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Executive Director of Planning, Design and Construction

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department - Planning, Design and Construction division within Facilities Management

Job Title - Executive Director of Planning, Design and Construction

Position # 703126 – Requisition #22220

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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Planning, Design and Construction division within Facilities Management has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Executive Director of Planning, Design and Construction position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Nature of Work

The Executive Director of Planning, Design and Construction is a senior staff member of the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  The Executive Director is responsible for providing senior leadership, technical and design expertise in all architectural, planning and construction related matters.  The individual in this position provides direction, consultation and coordination on issues related to long-range campus planning, capital planning, space management and allocation, design, construction, and the overall physical campus environment. 

This individual also consults with external affiliates regarding projects subject to review by the University Design Review Board.  Depending on individual experience and professional certifications, the position could serve in the roles of Campus Architect and Executive Director of Planning, Design and Construction.

The Planning, Design and Construction division within Facilities Management is responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of the institutional master plan and the coordination of the various institutional planning efforts contained within. The team also plans, designs and executes on the annual and 5-year capital project plans, working closely and collaboratively with the campus Facilities Operations team.  Continued development and maintenance of the institutional master plan and capital project plans are essential responsibilities of the office.  The Executive Director and their team serve all units, schools, and the entire administration of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and its affiliates.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $115,603 to $155,370.  

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

    A bachelor's degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or related field for an accredited institution Fifteen (15) years active working experience in architecture, engineering, planning, design or construction; of which at ten (10) must involve higher education.At least five (5) years must involve projects on a health sciences campus or in the design and construction of biomedical research facilities.At least five (5) years of the required experience must have been in a position involved in identifying and resolving complex issues, setting institutional policy, assisting or acting on behalf of institutional administrators.
Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Preferred Qualifications:

• A master’s degree is preferred

• AICP or AIA certification

• Experience at a management level involved in broad aspects of an academic health sciences center is preferred.
• To qualify for the additional role of Campus Architect, this position requires an active architecture license in good standing (NCARB registration is preferred) with the ability to obtain a Colorado architecture license within 12 months. This licensure necessitates at least a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Extensive knowledge of comprehensive planning, design and construction principles specific to a higher education environment.

• Extensive knowledge of and experience in major design and construction projects.

• Extensive knowledge of issues related to space management and allocation in a higher education environment.

• Comprehensive knowledge of the inner workings of a large health sciences center.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of persons and organizations, internal and external to the organization.

• Extensive trans and interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement and consensus building within a broad and diverse range of interest groups.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to organize and facilitate committee deliberations.
• Ability to work with consultants in major planning, design and construction efforts.

• Ability to serve effectively in both a leadership and coordinating role.
• Considerable knowledge of budget preparation.
• Ability to prioritize and simultaneously manage multiple projects.

Job Category: Executive
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 23, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
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