The Director of Design and Construction is responsible for leading all construction related efforts of a nationally recognized owner, developer and operator of senior housing. The position leads a team of 6 to 7 professionals in overseeing a pipeline of 10 to 12 construction starts per year on projects averaging from $5 million to $12 million in value each. Projects include both renovations and new construction of affordable, market rate and health care projects, and are carried out in multiple states with Owner, Architect, Contractor teams that are selected on a competitive basis.
· Strong appreciation for the mission of National Church Residences and ability to identify with and support the needs of its residents and other stakeholders.
· Excellent leadership skills and willingness to partner in a multi-disciplinary department of design, construction, finance, legal and project management professionals
· Track record of successfully managing a high volume project pipeline through effective use of project management skills
· Demonstrated proficiency in all aspects of the Design and Construction life cycle
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES:
1. Oversees relationships with regional architectural partners and approves business terms and contract terms for all projects.
2. Ensures Owner’s design standards and related policies and procedures for project development are consistently observed internally and externally and that project scope is appropriately aligned with available resources on all projects. Assumes personal involvement in pre-construction process for high profile and/or high risk projects.
3. Oversees management of 3rd party construction consultants to ensure diligent management of project liabilities both legally and from a design and cost perspective. Maintains procurement policies that are aligned with corporate goals.
4. In conjunction with project Architect, oversees general contractor selection process to make recommendation to senior staff on final selections. Approves business terms and contract terms for all projects. Personally manages relationships with frequent construction partners.
5. Monitors construction reporting on all projects. Ensures that Owner’s policies and procedures for tracking and controlling construction costs and schedules are observed internally and externally. Regularly reports to senior management on the progress of project pipeline with recommendations as needed. Directly supports staff in oversight of watch list construction projects. As needed for high risk/high profile projects, assumes direct ownership of construction administration process.
6. Maintains and oversees appropriate risk management protocols on all projects. Ensures Owner’s policies and procedures to mitigate environmental risks, compliance risk, and other forms of risk are observed internally and externally. Ensures timely and appropriate administration of draw process and claim management. Regularly updates policies and procedures to reflect staffing changes, program changes and lessons learned.
7. Works directly with outside counsel to maintain standard contract documents that are regularly updated. Secures legal input as needed to avoid or resolve disputes.
8. Ensures all projects meet the highest standards for quality of design, craftsmanship and timely delivery.
9. Effectively manages highly complex compliance requirements of various financing programs including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Federal Historic Tax Credits, State Historic Tax Credits, Bonds financing, HUD Insured Mortgage Debt, as well as licensing regime of assisted living projects.
10. Oversees timely completion of all construction related materials required by Owner’s origination team to secure competitively awarded funding sources. Supports Owner’s origination team and financing team to meet all underwriting requirements associated with construction financing closings. Ensures delivery of all post completion closeout reports to project partners.
Directly supervises a team of 6 that includes Owner’s Representatives, FF&E Procurement functions, Pre-construction functions, Tenant Relocation functions and administrative support staff.
Education/Certification: Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Architecture or a design-related field is preferred but not required
Experience Required: 10 or more years of advanced leadership experience in the design or construction management fields, preferably in the area of multi-family housing or a related field. Experience with affordable housing is strongly preferred.
Skills/Abilities: Well organized and able to manage and prioritize projects/tasks; Ability to create and manage multiple budgets and schedules; Ability to work with various stakeholders in order to gain consensus and provide positive outcomes; Ability to provide and manage self-created project tracking and analysis documentation; Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project and Excel, with a willingness to learn new forms of technology.