Senior Director of Projects

Columbus, OH

Posted: 10/4/21
Deadline: 11/30/21

About This Organization

The Ohio State University – Wexner Medical Center

About the University

The Ohio State University is a world-class public, urban, land-grant research university with very high research activity and an engaged university, as classified by the Carnegie Foundation.

As Ohio’s flagship university, it is the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state, and one of the nation’s top 20 public universities. Nearly 68,000 students are enrolled at The Ohio State University, including 53,557 undergraduate, 11,110 graduate, and 3,290 professional students. The Ohio State University is comprised of the Columbus campus; its regional campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark, where a premium is placed on access; and its Wooster campus, home to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Agricultural Technical Institute.

The Ohio State University has 15 colleges that offer more than 200 undergraduate majors and 97 master’s programs, with 94 doctoral and professional programs. The University sets the stage for academic achievement and innovation. It is where friendships are forged, tradition is brought to life, and a better global community is built. Its mission is as clear today as it was 150 years ago: to illuminate a pathway to education, research and health care that creates vibrant futures.

The University is recognized for its top-rated academic medical center and premier Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its nearly 5,000 tenure-track, clinical, and research faculty, and 2,655 associated faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Sloan, Guggenheim, and Fulbright scholars; and distinguished fellows from numerous learned societies.

The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is the only public university in Ohio to which the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has given both its highest overall classification of Research University Very High Activity (R1) and highest undergraduate admissions classification.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has also twice honored The Ohio State University, most recently in 2015, with its Community Engagement Classification. The honor recognizes the University for its extensive engagement programming and how its mission, culture, curriculum, and resources are structured to support high-impact community engagement.

Faculty and staff build the incomparable Buckeye spirit through collaboration, a strong sense of community, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Eligible Ohio State employees receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental and vision insurance, tuition assistance for employees and their dependents, and state or alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Become a Buckeye and contribute to an incredible legacy that serves to guide our future and shape a better tomorrow.

Wexner Medical Center

Part of one of the most comprehensive health sciences campuses in the country, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (WMC) consists of the Ohio State Health System, the College of Medicine, the Health Sciences Library, and the Faculty Group Practice. It is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country and the only academic medical center in central Ohio. As one of the Midwest’s leading healthcare providers, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is committed to continuously setting the standard for world-class care.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers healthcare services in virtually every specialty and subspecialty in medicine. Thousands of patients visit each month for treatments and services they cannot find elsewhere. Providing access to healthcare information is central to the research, education, and patient care mission. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s seven hospitals and its network of community-based offices and care centers manage more than 1.91 million outpatient visits each year.

In 2019, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list for the 27th consecutive year. U.S. News consistently ranks Ohio State as the top hospital in central Ohio with nationally ranked specialties, including the Ear, Nose and Throat program that is ranked third in the country. Becker’s Hospital Review selected Ohio State for its 2018 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America” for excellence in quality patient care and clinical research, leadership in innovation, and its rankings and awards. The Leapfrog Group has once again honored the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with an “A” in its Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for being among the safest hospitals in the nation.

The Ohio State University Health Sciences Center—with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Optometry, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine all in close proximity—is adjacent to the tremendous resources and expertise of The Ohio State University campus in Columbus. This proximity fosters collaborations with other university departments, which makes Ohio State unique in the United States in its potential to promote scientific partnerships and the direct translation of research discoveries into new medical therapies and technologies. Such efforts have resulted in the Mathematical Biosciences Institute and the Ohio State Biomedical Engineering Center. Dual degree programs such as MD/MBA, MD/JD and MD/PhD have been developed with the Fisher College of Business, the College of Law, and the College of Public Health.

Columbus, Ohio

The 14th-most populous city in the nation, Columbus is Ohio’s state capital and a center of technology, commerce, and education. In addition to The Ohio State University, Columbus is home to multiple universities and colleges as well as the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research and development foundation.

In 2016, Money Magazine named Columbus one of the nation’s “6 Best Big Cities.” Forbes has given Columbus an “A rating” as one of the top U.S. cities for business. In addition to The Ohio State University, major employers include Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, L Brands, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Honda of America, Kroger, Whirlpool, Huntington Bancshares, Abbott Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OhioHealth, Cardinal Health, and Quantum Health.

Columbus prides itself on a diverse population, a thriving visual and performing arts scene, exciting sporting events, a strong network of public and private schools, numerous public parks and recreational areas, and an array of fine restaurants, museums, and cultural activities.
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Job Duties

Position Summary

The Senior Director of Projects for the Wexner Medical Center Project Team within the Office of Design and Construction will provide detailed and focused leadership regarding the planning, design, and physical construction and renovation of Wexner Medical Center facilities, The Ohio State University Health Science Colleges (College of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, ULAR/Research), and Veterinary Medicine buildings. The Senior Director of Projects will report directly to the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Design and Construction and lead a team which includes a Director of Projects and 18 to 20 (will likely grow to 25) Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, and Construction Managers. This position will partner directly with the Associate Vice President of Facilities for the Wexner Medical Center along with many senior leaders, business and financial managers, internal customers and stakeholders, and the Facilities Operations and Development organization (FOD), including Operations and Engineering within the Medical Center and University.


