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Director, Design & Construction Services

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 3/26/23

Job Description

Director, Design & Construction Services

Job No: 520692
Work Type: Management (MPP)
Location: Long Beach
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President of Beach Building Services, the Director, Design and Construction Services (DDCS) is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and coordination of the design and construction of all major and minor capital projects. The DDCS is also responsible for the environmental, regulatory, and fiscal capital planning functions for capital projects from inception through completion of construction.
Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the leadership and the independent executive management of the Design and Construction Services staff, projects, department budget and consultants. Serve as Campus Leader for Design, Engineering and Construction.
  • Develop, coordinate, implement and communicate the strategic vision for the Design and Construction Services Department.
  • Responsible to manage the selection processes for Architect/Engineer, Contractor, Design-Builder, and any other consultants that are to be involved in Projects. Responsible to ensure that capital procurement processes are performed according to policy and regulation.
  • Develop and implement campus design standards and construction guidelines, ensure adherence to general industry standard, including SUAM, CSU and audit guidelines. Develop a quality control program to constantly improve DCS processes and project delivery methods.
  • Serve as the Campus Engineer for the University. Work closely with the BBS energy program, facilities management, and sustainability in this capacity.
  • Facilitate development of design and project/construction management processes that ensure that projects are completed on time, on budget, and in accordance with the SUAM, building codes and other regulations, and industry best practice.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

A history of creating effective working relationships across functional lines, diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise is expected. Proven ability to implement new programs or practices designed to enhance service and value. Must be a hands-on manager with strong technical knowledge and presentation skills. Thorough knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and other regulations applicable to building, construction, maintenance, and repair including building codes for the state of California, fire codes, ADA regulations, and industry standards. Working knowledge of CAD/Revit applications and their use in a design and construction environment. Thorough understanding of construction concepts and their relationship to building costs. Ability to represent the division in a professional manner with the Chancellor's Office and external agencies to advocate the Campus' physical needs and design and construction requirements. Experience dealing with low bid contractors in a public works environment. Ability to read and accurately interpret blueprints and specifications. Ability to work independently. Proven ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to successfully interact with executive management and a wide range of internal/external constituents within a shared governance environment. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively within an ethnically and diverse campus community. Excellent administrative and organizational skills. Must be self-motivated. Thorough understanding and working knowledge of the laws, ordinances, and other regulations applicable to building codes for the State of California, fire codes and ADA regulations, and industry standards. Thorough understanding of Academic space planning requirements preferred. Thorough understanding of personal productivity tools (personal computers, Word, Excel, and electronic mail, etc.) Thorough understanding of specialized software utilized for space planning and facility planning cost estimating.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor's Degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or related field and ten (10) years of progressively responsible full time work experience in a related field. Equivalent experience (or combination of education and experience) in project management, architecture, engineering, or construction management will be considered as a substitution for a degree on a year-for-year basis. At least five (5) years supervisory experience required.

Preferred: Master's degree in related field preferred. Previous higher education or institutional project management experience required. Supervisory experience in a higher education preferred.
Licenses / Certificates

CA Driver License required. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP) Certificate preferred.

Design and Construction Services

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Administrator III

This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, and excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, educational fee waiver, and retirement benefits.
Application Procedures

Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.
Additional Information

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to
Out of State Employment Policy

California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.
Equal Employment Statement

California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at [Register to View] .
Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

Application Closes: Nov 09, 2022 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.