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Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost - Academic Space Planning, the Director of Academic Space Management is responsible for day-to-day oversight of academic construction and renovation projects and supports the Associate Vice Provost in planning for the academic and research space needs of the university. The scope for these duties includes, classrooms, laboratories, faculty/student/staff office spaces, libraries, collaborative spaces, makerspaces, and the related scientific equipment needed to support an ever-expanding research and teaching portfolio across Northeastern's Global University System.
The Director works closely with colleges, the Office of the Provost finance team, and the Planning, Real Estate, and Facilities (PREF) team on evaluating project requests, appropriately defining project scope, and making recommendations to leadership on which projects to execute. The Director also analyzes data, including space productivity metrics, and presents relevant findings and analysis to support strategic decision making. In this capacity, the Director plays a key role in the creation of the Office of the Provost annual capital budget.
Proficiency in establishing scope of academic construction and renovation projects, tracking the progress of those projects with attention to scope, budget, and schedule. Ability to organize, prioritize and focus on details while keeping in mind larger implications. Highly effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Able to exercise sound decision-making skills and judgement. Knowledge and skills required for this job are normally obtained through a bachelors required (Master's preferred) in construction, engineering, project management or science plus at least 5-7 years of prior facilities, construction, or project management experience required, with a strong preference for experience in scientific, medical, academic or research space. Familiarity with research lab mechanical systems and operations preferred. Experience using Smartsheet project management software is preferred.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
1) Project oversight - Partners with school faculty/staff, the Planning, Real Estate, and Facilities (PREF) team, and institutional safety groups to design and fit-out specific spaces; attends regular construction meetings; monitors progress and ensures budgetary targets are met and projects are completed in a timely fashion; Triages day-to-day space and renovation/construction issues with the colleges and PREF; researches pressing issues and presents options for resolution; regularly assesses the space needs of the Provost's office; oversees moves of Provost's office and staff and related faculty; Coordinates and oversees progress of scientific equipment installations;
2) Shepherds projects through from beginning to end, helping to define scope, evaluate alternatives, and establish appropriate budgets; Works with university's central Facilities and Planning teams to identify and prepare for incoming faculty in a timely fashion; Provides an academic voice in major construction projects at all campuses. This may include participation in vendor selection, design, and/or construction; always includes occupancy planning and the resultant impact on key space elements such as HVAC, ceiling height, floor strength, plumbing, etc.
3) Space Planning - Continuously interacts with the colleges, faculty, and staff to understand current and upcoming needs related to academic and research initiatives; regularly prepares analyses and reports that help guide and influence strategic decision making for the university; assembles space productivity metrics to inform decision making; Understands, represents, and plans for scientific equipment needed to support an ever-expanding research and teaching portfolio; tracks capital budgets
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.