Stantec System

Project Director, Buildings

2 months ago(12/1/2017 2:31 PM)
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Program & Project Management

Your Opportunity

Stantec is seeking an Owner’s Representative, Project Director to be based in Philadelphia, PA.


Our Program & Project Management group pioneered independent project management in North America over 40 years ago, helping to define it as an over-arching profession distinct from architecture, engineering, and construction management. Exciting opportunities are available to join this passionate and talented group of professionals as we continue to set high standards for performance, innovation and service. This is a place where great ideas are constantly being developed and talented professional  call home; not just for a project for a career. We help solve capital project challenges through the use of formal strategic and program/project management processes, enabled by project planning and management technology. Our professionals focus on managing program activities, expectations, and risk, while leading, supporting, and/or advising clients throughout all stages of the project life cycle. Our track record for success allows you to set the pace of your career.


We focus on the healthcare, higher education and other institutional clients.   We act on behalf of our clients assembling project teams and providing leadership to a successful completion – on-time and within budget. Client satisfaction, value and quality are essential aspects of our business model. Good is not good enough! 


We seek individuals with previous experience planning, designing, building and/or managing the development of facilities. Our approach to project management is proactive and entrepreneurial.  We believe that there is no substitute for strong leadership coupled with clear and concise communications. The development team must understand the Project’s mission as well as the expected deliverables and timeframes.  A comprehensive development work plan, which outlines all of the required activities, approvals and contingencies is necessary to insure success.  We support the Owner to challenge assumptions and make timely decisions in the context of a complete development plan that forecasts the opportunities as well as the pit-falls.  Longstanding relationships with our clients, our project teams, and regulatory agencies foster a level of trust and respect unmatched in the industry.  This role will encourages interaction at the executive level and “C” suite of our clients’; so a strong communicator and leader are important qualities.

Your Duties

Stantec is seeking an individual to act as an Owner’s Representative, Project Director for the design and construction of multiple healthcare/higher education/institutional expansion and renovation projects.  The projects will be in various phases from conceptual planning stages through design, construction and occupancy; and range in various complexities and total project costs of several Million to $100+M.


The typical Program and Project Management client structure includes a Project Executive paired with a Project Director and/or Project Manager (and Assistant Project Manager if required) so our clients benefit from a high level of service.  This structure allows the Project Director to lead the team, while having a support structure of Stantec Program and Project Management Executives.  Project Directors have autonomy and are empowered to lead project teams, while having access to executive oversight when required. 




  • Manage multiple healthcare, higher education or commercial expansion projects as an Owner’s Representative.  Managing the approved scope, budget and schedule are of utmost importance.
  • Communicate daily with the client and project team.
  • Lead the Design Team consisting of the Architect, Engineers, Equipment Planner and other consultants.
  • Provide day-to-day project oversight and communication with the client and project team.
  • Prepare and distribute meeting notes to the project team.
  • Lead the Construction Team on behalf of the owner.
  • Develop, track, update, forecast and modify the project schedule and budget throughout all phases of the project.
  • Review and track all contracts, invoices, and payments to all contractors, consultants, and equipment vendors.
  • Prepare Monthly Reports to Owner.
  • Assist in plan reviews and inspections with the Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
  • Understand and assist in the negotiation of contracts of all parties to the project.
  • Assist and help manage/coordinate move and occupancy activities.
  • Review and approve all invoices and change orders associated with the project.
  • Evaluate, advise on and assist in resolving disputes and claims.
  • Traditionally reports to project executive or principal

Your Capabilities and Credentials

Minimum qualifications:

  • 8-12+ years of related experience
  • A minimum of 3-4+ years of managing projects as a project manager/owners representative
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or similar
  • Project Management experience in buildings sector (design-build and/or construction of healthcare, commercial, higher education buildings)
  • Ability to interact well with internal clients, external clients, as well as in the field with subcontractors 
  • Strong computer skills and literacy in scheduling, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software
  • Understanding of and ability to read plans and specifications
  • General understanding of design and construction process and requirements
  • Good interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and problem solving abilities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Estimating experience is a plus
  • Project Management experience on Healthcare or Higher Education projects
  • Design-build projects preferred
  • History of leading projects through Collaborative approach

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