SCUP

Director of Architecture

Long Beach, California

Posted: 9/10/19
Deadline: 10/15/19
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Reference Number: 1014010

About This Organization

CSU Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor’s Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Architecture. The CSU Chancellor’s Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation’s largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor’s Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

Job Duties

Chancellor’s Office Statement
Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Director of Architecture. The CSU Chancellor’s Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation’s largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor’s Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.

Position Information
The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Director of Architecture to provide systemwide policy leadership and project contract and technical support to campuses for the architectural and engineering (A/E) design of physical facilities within the California State University system. This position serves as the California State University Building Official managing CSU Building Code enforcement and providing guidance on the entirety of building code matters including fire-life-safety and accessibility issues.

Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the Chief of Planning and Design, the Director of Architecture will perform tasks and duties as follows:

BUILDING OFFICIAL
Act as CSU Building Official. Create and manage a code compliance framework to promote, assess and ensure code compliance. Coordinate with other review parties as necessary to secure and document appropriate regulatory approval. Interact and engage with agency counterparts. Defend CSU authority, challenge external compliance calls that do not have a justifiable code basis. Advocate for expansion of CSU authority to support these ends. Provide guidance to campus-based Deputy Building Officials in the interpretation and application of code. Review campus permitting process, identify and advocate for implementation of model practices. Work with the CSU Chief of Fire Safety, Deputy Chiefs of Fire Safety, Designated Campus Fire Marshals, Environmental Health and Safety Officers, and other related campus staff on the development of a systemwide panic and fire safety program.

DESIGN AGREEMENTS
Create and maintain model A/E agreements and A/E Guideline documents for systemwide use. Act as a resource for proper use with the various construction delivery methods. Establish a list of prequalified design firms to facilitate and streamline the campus contracting process. Execute individual agreements and amendments to support projects of the California Maritime Academy (as they are not delegated authority for large projects), projects related to the headquarters of the Office of the Chancellor, and other CSU campuses as may be needed. Oversee associated program invoice and payment processing. Demonstrate good faith in business dealings. Cultivate a CSU reputation for fair and balanced agreements.

POLICY SUPPORT
Provides leadership and direction to the Seismic Review Board (SRB) to set long-term systemwide policy relating to seismic issues. In conjunction with the SRB, ensures that seismic policies are enforced during project design, and that policies are effectively communicated to campuses. Works closely with others in the department to provide leadership and direction to the Mechanical Review Board in order to assist campuses with implementation of model practices. Act as lead staff in the event of seismic events and coordinate efforts to assess structural damage as necessary.

CAMPUS TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Provide campus support on design, project management and building systems technical issues. Provide code support. Evaluate and suggest alternative code compliance approaches. Render code interpretations. Assess code compliance determinations by DSA. Engage with agencies as necessary to ensure code compliance measures are reflective of code requirements. Maintain professional currency and credibility. Participate in the review of construction claims and analyze design team performance, adherence to contract requirements, and execution of the work. Propose solutions or methods to resolve design disputes working with the campus, design teams, contractors, and third-party plan review entities.

CAMPUS DESIGN SUPPORT
Review, critique and recommend for approval CSU projects at various phases, but with particular emphasis on master planning, pre-schematic and schematic phases of individual projects. Coordinate reviews with other CPDC units for viability of approach and compliance with program and budget. Assess and report on aesthetic and technical adequacy, clarity of design and compliance with trustee policy.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Assess systemwide training need. Nominate, develop and present relevant, technical, continuing education training to CSU groups. Maintain professional currency and technical competency. Be cognizant of emerging trends and technology advances. Support the biennial CSU Facilities Management Conference as needed to train campus and CPDC staff.

ADMINISTRATION
Manage administrative aspects of position. Includes management of staff, budget development and oversight of related programs including the CSU Building Official network and provide staff support to the Certification Review Board related to campus performance in the execution of capital projects. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

This position requires:
-A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required and a minimum of 10 years of well-rounded professional experience. California Architect is required. Exposure to private and public sectors. Experience relevant to Higher Education, but not necessarily in Higher Education.
-Thorough Architectural-Engineering-Construction professional practice exposure.
-Comprehensive understanding of building structures and systems.
-Comprehensive knowledge of California Building Code; CBC Part II – Volume 1 emphasis.
-Ready ability to convey ideas, present compelling arguments, defend and advocate concepts and policies.
-Must have a sensitivity to Federal and State government concerns and drivers.
-Must understand economic and financial concepts.
-Must be familiar with U.S. and State legislative process.
-Possess a working legal understanding of contracts.
-Excellent written and oral communication skills.
-Must be able to articulate and defend positions in all of the above.
-Ability to adjust to quickly changing priorities as circumstances change.
-Ability to organize work, set priorities, anticipate setbacks and carry out position responsibilities.
-Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
-Ability to make inferences and apply logical tests to arguments.
-Ability to write technical reports on subject matter for internal use.
-Ability to prepare concise, logical analytical reports.
-Ability to make group presentations to provide information on changes in policies and procedures.
-Ability to present complex technical information to non-technical audiences and convey understanding.
-Skill in listening perceptively and conveying awareness in managing group meeting dynamics.
-Skill in exchanging ideas and information with others for the development of policies and programs.
-Skill in mediating between contending parties and reaching workable solutions.
-Skill in working as team member and collaborating with others to achieve defined/desired outcomes.
-Strong networking and interpersonal skills including consultative and persuasive skills to work with internal and external constituents.
-Skill in analyzing information, problems, situations or procedures to define problems, identify relevant factors, formulate logical conclusions and recognize alternative solutions and their implications.
-Ability to coordinate and execute multiple projects while continually assessing shifting and competing priorities.
-Ability to work in situations where there will be ambiguity, but still able to assess issues and take action leading to long-term defined/desired outcomes.

Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Other Info

Link to Apply Online:
https://cmshr.cms-hr.csulb.edu/HLBPRD/cocsu_jobs.html

Campus Employment Homepage:
http://www.calstate.edu/HRS/jobs.shtml