, engineering, interior design, bid/contract administration and construction management. LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council required. Experience in measured energy performance and a successful track record of prior work that either meets or exceeds the Architecture 2030 Challenge is preferred. The AVP-PDC must demonstrate ability to manage competing priorities involving a wide range of projects while managing senior-level stakeholder expectations with tight schedules/deadlines. The ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences in a concise manner who may have differing interests and levels of understanding is key.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Required Qualifications

The AVP-PDC will lead the next chapter in building an excellent and efficient team with a strong service orientation and expert staff and systems in a way that gives physical form to the University’s mission, vision, and programs through the effective use of human, environmental, and financial resources. The AVP-PDC will also bring outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with demonstrated success working effectively with senior leadership and a broad range of other internal and external constituents. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience either Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Planning or a related field. Master’s Degree strongly preferred as is a Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer certification. The successful candidate will have fifteen to twenty years of progressively responsible senior-level management experience in PDC preferably at a higher education research university involving all facets of PDC including, but not limited to the architecture/exterior design, engineering, interior design, bid/contract administration and construction management. LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council required. Experience in measured energy performance and a successful track record of prior work that either meets or exceeds the Architecture 2030 Challenge is preferred. The AVP-PDC must demonstrate ability to manage competing priorities involving a wide range of projects while managing senior-level stakeholder expectations with tight schedules/deadlines. The ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences in a concise manner who may have differing interests and levels of understanding is key.


Other Info

Boston University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Inquiries, applications and nominations should be sent by email to Katie (katie.dean@opuspartners.net).


Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter