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Director of Design & Construction Services

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Client: Institution - Healthcare
  • Search ID: 16-1105-12

Due to an impending retirement, University of Florida Health - Shands Hospital (UF Health) has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search for a Director of Design & Construction Services (Director). For this role, UF Health is seeking a highly-experienced individual who will continue to focus on quality, growth, and sophistication to better serve the community. UF Health has seen tremendous growth over the past 15+ years and will continue to expand, update, and renovate existing facilities to ensure the best in class environment for doctors, patients, and their families. UF Health is a private, not-for-profit organization affiliated with the University of Florida, and is located Gainesville, FL. It is made up of two main hospitals and numerous outpatient and MOB facilities consisting of 3M+ total square feet. 

UF Health is one of the Southeast’s premier teaching hospitals and the state’s leading medical referral center, and the institution consistently earns top-50 rankings among the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals. Its programs have achieved “Magnet” designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Center. The most prestigious honor for nursing excellence, Magnet status is achieved by less than 1 percent of the nation’s acute care hospitals. 

UF Health includes state designated Level I trauma center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, regional burn center and emergency air and ground transport programs that service adult, pediatric and neonatal patients.  Areas of emphasis include: cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiovascular, pediatrics, and transplantation.

The Director is responsible for the management of all design and construction activities supporting the hospital and clinics, encompassing management and oversight of service and trade including standards, design content, architectural and engineering services, assurance and quality control, CODE compliance, competitiveness, job site/worker safety, and all aspects of healthcare design and construction. The Director oversees a department of approximately 12 individuals and is 1 of 3 Directors that make up the facilities executive management team, which also includes the Vice President, Facilities. 
Current Projects: (partial listing)

  • Heart and Vascular, Neuromedicine Hospitals - $415M

  • Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics MOB - $85M

  • Springhill MOB - $36M

  • NICU II and III Expansion - $23M

  • Ocala Clinic Expansion- $15M

  • B.S in Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of architecture or construction management experience.
  • Combined knowledge of both healthcare design and construction services is necessary.
  • Knowledge of hospital codes and standards, and a general knowledge of all phases of commercial design and construction is required.
  • Highly organized with excellent communications skills.
  • Ideal candidates will understand customer needs, promote excellent customer service, and be committed to the success of the entire organization. They will strive to develop the performance of others by providing constructive feedback and coaching.
  • Mindset to work successfully in a dynamic work environment and guide others during times of change.
  • Customer Focus – Understands and satisfies customer needs; promotes excellent customer service; committed to the success of the organization; ensures that staff is fully supported and prepared to serve patients and customers; understands and satisfies customer needs; assumes personal responsibility and accountability as a leader of UF Health. (Customers include patients and their families, guests, medical staff, and coworkers who represent developmentally, socio-economically, and culturally diverse groups.)
  • Teamwork – Works cooperatively with others to achieve organizational goals; encourages cooperation within the unit and across the organization; leads a team effectively in pursuit of goals and objectives.
  • Adapts to Change – Responds positively to change; shows willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work; works successfully within a dynamic work environment and guides others during times of change; uses knowledge, experience, and imagination to discover new business improvement opportunities; demonstrates willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work; actively supports organization decisions and new initiatives.
  • Problem Solving – Establishes a systematic course of action for self and others to ensure problem resolution; champions quality care and improvement; continuously assesses and improves care and services; plans and effectively implements solutions and improvements.
  • Develops Self and Others – Strives to develop the performance of others by providing constructive feedback and coaching; develops diverse individuals and teams to optimize their effectiveness; learns continuously; open to and invites new ideas and information from diverse perspectives.
  • Patient Safety – Contributes to a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers by following established procedures and protocols as appropriate for job function.

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