Human Resources

Director, Planning & Construction

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Department: Facilities Management
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Management, Construction

Department: Facilities Management

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

This position manages the FM Planning & Construction Department and is responsible for: 1) Overall administration of all University planning, design, and construction projects, including new buildings, renovations, and maintenance projects. 2) Managing departmental staff, workloads, and budgets. 3) Working with the AVPFM and other FM Directors on the overall management, direction, and planning for the entire FM Department. 4) Working with the AVPFM to advise and report to the University Sr Administration and the Board of Trustees on the long-range planning, current activities, and FM recommendations for the campus facilities. 5) Work with the AVPFM and the CFO on the Capital Planning Process in pursuit of the University objectives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Supervise and manage the departmental Project Manager/Engineers, Campus Architect, and other Planning & Construction personnel.
• Develop and administer the department’s budget.
• Manage the department workload and assign staff and projects as required to achieve the University objectives.
• Overall responsibility for managing the efforts of Facilities Management staff, outside consultants/vendors, and contractors with the planning, design, and construction of all campus facilities projects.
• Overall management of campus data and information related to University facilities.
• Overall responsibility for coordination of Planning & Design activities with State agencies and departments that have jurisdiction over facilities or projects.
• Develop plans and strategies for addressing facility concerns, deferred maintenance, and future project planning and make recommendations to the AVPFM.
• Overall responsibility for developing plans, budgets, and schedules for future capital projects and capital outlay projects in accordance with University goals and objectives, and make recommendations to the AVPFM and the CFO.
• Work with the AVPFM and other FM Directors on the management, planning, and function of the Facilities Management department.
• Work with the AVPFM, other FM Directors, the Director of Sustainability, and others on campus to develop and implement long-term plans to make our campus more sustainable and efficient to meet adopted University sustainability goals.
• Act as the primary liaison with the University community for the FM Planning & Construction department.
• Manage specific departmental projects as necessary.
• Work with the University’s finance and accounting staff to manage the overall project and departmental budgets, reporting, and cashflow forecasting.
• Assist the AVPFM in conducting the general activities of the Facilities Management department overall.
• Develop a long-term familiarity and expertise with the campus culture, campus users, and space needs.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Master’s/Baccalaureate degree in Architecture, Engineering, or the equivalent required for a Professional license in the State of Michigan.
• Valid Professional Engineering or Architect license in the State of Michigan, or a license in another State with the ability to obtain a Michigan license through reciprocity within 9 months.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Seven years or more of experience in the design and construction of projects involving new buildings, renovations, and remodels as Project Manager.
• Five years or more of experience working for or with higher education clients and facilities.
• Five years or more managing a group or department.
• Experience hiring and managing consultants and contractors.
• Inspection and quality control experience for construction projects
• Budget and cost estimating experience.
• Experience hiring and managing professional staff.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• A degree in Public Administration, Business Management, or other similar management degree.
• Facilities Management certification from APPA or similar organization.
• Experience working in Facilities Management for a higher education institution.
• Experience overseeing and/or coordinating major building construction and/or maintenance projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of current trends in higher education design issues such as teaching paradigms, space utilization, and sustainability.
• Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and work assignments.
• Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency within the University and local/state and community
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.
• Outstanding leadership, management, and strategic planning skills as demonstrated in positions of progressive responsibility.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Ten or more years of full-time, professional experience and leadership in Facilities Management with documented increases in levels of responsibilities, professional experience, and leadership.
• Experience with the development, execution, and oversight of public-private partnerships and their respective projects.
• Knowledge of APPA, US Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, and National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) programs and resources.
• Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk and hear, and use hands to finger or feel and object. The employee must occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and color vision, and the ability to focus. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally very loud.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Required Departmental Training: 

  • Monthly assigned job specific training modules.

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


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Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $90,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Associate Vice President, Facilities Management

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


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Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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