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Director of Capital Planning and Real Estate

Company: CMS
Location: Charlotte, NC
Salary Range: Pay Grade 10
Job Type: Full Time
Date Available: 6/7/2024

The director of capital planning and real estate, under minimal supervision, performs senior-level work with extensive decision-making discretion leading, planning, coordinating, and implementing plans in capital planning and real estate activities, including facilities operations and risk management. The director of capital planning and real estate will participate in developing, maintaining, and communicating the district’s multi-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and long-term Capital Needs Assessment (CNA), joint/extended/community use of facilities, and creation and maintenance of a district risk management program.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The normal place of work is on the premises used by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools reserves the right to require you to work at such other place(s) as it may reasonably require from time to time.

Essential Functions
• Adhere to state, federal, and local laws, policies, and procedures
• Lead, manage, supervise, and evaluate assigned programs/staff in the district
• Manage the real estate acquisition process, including assisting in the physical review, evaluation, selection, and master planning of future real estate acquisitions
• Collaborate on the negotiations with municipalities and government agencies (such as the Department of Transportation), real estate developers, and landowners regarding land, traffic, site design, and future facility placement
• Assist in negotiations with municipalities and local agencies regarding shared facilities and sites
• Lead the development and implementation of district risk management and mitigation processes and procedures
• Assist in developing, maintaining, and publishing the district Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Capital Needs Assessment (CNA)
• Assist with development of strategic needs criteria and scoring rubric to establish recommended project priority; update criteria as needed
• Under the direction of leadership, act as planning liaison between CMS, local/county government departments, and private entities
• Coordinate the district’s “mandatory referral” presentations to all city and county committees
• Prepare responses to requests for data and information and other correspondence relating to CIP and CNA
• Develop and deliver presentations, as needed
• Assist in the forecast of funds needed for project staffing, equipment, materials, training, and supplies; monitor and account for expenditures; effectively devise and implement cost reduction techniques, where applicable
• Monitor and participate in the development and administration of the department budget
• Lead and manage a cross functional team of staff to include Risk Management and Portfolio Management functions
• Partner with community groups, donors, volunteers, and school staff
• Work with the student placement office to identify facility/site capacity, current and projected enrollment, and facility/campus utilization challenges or needs
• Provide oversight of real estate transactions, leases, and permits
• Work collaboratively with intergovernmental agencies on real estate, joint use agreements, and other negotiations and transactions
• Attend governmental/public meetings and represent facilities-related topics to include requested approval for land, lease, and capital projects
• Evaluate soil analyses, traffic issues, storm water remediation, environmental hazards, and planning assessments for countywide school site acquisitions
• Select, develop, motivate, and evaluate personnel; establish goals and provide appropriate and timely feedback
• Create an inclusive environment with positive communication/public relations
• Perform related work as assigned or required


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
• Knowledge of civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines related to school construction
• Knowledge of building codes, regulations, and procedures
• Knowledge of the capital planning process and capital construction requirements
• Knowledge of North Carolina public school law relating to construction
• Knowledge of continuous improvement systems and protocols
• Knowledge of risk management and mitigation strategies
• Knowledge of procedures regarding real estate acquisition and transactions
• Knowledge of sound fiscal practices including budget preparation and control
• Ability to develop, analyze and recommend policies, strategic plans and practices impacting school district personnel and services
• Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders
• Ability to maintain professional and emotional control under stress
• Ability to reflect appropriate response to situations, while maintaining a professional and personal demeanor
• Ability to learn and use specialized tools, equipment or software related to business needs
• Ability to develop and monitor a budget
• Ability to direct and evaluate the work of others
• Ability to implement local, state, and federal rules, guidelines, and procedures into daily business operations
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to reason, make judgments, and maintain effective working relationships
• Ability to employ positive communication skills in all settings/mediums
• Ability to problem-solve utilizing sound judgment
• Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding school system business
• Ability to develop related charts, graphs, reports, and records pertaining to school planning and strategy
• Ability to take initiative, work independently, and exercise sound judgement
• Ability to conceptualize, initiate, monitor, and evaluate new and/or current programs
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a deadline-driven, rapidly changing team environment

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, engineering, or related field required
• At least five (5) years of supervisory experience in facilities operations, management, contract management and/or real estate services required
• Equivalent combination of experience and education

Special Requirements
• Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license or ability to provide own transportation
• Travel to school district buildings and professional meetings
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
• Work requires the occasional exertion of up to ten pounds of force
• Work regularly requires the exchange of accurate and detailed information through oral and written communication
• Constantly operates a computer and other office business equipment
• Ability to remain in stationary position for required meetings/work
• Ability to move to other work locations
• Visual acuity requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities
• Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications
• Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating standard office equipment, and use of advanced technology
• Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions
• Work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g., business office, light traffic)
• Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions
• Must be adaptable to performing under mild to high levels of stress

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