Executive Director, McGill Development Project on Royal Victoria site


Reporting to the Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance, and in close collaboration with members of his administration and various internal and external partners, the incumbent is responsible for the budgetary and financial management of the McGill development project on the Royal Victoria site, as well as for the planning, development and completion of programs and activities associated with architectural planning, engineering and support services and technologies. The incumbent is also responsible for managing procurement activities required for such a project.


  • Ensures schedule and budget compliance, the periodic submission, in conjunction with the project manager, of detailed cost summary report incorporating all information critical to budget justification.
  • Implements policies and procedures that are critical to risk management and ensures the implementation of budget planning best practices, all in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations and policies.
  • Ensures that the functional and technical programs for the project, the plans and specifications as well as the plans, drawings and performance specifications of the calls for tenders process, the specifications as well as the requests for proposals are compliant with the objectives set and authorizes in advance all requests for amendments to these documents that would have an impact on the approved functional and technical plans, and has them accepted.
  • Works with the project manager to ensure all appropriate management controls and tools are in place and maintained to ensure financial control over the project. Authorizes in advance any changes to these management controls and tools.
  • Develops and carries out programming and conducts or causes to be carried out analyses and studies for the determination of the master plan for the immovable property and capital budget for the McGill project financial framework.
  • Is responsible for fostering collaboration among the various units and faculties involved and external partners and for implementing the various provisions that govern the McGill project, in accordance with existing legislation and policies.
  • Assists the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) in coordinating the various government, municipal and other agencies involved in the completion of the McGill project .
  • Provides the necessary support and continuity to the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) in carrying out the mandate.
  • Ensures the optimal use of the human, financial, material and information resources allocated to him/her by drawing on innovative approaches and taking into account the latest technological or other developments.


  • Graduate degree in a discipline deemed relevant.
  • PMP certified a definite asset.
  • A solid ten (10) years of management experience in a variety of fields, having developed the necessary qualities, skills and credibility needed to carry out the mandate.
  • Knowledge of the higher education network.
  • Experience in a significant role managing major and complex construction projects.
  • Knowledge of the strategic planning process.
  • Aptitude to identify organizational priorities in relation to the strategic directions of the project.
  • Ability to manage a large project in a complex and regulated environment involving different governmental and municipal agencies as well as other internal and external stakeholders and establish a broad framework for the development of strategic alliances.
  • Proven leadership in identifying creative and innovative strategies.
  • Capacity to resolve complex internal and external issues.
  • Ability to create organizational synergy around the mission of the McGill project on the Royal-Victoria site.
  • Able to use his/her communication style to convince broad and diverse audiences.

How to Apply:

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV, along with a cover letter, by August 10, 2018 to the attention of Pierre Thibodeau, Director staffing, apply.hr [at] mcgill.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Equity:

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] mcgill.ca or 514-398-1660.