Director of Planning, Design and Construction

Lewisburg, PA

Posted: 2/26/20
Deadline: 3/25/20
Salary: DOE
Reference Number: 118325996

About This Organization

Bucknell University

An undergraduate, liberal arts university in the heart of Pennsylvania. We””re a small school with a lot to offer, including more than 60 majors in three top colleges: Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the Freeman College of Management.

Job Duties

The Director of Planning, Design and Construction (PD&C) is responsible for the overall development and implementation of capital construction projects for new buildings and major facility renovations. The Director of PD&C also provides support to the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Sustainability for campus-wide planning initiatives and committee related work and represents the Facilities Organization on various campus-wide committees. The position oversees the staff in Planning, Design, and Construction as well as designers, contractors, vendors and consultants; has responsibility for managing the execution of an annual average of $5 to $10 million in renewal and replacement projects and $10 to $20 million in capital construction projects. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Sustainability.

Job Duties:
• The Director of PD&C is responsible for recruitment, supervision, performance evaluation management and staff planning of project-related administrative/professional and support staff.
• Provides planning, design, development and management of capital construction and project budgets. Monitors project progress and take proactive steps to ensure projects meet the needs of the campus in a cost effective and timely fashion.
• Initiate, manage and implement long-range strategic initiatives related to facilities planning, construction and renovation.
• Develops Bucknell University design and construction standards and specifications and plans, develops and manages capital renovation and renewal projects.
• Oversees the development of and adherence to planning documents including, but not limited to, the campus master plan, landscape master plan, signage standards, space utilization policies, and historic preservation plans.
• Monitors all applicable codes and regulations. Ensures campus standards are updated as needed and plans are adjusted to ensure compliance.
• Routinely prepare and present special reports to the senior leadership and campus community on facility-related topics.
• Manages the selection of and the interaction, coordination and contracts with architects, engineers, contractors, vendors and consultants.
• Organizes and develops internal operating policies and procedures.
• Represents Bucknell University to community and government entities for project approvals.
• Adheres to OSHA standards, employs safe practices, and follows safety policies and procedures.
• Supports and promotes the University’s sustainability efforts.
• Additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in engineering, architecture, planning, facilities management, or construction management.
• Ten years progressive experience in the management and technical aspects of construction of complex facilities including building codes, contracts, legal issues and personnel management.
• Demonstrated commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• The DPDC position requires the ability to read, understand, interpret and formulate plans, specifications and engineering data for buildings, equipment, furnishings, utilities and landscaping.
• Demonstrated ability to administer, understand and interpret financial and statistical procedures, contracts and documents.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage a staff engaged in the construction and renovation of complex facilities and related services.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, is required to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituents, including faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and consultants.

Preferred Qualifications:
• An advanced degree in engineering, business, or management.
• Professional registration (ex. PE, RA, RLA, etc) and/or certifications (ex. LEED AP, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, CCM, PMP, etc)
• Experience with planning, design, and construction specific software such as Revit, Procore, etc.

Physical Demands:
• Must use proper safety equipment for hearing, head, eyes, feet, hands, and safety vest.

Work Type:
• full-time

About Bucknell
Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.
Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community
Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.
The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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