Executive Director for Administration, Office for Capital Projects

Princeton, NJ

Posted: 10/15/21
Deadline: 12/13/21

About This Organization

Princeton, NJ. Princeton was ranked #1 for Best National Universities in the 2021 edition of Best Colleges | U.S. News & World Report. The University is home to world-class research facilities that are available to researchers across disciplines and departments. Princeton University is classified as “R1: Research Universities (Highest research activity)” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Having the strengths of a major research university with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college makes Princeton University truly exceptional.

Job Duties


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Capital Projects within the Facilities Organization, the Executive Director for Administration will play a critical role within the Office for Capital Projects (OCP) in providing strategic support services to the Program Managers and project teams executing on Capital Plan II. The Executive Director works closely with other officers and senior administrators in Facilities and University wide to facilitate the implementation of critical projects and initiatives in support of the goals for OCP. The Executive Director will manage the administrative team headed by the Office Manager, the Building Documents Coordinator, and the Code Analyst.

Working with the Program Managers, the incumbent actively participates and provides input in the strategic planning and aids the Department in its execution of all design and construction projects and major renovations. In addition, the Executive Director reviews, recommends and advises the Associate Vice President on the standards, policies and procedures associated with the successful implementation and execution of complex, overlapping design and construction projects throughout OCP. The Executive Director enforces department policies and procedures, establishing and enforcing document and operations QA/QC of all department projects. The incumbent is accountable for effective coordination and provides high level management oversight of related department activities.

The Executive Director is engaged in a broad range of activities, both highly strategic and tactical, to assist the AVP in executing their duties; concurrently works on initiatives and issues in multiple campus departments and leads cross-University projects; manages negotiations with outside entities; performs analysis, writes, and makes presentations on behalf of the OCP executive team; and provides counsel to, and follow-up on behalf of, the AVP in relation to administrative services.

This individual must embody core values essential to the Facilities Organization including collaboration with senior leaders, team members and campus partners to support the Capital Plan, and to cultivate and sustain cooperative working relationships with the Office of the Provost, Office of General Counsel, Campus Life, University Services, Finance and Treasury, and Environmental Health and Safety.


Office Administration
• Create a vision and action plan for administrative services for the Office of Capital Projects and establish a service model to support projects and initiatives.
• Draw on internal and/or external resources, evaluate opportunities to refine services, help secure required resources and launch and implement administrative initiatives.

Project Administration
• Manage campus partnerships as necessary and numerous other specialized areas of expertise that may be required. Create and be accountable for managing scope, budgets and service delivery to the project / program teams.
• Provide technical expertise and guidance to Capital Projects team in support of their work.
• Participate in the selection process for consultant, preconstruction and contractor selection, when appropriate.
• Manage and oversee the lifespan of internal projects, including ongoing monitoring and oversight of service delivery and compliance with documentation standards.

Human Resource Management
• Provide executive leadership in financial and human resources related to project services, maintaining and growing partnerships with Facilities Finance and Information Services, the Office of Sustainability, Operations, Engineering, Office of the University Architect and the Contracts Group.
• Provide supervision, leadership, and training to the OCP services team.
• Mentor staff.

Required Qualifications


• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as engineering, architecture, real estate, business, etc. or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience in managing capital design & construction projects.
• Familiarity with all aspects of how to effectively support large-scale critical projects in a University setting.
• Significant demonstrated success in leadership of both people and/or real estate organizations, with proven skills in leadership and communication in order to effectively engage and motivate staff.
• Individual must have significant experience and a well-developed maturity in decision processes and leading/managing diverse teams with conflicting needs or requirements.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective customer relationships within a team approach to project management.
• Demonstrated ability to understand complex matters and an excellent problem solver (e.g. strategic, structured, and data-driven) and project manager. Ability to manage multiple complex projects with varying scope and multiple stages of completion.
• Must possess assertive and collaborative skills capable of maintaining momentum of the project and continually exercise exceptional judgment and integrity.
• Effective organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills.
• Ability to understand existing policies, processes, and procedures; and conceive of and implement new work procedures to enhance efficiency or execution to individual project circumstances.
• Strong ability to analyze complex data and discover insights that produce real-world impact and improvement.
• Political and organizational savvy, remaining sensitive to the culture of the University and its many constituencies, but driven both to accomplish progress and to develop others
• Be inherently collegial and service oriented.
• The ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment is essential. The successful candidate will demonstrate as well as have interest in, familiarity with, and understanding of the wide range of issues affecting Princeton University.


• Master’s degree in engineering, architecture, business, or related field.
• Previous experience working in the higher education environment, in the construction industry, or real estate development.

Other Info

Princeton is conducting a national search with the assistance of Helbling & Associates (, an executive search firm specializing in areas of facilities management, construction, engineering, and real estate development.

All nominations, inquiries, and applications can be directed to Joe Wargo, Regional Manager, (724) 935-7500 ext. 107,

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.