Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia University is undertaking a new campus in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem. The area of development comprises approximately 6.8 million sf of new development over 17 acres and extends roughly from the south side of West 125th Street to 133rd Street and from Broadway to Twelfth Avenue. Also included are properties on the east side of Broadway from West 131st Street to 134th Street between Broadway and Old Broadway.
The Manhattanville Development team is seeking an Executive Director with superb construction experience (preferably in the research and academic fields and exterior curtain wall construction) to oversee the construction project controls process on a variety of projects including CBS, Phase 2 Below Grade, University Forum and future projects in Manhattanville. For more information on the status of Manhattanville, see http://neighbors.columbia.edu/pages/manplanning/. For information on Columbia University, see www.columbia.edu.
The Executive Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Project Management. He/She is responsible for working closely with the Project Management teams to monitor all aspects of cost and schedule controls within the Manhattanville Development Group. Working closely with MDG Project Management group, Construction Managers, Design Consultants, Finance & Procurement, outside Counsels for claims settlement, and project stakeholders to ensure the performance of the projects are on budget and on schedule.
The Executive Director will support Project Directors and Senior Project Managers on construction activities to ensure that design, specifications, and contracts are followed and that work is completed according to schedule and within budget. He/She will have lead responsibility and oversight to ensure that contractual obligations are met by all parties and that critical and relevant information is communicated in accordance with strict deadlines. He/She will be responsible for the financial close out of all trade contracts and for the validation of CM's final settlement recommendations by trade.
He/She will be responsible to develop with the AVP for Project Management a comprehensive policies and procedures manual for all contract administration activities as needed for the Manhattanville Development Group. The Executive Director, Project controls is essential to a successful project, by advising Project Directors and Senior Project Managers on project costs, change orders for consultants and contractors. He/She will be responsible for schedule management of all projects, reporting on schedule variances and recommending schedule recovery strategies to maintain the baseline schedule to support Project Directors and Senior PM's.
He/She will be responsible for cost control tracking of all projects, develops executive summary reports on a Bi-Weekly and Monthly basis for senior leadership, tracks risks and exposures and recommends mitigations to maintain baseline budget. Candidate will be responsible to assist with reporting on several key performance indicators such as earned value schedule S curve graphs, Project Status Reports and KPI's on a monthly basis. Performs other special assignments and may serve on committees as directed by the Associate Vice President.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required; preferably in architecture, engineering or construction technologies. A minimum of 8 to 10 years of related experience required; preferably in the management of construction or renovation projects, of which at least 7 years experience must include project controls responsibilities with projects of similar type and scale to those found in an institutional environment.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Ability to interpret construction documents, and understanding of applicable construction codes and knowledge of the principles of design, an overview of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and a superior grasp of construction industry practices and procedures. Understanding, through personal experience, the business and viewpoints of contractors. Possess experience with projects requiring strict commissioning protocols and procedures. Demonstrated ability to quickly establish credibility in the field in order to deal with contractors and bring about timely, fair resolution to issues while supporting the project team's goals and objectives. Experience working on large, institutional or commercial construction projects. Demonstrated expert knowledge of the construction industry operations, and quality control measures. Must be a proven self starter, with ability to prioritize, follow-up and report on many issues. Must be knowledgeable in civil, structural, exterior glass and precast panels curtain walls, mechanical, piping, welding, and MEPS equipment. Previous site supervision of management experience is required. Understand construction schedule and capable of determining potential delays to the project. Strong analytical, communications both oral and written, and collaboration skills will also be crucial to the success of the candidate.
Preferred Qualifications: Design and construction software experience a plus.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_167845
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