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Associate Director, Planning, Design & Construction

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Maryland - College Park
  • Client: Higher Education
  • Search ID: 19-0305-16

The University of Maryland, College Park, a repeat client, has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure an Associate Director, Planning, Design & Construction for its Department of Residential Facilities. 

The University & Residential Facilities Department

The University of Maryland, College Park is a Top 20 research university and the flagship institution of the University of Maryland System. With an enrollment of 25,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students, the University offers doctoral, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees to students from all over the United States and 133 different countries.  
 

The Department of Residential Facilities provides facilities management services to roughly 2.6 million square feet of undergraduate residence housing in 49 on-campus student residential buildings and 21 University-owned fraternity and sorority houses, housing more than 10,000 students. The department has more than 250 employees and manages an operating budget of approximately $38 million and a capital budget in excess of $80 million annually. The department expects to aggressively renovate and expand the University’s student housing portfolio in the coming years, and the Associate Director will play a key role in that process.  

Position Summary / Essential Job Functions 

The Associate Director provides the leadership and management for planning, design, and construction projects for the Residential Facilities department.  The position facilitates long-range and short-term planning and facilities renovation projects, steering priorities while integrating the student housing strategy with the University’s 10-year Master Plan.  The Associate Director also develops an integrated approach to meet University sustainability goals.  
 
The position cultivates positive relationships with all partners, leads a diverse and talented team of technical professionals, and promotes the vision and mission of the department and its aspiration to be a national model for residential facilities.  The position manages the residential housing in-house and contract project portfolio, develops construction master specifications and housing design standards, ensures periodic facilities condition assessments, establishes an interior design capability, promotes safety and sustainability, develops a space utilization program, and represents the department on University-level design and construction projects and residential housing capital projects.  
 

The position reports to the Director, Department of Residential Facilities and assumes the departmental leadership on behalf of the Director as needed.  The position directly supervises an Assistant Director for Project Management and an Assistant Director for Project Design and Development and indirectly supervises approximately 10 project and design staff.  The Associate Director assists in the management of renovation budgets of approximately $10 million and a capital projects budget in excess of $80 million annually. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Strategic Planning - 40%
  • Provide leadership for facilities planning, design, and construction efforts.
  • Facilitate long-range and short-term planning processes for the Housing Strategic Plan and facilities renewal and renovation projects.
  • Oversee the Student Housing Strategic Plan: steer priorities while integrating the student housing strategy with the University’s 10-year Master Plan, ensuring the optimization of long-range capital projects across campus.
  • Develop an integrated and enduring approach to meet University sustainability goals.
  • Create and cultivate positive relationships with all partners striving for mutual productivity and creative problem-solving.
  • Lead and coach a diverse and talented team of technical professionals to be their best.
  • Promote and enhance the vision and mission of the department and its aspiration to be a national model for residential facilities.
  • Assume departmental leadership on behalf of the Director as needed.
Management - 30%
  • Oversee and manage the residential housing in-house and contract project portfolio.
  • Develop, maintain, and implement construction master specifications and housing design standards.
  • Ensure periodic facilities condition assessments as inputs to the Housing Strategic Plan.
  • Establish an interior design capability to include space utilization and furnishings, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Promote safety and sustainability throughout design and construction.
  • Develop a space utilization program working with stakeholders.
  • Represent the department on University-level design and construction projects and residential housing capital projects.
Supervision - 20%
  • Directly supervise two Assistant Directors: the Assistant Director for Project Management and an Assistant Director for Project Design and Development; indirectly supervise approximately 10 project and design staff. The department also includes bargaining unit staff.  
  • Foster an organizational environment and culture of engagement and inclusion in which all employees are treated with respect and professionalism
Finance - 10%
  • Assist in the management of renovation budgets of approximately $10 million and a capital projects budget in excess of $80 million annually.
  • Exercise fiduciary responsibility in the oversight of planning, design, and construction efforts.
Location
College Park, MD

Located less than 10 miles from the heart of Washington D.C. and roughly 30 miles from Baltimore, College Park is situated in a desirable section of Maryland with easy access to public transportation, major highways and international airports.  

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Required Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills

  • Collaboration - Interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate to build partnerships and provide excellent customer service. Ability to articulate, promote, and implement one’s new and creative ideas and the ideas of others.
  • Leadership - Ability to affect organizational change in positive ways while gaining employee engagement and involvement. Supervisory skills which promote a healthy organizational culture. 
  • Integrity & Ethics - Professional ethics, a commitment to health and safety, and a focus on quality and efficiency are essential to provide an optimal housing experience for every student residing on campus. 
  • Practical Innovation - Working knowledge of the technical principles and practices associated with facilities design, renovation, and construction. The ability to bring new ideas and approaches to the forefront relating to systems, processes, and new technologies within the department.
  • Big Picture Thinking - Knowledge of strategic planning in a facilities management and capital planning context.  The ability to shift between day-to-day projects and long-term initiatives seamlessly while never losing sight of the importance of both.  
  • Multifaceted – Strong business acumen that includes capable leadership skills, comprehensive project management skills, and financial skills. 

Expected Internal Contacts and Relationships Within the University 

Below are some of the critical contacts and partnerships with persons other than those in the supervisory chain that the Associate Director will interact with regularly:
  • Directors of Resident Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Conferences and Visitor Services – to collaborate regarding students’ and guests’ housing. 
  • Directors of Dining Services, Recreation & Wellness, and Transportation Services – to support facilities in concert with departmental maintenance and housekeeping efforts.
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – to prepare budgets and project requests for institutional, University of Maryland System, and state-level review.
  • Facilities Management, Department of Planning and Construction – to collaborate on capital construction.
  • Facilities Management, Department of Operations & Maintenance – to collaborate with campus experts in heavy maintenance trades shops, contractors, and building operations.
  • Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk Management – to ensure regulatory compliance, alignment with sustainability goals, and the adherence to building, life-safety, and worker safety standards.

Education & Qualifications 

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in construction and facilities management, architecture, engineering, business administration/management, or related field; a minimum of ten (10) years of leadership experience in a facilities or construction management organization; a minimum of five (5) years of supervision experience of construction management staff; and experience in design and construction and project management.
 
Search Consultant: Wendy Zang
 
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. UMD is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected status in all aspects of employment. UMD is actively engaged in recruiting, hiring, and promoting underrepresented communities; minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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