Director, Capital Projects & Construction

Portland, Oregon

Posted: 1/6/22
Deadline: 1/31/22
Salary: $91,656-$132,912 (negotiable)
Reference Number: 36544

About This Organization

Portland State University (PSU) is an urban university and Oregon’s largest, located in the heart of the vibrant city of Portland. PSU educates over 27,000 students and offers programs for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees. PSU is an internationally recognized urban university known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement. PSU contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region and beyond. Employees describe Portland State University as a vibrant, diverse, progressive place to work and an environment that welcomes process improvement and innovation. Portland State’s 50-acre downtown campus is located in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant centers of culture, business, and technology.

Job Duties

Portland State University’s Capital Projects & Construction department is recruiting for a Director to lead the department. Capital Projects & Construction is a team-oriented, innovative and collaborative department located in an open-plan office in the heart of downtown Portland. The atmosphere is collaborative and casual, with an emphasis on serving the university community through the completion of high quality-projects which employees take great pride in planning, designing, and constructing.

The Director of Capital Projects and Construction is responsible for creating a physical campus environment that supports PSU’s diverse students and community by managing construction and design activities on a 44-acre urban campus. The position manages a variety of construction projects including large multi-million dollar new construction projects, infrastructure upgrades, deferred maintenance, renovation projects, and small office renovations. The Director works closely with employees and students from across the university to develop integrated capital and space planning, design and construction processes that are guided by academic, research, and student success priorities and goals.

The Director leads an exceptionally talented team of 10-15 full-time and 4-6 student employees who are passionate about providing the highest levels of project management and customer service. The position leads and promotes collaboration and builds and maintains relationships with peer departments across the university.

In Capital Projects and Construction, as planners, designers, real estate professionals, architects, engineers, and construction managers, we recognize that planning, design and construction are not neutral processes, and that we have the power to reflect upon whether our beliefs, choices, and actions perpetuate or rectify injustices in the work we do every day. These fields are steeped in implicit bias and false perceptions of what an ideal building, street, campus, neighborhood, or city looks like. Individually, we have the ability to challenge those biases, and together, as a unified department, we will hold each other accountable and committed to designing and building an equitable, safe, welcoming, accessible, and inclusive campus for all:

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Required Qualifications

– Fifteen years of experience managing multiple construction projects simultaneously including contract negotiation and implementation, estimating, scheduling, procurement, and cost engineering, and a bachelor’s degree, or ten years experience and a master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

– Experience working on complicated projects in occupied facilities, involving coordination with both building occupants and the surrounding community.

– Knowledge and understanding of OSHA requirements and practices applicable to construction activities.

– Five years of supervisory experience, including at least three years of supervision of project management staff.

– Demonstrated leadership experience with the ability to motivate and inspire others and ensure that most employees are highly engaged with their work.

– Five years of experience managing, analyzing and presenting budgets in excess of $1,000,000.

– Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

– Experience with Microsoft Office suite and high functioning abilities with Excel.

– Successful completion of a background check.


$91,656-$132,912 (negotiable)

Other Info

Application screening begins January 10, 2022,

For questions, please contact Angie Telford, Administrative and Engagement Coordinator, at

Required Application Materials

Cover letter, resume, three professional references