Executive Director, Design & Construction

University of California

Oakland, CA, USA

Full time

US$150-200k (annually)

Apr 30

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Job ID: 15649


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Capital Asset Strategies and Finance supports systemwide capital projects and capital raising activities. We access capital markets to finance capital and working capital needs for the university's campuses, laboratories, and medical centers. We provide leadership and support in capital project policy, planning, design, contract and regulatory issues. We also originate and service mortgage loans for certain faculty and senior staff.


The Executive Director - Capital Asset Strategies (ED) leads an expert team responsible for providing campus support and systemwide guidance in the following disciplines: Capital Planning, Construction and Design Services and Facilities Asset Management. Reporting to the Associate Vice President - Systemwide Controller, the ED is responsible for providing strategic direction and managing through director-level positions, with an objective of leveraging support and deliverables across those functional disciplines. As a thought partner for senior leadership across the organization, the ED drives exploration, critical thinking, synthesis, and solutions, to address the array of challenging issues and promising opportunities within the University's capital program.

Strategic Leadership:

Provides effective and inspiring leadership, strategic vision, and promotes a culture of client-centered support. Manages, through director-level positions, services and programs in the following disciplines:

  • Capital Planning - systemwide capital budget strategy and planning: develops the University's systemwide annual capital financial plan; develops resource allocation plans and manages campus allocations; develops specific project budget approval recommendations for Presidential/Regental/State consideration; monitors budget implementation, provides policy/compliance support, and fulfills corporate reporting obligations.
  • Design Services - systemwide design/delivery strategies and policy: leads strategic capital delivery initiatives; recommends project designs for Regents' approval; for approvals delegated to the campuses, reviews plans for conformance to Regentally-accepted Physical Design Frameworks and systemwide policies; advocates for and develops appropriate University standards in the areas of design, facility safety/access, and seismic performance; monitors capital project implementation consistent with policy and standards.
  • Construction Services - provides guidance, support, and training to campus capital programs and construction staff; provides innovative strategic options to deliver projects, manage costs, and mitigate project risk by advocating industry best practices and crafting complementary policies, procedures, guidelines, contract documents, and educational opportunities; assists campuses in resolving construction disputes in an equitable and legal manner by offering advice and chairing the Construction Review Board; leads the University's seismic safety initiative.
  • Facilities and Asset Management - develops the strategic vision for the group that is responsible for the development and implementation of the Integrated Capital Asset Management Program (ICAMP).
  • Cross-Organizational Strategic Collaboration:
  • Serves as the lead executive collaborator with OP and campus senior leadership in the capital asset strategies arena. Drives high-visibility system-wide initiatives, and guides high-level business strategies and practices, which drive the University's capital program. Achieve objectives through collaboration with key constituencies in OP (President's Executive Office, EVP-Chief Operating Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Office of General Counsel, Secretary of the Regents, UC Health) and the campuses (CFOs, VCs for Planning and Budget, VCs of Administration, Capital Planning Directors, Campus Architects, and Construction Managers).

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible senior level management experience (or equivalent combination of practical and managing experience) in a related field.
  • High-level experience in a large, complex, corporate/institutional organization with a diverse workforce; experience in a public institution is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities and attributes, exemplified by superlative vision, strategic and critical thinking, creativity, political savvy, commitment, accountability, humility, integrity, and fairness.
  • Demonstrated exceptional understanding of complex capital investment and delivery issues; comprehensive understanding of the development process, from program development through project delivery; strong business acumen.
  • Demonstrated exceptional communications skills, wit the ability to present effectively to diverse constituencies, ranging from non-experts to highest-level officials
  • Demonstrated collaborative and participatory workstyle, exhibiting strong ambassadorial skills.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and positivity to positively thrive in organization characterized b change and ambiguity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the planning, development or design/construction of capital assets.
  • Highly sophisticated skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience is required.
  • Advanced degree preferred, preferably in business administration, and/or ten or more years of progressive management experience in an institution of higher education are preferred.


Salary: $220,000 - $250,000


Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy


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