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Director of Capital Projects and Construction
Merced College in Merced, California
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Date Posted 01/29/2020
Faculty-Vocational & Technical-Construction & Building Trades
Salary $88,152.00 - $136,917.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


$88,152.00 - $136,917.00 Annually




02/17/20 12:00 PM


Salary will be commensurate with experience
additional compensation for doctorate
Interviews to be held the week of March 2, 2020

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students with room to expand on its 267 acre main campus and 120 acre Los Banos site. Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes – large and small – throughout the county.
The Director of Capital Projects and Construction will have the responsibility of managing all construction projects for Merced College.  With a potential bond campaign on the horizon plus the recent completion of our Facilities Master Plan (FMP), this is a very exciting time and has created a great opportunity for growth.  The Facilities Master Plan is designed to support student success which is a core mission of our system.  Additionally, it integrates planning principles of student success, access and wayfinding, collegiate identity, efficiency, stewardship, and community engagement. Collectively, these principles guided the development of the FMP, which has paved the way for a new and innovative infrastructure for Merced College.  We are looking for a member of the leadership team willing to embrace challenges and guide Merced College to a successful pathway of innovative facilities, developed to better serve our students and our community.  We welcome you to apply and join our team!
Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.
Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning

  • basic skills

  • career technical education

  • transfer

  • degree/certificate programs

Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:
Under direction of the Vice President of Administrative Services, provide professional leadership in developing, planning, leading and implementing facility plans and capital construction in accordance with District plans. Manage construction of capital projects including remodels, renovations, and new construction from project concept and initiation to construction, occupancy and post-occupancy evaluation and certification. Oversee the facilities master planning process and coordinate implementation of the general obligation bond program. Develop strategies for funding and request funding as appropriate.



Representative Duties:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the District's Facilities Master Plan to support the Educational Master Plan

  • Act as construction manager for capital outlay projects District-wide

  • Identify, recommend, and negotiate cost-effective consultant contracts for the District and monitor the consultants' budgets and monthly invoicing when required

  • Develop and submit initial project proposals (IPP) and final project proposals (FPP) for capital construction projects

  • Work in collaboration with design professionals and college stakeholders in the preparation of preliminary plans, working drawings, and other construction related documents that address program needs and are in compliance with applicable regulations

  • Oversee facilities bond measure implementation and coordination

  • Prepare requests for qualifications (RFQ) and requests for proposal (RFP) solicitations to secure design and planning consultant services

  • Update the State FUSION system to ensure the accuracy of District projects and facilities

  • Make presentations and prepare written communication to District committees, community groups, President's Cabinet and the Board of Trustees

  • Participate in local, regional, and state activities and programs to promote the District and the community college system

  • Setup and implement review procedures and techniques to assure timely processing of pay applications, invoices, contracts, sub-contracts and change orders

  • Develop and monitor a Master Schedule and effectively communicate project milestones

  • Develop and maintain good relationships with architects, consultants, inspectors, and general contractors

  • Manage, execute, and/or develop project team coordination according to District standards and policies including knowledge of Public Contract Code and California Education Code

  • Review contract conditions and ensure compliance with all contract terms

  • Coordinate with the appropriate personnel and departments regarding service maintenance, informational technology services, and resource needs for new projects

  • Mitigate claims and conflict during the course of construction

  • Ensure the completion of all project close-out procedures

  • Prepare or assist with the preparation of the District's Five-Year Capital Construction Plan and other planning documents required by the State Chancellor's Office

  • Direct and oversee the work of District consultants, including but not limited to, design professionals, engineering professionals, contractors, construction management consultants, project management consultants, construction inspectors, testing labs, and other professional services providers

  • Recommend and implement risk controls and risk mitigation associated with District facilities and construction

  • Conduct pre-bid job site visits, pre-construction meetings, and construction progress meetings

  • Review cost proposals/field orders and change orders for accuracy in terms of scope of work, labor and materials, and rates and advises action as appropriate

