Job Overview


About the Agency

The incumbent provides leadership and direction to a staff of professional, technical and support employees in a critical functional area: facilities engineering and design. The incumbent also coordinates project and facility requirements with the Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations' (OFEO) four other key operating directors to ensure the Smithsonian's: planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance meet the needs of critical Institution programs. The incumbent is responsible for the safety, cost effectiveness, efficiency and overall quality of all engineering and design projects for the Institution.


Serves as principal advisor and Smithsonian's subject matter expert on all aspects of facilities engineering and design.  Advises and provides recommendations on broad policy, design standards, code application, and programs affecting facilities engineering, and design of Smithsonian programs and operations.  Oversees visioning, strategic and business planning, goal setting, quality implementation, organizational performance measurement, and re-invention efforts, ensuring alignment with the vision, values, and goals of the Secretary, and the Director of OFEO.
Through subordinate supervisors:  plans, organizes, directs, and supervises the personnel and operations of the Office of Planning Design and the Construction, Engineering and Design Division.  Plans and carries out the full range of supervisory and managerial duties.
Provides technical and managerial facilities support for the Smithsonian, and ensures facility engineering and design projects comply with statutory requirements, achieve sustainability goals, meet fiscal obligations, and provide a useful and pleasing environment to support ongoing research and community enjoyment of the Institution’s programs.
Leads the engineering and design program to incorporate latest technologies and industry best practices into a complex, aging, and expanding inventory of historical research and
museum facilities.
Manages completion of an aggressively growing project program. Major growth in project workloads will require an emphasis on processes and procedures, and development of a training program to ensure appropriate performance standards are achieved throughout the Division.
Ensures adequate control systems are established, implemented and evaluated to monitor expenses of the engineering and design initiatives and services, and that budgeted amounts are not exceeded.
Serves as the Smithsonian expert in developing policy, standards, and procedures to ensure operation of an effective and efficient engineering and design program for all Smithsonian facilities.
Responsible for Quality Control of in-house projects and Quality Assurance for projects performed by contractors supervised by the Engineering and Design Division.
Provides expert technical advice and guidance to heads of offices, museums and research centers on contract and internal engineering and design services, contract development and administration, contract supervision and inspection, and facilities planning and programs.

Relocation Authorized

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