PROGRAM OFFICER - Capital Planning

Type: Job Available
Submitter: M. Longmore
Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Posted: 2017/Oct/12 12:49
Description: Under the direction of the Director – Program Planning, the Program Officer has the responsibility and accountability to partner with school district personnel, technical professionals and members of the NJSDA project team to successfully manage the planning of school facilities projects from need identification through project scope development. Assist districts in developing educational programming that is responsive to administrative and academic needs, project schedules and available funding. Coordinate activities to quickly resolve issues affecting all aspects of the planning process. Conduct conditions assessments of existing school facilities for physical plant deficiencies as well as educational program and capacity needs. This position requires excellent negotiation, communication and organizational skills to simultaneously coordinate and execute multiple facets of a project in a deadline driven environment while protecting the financial interest of the Authority. Residency in New Jersey is a requirement for consideration for this position. Essential Duties and Responsibilities 1. In partnership with team members, manage complex projects by effectively coordinating activities of stakeholders within the NJSDA, as well as external entities including professional consultants, school district personnel, NJ Department of Community Affairs, NJ Department of Education, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and other local and state agencies from the planning phase to post occupancy. 2. Plan, organize and coordinate meeting with all appropriate district personnel and other relevant community and regulatory stakeholder to identify goals and integrate programming for facilities planning with district-wide academic and strategic priorities. 3. Perform comprehensive analysis of educational facilities needs of NJSDA client school district and development and presentation of options to address those facility needs. 4. Conduct surveys of existing facilities to identify building condition deficiencies as well as potential emergent project needs. 5. Assist with preparing presentations for the NJSDA Management and Board of Directors and other interested parties regarding project costs, schedule, and change order management. 6. Provide support to the Director – Program Planning by coordinating activities and resolving issues quickly and delivering the project within scope and schedule parameters while simultaneously protecting the financial interests of the Authority. 7. Acts as a liaison between NJSDA and school district facilities personnel to resolve issues quickly and deliver the project within scope and schedule parameters while simultaneously protecting the financial interests of the Authority. 8. Participates in the procurement of consultants and contactors in keeping with SDA policies and procedures. Also, coordinates the timely processing of performance evaluations for contractors and consultants. 9. Performs detailed analysis of issues, including those relating to technical design, construction, real estate or environmental matters. Draft reports that appropriately convey information to others less familiar with the matter and make recommendations based upon the analysis. 10. Ensure regular and accurate updates are made in the various SDA information management systems and make certain that important issues are appropriately conveyed in a manner and timeframe to receive appropriate and timely attention from appropriate level of authority. Required Skills and Abilities 1. Outstanding written, communication, analytical and problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to comprehend and interpret proposals and regulations and prepare clear, technically sound, accurate and comprehensive reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations while adhering to strict deadlines. 2. Strong interpersonal, negotiation and collaboration skills to foster a positive work environment, with internal partners, while ensuring external stakeholders provide appropriate deliverables. 3. Outstanding organizational skills to successfully and simultaneously manage construction projects. 4. Demonstrated ability to work in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment while collaborating with professional staff, both individually and as a team. 5. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Projects, etc.) Required Education and Experience 1. Bachelors Degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering, Finance, Planning or other related field or equivalent related experience. 2. Minimum five years diversified experience in real estate development; planning, design, construction, financial or environmental management of large scale institutional, industrial and commercial or construction projects, including experience in working with technical professional consultants and contractors. 3. Knowledge of construction codes, and the regulatory environment affecting development. 4. Experience in the aspects of general design and construction, including reading and interpreting construction documents and drawings. 5. Knowledge of software applications to manage projects and schedules such as Primavera Expedition, Prolog, etc. Physical Demands Regular construction worksite or existing facility site visits that may require physical activities such as, climbing ladders and walking significant distances, etc. Certificates and Licenses Required Valid Drivers’ License
Contact: M. Longmore

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