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Director of Undergraduate House Renewal Program

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Facilities Management
Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Office of Physical Resources & Planning (OPRP) provides complete and integrated planning and design services, construction management, and building renewal, maintenance, and operations management to maintain the physical resources of the FAS campus.

This position is responsible for directing the Undergraduate House Renewal Program.  The goal of Harvard University's Undergraduate House Renewal Program is to re-configure each House to meet the complex needs of today's students, relieve overcrowding, improve privacy, and comply with current building codes. The renovations aim to enhance program spaces to support students' academic and social development better and upgrade outdated building systems and infrastructure.

Position Description
  • Responsible for staff supervision of approimately ten FTE's. Support efforts to control scope, budget, schedule aspects of projects, and ensure FAS sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction strategies and goals are incorporated into the program.
  • Provide guidance to the team on projects in early development, and throughout construction, including preparation of cost ranges, options analysis, and alignment with renewal priorities.
  • Manage Outside Project Management (OPM) consultants who are hired for full project management services, serve the role of Project Manager, and have direct responsibility for project execution.
  • Participate in University committees related to capital project delivery.
  • Provide initial review of submissions to the University's Capital Projects Review Committee (CPRC) for House Renewal projects and related enabling/domino projects, and to the Corporation Committee on Facilities and Capital Planning for projects >$15M.
  • Prepare for and present regular updates to senior level Executive Committee consisting of FAS Dean, Dean of Harvard College, and EVP of the University.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field related to construction, capital project management or the equivalent (architecture or engineering degree preferred).
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years progressive experience in capital project design, and construction management.
  • Experience in capital project development and construction in academic residential housing. 
  • Knowledge of design and construction processes and familiarity with city, state, and federal codes.
Additional Qualifications and Skills

Capital project management in a higher education setting, management of many large capital projects simultaneously (average $50M total), renovation of scientific laboratories, design and construction of LEED certified projects, and experience managing major capital projects ~$100M.Should possess skills in interpreting architectural and construction drawings and contracts; developing and maintaining project budgets and schedules; negotiating confrontational issues; working with diverse constituencies; and knowledge of relevant computer tools (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook).Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills.

Physical Requirements
Walking:  buildings, stairs, roofs, and mechanical spaces.

Working Conditions
Hybrid office environment; this position will be based in Cambridge, MA and there is an expectation of most workdays per week on campus.  Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process.

Additional Information
IMPORTANT NOTE:  To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume.

We regret that we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
332061 Construction/Proj Managmnt

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Administration and Finance

Salary Grade

Office of Physical Resources and Planning

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Education, Identity

M-F; 35 hours per week

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EEO Statement
We are 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 veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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