Director, Development Projects (MR0365)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Director Development Projects (LOG4C)
Position Summary: 

The Director, Development Projects reports to the Executive Director of Campus Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and is responsible for managing development initiatives and providing professional expertise concerning the University’s physical development, master plan, and real estate portfolio for all University campuses. The Director is expected to work in full coordination with all internal stakeholders such as, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services (FMAS) Design and Project management units, Faculty Building Directors. The incumbent also oversees the capital project-related functions of CPDO, and provides technical expertise regarding land use planning, project initiation and development processes.

The Director will work with the University academic and administrative stakeholders, and internal committees, to develop campus priorities for space and facility development/repurposing. The Director is responsible for providing expertise in all governmental capital granting programs, and assists the Executive Director in fully exploiting these programs to meet University priorities. He or she manages a team of professional planners and builds effective and collaborative relationships with all levels of public administration (City of Montreal, Government of Quebec including the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MÉES)). In addition, the Director will assist the Executive Director on a variety of special projects. The incumbent also serves as primary backup to the Executive Director in the operations of the unit and serves as acting Executive Director in his absence.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance with respect to the University’s master development planning, and initiates various development scenarios, and implementation strategies, for the University’s various campuses and properties.
  • Influences the strategic direction of the University with respect to campus development.
  • Initiates and Leads development opportunities in line with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan.
  • Provides leadership, direction and guidance on University real estate matters, to include property acquisition, property disposition, and space rentals.
  • Negotiates with external parties to maximize benefits for the University in the disposition, acquisition and leasing of real property, leasing.
  • Leads the analysis of current and future government urban development policies and remains informed about external actions that impact the University’s properties.
  • Convenes stakeholders to obtain agreement on needs and desired outcomes of development initiatives.
  • Leads initial phase of project development (i.e.: predevelopment phase: needs, timelines and budgets).
  • Chairs or leads the project development process in collaboration with Project Management in moving forward project initiatives through the development process.
  • Directs and manages the development of business cases: pre-development studies, early design, programming, preliminary budgets, solution development, and ensures transfer of lead responsibility to Project Management.
  • Directs and manages development initiative planning and day-to-day operations of the Development function of CPDO.
  • Directs and manages a professional team of planners within CPDO and collaborates with other CPDO units in achieving the goals of CPDO.
  • Ensures compliance that all University physical development priorities are compatible with provincial and municipal planning policies and regulations.
  • Provides strategic counsel to internal and external committees as they relate to campus physical development and capital budget planning.
  • Appears before University governing bodies as necessary.
  • Liaises with Procurement to achieve calls for tenders and award contracts.
  • Negotiates with local municipalities with respect to planning and zoning issues affecting the University and its projects as required.
  • Supports the Executive Director and provides leadership, direction and guidance to CPDO as required.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Eight (8) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
University degree in architecture, urban planning, or other relevant field. MBA or post-graduate studies in finance or related areas is an asset. Thorough knowledge of real estate planning, regulations, and transfer, particularly with respect to heritage assets, ideally in the Montreal context. Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects. Excellent organizational, leadership and delegation skills and ability to work collaboratively. Experience in budget forecasting and analysis, financial business planning and project pro forma analysis (e.g. Net Present Value, Capitalization, Rate of Return). Proven skills in negotiation and diplomacy. Exceptional communication skills with internal stakeholders at all levels of the organization, as well with external stakeholders and authorities. Advanced skills in problem solving and change management. 10 years’ experience in team supervision, preferred. Experience in higher education, in a related area, an asset. Strong writing and presentation (oral fluency) skills in English and French essential.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Director, Campus and Space Planning
Salary Range: 
(Grade 11) $107,900 -$ 143, 900(midpoint) - $201,500
Facilities Management and Ancillary Services
Campus and Space Planning
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Facilities Management and Ancillary Services:


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