California State University Channel Islands — Director of Planning, Design, and Construction

Founded in 2002, California State University Channel Islands is the youngest of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system. Located on approximately 1,200 acres midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in Camarillo, California, CSU Channel Islands is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, as well as its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSU Channel Islands supports more than 30 academic programs, 26 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, seven master’s programs, and one doctoral program. Enrolling over 7,000 students in fall 2018, both graduates and undergraduates, CSU Channel Islands is designated as an Hispanic-serving institution and is represented by 51.6% Hispanic/Latino students, 54.1% historically underrepresented groups, 59% first generation college attendees and 64% female students. Additionally, CSU Channel Islands maintains a 22:1 student/faculty ratio, sponsors 78 clubs and organizations, and hosts 300+ campus events annually, with 1,550 students living on campus and 100+ in living-learning or themed communities. Annual spending related to CSU Channel Islands generates a total impact of $114.4 million on the regional economy, and nearly $240.5 million on the statewide economy. Many of the 22 campus buildings are in the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles, although there are also several modern-style buildings.

Reporting to the assistant vice president of facilities services, the director of planning, design, and construction plans, administers, and coordinates the University’s facilities planning, design, construction and space management functions, is responsible for all aspects of the University’s major and minor capital outlay programs, and, in consultation and cooperation with appropriate campus personnel, develops, interprets, and implements program policies, guidelines, and procedures. The director determines capital improvement needs and establishes project priorities; coordinates and/or develops justifications, specifications, project scopes, and cost estimates; monitors progress of projects; organizes campus participation during planning, design, construction, completion and occupancy of all capital projects; and ensures project compliance with state procedures, public works laws, building and energy codes, and CSU requirements and procedures (including the State University Administrative Manual). The director also develops the Five-Year Capital Outlay Program (including state- and non-state funded projects); manages and regularly updates the space & facilities database, submitting required data to the CSU Chancellor’s Office; develops and manages the campus space inventory system; collaborates consistently and effectively with campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students; coordinates and monitors the activities of external architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, and inspectors as needed; reviews and approves architectural designs; and assesses, evaluates, and recommends changes to the campus physical master plan and campus academic plan. The director effectively leads the Planning, Design, and Construction Department, which includes four direct reports (five total staff), and manages a variable project-driven budget consisting of approximately $155 million in current programming. 

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in architecture or urban planning from an accredited institution (advanced degree preferred), with a minimum of ten years progressively responsible professional and administrative experience involving design and construction management and preferably prior CSU experience. The successful candidate must be a licensed architect in the State of California, or be able to obtain a California license within 12 months of hire. The successful candidate will also possess basic knowledge of California building codes (CBC); strong verbal and written communication skills; complex problem solving skills; excellent leadership skills; the ability to work independently; the skills to analyze complex planning, design and construction issues; and the ability to analyze and interpret architectural and engineering plans and specifications, as well as prepare cost estimates. Additional desired skills and abilities include thorough knowledge of methods, practices and procedures related to campus planning; funding policies and practices as they relate to educational or public institutions; fiscal management and budgetary controls; and strong computer skills. The director must be goal-oriented and have the ability to work effectively with a variety of people in a collaborative fashion, including represented employees, and provide proof of eligibility to lawfully operate a motor vehicle in the state of California.

Review of applications will begin October 18, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the CSU Channel Islands website at https://www.csuci.edu/

California State University Channel Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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