Director of Construction Management
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Posted in Education and Training


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Job Summary

Please note, this position is with the System Office at the PA State System of Higher Ed, not Kutztown University. KUHR is only providing HR administrative support for this search.

This is a remote position, which leads the Construction Support Office and reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities, is responsible for the corporate management of the State System of Higher Education's program for procurement and administration of construction contracts and design professional services contracts, and for procedures, guidance, coordination, and tools to assist System universities in executing a variety of projects and contracts for their facilities planning, design, construction, renovation, and maintenance. The primary responsibilities of the position include:

  1. serving as thought leader and subject matter expert on the procurement and administration of construction contracts and design professional services contracts, and on the details of the language contained within those contracts.
  2. developing and publishing policy, standards, and documents for the procurement and administration of the System's construction contracts and design professional services contracts.
  3. procuring and administering central design professional services contracts, and other contracts, that can be more effectively and economically procured through collaborative procurement, and for use by System universities in execution of their facilities projects.
  4. developing and coordinating universities' use of, as needed, other contracts to support the facilities contracts mission. Such contracts might include maintenance contracts, facilities management and operations contracts, guaranteed energy savings contracts, and other similar contracts.
  5. administering the agency-level contracts disputes process for disputes (protests and claims) arising from universities' construction contracts and/or design professional services contracts; and serving as a member of a panel for review, analysis, and disposition of such disputes.
  6. establishing policy and procedures/standards to support the statutory authority for System universities to execute their facilities projects contracts programs, and for the universities' compliance with such policies and procedures/standards. Policy and procedures/standards include organization and staffing, personnel, internal administrative standards, and other considerations.
  7. ensuring that System universities' staff and personnel are trained in the requirements, policies, procedures, and best practices for procuring and administering construction contracts and design professional services contracts, and for execution of facilities projects and contracts.
  8. maintaining liaison and coordinating with the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) Public Works Office, primarily in relation to their execution of Commonwealth Capital projects for System universities. Liaison and coordination include monitoring project movement through professional selections, design process, bidding process, and construction, and on fiscal matters and on claims.
  9. maintaining liaison and coordinating with other governmental agencies; with local, regional, and state professional and contractor associations; with private sector architectural, engineering, and construction firms; and with the general public on a wide variety of initiatives and issues related to the design and construction industry.
  10. serving as the System's principal architectural and/or engineering consultant for facilities projects undertaken by System universities, and performing other related architectural/engineering duties, as required or assigned, to conduct the System's facilities construction program.
  11. managing the Construction Support Office, including financial management of the office budget.
Duties. Other duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  1. providing logical and reasoned interpretation of contract language and contractual actions, as related to projects and contracts at System universities, that considers statutory language, legal precedence, and considerations of contract law; and detailed documentation of that interpretation, as necessary.
  2. monitoring new statutes and Commonwealth directives/orders for applicability to the System's contracts, manuals, policies, procedures, and guidance; and developing and implementing changes, as needed, internally for the System.
  3. assisting and advising System universities in their facilities projects and contracts, and in the resolution of issues arising under their projects and contracts.
  4. visiting construction sites at all Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and reviewing quality of construction and contract compliance, and participating in meetings relative to such construction.
  5. developing and maintaining a System-wide construction contractor performance evaluation program, and an associated database for such program.
  6. collecting, maintaining, and analyzing data for the development and use as management indicators for the facilities projects contract procurement and administration program across the System.
  7. conducting reviews of universities' compliance with the System's policy and program procedures/standards for facilities projects contracts programs.
  8. maintaining liaison, as needed, with administration at System universities to ensure those administrations are aware of the Construction Support Office's role and functions, and the resulting benefit to universities.
  9. developing policy and guidance for execution of the System's small and/or small diverse/disadvantaged business program in construction contracting and design professional services contracting. In doing so, maintaining liaison and coordination with Commonwealth agencies with primary responsibility for such programs.
  10. maintaining liaison and coordinating with DGS offices that are involved in the procurement of Commonwealth-Capital-funded Furniture, Furnishing, and Equipment for projects at System universities; and providing subject-matter expertise and coordination for System universities for this function.
  11. serving on design professional selection committees and/or negotiations committees.
  12. procuring and administering project contracts, and acting as project manager for, construction, renovation, and deferred maintenance projects at the Dixon University Center, as needed.
  13. continually evaluating the organization of the Construction Support Office, the System, and its universities and each of their roles and responsibilities in executing the facilities projects contracts mission, and recommending improvements to the organization and processes to enhance efficiencies and effectiveness.
Constraints. Constraints on the position to which the incumbent must comply include the following:
  1. local, state, and federal statutes regulating public agencies' practices in the construction industry.
  2. acceptable construction industry practices and standards.
  3. moral and ethical practices for professional architects/engineers.
  4. ethical practices for public sector procurement, and for the public sector in general.
  5. System policies and procedures for facilities projects.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. a baccalaureate degree in architecture, engineering, or related fields is required; additionally, an advanced degree in architecture, engineering, management, business, public administration, or related fields, is preferred.
  2. registration as a professional architect or engineer, with capability to become registered in Pennsylvania, is preferred
  3. a minimum of ten years' experience with progressive responsibilities and documented success in procurement of design and construction contracts for public facilities, or, in private-sector design or construction practice involving contracts for public facilities; or with substitutable or applicable experience acceptable to the search committee.
  4. a minimum of three years of the above experience in director or executive-level positions in management of organizations and with first-hand dealings with senior administration; federal, state, and/or local officials; architect-engineering firms; and/or construction contractors; or with substitutable experience acceptable to the search committee.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
  1. knowledge or experience in the use of computer-based systems for management of multi-million-dollar projects/programs and/or contracts, or any management systems substitutable and acceptable to the search committee.
  2. ability to travel to and move about construction sites and other places to participate in meetings, conferences, and training sessions, to the requirements of the position.
  3. ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a standard vocabulary common to the engineering and construction professions.
  4. ability to make credible presentations to senior executives, professional organizations, and approving authorities, in order to inform, convince, and/or moderate; and to facilitate and conduct training for a variety of audiences.
  5. possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, or the eligibility to obtain one.
Supplemental Information

Please note, this position is with the System Office at the PA State System of Higher Ed, not Kutztown University. KUHR is only providing HR administrative support for this search.

Applications & Resumes will be accepted until position is filled, however; to ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than end of day October 6 2022

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $90,000 to $120,000, commensurate with experience.

All applications for this position must be submitted via our online application/resume system ONLY. Please do not fax, mail, or e-mail any documentation.

Successful interview, reference checks, background clearances (PA Criminal, Child Abuse Clearance & FBI Clearance), and demonstration of ability are requisite qualifications for all positions.

The University is very interested in hiring employees who have had extensive experience with diverse populations.

Kutztown University is an AA/EOE/member of the PA State System of Higher Education and actively solicits applications from women and minority candidates.

Non-Discrimination Statement
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by e-mail at pena@kutztown.edu or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by e-mail at OCR@ed.gov



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