  • Maintain safe working conditions for all District students, staff, contractors and consultants

  • Prepare special analyses and reports related to long-range planning and facilities planning data, and makes recommendations concerning future utilization of facilities

  • Supervise and provide effective leadership of staff in assigned areas, including organizing, scheduling, assigning, evaluating, and reviewing of the work assigned

  • Monitor the operation and maintenance of all machinery, equipment, and facilities in assigned areas

  • Develop and implement strategies for acquiring State funding regarding capital outlay and campus development projects, and write grant proposals related to the development and expansion of facilities

  • Maintain blueprints, as-built plans and other construction records

  • Maintain knowledge of current technologies, trends and changes in the construction industry

  • Prepare site plans, specifications, or cost estimates for land development

  • Provide professional leadership, including effective deployment of staff, effective forecasting, planning and feasibility analysis, project management, scheduling, budget development and control, and analytical and accountability analysis

  • Assure adherence of operations to federal, state, and local laws and regulations

  • Develop an annual budget and makes requisitions for supplies and equipment as needed

  • Serve as a member on various college committees and teams

  • Participate in the planning, staffing and coordination of special campus events and/or special projects, as assigned

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge of:

  • Laws, codes, statutes and ordinances pertaining to the specific responsibilities of the position

  • Construction management principles and practices, including labor compliance

  • Legal and practical aspects of project design, bidding, management, and close out of construction contracts

  • Processes involved with design and construction activities

  • Processes involved in the planning, design, and construction of capital projects

  • Generally accepted construction principles and practices as related to public works and community colleges

  • Building and infrastructure materials, components and systems

  • Capital project budget management

  • Principles, practices and procedures of Division of State Architect (DSA) requirements

  • Institutional planning, design and construction methodologies

  • Sound business, supervisory, organizational, presentation and communication principles

  • Facilities master planning techniques and processes

Ability to:

  • Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive facilities planning and construction management program

  • Plan and organize work and effectively meet schedules and timelines

  • Read, comprehend and interpret complex codes and regulations

  • Learn and apply State Education Code, building codes, and other applicable laws and regulations

  • Consistently and effectively perform under the pressure of deadlines and other administrative demands

  • Identify problems and develop alternative solutions

  • Prepare and write specifications, draft contracts, and bids

  • Prepare and control contracts and budgets

  • Effectively work with multiple stakeholders

  • Conduct effective contract negotiations

  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive oral and written correspondence and reports

  • Demonstrate leadership in project development and development

  • Interpret building specifications and blueprints

  • Demonstrate professionalism, fairness and honesty in all aspects of the performance of duties

  • Use computers and supporting software applications and programs

  • Work independently with little direction

  • Develop and maintain construction records

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions

  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others



  • Bachelor's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in a related field AND four years of management experience  OR

  • Associate's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in a related field AND six years of management experience  OR

  • Any combination of applicable education and work experience with at least eight years of management-level experience

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students


  • Master's degree from an acceptable accredited institution in a related field AND

  • License or similar experience in architecture and/or engineering

  • Experience working with architects, engineers, contractors, inspectors, and other construction

  • specialists

  • Experience in the preparation and implementation of facilities master plans

  • Experience working with federal and state regulatory agencies such as OSHA and DSA

  • Experience in California Community College facilities planning, construction management and

  • capital improvement or facilities bond and financing 

License or Certificate:

  • LEED Certification

  • Registered Architect or Engineer

  • Project Management Professional

  • Contractor's License


How to Apply:            Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College career pages at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mccd

  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position

  2. Resume

  3. List five professional references

  4. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate).  Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree.   Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired. 

  5. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation. http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf

  6. Diversity Statement: Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large.  Your response is limited to one (1) page.

Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.  
Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. The interview process may include a pre-interview writing assessment. Finalist interviews with district administrators will follow the same or next day. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.
Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas.  An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.


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