The Chief of Projects & Construction will play a critical role as a key member of the Laboratory Operations Leadership Team. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Operations/Chief Operating Officer, this role is responsible for bringing Berkeley Lab conventional construction and project management into the top tier of Department of Energy/Office of Science (DOE/SC) labs by achieving sustained, superior performance in support of world-class science. The successful incumbent will forge partnerships with DOE/SC, Berkeley Site Office (BSO), University of California National Laboratories (UCNL), other Laboratories, UC Berkeley, the community, and within the Lab. This role is accountable for fully effective, safe, compliant execution of projects that meet all scope, cost and schedule requirements.
The Chief of Projects & Construction will:
Provide leadership to achieve sustained, superior performance in conventional civil project and construction management and execution at Berkeley Lab.
Provide oversight and management direction to execute the Laboratory's portfolio of strategic construction (capital and small) projects. Hold team accountable to ensure all projects comply with all requirements, including University of California and Department of Energy guidelines, policies, codes, specifications, and standards, including, but not limited to construction, design, environmental, and safety.
Proactively build and sustain partnerships with Department of Energy (DOE) / Office of Science, Berkeley Site Office (BSO), University of California National Laboratory (UCNL), other Laboratories, UCB, the community, and the Project Management Office and other internal key stakeholders including Lab Division and Area Directors to provide innovative leadership for quality and excellence in project execution and client support. Partner closely with the Facilities and Environmental, Health and Safety Division Directors as well as the Project Management Office to ensure alignment of action and communications to all external and internal Stakeholders.
Work cross-functionally in close partnership and teamwork with fellow Operations Leadership Team members to ensure seamlessly integrated project planning and execution to maximize project value and impact.
Oversee the Laboratory's strategic conventional construction project portfolio. The Project Portfolio varies, but typically has more than one capital project (ranging from $50M-$100M), several mid-sized projects (ranging from $8M-$10M), and approximately 100 small projects (ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to $4M).
Personally model and promote integrity, customer service and accountability to an organization of approximately 30-35 staff, providing guidance and counsel for effectively executing capital and small projects that will optimally support the Lab's scientific programs and requirements.
Provide leadership to the Department Head, project staff and others to develop and implement effective and efficient project delivery strategies. Analyze the best project delivery methods internal and external to the Lab, including negotiated contracts, design build, design bid build, and other approaches.
Oversee planning and accountability for annual, short-term, and long-term construction project budgets, expenditures and staffing plans.
Provide strategic oversight of multiple internal and external project management teams, project consultants, contractors, vendors, as well as direct interface and service with/to internal end user groups.
Provide comprehensive strategic vision, oversight and leadership of the Laboratory's construction management and execution, including the improvement and maintenance of key processes, procedures, tools, metrics and systems for project delivery. Ensure management systems for capital projects are efficient and effective.
Foster efficient and engaged teamwork with a high focus on superior performance, mutual support, talent development, compliance and safety culture.
Support Facilities Director in infrastructure strategy development including maintaining strong partnerships with Science Divisions and formulation/acceptance of cost estimates for projects.
Execute projects that support the infrastructure strategy. Ensure Operations and Science Divisions are engaged as partners in project delivery and that communications are transparent.
Improve cost and schedule delivery for small projects (<$10M).
Support and/or lead the UC-affiliated Laboratories Community of Practice for Project Management in coordination with the Berkeley Lab Project Management Officer.
Contribute to the management of community affairs activities appropriate for representing construction management related community concerns.
Serve on Laboratory committees that improve institutional management and development.
Participate in and help lead cross-laboratory project management and/or construction initiatives developed by the Operations Improvement Committee, NLCOOs, etc.
Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, or related discipline, or equivalent relevant experience.
Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible management experience for the total execution of large construction projects, and general management experience.
Extensive experience in a large complex organization (of similar scope to Berkeley Lab) in project financial management and/or, capital planning.
Training, experience, and demonstrated success in managing large, complex projects.
Demonstrated ability to solve problems, establish trust and credibility and deal effectively with change.
Experience managing a construction organization of a private industry complex, university, or government research complex or campus with demonstrated improvement in efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Ability to adapt to, and prosper in, the combined design and construction oversight environment of the Department of Energy and the University of California.
Successful senior-level leadership experience, including experience with employee development, mentoring, and coaching.
Ability to direct and converse technically with engineers and architects regarding campus utility systems and the operation, maintenance, design and construction of the various building types that are present on the lab campus.
Diverse knowledge of the various trade support areas, custodial, HVAC, construction, carpentry, roofing, painting, plumbing, electrical, and equipment maintenance.
Demonstrated experience leading and managing a complex organization, providing effective oversight and guidance of operational, personnel management and administrative matters.
Excellent oral and written communication skills necessary to effectively influence, negotiate, advise, explain and present to senior technical and administrative managers.
Superior interpersonal skills necessary to effectively build/maintain working partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to interact at the highest level of management, both internally and externally, in a constructive and collaborative manner and in way that appropriately represents the Laboratory.
Additional desired qualifications:
Advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D. or Master's Degree) preferred.
Licenses/Certifications: Professional in Engineering preferred.
Certified Project Manager preferred (PMBOK).
This is a (full time) career appointment.
The Chief of Projects & Construction is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
Schedule: M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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