Duke University
Fac Mgmt - Office of Proj. Mgmt

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Director of Project Management

Duke University’s Facilities Management invites applications for the position of Director of Project Management. Reporting to the Vice President of Facilities, the Director of Project Management will provide leadership and direction for a large department of professional staff that manage capital construction projects for the University.

The Office of Project Management (OPM) is responsible for facilitating project initiation, approvals, consultant selection, planning, design, construction and close out for all of Duke University’s new construction, renovations, infrastructure/energy upgrades and major building maintenance initiatives. The Office of Project Management consists of a professional staff with experience and backgrounds in planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, construction, project management and owner's representation. The office takes pride in their reputation for dedicated responsiveness, following schedules and maintaining budgets.

Occupational Summary (FMD)

The Director of Project Management provides leadership and direction to the Project Management group. S/he directs, manages, plans and administers the operational and administrative activities of the Project Management team. S/he is responsible for overseeing the completion of projects within authorized budgets, schedules and performance specifications. S/he is also responsible for ensuring that departmental and university objectives are met while minimizing disruptions to the University community and keeping stakeholders well informed throughout the process.

Overview of Key Responsibilities

· Directs the project management program in all phases of capital improvements including facilities construction, renovation and repair.

· Provides leadership to Facilities Project Management Department in support of the University's academic mission and goals.

· Establishes project scope by meeting with users, Duke Facilities staff and others to define needs.

· Communicates with Clients and Duke Leadership, as needed, regarding project status, forecasts and risks.

· Ensures detailed project review of design document with customers and review group to confirm project program. Review elements include public safety, parking, telecommunications, landscaping, utilities, engineering, sustainability and facilities operations.

· Manages budget expenditures for construction projects; monitors project expenditures at various milestones to ensure budget compliance.

· Maintains and updates University construction standards, contract terms and conditions.

· Ensures that all projects are reviewed and inspected by all applicable agencies.

· Consistently strives to ensure a safe work environment thru education, assessment and demonstrated observance of sound safety practices.

· Advises the Vice President for Facilities Management on all matters relating to project management functions.

· Represents Facilities Management in University committees and meetings, as well as relevant external groups and individuals.

Specific Skills and Competencies

· Bachelors' degree in architecture, engineering, business or related field.

· Seven years of progressive managerial experience in project management in a large, complex organization.

· Demonstrated knowledge of design, procurement and construction methods and systems for a variety of multi-discipline facilities projects.

· Ability to obtain professional registration.

· Demonstrated knowledge of design and construction procedures and facilities management.

· Demonstrated ability to manage and train a department and staff of Project Managers and support staff.

· Excellent interpersonal skills to deal with Faculty, Staff, Internal clients, and external consultants and authorities.

About Duke University Facilities Management

Facilities Management supports the mission of Duke University by providing excellence in planning, design, construction, cleanliness, operations and maintenance for facilities, grounds and utilities in a customer-focused, safe, efficient and sustainable manner.

For more information about Duke Facilities, please go to: Application Process

Interested applicants should send applications or inquires to Michelle Jenkins, Human Resources Director for Facilities at [email protected] EEO Statement

Duke University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Duke University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Construction Management.


Minimum seven years of related experience required. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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