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Project Director

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Planning, Operations & Construction

Under direction of the Associate Vice President for Planning, Operations, and Construction (POC), and in collaboration with your colleagues, direct the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) including Senior Project Managers, Project Managers, Project Assistants, and others. Responsible for the daily, short-term and long-term organization, development, review, prioritization, budgeting, and accomplishment of projects in support of the University’s mission and goals. Oversee University projects including new construction, additions, improvements, remodels, and renovations through planning, design, construction, and closeout. Strategically manage risk, monitor finances, and ensure each phase of work is started and completed on time. Work in close partnership with the Director of Facilities services to represent the full Owner interest in construction projects. Direct DDC’s management of architects, general contractors, engineers, contracted project managers, and consultants.


  • Collaborate with POC management, support staff, and other University departments to ensure projects of high aesthetic and functional quality are delivered on budget and on schedule. Exercise foresight and good judgment in order to recognize when problems are developing in projects, and then lead appropriate corrective actions to manage budget, schedule, quality, and client expectations.
  • Refine and recommend modifications to campus project management, construction processes, and design/construction standards. Oversee and improve processes associated with solicitation and review of design and engineering proposals, consultant selection, design/scope development, management of pre-construction services, securing of permits and agency entitlements, contractor selection, construction management, commissioning, project transitioning to the Department of Facilities Services, and complete project documentation. 
  • Direct and integrate the activities of multiple, major project operations, ensuring that project efforts are generally cohesive, consistent, and effective in supporting the University's mission, goals, and strategic plan.
  • Research, prepare, and present memoranda, reports, summaries, and presentations as required. Oversee closeout, punch-list, and project document archiving.
  • Collaborate and communicate with campus stakeholders (Facilities, Public Safety, University Events, Special Programs, Regulatory Affairs, Deans, Administrators, etc.) and University decision-makers as appropriate to ensure that all parties are well informed and that work proceeds on schedule with minimum adverse impacts to other campus departments and activities. 
  • Meet regularly with POC Director, DFS Director, and Associate Directors. Manage professional development of staff according to career goals and department needs. Facilitate team building among departments and within the University community.
  • Periodically provide technical expertise and assistance to campus operations departments. 
  • Facilitate proactive project planning, coordination, communication, and notification inside and outside the University.
  • Carry out other duties, assignments, and responsibilities as assigned. 
  • Uphold the Living Pepperdine standards in daily work; participate in Daily Line-Ups and be able to articulate how the standards apply to daily work.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree is required. Minimum fifteen years experience in aspects of the field such as contracting, construction management, construction document preparation and coordination, code compliance, and specifications editing may be considered in place of degree. Diverse technical knowledge of practices in the field, design and construction means and methods, and industry standard project and construction management processes is required. Strong English written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required. Must be approachable, listens to others, is adaptable to different communication styles, creative, persuasive, and solution-oriented. Must demonstrate analytical skills.

Preferred: A degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related field, is preferred. Competency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and AutoCAD products, and experience with construction management software (Primavera, Prolog or other) is desirable.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

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