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Senior Director, Design Services

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California 92093
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UC San Diego

Senior Director, Design Services

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/8/2018

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience



Design & Development Services is the primary service provider at UC San Diego charged with strategic visioning, design direction, quality control and regulatory functions of the built environment. DDS is an independent Functional Unit within Resources Management & Planning that provides direction and guidance during the entire progression of Capital Projects from pre-concept through post occupancy. DDS works in concert with the Capital Program Management Unit (CPM) as required to envision and deliver a +/- $3.2 Billion Capital Program transforming the built environment with expanded transit, health care, housing, academic and research buildings, and mixed-use facilities to address future enrollment growth demands aimed at ensuring enhanced student experience, expanding research prowess, and improving the delivery of advanced healthcare.



The Sr. Director of Design Services is responsible to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Architect, to develop strategies for management of all campus architecture, pre-design, and design matters relating to the physical development of all UC San Diego properties, ensuring compliance with design standards, codes and other governmental requirements for public health and safety.


The Sr. Director of Design Services represents the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Architect in all matters related to the coordination of architectural services in DDS and CPM for the campus and Health System. Provides consultation on professional Architectural practices and opportunities having organization-wide impact to the departments, the campus, and the University of California system.


The position functions independently in directing, planning, and establishing goals of design professional and technical staff engaged in the support and delivery of major and minor capital improvement projects in pre-design phase of campus and health system Capital Program. Represents the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Architect at meetings and conferences related to the Capital Improvement Program.


Responsible for budget, schedule, and quality control during pre-design phase of capital projects. Serves as the senior resource for coordination of all technical architectural functions for both new construction and renovation projects. In collaboration and consultation with Real Estate Office mission to monetize real property assets, the SDD has administrative oversight in the implementation of P3 projects in the areas of design, quality control, design review, plan review and permit issuance, and owner’s representation during course of construction of P3 projects. This position serves as representative to the Office of the President on campus design matters at UC San Diego as well as the University representative to outside agencies, i.e., Department of State Architect (DSA), OSHPD, City of San Diego, and County of San Diego. Provides guidance in the scheduling, professional review, and direction of DDS staff.



To learn more about the physical transformation of the UC San Diego campus, click here: http://chancellor.ucsd.edu/pages/khoslaletter/transforming-uc-san-diego?utmsource=This+Week+Subscriber+List&utmcampaign=b46c66dc40-THISWEEK20180125&utmmedium=email&utmterm=0db568fca07-b46c66dc40-92243105


To learn more about the Resource Management and Planning division, please click here: https://rmp.ucsd.edu/


To learn more about the Design & Development Services group, please click here: http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/design/new.html#Design-&-Development-Services



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

• Licensed architect within a United States jurisdiction required at time of application. • Must obtain California license within one year of employment start date. LEED AP preferred.

• Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html



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

• A minimum of 10+ years with demonstrated management level experience, knowledge and ability to organize, direct and successfully implement pre-design management and construction quality control activities of a large technically complex capital development program, including the skill to plan, organize, and direct work of professional and administrative staff engaged in physical planning, design, and construction.

• Expert knowledge and experience building complex, multi-year facilities including but not limited to: academic medical center, student housing, dining facilities, research laboratories, classroom buildings, office buildings, parking garages, conference centers, student centers, theaters, music and art facilities, conference centers, sports facilities, landscape projects, maintenance facilities, and transportation projects.

• Thorough knowledge of and experience in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, state and federal legislative processes.

• 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.

• 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. Ability to apply state and/or federal law, UC Policy and campus policy to the execution of major and minor campus capital improvement projects. Thorough knowledge or ability to learn California and industry building codes and regulations. Knowledge of Office of State Healthcare Project Design (OSHPD), Division of State Architect (DSA) and State Fire Marshal (SFM) code and policy requirements.

• Thorough financial, budgeting and cost management skills, including demonstrated experience in projecting budget costs, coordinating multiple projects, adapting programmatic objectives to changes in resources, and establishing priorities as affected by budgetary issues to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery.

• Excellent skills to lead, direct and manage personnel including selection, training, evaluating and, as required, taking corrective action. Superior judgment, interpersonal communication, leadership, writing, and analytical skills. 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.

• 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).

• Appropriateness and applicability of utilizing many different project 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.


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Salary Range: Commensurate with experience


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