Associate Director Planning & Development (MR1218)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Assoc Dir Planning & Devl (LOG3E)
Position Summary: 

Located between McGill University’s downtown campus and the Mount Royal, the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) opened its doors in 1893. Since 2015, in close collaboration with the Government of Quebec, McGill University has been working on a new pavilion of 50,000m2 on the former RVH site, following the relocation of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to the Glen Site. Phased over several years, this major redevelopment project is intended to be structuring for both the Montreal area and for the historic and natural borough of Mount Royal. The project is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2027.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Royal Victoria Redevelopment Project (RVRP), the incumbent will have primary responsibility for all the planning and development activities relating to the Max Bell School of Public Policy, institutes and centres, library, classrooms, teaching labs, event spaces, food and dining; as well as formal and informal work, study and communal spaces of the Project, including for the Sustainability Systems researcher teams. In addition, the incumbent will be integrally involved in the planning and design of the research facilities for the Faculties of Science & Engineering, in particular the Earth Systems, Molecular / Materials Systems, and Discovery Hubs. The incumbent will work closely and collaboratively with the Director of Planning and Development for the RVH development project and the Associate Director, Communications, Community & Community Relations, as well as direct a team of internal and external specialty project managers with expertise in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering and space data administration.

The Associate Director will play a leadership role with the Executive Director and the Director in providing direction to a third party Project Management Team (Decasult), and to the Prime Consultants made up of a team of architects, engineers and specialty consultants. In particular, the incumbent will lead the coordination of design professionals with Decasult and be the communication intermediary with the McGill user group participants in relation with the above listed planning and development activities, including the academic representatives of the faculties directly involved in the Project.

The AD will assume primary responsibility for the alignment of the RVH Project with the new McGill Master Plan (2019) and in particular the reconciliation of “academic space” of the RVH Project with the academic space of the lower campus. This will include a lead coordination role in the development of preliminary academic requirements for the buildings affected by relocations to the RVH Project, in close collaboration with the Campus Planning and Development Office and the stakeholders from the affected faculties and other units associated with McGill Student Life and Learning such as Teaching and Learning Services, Student Services and Food and Dining Services.

The AD will also be involved in meetings with key external project stakeholders like the Ministry of Education (MEES), the Ministry of Culture, and “Arrondissement Ville-Marie”, and the “Office de consultation publique de Montreal” (OCPM). Other key constituents that must be consulted throughout the project include, but are not limited to: Les Amis de la Montagne, Héritage Montréal, Table de concertation du Mont Royal. The incumbent will be called upon to provide update presentations to internal committees and groups at McGill on planning and design progress and to external groups on an as needed basis. The incumbent will also work closely with representatives of the Société Québécoise des Infrastructures (SQI), as well as a large number of internal stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Direct the planning process for the development of the functional and technical program for particular areas listed above, and participate in the programming and design workshops for the research and platform spaces related to Sciences & Engineering, as well as to space related to Facilities Management and Support Services.
  • Together with the third party Project Management Team (Decasult), provide coordination and direction to the prime consultant architects and project engineers in the design development phase of the functional and technical program, followed by the development of detailed plans (to 30% for design-build or 100% for traditional procurement) and drawings, and technical specifications for procurement and construction.
  • Provide leadership, direction and guidance to McGill project stakeholders in the planning and development of the new pavilion.
  • Guide and consult the Project team in the development of RFP’s, calls for tender, negotiations and award of contracts where related to the planning and development activities of the incumbent.
  • Work collaboratively with FMAS and the Campus Planning and Development Office in all project planning activities that require operational alignment with these departments.
  • Plan, organize and chair project planning and coordination committees/meetings on a regular basis.
  • Direct and manage staff reporting to the incumbent in accomplishing the goals and objectives of the Planning Office
  • Direct the alignment of the RVH Project with the new McGill Master Plan (2019)
  • Direct the development of space programs for buildings affected by relocations to the new RVH pavilion.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate Degree

Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Minimum eight (8) years related experience in large institutional projects preferred. PMP (an asset). Demonstrated ability to successfully undertake multiple projects concurrently while navigating within a larger organization among multiple stakeholders and audiences. Experience in major institutional development projects, from planning to development through to commissioning, operational readiness and move in. Ability to function under tight deadlines and pressure. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated strategic thinking, innovation, visioning and communication skills. Dynamic and proactive approach to relationship building. Demonstrated resilience in the face of obstacles and project setbacks. Practiced ability to anticipate and address unforeseen issues. Demonstrated ability to motivate key stakeholders and build strong relationships. Strong project organization and management skills and attention to detail. Ability to navigate a complex, decentralized, multidisciplinary environment. Superior spoken and writing skills in both English and French. Experience working in a university environment an asset.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Executive Director RVH Redevelopment
Salary Range: 
(Grade 08) $75,600 - $100,900 (midpoint) - $131,200
Office of the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance)
RVH Project
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

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Montreal, Quebec

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The deadline to apply for this position is October 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

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