Interested in shaping the future of school learning environments? Our dynamic team is looking for a self-motivated individual with an Architectural, Engineering, Construction Management or MBA professional background to lead the Planning Division. Join a private sector quality team with public sector employment benefits.
Under the supervision and direction of the Director of Facilities Services this position supports the Director in all matters related to facility project planning and capital budgets. The primary responsibility will be organizing, planning, developing, administering and maintaining the Capital Improvement Program for the Wicomico County Board of Education. This position serves as the key professional in charge of the Planning Division and is responsible for the overall management of the program and project developments. Duties also focus on facilitating and coordinating the various activities related to the planning, pre-design, design and pre-construction activities and provide assistance, guidance and support to the other divisions within the Facilities Department.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Architecture, Planning, Engineering, Business Administration or a related field is required. Three (3) to five (5) years of progressive experience in facility planning, architecture, engineering or business administration with a focus on Architecture, Engineering or Facilities Management. Experience should include school construction, project planning, capital program development and/or other relevant experience in the architecture, planning or construction of educational facilities (PreK-12 preferred). Comparable direct experience with other building types may be considered in evaluation of the minimum qualifications. Organization affiliation and/or certification preferred (not required) such as A4LE (REFP), AIA, P.E., IFMA, AICP, MBA
Candidates must demonstrate a working knowledge of the following:
Demographics, building life-cycle planning, facility condition assessments and environmental issues related to facilities.
Familiarity with architectural design and programming, standards, contracts and professional services selection processes
Capital budgeting for facility projects, capital program management and facility master planning
Construction project management and contract administration
Building codes, Life Safety, LEED and other applicable compliance and/or regulations.
Estimating, budgeting, cash flow and scheduling.
Building systems, construction delivery methods and standard industry terminology
Office procedures and policies
Candidates with additional direct working knowledge of the following are preferred:
PK-12 educational facility planning
Provide basic space planning, architectural design and programming, knowledge of standards, contracts and professional standards of practice as it relates to architecture and engineering.
The Maryland Interagency Commission for Public School Construction Program
Candidates must possess the following skill-sets and/or abilities to:
Complex problem solving, conceptualize projects and the ability to frame problems and create solutions.
Collect, analyze, and evaluate data into meaningful information.
Demonstrate excellent planning and organizational skills, clear reasoning, sound judgment, logical decisions, and defensible recommendations
Manage multiple projects/assignment to meet deadlines and track progress
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, presentations and technical memorandum, written descriptions, schedules and budgets
Complete forms, prepare brochures, manuals, presentation graphics and charts
Effectively communicate both orally and in writing, speak intelligently and present in public forums as needed
Read, interpret and develop construction plans, specifications, and other contract documents
Follow directions, work independently, exercise initiative and good judgment in the performance of duties and participate in a team environment
Exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives
Schedule, manage and maintain various project submission requirements, records and files in various phases, stages and formats
Work collaboratively as a team member and maintain effective working relationship with others, including but not limited to school administrators, parent groups, A/E firms, construction/department managers, and various outside governmental agencies
Demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills and take on additional responsibility working towards independent decision making based upon assigned objectives
Demonstrate flexibility in work schedule and adjust priorities as needed
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate clearly and consistently in person, on the telephone and in writing
Display willingness to work beyond normal workday
Provide suitable transportation and at times be willing to travel within and outside the county
Ability to use various applications such as Microsoft Office, database software and willing to learn other software tools
Develop, prepare, and maintain the annual 5 year Capital Improvement Plan and the Educational Facilities Master Plan including all supporting elements for the annual submissions to the board, the state and the local county government.
Plan, coordinate, conduct and document any investigations, assessments, or data collection to support the plans. Facilitate the collection of various demographic studies and data related to planning including residential subdivision activity.
Develop and prepare annually the 7-year projected enrollments in conjunction with Instructional Leadership and in accordance with Maryland Department of Planning requirements.
Develop project scopes, schedules, timelines, cash flows and/or budget estimates for various capital improvements, renewal projects or other facility related projects.
Work with A/E/CM firms on project designs and the development of project documents. Facilitate the development and preparation of all educational specifications, feasibility studies, schematic plans, designs, construction documents, specifications, scopes and/or budget estimates. Provide design input and review as necessary and review and verify payments as required.
Develop reports and presentations regarding school system planning and facility issues for a variety of audiences and uses.
Attend private and public meetings with school groups, department representatives, community organizations, governmental bodies, agencies and/or concerned interest groups and make presentations to educate and inform, encourage participation and develop cooperative solutions to both short and long range facility problems.
Assist in facilitating the School Building Commission and participate with the MBE goal setting committee, conduct Ed-Spec Committee meetings and facilitate periodic Task Force study groups on facility related issues.
Provide review, analysis and advise on real estate issues, lease space negotiations and potential property acquisitions as applicable.
Coordinate work with department managers, school administrators, governmental agencies and/or multiple outside A/E/CM firms or consultants.
Provide planning assistance to the director, project managers, administrators, and/or other stakeholder groups as necessary.
Coordinate with the office of procurement and facilitate the preparation or project documentation, RFPs, IFB’s, RFQ’s and other materials used in the solicitation of professional services and project bids.
Administer the selection process for professional services, review proposals, evaluate submissions, make recommendations, prepare summaries and board agenda items.
Maintain the facility asset inventory and other facility data as required.
Maintain strong working relationships with various groups and agencies.
Represent the school system and act as liaison on all IAC/PSCP facility matters.
Provide coordination, leadership and tracking for various state funding initiatives.
Inspect and evaluate existing school facilities, and identify facility related needs, issues and opportunities as they relate to the planning and budgeting of school facility accommodations.
Conduct all activities in alignment with appropriate Board of Education policies and rules.
Periodically review and recommend changes to facility related Board policies as may be needed.
Provide functional management and oversight supervision of the Planning group’s fiscal resources and the Facilities Planner/Project Coordinator.
Possess a valid Maryland driver's license.
Provide a mobile phone for use on the job for which the employee will receive a stipend.
Maintain regular, on-time attendance.
Perform other work as assigned.
Additional Salary Information: Dependent upon years of experience.
Internal Number: JobID:1102
About Wicomico County Public Schools
Wicomico County Public Schools educate approximately 15,000 students every day, from Prekindergarten through Grade 12. Full-day and half-day Prekindergarten classrooms ensure that more than 600 three- and four-year-olds enter school with critical early literacy and numeracy skills.
Wicomico Schools offers a wide-range of academically challenging programs including NexGen STEM Academy, Career and Technology Education, intermediate Magnet Program, elementary and middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) gifted program, and more. We have four high schools with grades 9-12, one middle/high school with grades 6-12, three middle schools with grades 6-8, one elementary/middle school with grades 4-8, 16 elementary schools, as well as an Early Learning Center, an Evening High School, Choices Academy, and the Online Learning Lab.
WCPS is proud of its 1,276 classroom teachers, who are focused each day on helping students achieve at the highest levels. Our teachers are led and inspired by 57 principals and site directors. Established in 1868, we currently employ close to 2,400 full-time staff members.