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Director of Construction Services
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Physical Planning
Position Code:   SPP4700A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   08/14/2013
Salary:   Commensurate with education/experience.
Location:   Promenade 767 E. Yosemite Merced, CA
Background check:   Background check and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

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.

The Director of Construction Services (DCS) oversees management and administration of all construction contracts and inspection services during the construction phase, under the general direction of the Campus Architect & Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Planning, Design and Construction (AVC-PPD&C). The DCS directs and coordinates all construction contractors, construction administration staff and consultants to ensure cross-project consistency and quality administration, and project completion within approved budgets and schedules, including resolution of technical and contract issues, review and approval of changes in the work, and resolution of claims. The DCS also serves as the Deputy Campus Building Official, providing plan check and inspection services for all campus construction projects, including new buildings and infrastructure, as well as, renovations and alterations.

The DCS is part of the PPD&C management team coordinating staffing and professional development; maintenance, and utilization of management tools for monitoring fiscal status of capital projects; preparation and review of project budgets and alternatives; and implementing administrative initiatives in concert with the Director of Design and Project Management, The Director of Operations and the AVC.

Directly supervises 6 FTE.


Qualifications:   • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, construction management, or equivalent experience is required.

• 10-15 years of progressive responsible experience in construction management is required.

• Experience working in campus construction environments, including infrastructure development.

• Advanced skills in navigating and achieving balance between ensuring public safety through absolute compliance with codes and contract documents, and still maintain and meet critical schedules and mandates.

• Advanced organizational and analytical skills and skills to meet prescribed deadlines within time and budget constraints.

• Advanced verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including highly developed political acumen, and skill in working effectively with diverse constituencies.

• Advanced innovative and creative problem-solving skills, including problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills and skills to determine workable solutions that may require applications of technical advice or counsel.

• The ability to obtain ICBO certification within the first 2 years of employment is highly desirable.

• Advanced degree in architecture, engineering, or construction management, with certifications, is preferred.

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

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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