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Director of Construction Management

Company: Denver Zoo
Location: Denver
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

As part of our commitment to health and safety, Denver Zoo employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment.Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions -- Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, United, Transformative, Curious Courageous in all that we do. Visit to learn more.This position advances Denver Zoo's mission and master planning efforts by decisively directing the construction-based activities of capital projects. This leadership role provides Zoo staff, professional consultants and general contractors with guidance and decisions to ensure the construction of new facilities and exhibits meets or exceeds the design intent for guest experience, animal care and Zoo sustainability efforts. The position is responsible for all pre-construction activities and construction efforts, and directs project teams through the construction phases to successfully complete projects on time and within budget.Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests. If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesCapital Project Planning and Construction (70-80%)* Direct pre-construction activities and the construction process for capital projects including, but not limited to:* Project scope development;* Cost estimating exercises;* Capital project budget recommendations, development and management;* Permit pathway and project procurement strategy;* On-site construction policy and procedure development;* Educating Project Managers on best practice contractor management;* Quality control assessment, documentation and management;* Project close-out and warranty management; and,* Developing relationships with city, state and regulatory agencies in support of Denver Zoo construction efforts.

* Develop and approve construction logistic plans to minimize impact of construction activities on zoo operations, guest experience, health and safety.* Direct the management of contractors and subcontractors during all phases of construction.* Provide direct supervision of Project Management staff, and support and direction of Design staff, working in collaboration with the Director of Design and the Senior Director of Design and Project Management in a matrix format.* Direct activities of outside design/engineering consultants, as needed.* Assists Senior Director for Design and Project Management to represent zoo in promoting capital projects and securing necessary design approvals from community groups, government agencies, utilities, and other appropriate organizations.* Direct production of as-built drawings, operations and maintenance manuals, warranty documentation for completed projects* Set priorities in alignment with Inspire Awe:* Safety first, always* Care demonstrated through exceptional guest service* Connect with each guest utilizing ROADMAP in all programs and GIG strategies with guests

* Demonstrate a commitment to Denver Zoo's Sustainability Policies by adhering to all environmental, safety, & health regulations, procedures, and goals.* Act in accordance with Denver Zoo's Core Values: Welcoming, Curious, United, Courageous, Transformative all interactions with staff, guest, volunteers, and vendors.Team Leadership and Administration (20-30%)* Participate and lead the Design and Project Management Department meetings and daily huddles.* Hire, train, coach, direct, evaluate and set assigned staff members up for success by delegating work, empowering improvement, and monitoring performance.* Develop strategies, tools and processes for managing planning and design activities for the team.* Develop strategies for successfully utilizing matrix management organizational strategies for efficient use of team resources in collaboration with the Sr. Director of Design and Project Management.* Provide needed information to Sr. Director of Design and Project Management to develop annual department operating budget.* Assist in fundraising activities including, but not limited to grant writing, donor presentations and general support for Development staff, as needed.* Represent the department on internal committees, participate in zoo-wide activities and act as a positive influence in supporting the 'One Zoo Team' culture.Other Responsibilities and Duties* Ability to work effectively with zoo staff in all departments, often to facilitate discussion and foster resolution of contradictory project goals.* Strong knowledge of technical aspects of design and construction, including building codes and other government regulations (e.g. OSHA and ADA), preparation of drawings and specifications; contracts, scheduling/project management techniques.* Ability to use both general office computer software (word processing, spread sheets, data base, presentation) and technical software (project management, scheduling, CAD).* Outstanding facilitation and communication skills, including ability to inspire others.* Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team.* Self-starter/leader who can anticipate department needs in a proactive (versus, reactive) manner.* Performs various duties as assigned.Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications* Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management or equivalent experience required. Master's degree preferred.* 7+ years' experience in construction management, preferably with experience in zoo/aquarium exhibits or animal facilities.* Ability to read and interpret architectural and engineering drawings and specifications, construction documents, civil documents, permit applications, and vendor contracts.* Ability to manage complex design and construction projects which usually impact zoo operations, public facilities, animals, staff work areas, project budgets generally ranging from $1-$25 million.* Experience directly supervising staff, consultants, contractors and project teams.Position Conditions* Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.* Clear driving recordCompensationRange for this position is $6,685-$8,638 monthly.BenefitsThis is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.Application Process and TimelinesApplicants must submit a cover letter with resume to be considered. Resumes / Completed applications must be submitted by November 19, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately. Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.As part of our commitment to health and safety, Denver Zoo employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All persons offered a position will be required to provide valid proof of vaccination prior to starting employment. Exemptions based on approved medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs will be considered. We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation. This information is kept confidential.Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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