McMaster University’s Facility Services Team is committed to the design, construction and maintenance of the buildings and grounds at the University. Our mission is to deliver service excellence, on time and on budget, to an exceedingly satisfied client. We are committed to providing and maintaining a healthy, safe and inclusive physical environment, conducive to inspiring learning and teaching excellence, extensive research and helping to foster community partnerships.
Our vision is to inspire innovation through designing, building, and maintaining facilities and grounds that ensure McMaster’s continued placement as a world-class University.
Under the direction of the Assistant Vice-President & Chief Facilities Officer, and in support of the University’s strategic goals, the Director, Design & Construction will provide leadership in the overall development and management of the construction and technical services division within the University, helping to ensure the execution of key objectives.
Work closely with the Assistant Vice-President, Facility Services ("AVP, FS") on the planning and implementation of complex capital building projects.
Provide recommendations to the AVP, FS related to policies, plans and the resolution of key business issues and ensure services delivered are done so efficiently, effectively and in a timely matter.
Sets priorities in the construction area of the department and allocates resources.
Provides direction and development for the construction and design areas of the department.
Responsible for capital projects and development of Facility Renewal Projects (“FRP”).
Establish and maintain progressive employee relations with management and project staff.
Oversee implementation of the Asset Management capital program for all University buildings.
Provide leadership to the University's energy management/energy conservation program and other 'green' initiatives, such Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design ("LEED").
Within the policies of the Planning and Resources Committee of the Board of Governors, coordinates and directs facilities plant design, construction renovations, alterations and related services.
Ensures the technical accuracy of plans and specifications and the accuracy of legal contracts.
Approves the architectural drawings and specifications through the various phases of the projects.
Reviews tender and contract award procedures, contract terms, progress and holdback payments to ensure compliance with University policy. Maintains the instructions to Architects to reflect the current state of the art and directions received from the Planning and Resources Committee of the Board.
Coordinates the efforts of departmental staff, architects, consultants, engineers, contractors and government departments involved in capital construction. Provides overall project management from material programming to commissioning and hand-over.
Participates in the selection of architects and consultants for major building projects and selects consultants for renovations.
Monitors the performance of the architects, consultants and contractors, alerts University administration of major deviations and proposes alternatives.
Provides services to carry out technical feasibility studies and to recommend solutions and directions for the Administration and Board representatives.
Ensures the safety of personnel on design and construction projects.
Contracts and investigates the reliability of current and potential contractors.
Selects, develops and evaluates staff with the professional competence required to achieve the present and future objectives of the department.
Monitors the performance of the professional staff reporting to the position to determine whether strategies and plans require adjustment and evaluates the progress toward the specified objectives.
Establishes the framework both in the short and long term for the allocation of essential resources within the areas reporting to the position.
Prepares project submissions for discussion by the Planning and Resources Committee of the Board.
Makes key decisions; for example, when to hire architects, consultants and contractors, complex negotiation of contract terms, and assembly of tender and contract documents.
Ensures that systems are developed to integrate or coordinate service delivery among the service teams to meet priority needs, while assuring consistent performance throughout the campus.
In consultation with the Senior Manager, Facilities Finance, responsible for construction budgets, and coaches and assists managers to develop budgets and to manage their expenditures wisely.
Assists the Assistant Vice President, Facility Services in carrying out all authorized programs that the University may direct in the area of new construction and renovations. Develop, maintain and evaluate long-range plans and major works programs which effectively utilize available resources.
Monitor the operations within the section to ensure service quality, cost effective delivery of services, and legislative compliance. Monitor the progress of major initiatives and projects. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of all Federal and Provincial legislation and regulations, and maintains liaison with all authorities having jurisdiction.
A degree or diploma in a relevant field such as facilities management, engineering, architect, business administration or equivalent.
10 years or more experience in Design and Construction Management
Proven experience in asset management and project management in a unionized environment, with sound knowledge of facilities management principles, practices, theories, and regulatory requirements sufficient to recommend long-term plans and direction for university assets.
Demonstrated experience in exemplifying the values of the Department and Administration Division of the University which are: trust, respect, accountability, integrity and teamwork.
A visionary and advocate of the corporate vision.
Applied knowledge of Health and Safety, Fire, Building, Electrical and related codes.
Credibility in own professional association and network; encourages staff to build own relationships and develop skills.
Knowledgeable of public administration, various levels of government, their programs and relevant legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels is a strong asset.
An individual who thrives on change; has a proven capacity for handling stress, pressure and multiple priorities and demands with ease and finesse.
An accomplished manager of people, corporate assets and projects, with demonstrated leadership in program planning, performance measurement, policy development, asset and project management.
A quick learner with the ability to synthesize information, adapt and think fast on their feet.
A natural affinity for negotiation and mediation, able to bring consensus to large and, very often, diverse groups of stakeholders.
Strong leadership and managerial skills with the ability to empower reporting positions to manage their operations in an independent manner. Ability to solicit input and cooperation amongst staff members within the designated service and build teamwork. Develop leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding.
Strong yet accountable decision-making style and the ability to take calculated risks using common sense.
Innovation and creativity, with high levels of energy and resourcefulness.
Sound financial acumen to effectively manage within budget constraints.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to deliver difficult messages while still maintaining respect and building relationships.
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