Director of construction are most common in companies that perform regular construction-related tasks, which can range from government agencies (such as departments of transportation) to universities to large retail brands, among others. Educational requirements typically include a bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or another relevant field. Specific experience requirements vary based on the position, but jobs requiring a minimum of 10 years of related experience are common. Some positions also require specific experience in the type of construction performed (such as in the retail field).
Daily tasks performed by the director of construction revolve around general supervision of all construction-related projects. Specific tasks include handling permit-related issues, feasibility studies, design plans, and the coordination of opening schedules. In addition, communication with other departments and personnel is required to effectively perform in this role. Tools used by the director of construction include basic software such as the Microsoft Office suite, as well as Lotus Notes and AutoCAD.
The director of construction's work is generally performed in an office setting, though surveying construction sites may be necessary at times. With safety protocols in place, hazards and physical requirements should be minimal in most positions. Work hours vary based on the specific position and may vary from project to project, but directors of construction typically work during regular business hours.
Director of Construction Tasks
Review project progress, address issues, and adjust schedules and budgets.
Develop and report on project and department budgets.
Review scope of work, contracts, and construction plans, and schedule and assign work.
Write, evaluate, and manage bids for work.