Director – Planning, Design, & Construction

The MetroHealth System is redefining healthcare by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being. Its Mission is “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” as it strives toward its Vision, “MetroHealth will be the most admired public health system in the nation, renowned for our innovation, outcomes, service, and financial strength.”

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.  In addition to providing services to the citizens of Cuyahoga County, MetroHealth serves 8 additional counties in Northern Ohio.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The MetroHealth main campus houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District High School of Science and Health, the only high school within a hospital in the country.

The more than 600 doctors, 1700 nurses, and 7,800 MetroHealth employees who go to work each day do so with a mission of service, to their patients and to their community. As Cuyahoga County’s public health system, the System plays an essential role in the region caring for anyone and everybody, regardless of their ability to pay. The System is committed to creating a healthier community at each of its four hospitals, four emergency departments, more than 20 health centers, and 40 additional offsite locations throughout Cuyahoga County. 

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022 (Computer Generated Image above). The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the System and its partners in the community.

MetroHealth’s mission, vision, and values are not just words on a fading poster tucked behind someone’s desk. They are at the core of their actions within an environment of inclusion. Every patient, whether economically needy or economically comfortable, gets the same attention – full attention – from MetroHealth staff. 

Position Description

The Director – Planning, Design, and Construction will lead, direct, and oversee all capital facilities planning, design, and construction (PDC) activities throughout The MetroHealth System. The Director will collaborate and coordinate department activities with other MetroHealth Departments, including but not limited to Strategic Planning, Facilities Management, Real Estate and Property Management, General Counsel, Hospital Operations, and Clinical areas.  

Exciting projects await the Director. Once the MetroHealth Glick Center and adjacent 700 car garage opens this Fall, the existing MetroHealth campus will be transformed. The current hospital will be demolished, and 25 acres of open green space will be created, serving as a dynamic and welcoming new gateway to the campus and neighborhood. These new spaces will offer walking paths, courtyards, gardens, and healing spaces for patients, families, and employees.  This will create a “hospital in a park,” another national first. 

Following the Glick Center opening will be a new 315,000 square foot outpatient, administrative, and cancer care building, called the “Apex Project.” This project also includes renovation of the Rammelkamp Research Building. The project is scheduled for completion in Q4 2023.  

Other exciting projects include Ambulatory Enabling Projects, a refresh of the System’s ambulatory environments, the build-out of new spaces, and repositioning of ambulatory operations to better serve MetroHealth patients.  Other new, dynamic projects are also in development. The Director- PDC will play a vital role in these, and all future initiatives.

The Director will also provide operational and strategic leadership, direction, and coordination for all PDC activities, including all infrastructure improvements, renovations, and remodels. Experience with the leadership and direction of a high-performance team in a complex environment is required. 

The Director will guide and support staff to ensure safe and efficient projects, completing them on time and on budget in accordance with the needs and expectations of the System. Open communication will be maintained and emphasized between department staff, system customers and users, and consultants, contractors, and vendors for each project. The Director will develop and oversee policies and procedures governing the operation of the department while upholding the mission, vision, values, and customer service standards of The MetroHealth System. 

The Director will oversee a department of approximately 12 employees. They are a multi-disciplinary team of senior project managers, project managers, an architect, and support staff. The Director will lead and manage a multitude of new construction, renovation, and infrastructure projects annually throughout the System, including work in owned and leased buildings. 

Strong team building and leadership skills are required, with integrity at the core of their management approach. The ability to take initiative, embrace change, and exercise sound judgment with all people is required. The Director – Planning, Design, and Construction will report to the Vice President, Facilities and Construction.  

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Program Management, or Construction Management, is required. A Master’s Degree in Engineering, an MBA, or equivalent degree, is preferred.

In lieu of the degrees identified above, an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, including 10 years of professional experience encompassing planning, design, contract management, and 5 years of management experience encompassing technical and staff construction supervision, may be considered. Healthcare experience is required.

Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) or Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) is preferred. Professional licensure as an Architect or Engineer; experience with construction estimates; and experience with Ohio Revised Code 339, is also preferred.

The select candidate will be able to interact effectively with a wide range of cultural, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds and will require minimal direction from leadership. The select candidate will possess the ability to integrate quickly into the System, while also identifying and implementing opportunities for the System to grow and change. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. A collaborative approach to team building and peer relationships is required.  

About Us

Gosselin/Martin Associates is an established leader in healthcare consulting. The firm is a leading healthcare management recruiter and provides healthcare management skills education to facility departments in hospitals and systems across the country. If interested, please email peter@gosselin-associates.com or contact us at 508-660-1800.

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