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Executive Director, Planning, Design and Construction

Compensation Type: Salaried


Job Summary

The Executive Director oversees the planning, design, and construction of capital projects for all facilities of Columbus State Community College (CSCC), which includes the College’s downtown Columbus campus, consisting of 30 buildings with an average of 50,000 and a total of 1.5M square feet, and our Delaware campus and other outlying facilities, consisting of 160,000 square feet of additional real estate.

This leader is responsible for accelerating annual campus construction project activity from approximately $7M delivered per year to a desired ability to deliver over $30M per year in real estate project completion.

The Executive Director supports master planning, capital planning, space planning, and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to successfully execute capital projects in a timely manner while following all federal, state, and local regulations and laws. This leader develops and implements consistent best practices related to the implementation of building design and construction projects.

The Executive Director builds and oversees a team of internal project managers as well as third-party project and program management partners who are engaged by CSCC to expand capacities and capabilities. This leader integrates with the College’s Facilities Operations; Project Management; Change Management; Marketing & Communications; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Finance; and Facilities Operations teams to coordinate activities and minimize impacts to staff, faculty, and students.

This leader, working closely with the President, ensures effective communication with the College’s Board of Trustees, Columbus State Community Partners, Columbus State Community College Foundation, as well as other internal and external stakeholders, providing strategic input to College leadership on capital planning development and execution.


Strategic & Organizational Leadership
  • Leads a comprehensive, multi-year capital planning process that maximizes the impact of all the college’s financial resources, including Franklin County bond proceeds, state capital dollars, philanthropic funding, and other sources.
  • Partners with the President to serve as the strategic leader in transforming Columbus State’s facilities to meet the future needs of students, the Central Ohio region, and the State of Ohio. Reports regularly to the Board of Trustees and other leadership groups.
  • Ensures projects are delivered on time and on budget, and meet the business needs and the standards of the college.
  • Provides coordination and oversight of program and project management partners supporting the development and consistent delivery of capital projects on campus. Ensures that best practices in capital project delivery are consistently applied across both internal and external resources.
  • Leads all bidding and contracting efforts related to capital projects. Ensures appropriate contractual arrangements and manages project accountability to ensure projects meet the business needs and the standards of the college, diversity goals are met, and contractual compliance is assured.
  • Provides leadership and oversight for complex projects with both internal staff, and external contractors and consultants that may involve external partnerships and new business operations. Evaluates and refines processes, resources, tools, and procedures affecting ability to scale the essential work of the team.
  • Coordinates review of project designs with Facilities Management, Information Technology and other affected departments. Oversees development and update of design standards and tools related to classrooms upgrades, student support spaces, offices, and other College spaces.
Department Administration & Collaboration
  • Leads the College's capital planning and space planning processes and related functions. Prepares, monitors, and ensures compliance with departmental budgets. Develops and implements departmental programs in accordance with the College’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Provides leadership for activities including site evaluations, facilities assessments, bid management, and contract awards.
  • Works collaboratively with other stakeholders, including Columbus State Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) of the college, on capital issues (acquisitions, leases, easements, etc.) and state, city, and neighborhood development initiatives.
Operational Leadership
  • Provides leadership and management, and maintains accountability for the Facilities, Design and Construction department. Builds and manages a high-performing team of professionals, including core staff and consulting partners including owner’s reps, architecture firms, builders, and others as needed.
  • Manages the College's relationship with the third-party program and project management team(s) supporting the Facilities, Design and Construction department.
  • Leads a cross-functional team of internal and external stakeholders toward specific regional workforce and economic stability goals.
  • Partners with the College’s Business Services division with budget development and management. Manages fiscal, operational, and human resources, including staff needs, salary recommendations, equipment and materials selection, facilities utilization, and operational expenses.
  • Proposes the annual budget; revises the budget as necessary and monitors expenditures within the department. Directs preparation and approves capital equipment requests.
  • Ensures a high level of community engagement in all projects, consistent with the College’s responsibilities as a public institution that serves a diverse community. Advances the College’s priority in working with partners committed to equitable economic opportunities and diverse participation in their employment and contracting practices.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with diverse groups and communities. Partners strategically with Talent Acquisition to ensure the best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices are utilized in hiring that results in the hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff.
  • Helps to ensure the College meets its responsibilities in identifying problem areas and systemic concerns while reporting complaints alleging discrimination.
  • Creates a welcoming, inclusive, and productive work environment where all employees feel valued and able to contribute to their full potential, regardless of their differences.
  • Manages multiple assignments of varying complexity and meets tight timelines and deadlines, with the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners.
  • Ensures College name and image is perceived positively by external as well as internal audience/stakeholders.
  • Hours may include working outside of a normal workweek schedule as needed to meet workload demands.
  • Knowledge of: construction and building codes; legal aspects of construction; construction and architectural methods; contracting processes and documentation; project management; management principles and practices; budget management; program practices, standards and administration. Experience with PLAs and CBAs is a plus.
  • Skill in: AutoCAD and other computer software, programs, and applications; verbal and written communications.
  • Ability to: apply experience in managing public and/or publicly-funded projects, in coordination with local, regional and state agencies, to Columbus State initiatives; apply management principles to practical situations within a single department; manage and accomplish results through delegation of accountability and responsibility to management staff; maintain confidential and sensitive information; develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, students, general public, and other job contacts; work with and effectively manage persons of varying cultures and diversity; maintain accurate and complete work records; monitor budgets; manage and coordinate multiple projects; supervise subordinate supervisors and maintain ultimate responsibility for area under authority.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time, stands, and walks. Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person as well as by telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 30 pounds.
  • Normal office working conditions with occasional exposure to dirt, dust, debris, smells and wet, humid and outdoor weathers. The employee occasionally works on the construction site.
*CSCC has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description does not represent in any way a contract of employment

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