Open Position

Executive Director, Capital Projects

Location: New York, New York


The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor of the City of New York on criminal justice policy.  MOCJ develops and implements strategies, with partners inside and outside government, to reduce crime and incarceration and to promote fairness and legitimacy.


The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for a real urban planning innovator in the role of Executive Director of Capital Projects at the Mayor’s Office. We are looking for an experienced, senior project manager, urban planner and/or architect to support the City’s master planning and implementation of criminal justice related capital projects.  This position will be embedded at Mayor’s Office.  The candidate must be a self-directed individual capable of providing leadership and superb work product.  The Executive Director for Capital Projects will cooperate with other state and city officials to oversee master planning activities including utility master planning, review installation design guidelines, and support landscape and monument master planning at the City’s criminal justice facilities and grounds.

MOCJ offers an exciting, vibrant and creative work environment. The executive Director will have the ability to leverage your technical acumen and industry expertise to drive and oversee challenging and unique architectural and engineering projects all the way from concept through build. In addition to our competitive compensation and benefits packages, we provide a positive and creative office culture building strong teams and promoting healthy work-life balance. We also regularly engage in various local activities to develop relationships and stay connected to the communities in which we work and live.

The Executive Director of Capital Projects is responsible for leading the day to day operations of the Capital Projects Unit. This position provides strategic administrative and technical oversight of the City’s architectural and engineering project activities in the area of criminal justice. Working within other City’s Capital Projects units, the Director shall be responsible for facilitating the planning and execution of design, construction, repair and alteration to statewide the City’s criminal justice facilities. The Director will administer and control programming, planning, and monitoring of construction activities and occupancy operations to ensure objectives are achieved efficiently and effectively. This position is responsible for cost management and quality assurance in the engineering process to ensure projects are completed at the lowest cost consistent with quality requirements. This position will be involved in on site job completion as well as in office document creation and tracking.

Among the tasks the Executive Director will:

  • Direct the activities of the Capital Projects Unit within the MOCJ Operations Team in both general management and technical application areas during the entire project life cycle;
  • Be responsible for the administration and management of criminal justice capital projects assigned to the Mayor’s Office;
  • Report to the Chief Financial Officer reviewing criminal justice capital projects for professional soundness, conformity to policy and the achievement of objectives;
  • Work with the Courts, District Attorney’s offices, local criminal justice agencies, and OMB to assess operational needs, develop building programs, and administer the Capital projects requirements through blocking and stacking, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction, punch list completion, occupancy and post occupancy;
  • Be responsible for managing ongoing work related to the City’s Court Capital Projects, including the organizing of meetings, dissemination of policy briefings, documentation of outcomes and input;
  • Assist in the creation of the capital plan scope development (CPSD) which it is required by OMB to flush out the potential future cost of a given project
  • Champion MOCJ’s vision, values, culture and strategic goals in linking criminal justice reform and design and urban planning reforms
  • Develop exceptional rapport with stakeholder and serve as highly respected team-leader
  • Ensure that the various elements of the projects are properly coordinated;
  • Audit change orders;
  • Be responsible for meeting or exceeding the City needs and expectations by balancing competing demands;
  • Facilitate cooperation between those who have various kinds of specialized knowledge and those who need it;
  • Ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully; oversight includes defining and controlling what is or is not included in the project;
  • Establish, organize and ensure the timely completion of project work;
  • Be responsible for coordinating projects within the approved budget and timeline;
  • Directs the timely and appropriate generation, collection, dissemination, storage, and ultimate disposition of project information;
  • Identify, perform analysis, and respond to project risk;
  • Review building programs, budgets, schedules and performs cost benefit analysis for consistency with the City’s operational needs, organizational plans and policy objectives;


  • Five years of full-time professional experience in architecture, planning, engineering, criminal justice, capital budget, or a related field;
  • Expertise in the five project phases: schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, construction administration;
  • A thorough knowledge of the NYC criminal justice system;
  • Familiarity with NYC government and experience and commitment to community engagement;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, problem solve, prioritize duties, balance competing priorities, work independently and with teams in a fast paced environment, pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines and work well under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and capacity to work both independently and cooperatively to implement key strategies.


Commensurate with experience

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New York City Residency is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment.

The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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