Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school whose Mission is to "develop global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead.” A highly educated faculty and staff bring out the best in the talented student body through active learning, challenging academics, one-on-one mentoring, unparalleled global opportunities, nationally distinguished outdoor education and community service programs, outstanding athletic opportunities, and award-winning visual and performing arts.
The core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, fairness, and compassion are widely shared and fostered daily in classrooms, during co-curricular activities, and through the camaraderie of this close-knit community.
Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls over 830 students drawn from more than 45 Southern California communities.
Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick is one of two schools operated by the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation. In 2010, Chadwick International (CI) was formed in Songdo, South Korea, which expanded opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education.
The Director of Planning and Construction will have a leading role in a series of upcoming projects, including major renovations as well as new buildings, including a 6000 square-foot Center for Innovation and Research. We seek an innovative, experienced leader to coordinate the re-invigoration of our beautiful campus.
Job Title: Director of Design, Planning and Construction
Division/Department: Senior Administration
Head of School
Palos Verdes, CA
Type of position/FLSA: Full-time Exempt
The Director of Design, Planning, and Construction is the aesthetic steward advising on architectural integrity, quality standards, and built environment code compliance for the Chadwick School campus in Palos Verdes, CA. Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Design, Planning, and Construction is a senior member of the school’s administration team.
A highly accomplished and collaborative leader is needed to act as senior project manager for special initiatives, capital and renewal projects while overseeing general campus facilities maintenance. The Director will lead long term, mid-term and short term planning within the terms of the Conditional Use Permit, and manage all minor and major construction projects and changes to the campus’ physical plant.
Works closely with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to plan, direct and execute all scales of capital and renovation projects on campus. Responsible for projects to be consistent with the design standards established by the school, including sustainable and accessible design and construction principles, as well as applicable codes, laws, policy and accessibility and safety standards. Works closely with academic groups to develop strong collaborative project teams. Confers with the Chief Financial Officer on policy matters and work problems; interprets laws, policies, guidelines and procedures related to planning and construction, and assists in the development of project scope priorities and budget estimates.
Manages architectural work and oversees project teams dealing with new and existing campus buildings, landscape, accessibility, space, signage and furnishing, fixtures and related equipment. Oversees and monitors the performance of contractors and consultants to ensure the quality of work and timeliness of delivery is within budget and in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Represents the school to the public and representatives of County departments, other agencies, or organizations, and compliance teams.
Oversees the management of the campus facilities team and general campus maintenance. Supervises the Director of Facilities Management; participates in the selection, training, supervision and evaluation of the work of departmental staff; assists in the assignment of departmental work activities and projects, and monitors progress. Collaborates closely with the Director of Risk Management and Transportation in managing the physical campus.
Develops and administers relevant budgets, including analyses, justification, projections, and consideration of service level/delivery and/or funding alternatives.
Ensures compliance with the Conditional Use Permit, and manages its renewal in collaboration with Board of Trustees.
Oversees the management of on-campus housing, including housing coordination, renovations and repairs, as well as rental agreements, repairs and maintenance, and interactions with tenants.
Completes other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED AND PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCES, AND SKILLS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The position requires
Prior negotiating and contract experience
Prior experience successfully managing complex projects, with budget responsibility
Exceptional organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Demonstrated initiative in handling multiple priorities, and good time management skills.
Excellent writing, communications, and research skills, including proficiency in the use of spreadsheets and other standard tools for sharing and managing information
Ability to interact effectively with others, and work in a team environment as well as independently.
Flexibility with schedule, and willingness to travel when required.
A professional work ethic, including willingness to take initiative and responsibility, and discretion in holding personal and business-sensitive information in confidence.
A Bachelor's degree and Californian license in architecture, planning, or closely related field is preferred, with significant experience in project planning, building design, construction and code compliance.
Professional experience in an educational setting is preferred.
Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties and responsibilities that are required of the position
About Chadwick School
Chadwick is a K-12 coeducational non-denominational independent day school located on a beautiful 45-acre campus on a hill overlooking mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean. Founded as a boarding school in the 1930's in what was then a remote area of Los Angeles County, the school has retained its rural charm and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Thirty-three faculty and staff families reside on campus, adding to a strong sense of community and shared aspirations.
The school is dedicated to academic excellence and to the development of the character and individual gifts of its students. The school’s challenging academic offerings are therefore complemented by extensive programs in community service, outdoor education, athletics and the arts, in which virtually all students participate.
Chadwick is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation and race, or any other applicable law prohibiting discrimination in employment. This commitment applies to all empl...oyees and agents of the school, including the headmaster, division and department directors, supervisors and co-workers.