Senior Director, Project Management

UCSD   •  

San Diego, CA

Industry: Education.


11 - 15 years

Posted 238 days ago

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UC San Diego, one of the world’s leading public research universities, located in beautiful La Jolla, California, is currently searching for a Senior Director of Project Management. The Senior Director will report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for all design and construction matters relating to the physical development of all UCSD campus properties, specifically major Housing, Dining, and broader campus facility projects. The Senior Director will collaborate with the other Senior Directors in advising the AVC in the development of the overall capital program schedule and its resource implications. This is an exciting brand new position due to explosive growth across all areas across the university, and will be expected to serve as a member of Department Leadership and Senior Staff teams, provide large capital budget oversight, determine and execute delivery strategy, provide consultation on professional design and construction management practices to the department, the campus, and the University of California system, and will be responsible for the development and implementation of departmental policy, procedures and processes related to project management.


Capital Program Management (CPM) is the primary service provider at the University of California, San Diego, charged with the implementation of a +/- $3.2 Billion Capital Program transforming the physical landscape of the campus with the integration of the Light Rail Transit and expanded infrastructure, housing, academic and research buildings, and mixed-use facilities to address future enrollment growth demands aimed at ensuring enhanced studentexperience, cultivating an inclusive and diverse community, expanding our research prowess and impact, improving the delivery of advanced healthcare and enrich our community. Responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of construction management and administration; project programming, planning and management; on-time and on-budget delivery of design and construction services which advance the mission, vision, and values of UC San Diego. Capital Program Management is a comprehensive project management organization whose objectives are to complete all major capital projects for a multi-billion public research university program, on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of its clients. The office is comprised of multiple functional units which include project management, engineering services, contract administration, fiscal management, and supporting administrative services. CPM is responsible for bidding and award of contracts, construction and contract document management, and utilizing a variety of project delivery methods to ensure the implementation of comprehensive project schedules and budget management commencing with preliminary planning through completion of construction and occupancy.


The Senior Director of Project Management will work is responsible for all design and construction matters relating to the physical development of UCSD campus properties. This effort includes but is not limited to conceptual planning, design, construction, administration, project management, and fiscal management, and oversight of complex budgets for multiple projects, simultaneously, in excess of a billion dollars in the aggregate, with demonstrated ability to monitor, foresee and solve potential problems, develop alternative strategies for avoiding cost overruns and implement changes as needed to deliver projects on budget. Responsibilities also include work required to ensure compliance of campus facilities with codes and other governmental requirements for public health and safety.

Implement, oversee and provide guidance of web-based capital program management and constructionproject management software.

This position serves as representative to the Office of the President on campus design and construction matters at UCSD as well as the University representative to outside agencies, i.e. Department of State Architect (DSA), Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), City of San Diego, and County of San Diego.

Responsible for implementation of capital projects. Provides administrative oversight for teams of project managers with emphasis on daily operations and functions, ensuring that project progress and completion is within budget and time constraints.


  • A minimum of 10+ years with demonstrated management level experience, and a successful track record in constructioncontracting and management in research universities, general contractors, developers, hospitals or similar large scale facility environments.

  • Expert knowledge and experience building complex, multi-year facilities including but not limited to: student housing, dining facilities, research laboratories, classroom buildings, office buildings, parking garages, conference centers, student centers, theatres, music and art facilities, conference centers, sports facilities, landscape projects, maintenance facilities, and transportation projects.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, state and federal legislative processes.

  • Extensive experience, knowledge and demonstrated ability to organize, direct and successfully implement project management and construction activities of a large technically complex capital development program, including the skill to plan, organize, and direct work of professional and administrative staff engaged in physical planning and construction.

  • Demonstrated ability to read and comprehend legal and technical documents and to draft legal documents for review by counsel. Understanding of construction law, contract requirements and prior experience in preparing and presenting documentation related to constructionclaims.

  • Knowledge of federal, state and local codes pertaining to design and construction and ability to provide technical advice based on sound understanding of construction principles and practice. Ability to apply state and/or federal law, UC Policy and campus policy to the execution of major and minor campus capital improvement projects. Thorough knowledge or ability to learn California and industry building codes and regulations. Knowledge of Division of State Architect (DSA) and State Fire Marshal (SFM) code and policy requirements.

  • Thorough financial, budgeting and cost management skills, including demonstrated experience in projecting budget costs, coordinating multiple projects, adapting programmatic objectives to changes in resources, and establishing priorities as affected by budgetary issues to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery.

  • Excellent skills to lead, direct and manage personnel including selection, training, evaluating and, as required, taking corrective action. Superior judgment, interpersonal communication, leadership, writing, and analytical skills. Strong demonstrated leadership, management and supervisory skills to effectively train and guide staff at all levels, delegate tasks, set performance standards, and evaluate performance. Ability to motivate staff and foster a cooperative working environment.

  • Current and emerging best practices for sustainable design in all aspects of site and building applications, including those in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

  • Appropriateness and applicability of utilizing many different project delivery methodologies; including understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each, including but not limited to Pre-Qualified Lump-Sum Low Bid; Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC); Design Build, including traditional and bridging; Multiple-Prime, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery Systems methodologies.


  • DOJ/FBI/DMV background checks and clearances required prior to employment.

  • License to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.

  • License within a United States jurisdiction required at time of application.

  • Must obtain California license by the end of first year of employment