Wellesley College seeks a collaborative and skilled professional to join the Facilities team as Director of Planning, Design and Construction (Director hereafter). The Director provides leadership and direction for facilities planning, design and construction on campus, and the timely, successful and on-budget delivery of all construction and renovation projects. The Director draws on both technical expertise and exemplary communication skills to execute projects that support the College’s mission of educating women. The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning and has frequent communication with the executive leadership and key constituencies within Wellesley College and the town of Wellesley. The Director is responsible for supporting Wellesley through the largest facilities renewal and construction program in the institution’s history. Wellesley 2025: A Plan for Campus Renewal is a major, multi-year program to renew and reinvigorate Wellesley’s iconic and essential campus buildings. Projects will include major construction and renovation, alterations and repairs to address deferred maintenance, and infrastructure-related projects. The projects will support the academic enterprise, the residential experience, and wellness and recreational programs at Wellesley. Excellent, cost-effective design makes a statement about the importance of women’s education, one that is communicated to both current and prospective students, and to faculty and staff who work at the College.
Review of Applications will begin on August 21, 2017.
Requirements: • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. Registered Architect license required. • Minimum of 8 years of experience in managing design and construction teams is required. • LEED-AP certification preferred. • Experience in higher education setting preferred. • Experience in managing and mentoring direct reports preferred.
• Lead campus planning program and project feasibility studies in collaboration with College leaders, and manage a program that enhances the physical spaces and supports the College’s mission. • Deliver transformational projects by upholding the unique character and quality of Wellesley’s campus, by considering buildings and landscapes as integrated parts of the whole, and by using design strategies that contribute to Wellesley’s distinctive sense of place. • Deliver all projects under budget and on schedule. • Promote sustainability in the built habitat, and integrate facilities operational requirements to enhance life-cycle of buildings and systems. • Support the Resources fundraising team in their efforts to raise gifts to fund the College’s campaign. Financial Management
• Develop realistic project budgets and project budget communication tools • Develop creative ideas to optimize project costs, find synergies within various sources of funding, and enhance value. • Work closely with the Finance and Budget Offices to strengthen coordination of financial planning for the capital program. Communications Responsibilities • Facilitate communication between architects and campus constituencies throughout the process of architect selection, design and construction. • Communicate the core values of Wellesley 2025 to external and internal audiences.
Administrative Responsibilities • Manage the office of planning, design and construction as a business enterprise, oversee the office’s operating budget, and forecast resource needs. • Manage a team of assistant directors, project managers, and staff, and ensure effective performance. • Be on-call rotation with other managers and respond to campus emergencies if needed. Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. • Demonstrated ability to oversee the work of a team managing multiple large-scale projects simultaneously. • Strong budget and financial skills; • Experience with and knowledge of benchmarking, best practices, and continuous improvement processes related to design and construction departments and systems; • Knowledge of building and accessibility codes; familiarity with Massachusetts regulations desirable. • Strong leadership skills and a collaborative, service-oriented approach to work; • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for engagement at all institutional levels and with a variety of constituencies; • Deep understanding of both the service and stewardship roles of college facilities organizations. • Computer familiarity and competence including experience with BIM, CAD, ProCore (or similar) software required.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years?women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world?s top undergraduate women are ch...allenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield?whether in their own communities or on the world stage?is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley?s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty?often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the ?real world? in its graduates, in terms of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.