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Architecture and Engineering Director

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI
Start date
Nov 9, 2023
Closing date
Dec 9, 2023

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The Architecture and Engineering Director leads the Facilities Management Planning and Engineering team, including all long-range and short-term comprehensive facilities planning efforts and projects for the campus. Provides professional expertise in planning the construction, modification, renovation, and design of university facilities and infrastructure. This entails projecting the need for, analyzing, and preparing proposals regarding alternative facilities development options from a capital budgeting, environmental, energy conservation, space management and usage perspective. Responsibilities include project development and design oversight, capital budget development, physical development master plans, project management, space management, ADA compliance, and other related functions. This position serves as a liaison to the UW-System Capital Planning & Budget Office, the WI Department of Administration-Division of Facilities Development (DFD), architect/engineer design firms, and both internal and external campus constituents. This position reports to the Senior Facilities Officer of Facilities Management. This position will supervise three positions: Construction Project Manager (Project Manager III), Engineering Specialist, and Facilities Planner.

Official UW Title and Job Description: Architecture and Engineering Director


1. Bachelor's degree in facilities planning, facilities management, architecture, engineering, construction management, interior design, or a related field.
2. Five years of progressive experience in facilities planning, facilities management, architecture, engineering, construction management, or a related field.
3. Knowledge of facility planning and basic design principles for educational, institutional, commercial, or similar facilities.
4. Effective interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills.


1. Large facility/campus planning experience, including long-range planning for physical facilities.
2. Capital budget development and forecasting experience for facilities projects.
3. Facilities project management experience.
4. Meeting leadership and group facilitation skills.
5. Facilities space management experience.
6. Two or more years of supervisory experience.
7. Ability to gather, analyze, and interpret information and then develop solutions to solve problems.
8. Reading and comprehension of building construction plans and technical specifications.
9. Knowledge of codes, regulations, and be able to work effectively with compliance agencies, inspectors, architectural/engineering firms and staff.
10. Basic understanding of central utility infrastructure.
11. Ability to self-direct work without frequent supervision.
12. Basic experience with AutoCAD/Revit or similar software.


Facilities Project Development, Design Oversight, and Management

1. Lead the development of conceptual scope and cost estimates for projects that support our campus mission, strategic plan, and physical facilities master plan.
2. Perform project programming and space tabulations.
3. Anticipate projects required to maintain campus buildings, utility infrastructure, and code compliance at a high level of functional performance and efficiency.
4. Write requests for projects and architect/engineer services in coordination with UW-System Administration and the WI DOA Division of Facilities Development.
5. Coordinate review and approval of projects by the UW Board of Regents and the WI State Building Commission.
6. Provide leadership as the campus project manager from initial concept development through completion of the design phase and coordinate project transition to the campus project manager for the construction phase.
7. Collaborate with campus user groups and departments to ensure facilities projects meet their needs.
8. Lead project committees and teams. Plan and facilitate project meetings.
9. Establish departmental goals, objectives, priorities, and outcomes.
10. Administer human resources including hiring, orientation, training, performance reviews, and employee management.

Capital Budget Development

1. Develop biennial capital budget, including writing agency request documents, preparing six-year plans, creating development plans, and writing major project requests.
2. Budget preparation includes Major, Minor, All Agency, and Instructional Space Improvement Program Projects. Total project budgets typically range from $300,000 to multi-million-dollar major projects.

Space Management

1. Provide overall management of space in campus facilities by developing a long-range space management plan.
2. Maintain and update campus space utilization policies and procedures.
3. Perform space utilization and space needs assessments.
4. Develop and manage a space request and review process.
5. For each space request, review all available space options on campus and develop space use concept diagrams to summarize available options.
6. Maintain the CDR space database and submit annually as requested by UW-System.
7. Work with the Project Engineer to keep campus base AutoCAD floorplans current.

Physical Development Long-Range Planning

1. Long-range planning responsibilities include writing requests for long-range planning services, selecting consultants, coordinating all meetings on campus involving consultants, and advising senior administration on major planning topics.
2. Planning includes building condition assessments, land use, land acquisition, transportation, parking, future building locations, utilities, and services.
3. Lead the preparation of long-range physical development plans, including special area/facility plans. Collect and analyze data for each project.
4. Establish and maintain university standards for planning university facilities development. Develop and implement planning documents that serve as guides and manuals for the planning, design, and construction of campus facilities.
5. Ensure all campus development is consistent with the approved long-range plan documents.

Campus Real Estate, Environmental Affairs, and Historic Preservation

1. Coordinate all leases, temporary and permanent easements, property appraisals, land acquisition, and right-of-way adjustments with UW-System Administration, Dept of Administration, and the campus.
2. Coordinate between the City of Menomonie and UW-System for assessable improvements.
3. Determine environmental impact compliance levels on all projects.
4. Prepare or hire a consultant to prepare required environmental assessments and statements.
5. Maintain a storm water management plan and program to ensure compliance with governing agency requirements and coordinate with Facilities Management maintenance and grounds teams to complete program requirements.
6. Understand the history of campus facilities and provide counsel to Facilities Management on alterations to listed historical properties.
7. Work with the Wisconsin Historical Society and City of Menomonie Historic Preservation Commission to determine appropriate alterations to historic properties and structures.

Other duties as assigned including serve on various ad hoc university committees as needed.

1. Serve as an active member on the following campus committees: Capital Project Committee, ADA Committee, Space Allocation Committee, Campus Exterior Development Committee, and other committees as required.
2. Complete reports and assemble data required by the University, UW-System Administration, WI Department of Administration, and other state/local agencies.


The Facilities Management Department is a service unit that reports to the Vice Chancellor of Business, Finance, and Administrative Services and provides many services to the UW-Stout campus including building and grounds maintenance, facility modifications and improvements, custodial services, snow removal, landscaping, campus planning & engineering, construction management, purchasing, fleet services, key management, campus inventory management, campus heat/steam production and chilled water, building openings and closings, event setup and teardown, moving services, trash and recycling collection, etc.

The mission of Facilities Management is to provide quality service in an efficient, professional manner while being fiscally responsible to ensure campus safety and comfort. Our focus is to continually improve and ensure customer satisfaction.


University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University, offers an unmatched career-focused education that combines applied learning, theory and research with real-world experience that prepares tomorrow's leaders to drive the future of business and industry. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we are proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only full four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 45+ undergraduate degrees, 20+ graduate degrees and 30+ professional certificates in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 7,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at

University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


Applications received by end of day, 10/1/23 are ensured full consideration. Applications submitted after 10/1/23 may be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials:
1. Cover letter (* See below)
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Justin Utpadel
Phone: 715-232-2200

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Alisha Marburger
Phone: 715-232-1709


Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.

Benefit Details:
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All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate's completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources Office. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing reference checks and an essential job function test, as applicable. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor(s) questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715.232.2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) .

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:

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Find Your Calling at UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused polytechnic university emphasizing applied learning. UW-Stout is known for the annual career success of its graduates, with 97 percent employed or continuing their education upon graduation.

At UW-Stout, you will join a vibrant community of passionate educators and support staff who impact our students' lives and our society at large. We call ourselves Stout Proud, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

With over 1,400 employees, UW-Stout offers a wide range of positions for faculty, both tenure-track and adjunct, as well as for administrators, managers, professional and support staff. We offer exceptional benefits and a rewarding academic environment.

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