Director of Design and Construction [ADMU-55], Business Operations and Support Services Department, NY

National Offices, New York, NY
New York
December 13, 2017

Director of Design and Construction [ADMU-55]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Business Operations and Support Services Department, NY

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.


The Business Operations and Support Services (BOSS) department of the National office in New York City is seeking applicants for a full-time Director of Design and Construction. The Business Operations and Support Services department, in the office of the Chief Operating Officer, works to enable organizational and operational effectiveness by partnering with ACLU staff across the enterprise to develop the business solutions, training, support, physical space planning, and evaluation resources needed to maximize resources and achieve the organization’s strategic goals. 

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Design and Construction will lead the “the Project” which will consist of the design and renovation of the ACLU’s national headquarters in New York City.  The Director will lead and manage the design and construction projects in the ACLU’s New York office to support the organization’s needs for effective workplace operations. The Director will also assist in ensuring the aesthetic representation of the ACLU’s mission and vision in our workspace and interpreting/communicating this between the organization and its consultants through our workspace. This is a 3-year term position.


  • Manage and oversee New York office renovation and construction project.
  • Coordinate with ACLU staff in establishing a program and interface with architects to determine optimal office space design.  
  • Assemble and manage project team of vendors, consultants, and staff.
  • Manage selection of vendors associated with “the Project” and other design and construction projects. Including preparation and evaluation of requests for proposals for consultants, general contractors, and subcontractors.
  • Coordinate the activities of consultants, including Architects, Engineers, and Expeditors to insure projects are programmed, designed, permitted and bid appropriately.
  • Coordinate the activities of construction managers and contractors to ensure that projects are bid, contracted and delivered as designed, on schedule and on budget.
  • Develop, estimate and track project budget, taking appropriate action when necessary to ensure adherence to budgetary limitations as well as to ensure projects stay on budget.
  • Assist legal team in negotiating contracts and setting business terms with vendors and consultants for such contracts. 
  • Administrate all Contracts, Purchase Orders, Change Orders, Requisitions and Payments.
  • Develop and maintain project status reports providing management and leadership with project status and finance reports.
  • Act as a liaison between staff, leadership, vendors and other project stakeholders.
  • Manage budget to ensure effective use of ACLU resources.
  • Develop and manage communication and change management strategies.
  • Manage project risks and determine solutions and mitigation strategies.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, record of arrest or conviction.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in design and construction management.
  • Thorough understanding of workplace operations and effective workplace design.
  • Experience with small and medium scale projects in large scale buildings.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment preferred.
  • Experience managing construction projects in an occupied space.
  • Experience managing permitting and building compliance.
  • Strong construction project management skills.
  • Problem solving skills, decision-making ability, and the ability to take initiative required.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and act within established policies and procedures.
  • Strong skills navigating a complex organizational structure.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to solve problems and make independent decisions of crucial consequence, while considering organizational guidelines and strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, while fostering a team-focused environment that encourages collaboration and peer support.
  • Willingness to travel, as needed.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.


The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.


Please send a letter of interest and resume to - reference [ADMU-55] in the subject line.

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required.  It does not represent a contract of employment.  The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction.

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The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations.

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