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Associate Director of Engineering and Construction

Harvard University
Boston, MA
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Aug 9, 2022

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Associate Director of Engineering and Construction
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Job Summary

The overarching mission of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is to advance the public's health through learning, discovery, and communication. To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policymakers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.

The Department of Operations, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is responsible for all facilities and operations management and planning in almost 1M square feet of office, classroom, and research space.

The Department is also responsible for all real estate, facilities maintenance, space management, renovations, construction, security, food service, landscaping, custodial services, emergency planning, environmental health and safety (EH&S), and strategic facilities planning. These buildings are located in both Boston, MA and Cambridge, MA.

Position Description

The Associate Director of Engineering and Construction provides leadership in the planning, implementation, and oversight of all phases of campus construction and physical plant engineering management from concept to completion. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Managing the estimating, scope development, scheduling, communications, budgets, and all related facets of a quality construction and facilities management programs and projects
  • Directly supervising 1-3 Operations staff members
  • Developing a stable relationship with and pipeline of high quality contractors and consultants, negotiating contracts, developing performance standards, and holding contractors accountable
  • Contributing to strategic planning related to the campus-wide physical plant, including leased properties
  • Developing relationships with landlords and ensuring compliance with lease terms and conditions
  • Serving as a resource to other project managers and departments for construction activity on improvement and alteration projects
  • Working closely with members of the Longwood Medical Area (LMA) community, and actively participating on project teams that include representatives of other departments and Harvard Schools
  • Establishing and maintaining a solid working relationship with local building officials, and ensuring compliance with all codes and regulatory requirements
  • Maintaining University standards regarding ADA, insurance, permits, safety inspection, etc.
  • Playing a leadership role in the local emergency management team (LEMT) and responding to physical plant emergencies
  • Other related duties as required
PLEASE NOTE: This position is required to be on call 24/7 for emergency-related matters. The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states - MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner - including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date - in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience required
  • 8+ years of related experience, including in project management and with major capital construction projects, renovations and building and grounds oversight, required
  • Prior supervisory experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
  • Master's Degree
  • Relevant professional certifications
  • Proven track record of excellence in facilities and construction project management, and strong communication skills to complement technical expertise
  • Experience with higher education institutions, including laboratory construction/renovation
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Project)
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • CADD/CAFM, Centerstone or Revit experience a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working individually and as a team
  • Strong personal responsibility
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Additional Information

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
  • This position has a 180 day orientation and review period.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage .
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School's mission, objectives, and core values and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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