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Director of Operations
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Physical Planning
Position Code:   SPP4697A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   09/05/2013
Salary:   Commensurate with education/experience.
Location:   Promenade 767 E. Yosemite, Bldg B, Ste A/B
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With close to 6,200 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

The Department of Physical Planning, Design and Construction (PPD&C) is responsible for all aspects of the implementation of the campus’s capital program, with over $200 million in projects under construction or in design. UC Merced’s 10-Year Capital Financial Plan, which exceeds $1 billion, is intended to support campus growth up to 10,000 students by 2022.

Reporting to the Campus Architect/Associate Vice Chancellor of PPD&C, the Director of Operations (DO) is part of the PPD&C management team coordinating staffing and implementing administrative initiatives in concert with the Director of Design and Project Management, The Director of Construction Services.

The DO holds primary responsibility for planning, managing, and directing the business and administrative services for the department of PPD&C; oversees expenses, development and management of the department’s operational budget with the complexity of blended central funding and recharge income to support operations; and manages administrative services for award of design and construction contracts, with related accounting, departmental, project records management, and document control functions.

Oversees and advises all procurement of design and construction services and provides professional services expertise to the campus and department, including drafting and evaluating contracts, negotiating terms and executing agreements; oversees and ensures compliance with University policies, and regulatory and statutory requirements for the procurement of professional services and construction contracts, and advises/educates staff and other units using these services of applicable compliance requirements.

The position requires independent problem solving of complex organizational and administrative/business issues, which often involves competing demands for resources and requires specialized skills and knowledge in design and construction contracting, and institutional business practices.

This position requires significant experience developing methodologies that improve organizational effectiveness and capacity building, including the development, planning and implementation of business and administrative systems, procedures and practices; and development and oversight of computerized processing of purchasing, contracting and records storage and management systems, as well as, the department’s IT and communications systems.

Directly supervises 4 FTE (+5 indirect).


Qualifications:   • Advanced degree in architecture, planning or construction management preferred.

• Degree in finance or business administration with experience in business related fields of architecture, engineering or construction.

• Bachelors degree in architecture, engineering, construction management, is required.

• 5-10 years of progressive responsible experience in business, financial and administrative service.

• A minimum of 5 years of directly relevant experience in an institutional environment is highly desirable.

• Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management; accounting and payroll.

• Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence others and develop and maintain high standards of customer service.

• Sound business, accounting and financial management practices, including ability to critically analyze systemic disconnects in operational patterns.

• Excellent project management skills, including the capability of managing capital projects.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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