Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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Facilities Services (FS) is a world-class organization providing exceptional services anywhere, anytime in support of the University of Washington's mission of teaching, research, and discovery. FS engages employees through LEAN practices and continuous improvement. FS includes eight departments that maintain and support the University: Administration & Strategic Initiatives (AVP), Building Services Department (BSD), Campus Engineering & Operations (CE&O), Facilities Employee Services (FES), Facilities Maintenance & Construction (FMC), Finance and Business Services (FABS), Transportations Services (TS), and UW Emergency Management (EM).
FMC has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director for Construction. This position reports directly to the department Director and serves as the senior operational leader for Facilities Construction with responsibility and authority throughout the University.
Under general guidance and direction from the Director, this position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all assigned shops in the execution of tenant improvement construction projects and other alterations. The position is responsible for personnel and resource management across all subordinate units as may be assigned, and engages in strategy and policy development and execution as a member of the FMC Executive Team.
The Assistant Director develops, recommends, and implements programs and policies to safely deliver quality, timely and cost-effective tenant improvements and alteration work on University facilities for a variety of customers. Projects are typically limited in scope to <$90,000 in value with an overall biennial project workload of approximately $17,000,000.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Operations: Directly oversee operational activities, including resource deployment and personnel management for optimum unit performance in completing minor construction and alterations in the University's buildings and other physical assets.
Provide leadership for sub-unit and organization activities, including financial planning, strategy development, and short- and long-range planning; design and direct necessary data gathering and analysis.
Work with clients and other leaders within Facilities Services and FMC to support urgent, routine and long-term facility improvements meeting quality and regulatory standards.
Prepare reports and official documents in support of organization objectives and priorities, ensuring inclusion of perspectives of internal and external constituencies and other affected parties.
Support departmental efforts and priorities in the development of the integrated Minor Capital program; advise on expansion, modernization and innovative modifications, working in concert with other campus facilities professionals. Oversee execution of assigned approved biennial Minor Capital projects in a timely and effective manner.
Identify institutional policies and/or practices that affect Facilities Construction operations and ensure productive resolution of problems.
Act as a department labor relations representative as needed in coordination with Facilities Employee Services, the University's Labor Relations Office, and other departments or agencies as required on matters relating to any bargaining units to which department personnel belong.
Manage, advise and provide consultation on complaints, disciplinary actions and grievances. Conduct and oversee investigations of employee grievances and complaints as required.
Work in coordination with FS Facilities Employee Services as needed for resolution of grievances or possible legal actions.
Develop and implement strategies and programs to improve the hiring, retention, and professional development of staff. Oversee and monitor recruiting and hiring activities within assigned shops to ensure compliance with standards and requirements and department expectations.
Develop and monitor budget execution for assigned subordinate units.
Organizational Leadership and Engagement:Engage in strategy development and planning as a member of the FMC Executive Team and FMC Leadership Team; support strategic initiatives identified by the Director. Lead Balanced Scorecard efforts within subordinate units. Provide technical and operational expertise in long-range planning.
Lead or support strategic initiatives identified by the Director or as a member of the FMC Leadership Team.
Provide expertise and leadership for incorporating lean management principles in all subordinate units. Implement strategies to increase the engagement of all staff in lean initiatives. Develop strategies and action plans to integrate and personalize lean principles.
Participate on and serve as staff as may be required on University Committees and Facilities Services initiatives.
Devise and conduct customer relations activities for Facilities Construction, in accordance with FMC and Facilities Services customer service practices and initiatives.
Ensure coordination with related service entities at the University and with City and State agencies and regulators to maximize operations and ensure compliance with applicable regulations and objectives.
Compliance: Ensure organizational compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Interpret requirements; develop, document, and implement procedures; conduct or oversee analysis and reporting; implement or make recommendations for remediation or correction as necessary.
On an ongoing basis the Assistant Director will have broad authority for operating decisions including fiscal, personnel management, and service delivery within the areas of programmatic oversight.
Perform other duties as assigned
Regular and predictable attendance is required
Demonstrate personal integrity and trustworthiness
Manage stressful situations and changing priorities effectively
Anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
Be responsible and accountable
Use organizational skills and provide attention to details
Maintain a positive, optimistic and success-oriented attitude
Exercise professionalism, which includes being tactful and courteous
Exhibit a professional work ethic
Continuously promote a safe work environment
Bachelor's degree in construction management, engineering or a related discipline plus eight years of increasingly responsible management-level experience in construction, facilities management or related business operations, including direct supervision of multiple direct reports.
Outstanding interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and a proven ability to work successfully with people at all levels throughout the organization and with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Proven ability to maintain professional behavior and composure in a fast paced, dynamic, customer service-driven environment.
Proven human resources management ability, including a history of success with coaching and mentoring, team building, leading conflict resolution, and initiating and monitoring corrective action.
Demonstrated success utilizing key performance indicators/metrics to assess performance and drive organizational improvements. Experience leading continuous process improvement initiatives.
Excellent organizational skills. Able to work independently and successfully prioritize and coordinate multiple programs and assigned tasks. Demonstrated flexibility to meet changing and unpredictable requirements.
Excellent problem-solving skills. Able to analyze complex information, define problems, and develop and implement creative, cost-effective solutions. Experience in systems development, data analysis, customer service program development and management, and fiscal planning.
Able to function within a complex, regulatory environment. Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret and apply standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Demonstrated proficiency with standard productivity software including Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent products
Have knowledge and understand of safe work practices and policies
Must be able to wear all proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required
Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions and communicate in English regarding the use of chemicals, supplies, and equipment; comply with safety policies and procedures
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Public Administration or related field.
Extensive management-level experience in a large or complex facilities services organization. Experience in construction operations management and supervision of skilled trades workforce is preferred.
Operations and program management experience in an institutional environment and/or urban setting. Management experience in a public sector setting.
Related professional registration (P.E., R.A., etc.) or certifications (such as Project Management Professional, LEED AP, etc.).
Familiarity and experience with Balanced Scorecard methodologies.
Familiarity and experience incorporating lean management principles in the work environment.
History of success managing in a unionized environment.
Demonstrated success with Microsoft Project or equivalent scheduling programs; Proficiency with a computerized maintenance management system.
Conditions of Employment:
Possession of a valid Washington State driver's license.
While usual hours fall within standard business hours, work may be required during hours beyond standard business hours including weekends. Position requires flexibility to deal with emergency situations, meetings, or other scheduled work that may fall outside normal work hours. Professional travel may be required.
The majority of work is normally performed in a typical interior/office environment. However, work will regularly require outdoor or field work with exposure to the elements and variable weather conditions or in a variety of mechanical spaces and other non-typical interior spaces.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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