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Director Of Capital Construction - Facilities Services

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Director of Capital Construction

Exempt – MR16: Actual salary based on candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Job Summary:

The Director of Capital Construction is a key management position in the Facilities Services Department (FS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and will report directly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) of Facilities Services Construction. This position will be responsible for managing the successful completion of all capital construction projects and will supervise construction project managers, monitor, and evaluate all capital construction project activities and construction project timelines, while interacting with members of the FS Department craft personnel, procurement, and finance teams as well as UT Systems Facilities Planning Office staff.  The position will lead the implementation, oversee, and manage the execution of all capital construction project activities and operations necessary to achieve the approved campus Facilities Master Plan in support of the UTK strategic mission. This position has full personnel management responsibilities to include hiring, development, workload scheduling, and performance evaluation of divisional staff.



·        Oversee and direct all capital construction projects, selected architects, and contracted vendors related to campus capital construction projects

·        Develop/review bid specifications related to campus construction projects to include professional services, rentals, materials, and equipment

·        Review and recommend approval of architect engineers, construction management, building commissioning, and other professional contracts related to capital projects for the UTK campus

·        Oversee the development to include defining the work breakdown structure, workload management, and implementation of all campus capital construction projects

·        Responsible to the AVC Facilities Construction for the evaluation of capital construction project progress, change-order management, compliance with construction project budget, and construction schedules consistent with the Facilities Master Plan

·        Meets with construction project managers to ensure that the critical path and milestones are on track as well as evaluates progress on construction project tasks

·        Develop project progress reports and identify/recommend schedule changes as needed, highlighting critical decision

·        Coordinates with AVC Facilities Planning and Design to develop and recommend construction project budgets and schedules for all capital construction activities

·        Provide regular oral and written reports to the AVC Facilities Construction, the Associate Vice Chancellor, and other stake holders on the status of all construction projects and activities

·        Develop and manage annual operating budget, approve expenditures, and monitor fiscal performance of work unit

·        Collaborate with the UT System Department of Capital Projects and the UTK Facilities Services department Director of Design/University Architect and the Director of Space Management

·        Ensure that all federal, State, and local government agencies required permitting of construction projects has been obtained and are in place

·        Work with construction project engineers to administer, enforce, and ensure that applicable construction codes, construction documents (to include: insurance and liability certificates, Owner/Contractor procedures, and State Building Codes) are implemented, in place, and enforced.

·        In the event of weather events/labor actions, (including work stoppages by construction site workers) ensure the safety of the construction sites and prepare and implement contingency plans for construction activities such as revised delivery schedules and change orders

·        Represent the AVC Facilities Construction, at department, division, and UTK campus-wide meetings including active participation in appropriate Governance committees.

·        Facilitate effective communication both internally and externally ensuring all stakeholders are kept abreast of the status of the project

·        Manage the day to day operations of the FS Capital Construction division

·        Has full supervisory responsibility and is responsible for employee performance management of staff in all aspects of employee performance management including hiring, work tasking, defining work objectives, priorities, deadlines, leave approval, staff development, performance review, evaluation, and recommendations for performance awards. 

Minimum Requirements:

·        Bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, or other closely related field.

·        Minimum of 5 years’ experience in related areas of responsibility including construction, project management, site development, general construction with substantial experience involving large, complex, and highly visible public projects

·        Valid Tennessee Driver’s License


·        Knowledge of principles and practices of project planning, design, construction, and management.

·        Knowledge of principles of contract development and administration.

·        Knowledge of principles of leadership, management, and supervision.

·        Knowledgeable in relevant federal and state construction, building, and safety codes.

·        Ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations

·        Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders to foster cooperation, cohesion, and problem resolution.

·        Ability to build successful work teams with internal and external partners

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Fs Capital Construction
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Apr 22, 2024, 10:30:55 AM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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