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General Manager for Construction

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded in 1870, is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the world's foremost museums. It has works of art which span five thousand years of world culture--from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe, which are divided into eighteen curatorial departments. Tens of thousands of these works are on view at any given time and were seen by more than 6.2 million visitors from across the globe last year. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum also has dozens of special exhibitions each year, and hosts a variety of events and programs, including films, lectures, concerts, guided tours, talks, and family programs.

The Museum collections are primarily displayed in the 2.4 million square foot landmark building on Fifth Avenue, which runs from 80th to 84th Streets in Manhattan. The Museum also manages the Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan which is a museum dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The Cloisters highlights and is assembled from architectural elements that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

The Museum has an extensive ongoing capital construction program renovating existing areas and building new spaces as well a comprehensive program to modernize its building-wide infrastructure. Just this past year, work included construction on the David H. Koch Plaza on Fifth Avenue, Costume Institute renovations, and several infrastructure projects. Its current capital construction and building-related expenditures amounted to over $76 million in fiscal year 2013, an increase of over 60% from the previous fiscal year, and similar growth is expected as the Museum undertakes construction of new projects and develops future capital plans.

Because this is an ambitious capital construction program, it is critical that the Museum have experienced construction project management professionals to ensure that its goals are achieved. Since the Museum's well regarded and highly respected General Manager for Construction has recently resigned, the Museum is seeking to hire his replacement. The Position: The General Manager for Construction provides leadership, oversight and support to all capital construction, infrastructure and major renovation projects. He or she is responsible for all phases of the planning, contracting and execution of new construction and renovation projects for the Museum. He or she provides leadership in the Museum's efforts to build innovative public and back-of-house spaces that comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations as well as which meet the functional, spatial and budget requirements of the Museum. This individual will be a highly skilled, sophisticated, and knowledgeable construction project management professional with experience managing large capital projects in a public environment.


• Advocates and provides leadership in the strategic planning process for capital construction; meets agreed upon deadlines and budgets in accordance with the Museum’s capital plan.
• Coordinates and manages all capital construction activities for new construction, infrastructure and major renovation projects, including overseeing design, governmental approvals, cost estimating, bidding, contracting, scheduling , construction administration, commissioning and financial reporting. Ensures that all phases of construction projects are completed within specifications and with minimal interruption to Museum activities and in accordance with the department’s comprehensive policies and procedures.
• Produces and maintains master project lists, appropriation status, spending reconciliations, and other reports and files as necessary. Prepares interim and completed project reports.
• Ensures the appropriate level of on-site supervision for all projects to confirm project performance criteria are being met; meets quality standards of safety and construction.
• Assigns project managers to specific aspects of project(s) in accordance with expertise of staff, and integrates project elements into unified designs for review and approval.
• Oversees administration of construction contracts and conducts periodic on-site observation of work during construction to ensure compliance with plans and compliance with the departmental policies and procedures.
• Develops project budgets including hard and soft costs. Oversees and manages allocated funding and performs cost/benefit analyses to ensure that available funding and resources are maximized; implements cost control measures and procedures to create efficient and cost effective buildings.
• Introduces cost saving concepts consistent with maintaining design excellence.
• Manages project budgets. Maintains monthly forecasts and cash flow analyses and ensures that controls are in place for expenditures to keep projects within allocated budget.
• Oversees the implementation of and compliance with the department’s comprehensive policies and procedures and proposes modifications and updates when appropriate.
• Actively contributes to sustainability initiatives by directing, developing or implementing solutions that will enhance the Museum’s efforts in this area.
• Assembles and manages required teams of consultants and contractors.
• Manages departmental staff, coordinating planning and direction of staff work and insuring the entire department operates at the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.


• Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or related discipline, or equivalent work experience required. Advanced degree preferred.
• Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive responsibility and experience leading design and construction of capital construction and major renovation projects; must have extensive experience leading and running numerous projects simultaneously and managing staff.
• Must be able to demonstrate experience with building design, development, construction and project management processes and procedures, including design/building contracting.
• Must demonstrate ability to develop and maintain collegial and professional relationships with co-workers and colleagues (including end-users of construction and renovation projects) across a variety of departments and areas of expertise with a diverse range of skills and experience.
• Must demonstrate ability to develop and cultivate business relationships with existing and prospective design professionals and construction companies.
• Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Must be able to apply time management principles to complete multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines.
• Must demonstrate ability to develop, manage and maintain large-scale construction budgets and report regularly to senior management and the Buildings Committee of the Board of Trustees.
• Thorough knowledge of contract administration is required.
• Must possess a strong working knowledge of New York City building practices, regulations and all applicable laws including the New York City Building Code, the New York City Fire Codes, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (and related local enactments).
• Must demonstrate impeccable ethical standards with a history of maintaining the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the arts while contributing their specific skills and talents to the mission of the Museum. The Museum's renowned curatorial, conservation, and education departments, as well as the libraries, provide the opportunity to work with leading scholars and art historians.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. For more information about The Metropolitan Museum of Art, please visit their website at

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to: Jack Lusk, Managing Partner or Anne McCarthy, Senior Director Harris Rand Lusk 261 Madison Avenue, 11th Floor New York, NY 10016



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