Manager, Construction and Facilities Renewal

Summary: This leadership role is responsible for professional management of APL campus renovations and construction projects ($50K – $1M, duration of 4 weeks or less) for a highly technical, fast-changing research and development environment. The Facilities Renewal Group Supervisor reports directly to the Facilities Management Department Head, and will lead and manage a team of approximately 25 – 30 skilled trades staff (carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, and specialty services staff).

The job:

  • Staff Management: Lead, supervise and mentor trades staff – develop staff capabilities, define expectations, administer salary actions, ensure appropriate staff recognition and hire staff with necessary skills to execute tasks within the Group’s competencies. Provide opportunities for professional development of staff by identifying potential new roles or skills required and actively support training and education activities. Administer and ensure that all staff members adhere to policies and procedures established by APL and Department Management.
  • Work execution: Through leadership and management, organize and ensure execution of technical and administrative tasks within the group. Ensure quality, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of construction and renewal work. Responsible for the planning, development, budgeting, scheduling, and construction management of renovation projects varied in complexity within a limited schedule. These projects will typically have a duration of 4 weeks or less and cost of as low as $50K to $1M.
  • Strategy: Develop and maintain a vision and strategy for the Group, consistent with the Department and Laboratory strategies and objectives. Develop effective working relationships with internal customers and outside vendors. Seek creativity in planning and implementing department strategic initiatives.
  • Group Administration: Establish and maintain business/operational processes for all aspects of group performance to include safety, personnel management, material controls, training, etc. Participate in Department and Laboratory teams and committees as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture or equivalent.
  • 15 years of progressive experience in construction and/or project management with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience preferably in an institutional setting.
  • Strong human relations and effective communication skills essential.
  • Thorough knowledge of engineering techniques; architectural principles and practices; project and contract administration; local laws and codes governing construction; use of construction materials in buildings; utilities; grounds; alterations and repairs required.
  • Knowledge of budget accounting theory and cost accounting required.
  • Experience with research institution or other large facilities operations required.
  • Strong experience in managing multiple renovation projects.
  • Familiarity with OSHA, EPA, NFPA, building and life safety codes.
  • Working knowledge of Computerized Maintenance Management System (MAXIMO or equivalent), facility audit, building automation, and energy management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with management, customers, vendors and staff.
  • Experience with estimating, budgeting, annual operating plans, participation in strategic planning, establishing staffing plans and capital planning/management.
  • A strong orientation toward customer service in a participative management environment.
  • Proficient in PC-based applications including Windows, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Valid driver’s license required and applicants will be subject to a driver’s record evaluation.


  • MS in Technical Management, MBA, or equivalent, or 10 years of experience.

Professional Engineer certification.

  • Master Electrician or Plumber, licensed to perform work in Maryland. LEED, CFM or FMP certification.
  • Knowledge of project estimating, blueprint reading, project management, and quality assurance.
  • Supervision of large number of staff; 30 or more.
  • Understanding the procurement of facilities-related materials and services in a government contractor environment.

Special Working Conditions:

  • Working hours may be 7:00AM to 3:30PM; adjusted or additional hours may be required during peak work load time and after hour response to facility emergencies.
  • Operation of APL vehicles.

Security Clearance: Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US Citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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