Director of Capital Projects

Job Code: 3466963

Job Description

Director of Capital Projects
Professional Exempt (On-Site)

The Burnaby School District is on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Nations of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish.

The Burnaby School District is the fourth largest in BC. The District operates 41 elementary and 8 secondary schools, including a range of district and provincial resource programs. The District supports and provides learning to 25,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) students and to more than 6,000 adult learners through our established Burnaby Community & Continuing Education program. With more than 100 languages spoken in the homes of its students, the District is one of the most culturally diverse in Canada.

Reporting to the Secretary Treasurer, the Director of Capital Projects functions as part of the Business Services department. The Director is accountable for providing leadership and strategic direction across the District for site planning, business case and feasibility study development, implementation of approved capital projects, including all aspects of project management, budget control, procurement strategies, contract negotiation, dispute resolution and oversight of projects from planning and design through to construction and commissioning. The work involves applying project management and technical knowledge to new school construction, additions and major renovation projects within long-term maintenance considerations and budget limitations. The Director liaises internally with senior leaders in the District, and externally with various levels of governments, agencies, private sector partners and community groups and represents the District interests as appropriate. The Director shall work collaboratively with the City of Burnaby to advance project planning and implementation in a timely manner.

A Director of Capital in Burnaby will be:

  • Responsible for the direction and operations of Capital Projects and Planning across the District, and consistent with the District’s Long-Range Facility Plan;
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the Burnaby Project Office and in the planning and day-to-day delivery of services to drive operational excellence; procedures and budgets; assists in formulating annual goals and objectives; ensures consistency with industry standards and accreditation bodies; creates financial and workforce plans; leads, directs and supervises assigned staff;
  • Develop, plan and implement capital and operating budgets including budget preparation, reporting of expenditures ensuring the efficient utilization of financial resources within objectives, plans and budgets established by the District; recommends strategies to optimize current and potential funding for capital projects;
  • Supervise the District’s Energy and Sustainability department, including the implementation of the Sustainability Strategic Plan;
  • Provide project leadership within a dynamic educational environment on all capital planning, design, development and construction issues for a multi-site organization;
  • Negotiates and facilitates consensus with internal/external stakeholders such as architects, consultants, contractors, municipal authorities, district maintenance staff and school administrators on issues related to capital planning, capital project design, construction and project delivery within limits a established by the Senior Management Team and the Board;
  • Liaise with senior officials of the municipalities, and other authorities having jurisdiction within the geographic areas served by the District; negotiates and establishes requirements and approvals to enable projects, including rezoning and acquisition of development and building permits;
  • Oversee the recruitment and professional development of employees and responsible to direct, and as required, participate in the management of human resource matters;
  • Implement re-design and restructuring initiatives, including adoption of best practices to better integrate and streamline services, optimize quality and ensure cost effectiveness; ensures appropriate quality, safety, risk and reporting mechanisms are in place;
  • Ensure that sites and facilities are planned, designed and built to meet District outcomes and to align to the latest standards and best practices in educational facility design, project delivery, and environmental sustainability; ensures a comprehensive approach is taken to successfully transition from project delivery to operations and maintenance;
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements Immediately reports unsafe situations by notifying supervisor or other appropriate personnel;
  • Recommends and carries out contract termination in cases of unsatisfactory performance;
  • Manages production of contract documentation and administers contracts including correspondence, plans and specifications, approval documentation, site instructions, notice of change, contemplated change orders, change orders, change directives, contractual notices and invoices;
  • Assists in preparation of funding submissions to the ministry, project cost estimates, and project schedules; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Successfully completed post-secondary training and professional designation in a relevant discipline such as Professional Engineer, PMP, Architect, or as an Applied Science Technologist (Building Construction);
  • Supplemented by ten (10) years' recent, related experience in progressively more complex and senior management, leadership roles in a large multi-site organization with responsibilities for managing the planning, design and construction of facilities development projects, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
  • Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certificate in Project Management or a Project Management Professional designation from PMI is desirable;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of facilities development including planning, design, construction, contract management and procurement within current municipal, provincial and national standards, codes, bylaws and regulations applicable to education;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively oversee the management of multiple capital projects from concept to completion within large, multi-site organization;
  • Demonstrated initiative, judgment and decision-making capabilities;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, manage, implement, organize and problem solve at a senior level;
  • Demonstrated ability to define/amalgamate diverse District requirements, develop financial parameters, resolve issues, identify and mitigate operational project risks, and develop long-range plans;
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and facilitate consensus with various levels of government and community groups, and to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with business partners as well as other external stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize creativity and innovation in problem solving and strategic planning;
  • Demonstrated ability to direct large groups of staff, external consultants, architects and contractors;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct presentations to individuals and/or groups.
  • Ability to work under pressure with deadlines and changing priorities in dynamic, political environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to write comprehensive reports and develop graphical supporting documents;
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position; and
  • A valid BC driver’s license and business use of personal vehicle.

If you have the following qualifications, and are an advocate for public education, we welcome your application, please provide: a cover letter, detailed resume including professional credentials, and a minimum of three current references to . Please submit applications no later than 4:00pm on Friday April 28, 2023. Position will remain open untill filled.

Successful applicants will be required to consent to a Criminal Record Search prior to employment. Only those persons selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Burnaby School District values inclusion and embraces diversity as a strength. Our goal is for all individuals to feel a sense of belonging in a safe, supportive and welcoming community. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Indigenous, Black, people of colour, all genders, LGBTQ2+ and persons with disabilities.

Thank you for your interest in the Burnaby School District

Posted On
May 01, 2023
Closing Date & Time

Job Type
Full Time
Job Category
Management & Professionals
Multiple locations
Mandatory Document
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Certificates & Diplomas