The Director is responsible for developing and executing the American Repertory Theater's multi-million-dollar, multi-year capital building project. The program for the 90,500 square foot building was developed in conjunction with A.R.T. executive leadership and staff, and prepared for the A.R.T. Board of Trustees and Harvard University officials for approval. The successful candidate possesses a balance of interpersonal skills, technical knowledge and management experience to engage with A.R.T. stakeholders to refine and deliver the new building project. This individual works with A.R.T. stakeholders and University groups to ensure the project meets the desired goals, standards, and requirements. The Director works with end user groups to understand project scope and program requirements.
The Director engages with and direct external vendors through the life of the project, and manage all aspects of successful delivery of the project to the expected level of communication, quality, scope, budget and schedule.
Reporting to the Managing Director, this position works closely with the executive leadership, staff, A.R.T. trustees and other key stakeholders. The Director develops close working relationships with the A.R.T. operations team and University colleagues in related departments. They develop the A.R.T.'s interests in relationships with vendors, the City of Boston, and within the Allston community and serve as a subject matter expert regarding the project scope through all phases of the design, construction, and commissioning with key stakeholders and other interested parties.
Works with Harvard Capital Projects (HCP) to develop the project plan including cost estimates, project timelines, milestones, and deliverables. Provides A.R.T. management with regular status updates.
Creates a communication plan for the project to ensure the proper parties are fully informed in all aspects as the project develops. Works collaboratively with peers to ensure project impacts are minimal.
Works with HCP to manage all RFP's, negotiations, bid/contract award and procurement procedures for all project vendors.
In collaboration with HCP, helps manage the project budget as well as track future budgeting impact on operations for the new facility. Monitors and manages budgets and schedule for the project at all phases of development. Coordinates and directs value engineering activities as appropriate. Responsible for taking action to keep the project on schedule and on budget.
Works with project team on analysis of alternatives, risk assessments, quality control, cost estimation, plan review, and compliance issues.
Responsible for all project related compliance; maintains records of all appropriate permits, plans, and contracts. Oversees required regulatory inspection processes.
Responsible for all sustainability efforts, compliance and reporting in line with University goals. Direct LEED certification process for all capital projects. Participates in and represents A.R.T. at Harvard University capital and construction related committees and related topic meetings.
Oversees and maintains procedures on design and specification standards.
Works with operations staff and project team on commissioning and occupancy phase in case of any building problems.
Keeps abreast of developments and best practices in construction and design fields.
This is a term appointment expected to end three years from date of hire.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Established (10 plus years) experience in capital project management and facilities administration with demonstrated ability to manage projects and supervise staff in the delivery of a complex capital program.
Bachelor's Degree in relevant architecture, engineering, construction management, or project management discipline required.
Masters level degree preferred.
Experience in higher education capital project development processes and culture preferred.
Experience supervising and effectively collaborating with professionals at varying levels of responsibility. Well-developed ability to evaluate, negotiate, select and manage appropriate vendor cost-effective contracts for planning, permitting, design and construction related services.
Proven skills in leadership of groups – managing group dynamics, consensus building, fostering cooperation and developing lasting solutions.
Experience as an owner's rep in a University setting or other large institutional setting preferred.
Demonstrated professionalism in interactions with University faculty and staff, public officials, contractors, and the general public. Ability to exercise good judgment with diplomacy and discretion with sensitive and confidential materials.
Ability to work in fast-paced environment under pressure with frequent interruptions; handle multiple tasks with precision; meet deadlines; and work independently, while at the same time always mindful of the need to be a team player.
Must possess excellent decision making and organizational skills. Ability to communicate well in verbal and written form is essential. Self-motivated who can take initiative to resolve problems on the spot. Attention to detail is a must.
Presentation skills required for small and large groups. Demonstrated ability to effectively convey architectural and construction concepts in written and graphic formats, and in oral presentations to faculty, executives, administrators, students and the public. Ability to facilitate meetings.
Working knowledge of architectural principles as well as principles of sustainable design as they related to campus planning, design, construction and operations.
Broad technical knowledge of construction and building systems (structural, life safety, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, lighting, and control systems, etc.) Ability to read and correctly interpret construction documents and blueprints, geotechnical reports, and real estate/building related legal documents.
Demonstrated experience and familiarity budgeting, cost estimating and with the principles of value engineering as related to capital projects. Ability to develop and analyze the anticipated effects of design and construction alternatives on cost, quality and schedule, etc.
Strong computer skills - MS Office, scheduling applications, and PM administrative database application tools required. Knowledge of Building Information Management (BIM) systems a plus.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50997BR
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