Supervisor - Planning Design and Construction

Planning/Design & Construction
Aug 31, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
Full Time

Position Summary

Is this position exempt from overtime pay?


Directs the planning, development, implementation, administration and evaluation of the school system's facilities planning, design and construction programs. Prepares staff recommendations on capital budgets and advises the Superintendent and Board of Education on the viability of individual projects; provides information regarding planned projects and projects under design and construction to the Board of Education, Superintendent and staff, County Council, county administration, students, parents and public.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?


1. Coordinates and directs the planning, design and construction activities and services of the Facilities Division.

2. Develops division goals, aligned with the system's strategic plan.

3. Develops, recommends and executes plans for provisions of school facilities commensurate with legal and educational requirements.

4. Identifies the need for renovations and additions to existing school facilities using school enrollment data; considers the adequacy of existing buildings for implementation of instructional programs. Requires feasibility studies as appropriate.

5. Works with instructional personnel in developing and maintaining general educational and criteria/reference specifications for school construction; adapts as necessary for specific projects.

6. Works with instructional personnel, commissioned architects and engineers, local governmental planning, review and construction personnel, and educational representatives of the State Inter-Agency Committee for School Construction, converting educational specifications to building plans.

7. Assures appropriate technical reviews of plans and specifications prepared by architects/engineers.

8. Collaborates with the Maintenance office on the continuous school maintenance program involving general maintenance, electrical, grounds, paint, plumbing/heating/air-conditioning, and environmental programs.

9. Serves as liaison with central office personnel involved in site acquisition, preparation of capital budget and the six-year capital improvement plans.

10. Reviews and recommends approval of schematic plans, design development, construction documents, and specifications.

11. Reviews the accuracy of design phase cost estimates; takes into consideration changes in the local economy.

12. Coordinates the bidding and construction schedules, reviews contract documents and addenda and recommends award of contracts.

13. Investigates and evaluates new materials, techniques, and methods for providing adequate economical educational facilities.

14. Manages the duties and responsibilities of the managers and their personnel. Establishes goals, reviews and evaluates staff performance.

15. Collaborates with the Department of Instruction in evaluating equipment for new schools in terms of appropriateness for instructional program, economy and durability.

16. Prepares and administers the selection and award of architectural and engineering contracts.

17. Directs and coordinates all aspects of land acquisition prior to price negotiations. Contacts lawyers to handle the negotiations for the Board and serves as liaison for real estate and design issues.

18. Works with appropriate department heads in making arrangements for rental of space as required.

19. Works with school based and community groups to facilitate third party/self-help projects.

20. Participates on professional organization committees instrumental in preparing codes and regulations pertaining to school construction.

21. Works with the Budget office in preparation of the annual capital and operating budget.

22. Coordinates with the Maintenance and Operation office in the post-occupancy evaluations and maintenance of buildings.

23. Responds to emergency situations as necessary during and outside of normal business hours.

24. May serve as the Director of Facilities during his/her absence when appointed.

25. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions


· Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in engineering, architecture or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience deemed sufficient to prepare the applicant to successfully perform the duties of the position..


· Seven years of progressive professional work experience in the management/supervision of all phases of planning, design and construction of school/commercial building construction projects or equivalent combination of education and experience deemed sufficient to prepare the applicant to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Proven track record of successful project completions.

· Ability to budget, make financial projections and write reports.

· Ability to handle potentially sensitive situations by applying consultative skills in working with internal and external constituent groups.

· Ability to prioritize work by making informed judgments and to develop solutions for complex problems.

· Knowledge of estimating, cost control, scheduling, construction administration, quality control, specification writing, and space planning.

· Knowledge of local, state and federal regulatory requirements related to area of functional responsibility.

· Ability to review and produce construction plans, specifications, applicable building codes and regulations; ability to recognize deviations from such requirements; and the ability to appraise the quality and rate of construction progress on projects.

· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form with diverse populations, including architects, engineers, contractors, Board of Education members, school system staff, employees of other governmental department/agencies, and the general public.

· Proficient with design, engineering, and construction software.

· Demonstrated proficiency with software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook and/or PowerPoint preferred).

· Ability to work outside normal business hours throughout the school year.


· Professional Engineer or Architect license in the State of Maryland required.

· Valid State of Maryland driver's license or valid driver's license from State of legal residence. Requires proof of a good driving record.

Career Ladder Requirements

· N/A

Physical Requirements

· Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment, with occasional work in a field construction environment. Subject to standing, walking, climbing (i.e. ladders), bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds. Requires vision to use close, distance, color, peripheral and depth vision and to adjust focus. Occasional exposure to machinery, extreme weather conditions, heights, traversing uneven terrain, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.


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