The University of Delaware has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Senior Project Manager (SPM).
The university is embarking on a bold initiative with the expansion of their STAR Campus, and in conjunction with that effort, they have established a newly created SPM position to support their growth. The SPM is part of the Facilities, Real Estate, and Auxiliary Services division and a member of the Planning & Project Delivery unit. The SPM will report to the Director of Planning & Project Delivery, while maintaining a high degree of autonomy for the management of their construction/project portfolio. Under the limited direction of the Director, the SPM prepares or oversees preparation and reviews integrated facilities plans, construction bid documents, and specifications for capital projects, applying professional knowledge of design and construction procedures, zoning and building codes, and building materials.
The SPM’s main emphasis will be to support the ongoing research and biotech projects on the STAR Campus while specifically working with the faculty and staff of that unit to deliver ongoing projects and plan for future capital construction (including a possible cGMP facility). However, they can also be utilized to support the broader capital construction campaign based on necessity and availability.
One of the oldest universities in the U.S., the University of Delaware traces its roots to 1743, and in 2019, the University currently employs more than 4,000 staff, has a student population in excess of 24,000, and its current endowment is more than $1.2B. The University of Delaware is a major research university that exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge, and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, the university has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching, and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic, and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society.
In 2009, the University purchased a 272-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Newark campus that previously had been a Chrysler Plant. That site, now the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, is home to the University's Health Sciences Complex and is being developed as a space combining business, research, education, and more.
The ideal candidate will possess a positive track record executing laboratory, research, biotech, and/or clinical construction projects from $10M - $100M in value. Ideally, the SPM will also have a working knowledge of and experience with Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) standards connected to delivering biologics facilities.
Search Consultant: Tom Dunn