Vice President of Infrastructure and Construction
In 2014, the Zoo will open the International Orangutan Center.
Management of our current facilities and oversight of future construction
projects on our 64 acre campus will be the primary focus of our Vice
President of Infrastructure and Construction. The Zoo seeks an
experienced leader who is able to bring together various stakeholders and
achieve significant results in support of our mission to empower people and
communities to make a positive difference for wildlife and wild places.
The Vice President of Infrastructure and Construction has executive
responsibility for facilities operations, construction, and information
technology, aligning the physical plant and technology vision with the Zoo’s
strategic plan and business strategy. The position manages four direct
reports, and serves as one of the Zoo’s senior spokespersons on issues
related to technologies, physical plant and construction, if required. The
Vice President supports continuous improvement of environmental
sustainability efforts on campus, and serves as a member of the Zoo’s
Executive Management Team.
Develops, implements and manages the operating asset management program,
focusing on preventive maintenance as well as repair/replacement.
Oversees communication and coordination (Facilities, Trades, Warehouse, Life
Support, and Maintenance), Building Automation & Energy Management.
• Works in conjunction with the Director of Safety and Security to assure
that Department personnel and contractors, sub-contractors and material
suppliers comply with all relevant Zoo policies and procedures, including
sexual harassment, drug-free workplace, OSHA standards, fire, inclement
weather and animal escapes.
• Oversees the development, preparation and implementation of the
Facilities, Construction , Building Automation/Energy Management and
Information Technology business plans and budgets.
• Collaborates with senior leadership in the articulation of operational
and design strategies.
• When assigned by senior management, oversees all construction processes
including design, mobilization, due diligence and quality control processes,
estimating, purchasing, submittals, scheduling, project logs, and
• Coordinates all construction-related activities that impact Zoo operations
including but not limited to utility shut offs, walk or road closures,
animal procedures, and donor tours.
Answers questions, explains policies and procedures, shares information, and
encourages open communication channels with management, contractors, and
• Establishes plans, allocates resources, reviews progress, and makes
periodic corrections if/when appropriate to achieve goals.
Works in conjunction with the Director of Finance to manage the purchasing
process in support of construction and facilities management.
Supervises the Director of Information Technology and maintains executive
responsibility for all Information Technology Functions, including
Technology training, Helpdesk, Databases, Websites, data network and voice
Supervises the Manager of Building Automation and Energy Management.
Oversees programming, new points, calibrations, troubleshooting and
correcting field devices, water treatment, pneumatics and electronic
Ensures compliance with all appropriate Federal, State, and Local laws,
building and safety codes.
Minimum of five years of experience with commercial construction
in increasingly responsible positions.
Minimum of five years of project management on several large
commercial or institutional projects.
Versed in all aspects of the construction management
process: pre-construction; construction; and project close out.
Proven background in managing external providers/vendors in
construction of large scale commercial projects.
Able to develop long-term, “big picture” strategies for
large-scale public facilities, including construction, and IT
Able to motivate others to take personal responsibility;
mobilize people to face, define, and solve problems; develop
capacity of others to adapt to change; provide inspiring
leadership to achieve new levels of excellence.
Familiarity with various types of building systems including,
but not limited to, HVAC, plumbing, electrical.
Ability to verbally converse and listen with
comprehension. Visual acuity required. Computer and typing
abilities required. Finger dexterity required. Exposure to
repetitive motion. Exposure to both indoor and outside environmental
conditions. Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and
blood-borne pathogens guidelines. Possible occupational exposure
(Category C employee) to human blood-borne pathogens.
Demonstrated proficiency with computers including:
Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project.
Bachelor’s degree in a construction and/or
engineering discipline, Master’s Level degree in Engineering or equivalent
The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive total compensation
package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and short
term disability; 403b plan; paid holidays, and paid time off.
The Zoo offers a competitive benefits package after 90 days
of continuous employment, including generous paid time off and
holidays; 403B plan; medical, dental and vision coverage; and
ONLY ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED (see below). Candidates
are encouraged to attach cover letters and resumes. Mailed,
faxed and hand-delivered applications will not be considered. No
phone calls please. On the online employment application, please
enter “VP of Infrastructure and Construction” in the "position desired"
section. Application deadline is Feb. 28.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of
pre-employment testing including a drug test, driving record and
criminal history checks.
The Indianapolis Zoo is a
drug free/smoke free workplace and an equal opportunity
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