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Hiring Pay Scale
$180,000 - $215,000/Year
Hybrid Remote
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#121385 Senior Director, Real Estate Project Management

Initial Review Date: Wed 3/15/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Recognized as one of the top 10 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact. Best practices, best people at the best place to work! Our team is looking to add an extremely creative individual as the next Senior Director, Real Estate Project Management. If you are a strategic leader with an innovative mind, we want you!

This position offers a hybrid work arrangement, which includes a combination of onsite and remote work.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 3/15/2023.


The Senior Director of Real Estate Project Management is responsible to the Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) for all procurement facilitation, design reviews and permitting issues relating to the physical development of all UC San Diego Real Estate projects. This effort includes, but is not limited to design reviews, construction and administration when concerned with design standards and permitting. Overall responsibilities also include work required to ensure compliance of campus facilities with codes and other governmental requirements for public health and safety. Serve as a member of Department Leadership team. Provide consultation on professional design and construction management practices and opportunities to the department, the campus, and the University of California system. This position is directly responsible for the coordination and communication with senior management and the development and implementation of departmental policy, procedures and processes related to project management.

The Senior Director is responsible for the implementation of capital projects. Provide administrative oversight for teams of project managers with emphasis on daily operations and functions, ensuring that project progress and completion is within budget and time constraints. Implement, oversee and provide guidance of web-based capital program management and construction project management software. This position serves as representative to the Office of the President on campus design and construction matters at UC San Diego as well as the University representative to outside agencies, i.e. Department of State Architect (DSA), City of San Diego, and County of San Diego.


  • Bachelor's degree and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training in architecture, engineering, urban design or city planning. Master's degree preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, and federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, and state and federal legislative processes. Technical knowledge of the processes involved with complex design reviews and construction activities.

  • Extensive experience, knowledge and ability to organize, direct and successfully implement project expertise of a large technically complex capital development program, including the skill to plan, organize, and direct work of professional and administrative staff engaged in the communication and facilitation of project reviews and approvals.

  • Excellent skills to lead, direct and manage personnel including selection, training, evaluating and, as required, taking corrective action. Strong demonstrated leadership, management and supervisory skills to effectively train and guide staff at all levels, delegate tasks, set performance standards, and evaluate performance. Ability to motivate staff and foster a cooperative working environment.

  • Extensive experience, knowledge and technical knowledge of the processes involved with design and construction activities. Knowledge of federal, state and local codes pertaining to design and construction and ability to provide technical advice based on sound understanding of construction principles and practice.

  • Thorough knowledge of California and industry building codes and regulations. Knowledge of Division of State Architect (DSA) and State Fire Marshal (SFM) code and policy requirements.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with building types: a broad array of facility types and their individual building systems, building codes and construction implications, including but not limited to research laboratories, classroom buildings, office buildings, parking garages, conference centers, dining facilities, student centers, theatres, music and art facilities, housing, conference centers, sports facilities, landscape projects, maintenance facilities, and transportation projects.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with institutional environment: fiscal year planning cycles; state and non-state funding parameters and schedules; academic year planning parameters related to faculty availability; campus committee decision-making procedures; and university organizational structure as relates to project requests, budget allocations, program priorities and strategic resource allocation.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with project delivery: appropriateness and applicability of utilizing different delivery methodologies; including understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each, including, but not limited to Pre-Qualified Lump-Sum Low Bid; Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC); Design Build, including traditional and bridging; Multiple-Prime, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery Systems methodologies.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with capital budget control. Knowledge and experience with the creation, development, and management of complex budgets. This includes monitoring, foreseeing and resolving potential problems, developing alternative strategies and implementing changes as needed to ensure projects are delivered on budget.

  • Expert knowledge and experience with sustainability: current and emerging best practices for sustainable design in all aspects of site and building applications, including those in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), current and proposed building rating systems (New construction, Existing Building, Core And Shell, Commercial Interiors, etc), Labs 21 laboratory rating system, and similar industry standard rating systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform general plan checks to identify potential design and construction problems. Knowledge of project constructability and skills to anticipate problems in implementation of design. Ability to apply state and/or federal law, UC Policy and campus policy to the execution of major and minor campus capital improvement projects.

  • Extensive experience, knowledge and demonstrated ability to read and comprehend legal and technical documents and to draft legal documents for review by counsel. Understanding of construction law, contract requirements and prior experience in preparing and presenting documentation related to construction claims. Proven track record of avoiding and/or resolving construction damage claims from contracted entities.

  • Excellent knowledge of public works procurement processes and regulations.

  • Thorough financial, budgeting and cost management skills, including interacting with and synthesizing widely divergent viewpoints and interests.

  • Skill to effectively negotiate terms, conditions and costs related to consultant staffing services and contracts.

  • Proficient computer skills and knowledge of various computer software programs including, but not limited to Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Project Management software. Demonstrated knowledge to identify, analyze and make recommendations on information system issues.

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to work effectively with multiple constituencies to advance organizational objectives. Ability to effectively present project design and status issues to client groups. Ability to work effectively with user departments and be responsive to their ideas and needs.


  • License to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, and/or city planning architecture.


  • DOJ/FBI and DMV background checks and clearances required prior to hire.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.

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Annual Full Pay Range: $92,600 - $232,200 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $44.35 - $111.21

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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