Acts as the authorized agent for the Seattle School District in the management and execution of the design, bid, and construction of simultaneous renovation and new Capital construction projects included in the capital levy program. Ensures construction projects are completed on time, within established budgets, and within the quality standards established by the District.
Evaluates, develops, and manages the scope of work required for assigned projects in the Capital Levy program, including educational specifications, architectural programs, school relocations, equipment and furniture purchases, and community resources, using input from District departments and the Director of Capital.
Negotiates with construction management firms, architects, consultants, and building contractors as the authorized agent.
Manages project contracts.
Ensures compliance with applicable federal, state, city, and District regulations.
Assures that projects are completed on time and within budget.
Monitors project budgets.
Develops and audits cost and quality control measures for each project by monitoring and coordinating data from architects and project managers.
Develops, coordinates, and manages the change order process for the design and construction of projects through an automated tracking system.
Evaluates, analyzes, and modifies the work performed by construction management firms, including the project scope, budget, schedule and quality of the performance of the work.
Makes site visits and oversees activities performed at project sites, as needed.
Evaluates and recommends for hire or dismissal managers and employees by construction management firm.
Manages and oversees District staff assigned to Capital projects, including supervising and evaluating professional and support staff.
Develops schedules and priorities for staff.
Assigns, monitors and evaluates work performance.
Consults with subordinates on a variety of problems and issues.
Coordinates review of project educational requirements with District leadership, including principals, Education Directors, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Academic Officer.
Manages the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process for each Capital project.
Ensures conformance with educational specifications and project-specific requirements for each site.
Reviews Capital project designs with District staff, as appropriate, including staff in Teaching and Learning, Nutrition Services, Facilities Operations and Environmental Services.
Coordinates the process for and collaborates in the prequalification and selection of design architects as well as other professional services required for each construction project.
In consultation with the Chief Operating Officer and Director approves the schematic design, design development, and construction documents for projects to ensure that they are in compliance with established budgets and timelines.
As requested, by the Director, presents conceptual and schematic design for Capital projects to the School Board.
Coordinates participation of construction management staff, project architects, and school principal and staff in Board presentations.
In conjunction with Director, writes major reports and delivers briefings to the School Board, the BEX/BTA Oversight Committee and the Superintendent on projects.
Provides support to the Director for Board projects and reports.
Provides data and coordinates with District's Contracting Services Manager on the bid process for construction projects.
Provides data and coordinates with District's Legal staff on the legal defense of projects, including Master Use Permit appeals, environmental appeals, and landmarks process.
Provides testimony as required.
Attends or participates in meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the Director of Capital.
Prepares and makes presentations to the Landmarks Board, and large community groups.
Maintains current knowledge in assigned areas.
May perform related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Eight to ten (8-10) years of experience in Project management techniques, business administration, construction site and safety codes and standards, cultural knowledge of school system, schedules and cost control, plus two years of demonstrated supervisory/management responsibility. An additional six (6) years of construction management work experience which has included management of multiple- projects for large public institutions, i.e., schools, hospitals, prisons is preferred; Master's degree in construction management or related field may be allowed to substitute for two (2) years of the required work experience; Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or Project Management or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree preferred.
Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work will be considered.
DESIRED CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES: Architectural/Engineering State License
CLEARANCES: Criminal Justice fingerprint and background check
The Capital Projects and Planning Department supports the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan by building and modernizing schools so they support high-quality instruction and learning experiences.
When we build a new building, modernize an existing school, or construct an addition, the project is planned to meet the district’s educational standards as well as the specific needs of the individual school.