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Director of Construction

  • Location:

    Upper Nyack

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  • Salary:

    $160,000-$200,000 (DOE)

  • Contact:

    Isobella McNeish

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

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Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Operations, the National Director of Construction is responsible for the performance and execution of all construction activities including direct oversight of a team of Project Managers, establishment of departmental and project budgets, and hands-on involvement with process and system improvements to a rapidly growing company with national operations.  The ability to work independently and as a team leader is critical, as well as the mind set to deliver projects at the highest level of cost, schedule and quality excellence, consistent with Safari’s status at the top of the industry. 

Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
Departmental Leadership

  • Overall responsibility for the successful planning and completion of solar projects

  • Provide daily leadership to a staff of Project Managers responsible for planning and execution of solar projects

  • Work closely to prioritize key activities on 100+ projects in various stages from design through closeout

  • Ensure on-time project delivery and excellent status communication and reporting to internal parties and customers

  • Coordinate with other department heads and senior management to ensure projects are properly designed, planned, and completed

  • Work with Project Development, Engineering, and Preconstruction to create schedules, budgets, and contract reviews during the project planning process

  • Participate in the development and implementation of safety and quality plans and procedures

  • Identify and qualify regional construction partners

  • Be a key problem solver to issues affecting the rapid and high-quality delivery of projects

Project Management

  • Oversee project budgets and financial controls, project management systems and processes

  • Successful implementation of Health, Safety and Security program plans, practices, and objectivesOversee Permitting and Utility Interconnection efforts including all internal and third-party processesManage contractors and supplier in accordance with project contractsManage quality control, commissioning and closeout of projectsChange management between customers, Safari, and installation contractors.

  • Provide regular cost and schedule updates for review with the SVP of Operations

  • Support client meetings and deliverables where necessary

  • Coordinate and manage external utility work related to projects


  • Create, manage and track operational improvements and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Drive standardization, sustainable cost reduction, safety, and employee training

  • Work with SVP of Operations to establish, measure and improve schedules and cycle times Identify solutions and strategies that improve operational performance

  • Prioritize Operations Department initiatives to ensure internal/external stakeholders needs are met

  • Manage employee issues; performance reviews, recruiting, mentoring and growth

Candidate Qualifications

Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. Engineering, Construction Management or similar focus 

  • Minimum 10 years of progressive construction leadership experience

  • Ability to serve as a Responsible Managing Employee (RME) on behalf of Safari.

  • Experience within a leading renewable energy, general contracting, real estate development or commercial construction firm

  • Strong history of delivering construction projects on time and on budget

  • Expert knowledge of project planning, Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling and budging processes and tools

  • Expert knowledge of Solar Project engineering, construction, commissioning, best practices, and critical milestones.

  • Demonstrated ability to leverage a staff of Project Managers as well as directly manage and oversee numerous construction sites simultaneously

  • Proven ability to review engineering designs, scopes of work, commissioning plans

  • Strong organizational and scheduling skills to manage the activities of internal and external resources

  • Project level financial responsibility, Budget creation and management

  • Expert knowledge of contracting process, commercial terms, subcontractor relationship management, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, and risk mitigation

  • Exhibited success with process development and implementation, change management and growth

  • Ability to interface smoothly at senior management levels internally and externally

  • Ability to travel 50% of time or more to project locations which are ongoing regionally

Preferred Qualifications

  • Passionate about the renewable energy business

  • Thrives in the fast pace rapidly growing company

  • Patient and professional in stressful, deadline-driven situations

  • Highly results-driven and pro-active, with a strong work ethic and commitment to the company’s overall success

  • Ability to represent the company before clients, external agencies, and among Safari and PPL Executive staff

  • Builds trust by demonstrating high ethical standards, personal integrity, and commitment to quality

  • Analytical problem solver who views obstacles as opportunities and creates solutions to systemic problems

  • Creative thinker who generates new and different ideas

  • Self-motivated, self-starter who  takes full ownership of project results

  • Strong team orientation and demonstrated client management skills