• Overall leadership, management oversight, and technical direction for all project activities, which include a wide range of scopes and involve several multi-disciplinary customers.
• Primary liaison to the Associate Vice President of Facilities for the Wexner Medical Center, Senior Leaders, and Directors of each of the Hospitals and Deans of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
• Close collaboration with many senior managers, business leaders within the medical center, operations teams, and facility planning staff.
• Supervise team management, including a Director of Projects whose primary responsibility will be the day-to-day management of the team.
• Lead and enable the Director of Projects and project management team to generate and implement the overall strategy and plan for projects to meet aggressive, forward-looking goals. Overall leadership on strategy and supporting critical activities, risks, contingencies and alternatives, and oversight of a high performing project management team in their activities, including development of budgets, milestones, communication plans, reporting, and resource plan development.
• Ensure that strategic implementation of project management best practices are in alignment with Facilities Design and Construction (FDC) and the Assistant Vice President of FDC.
• Set clear and accountable goals for direct reports and ensure alignment with WMC Associate Vice President and Director of Planning for WMC.
• Promote team cohesiveness to optimize the performance of project management activities, not only within Design and Construction, but with the facilities planning team who works closely with each of the Project Managers within Design and Construction. A key initiative will be to produce a highly cohesive team that works cooperatively and effectively in achieving common project and team goals.
• Lead special projects, not limited to the following: process improvement initiatives, culture and relationship development, operational improvements, which will require generating meeting agenda notes and distributing high-level work plans to effect change.
• The role is highly cross-functional and will involve collaboration with internal and external partners along with senior leadership, core leadership, and the WMC facilities planning team.
• Work closely with the Assistant Vice President of Design and Construction to develop and implement resource allocations, workload analysis, and metrics for implementation, and delivery of projects.
• Oversee hiring and work of associate architects, engineers, and construction managers. May be required, depending on analysis and workload projection, to recruit and select project and field staff.
• Monitor project expenditures, including work of the team and contractors, to ensure project is delivered on time and within budget. Recommend necessary changes in project plan/budget and implement changes.
• Responsible for main communication to Medical Center customers regarding status and critical project and financial details requiring attentive tracking and reporting. Utilize best practices and metrics to analyze and report on delivery of projects to project staff, clients, and other senior leadership as appropriate.
• Responsible for the management of difficult participant cases and adherence to Medical Center protocols.
• Design and collaborate with the Director of Projects to produce an orientation, training, and mentoring program for internal staff to promote and develop highly effective Project Managers. This training and development will also work in conjunction with the workshops and training planned as part of the Stakeholder Survey outcomes.
• Identify issues and risks related to project implementation in a timely manner and appropriate program adjustments.
• Participate and contribute to “big picture” thinking and long-term planning within a campus that is growing markedly in size, scope, and complexity.
• Participate in the Medical Center’s operational excellence program as well as FDC’s stakeholder survey workshops, as both initiatives ensure efficiency of analysis and implementation. Includes input and support on re-engineering of processes and procedures, improving and strengthening culture.
• Maintain, foster, and develop strong client relationships and improve communication and service for stakeholders, customers, and the University.
• Lead, mentor, motivate, and organize a team of Project Managers to maximize work quality, budget, schedule, efficiency, and communication.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

• Background in architecture and/or construction management with experience in medical center projects and experience with regulatory requirements within a highly complex medical system.
• Bachelor’s degree in architecture, business admin, engineering, or equivalent education/experience.
• 10 to 15 years’ experience planning and managing complex construction projects.
• Certified Project Management Professional, Registered Architect, and Licensed Professional Engineer.
• Demonstrated track record in directing a significant project management team.
• Solid knowledge of state and local building codes, healthcare codes and standards, and industry best practices and licensing requirements. Detailed working knowledge of building systems, design, and construction techniques.
• Experience with healthcare projects along with a solid knowledge of healthcare design standards, healthcare architecture, operational and equipment requirements, sustainable construction. Solid understanding of building construction methods and materials as well as MEP systems.
• Experience in leading and managing construction and facility management staff. Experience negotiating contracts.
• Demonstrated ability to lead diverse teams and build consensus.
• Knowledge and experience with large and small project contracts, including the General Conditions, and related documents.
• Excellent communication skills. Strong organizational, time management, presentation skills and attention to detail. Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and professional manner both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented as well as communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing.
• Ability to manage multiple, unrelated projects simultaneously. Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines. Ability to work independently on multiple tasks without immediate and constant supervision.
• Strong problem-solving skills, communication skills, leadership skills, and mentorship skills.
• Understand appropriate industry technologies and software.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and a knowledge of eBuilder and workday is a plus.
• CADD experience preferred.

Other Info

About the Search

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 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.

Please Submit Applications or Nominations to
Helbling & Associates, Inc.
8000 Brooktree Road, Suite 100
Wexford, PA 15090

Matthew D. Lesher, Senior Managing Consultant
O: (724) 935-7500 x114

Please visit Helbling & Associates’ Candidates Page for more information.

Ohio State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.