Colby College - Director for Project Management and Construction

December 16, 2021


Colby College

Director for Project Management and Construction


Colby College seeks an accomplished, strategic, and collaborative leader for the role of Director for Project Management and Construction.


The Director is responsible for overseeing the management of major capital projects, interior renovations, and some special projects as assigned. The position conducts planning analyses and works with Facilities department colleagues in operations, sustainability and administration, to prepare appropriate scope and cost documentation to inform 10-year capital plans. This position oversees a team of project managers and is responsible for ensuring that the planning, design, and construction of capital projects are competed accurately, effectively, and in accordance with the requirements of the College and other regulatory bodies.


The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Facilities and Campus Planning and is responsible for supervising a staff of 3 full-time project managers, potentially a term project manager, and an assistant project manager.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum ten years of experience in the field of architecture, engineering, and/or planning. Experience in a college, university, or similar educational institution is preferred.

  • Minimum of five years of demonstrated supervision and management experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with a broad and highly diverse range of people and excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Familiarity with State of Maine and local building codes, ADA, NFPA, OSHA, EPA, DEP, LEED, SITES, historic preservation guidelines, and other safety and regulatory requirements.

  • Ability to work independently to manage programs and projects.

  • Ability to function effectively as a team member, collaborate with department colleagues, and support direct reports is essential

  • A demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement is required.

  • Competence with word processing and spreadsheet software is required, CAD knowledge desired.

  • Ability to motivate people, work cooperatively, solve problems, make decisions, and effectively manage personnel and financial resources.

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, or related field required.

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in the State of Maine is preferred; Licensure in states with reciprocity will be considered.

  • LEED AP certification or ability to obtain within six months of hire required.

For a full description of the role, please see here.



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Colby College has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position.  Katie Dean, Associate Partner, is leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to Katie at katie.dean@opuspartners.net

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and encourages applications from qualified persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, military veterans and members of other under-represented groups. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights.