Director of Real Estate

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Title :

Director of Real Estate

Location :

Denver

Job Summary

Gibson Dunn is a leading global law firm, advising clients on significant transactions and disputes. Our exceptional teams craft and deploy creative legal strategies that are meticulously tailored to every matter, however complex or high-stakes. The firm’s work is distinguished by a unique combination of precision and vision.

Gibson Dunn is looking for a Director of Real Estate. The Director of Real Estate is responsible for managing all facets of project management for firm-wide real estate projects including planning, design, construction, occupancy, close-out, implementing, and maintaining all real estate projects. The Director is responsible for the entire real estate cycle from identifying space through completion, while accomplishing these and other critical functions. This role will have global responsibility for all existing office space as well as being involved in future space planning to ensure an effective, innovative and dynamic use of space is achieved.

This position is open to all U.S. office locations of Gibson Dunn, with preference for the individual to be working in the New York, DC, Los Angeles, or San Francisco offices.

The role reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Manages all facets of project management (budget, schedule, procurement, quality & risk) for firm-wide real estate projects including planning, identifying space, design, construction, occupancy and closeout, as well as upgrading existing space to meet ongoing and changing needs.
  • Demonstrates capability to read, understand and apply standard documents affecting real estate projects, including but not limited to: agreements/contracts, leases, work letters, project charters, surveys and drawings.
  • Interfaces directly with firm management, local office real estate planning committee, Directors of Administration and other departmental heads to define project requirements.
  • Works directly with third-party architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm to ensure consistency with firm-wide goals to align with Firm standards throughout all real estate space.
  • Prepares scope of work, project delivery resource requirements, cost estimate & budget, work plan schedule & milestones, quality control, and risk identification.
  • Leads project delivery resources/team providing project guidance and direction to achieve project goals.
  • Implements communication plan for meetings and written reports/meeting minutes to keep firm/office team and project resources informed. Facilitates project meetings.
  • Tracks progress of each project against goals, objectives, approved budgets, approved timelines. Reports status and variances. Creates action plans to meet objectives, budget and schedule.
  • Implements change management routines to assess change requests, make recommendations, secure approvals, and issue change orders. Assesses change requests to determine impacts to scope, budget, schedule, quality and risk with management support.
  • Implements standard risk management routines with management support to identify project risks, develop risk mitigation and contingency plans, and implement action plans to reduce or eliminate project risks.
  • Makes decisions in accordance with firm procedures and policies to achieve set results, budget and deadlines.

le accomplishing these and other critical functions.  The Director of Real Estate will have global responsibility for all existing office space as well as being involved in future space planning to ensure an effective, innovative and dynamic use of space is achieved.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • Manages all facets of project management (budget, schedule, procurement, quality & risk) for firm-wide real estate projects including planning, identifying space, design, construction, occupancy and closeout, as well as upgrading existing space to meet ongoing and changing needs.
  • Demonstrates capability to read, understand and apply standard documents affecting real estate projects, including but not limited to: agreements/contracts, leases, work letters, project charters, surveys and drawings.
  • Interfaces directly with firm management, local office real estate planning committee, Directors of Administration and other departmental heads to define project requirements.
  • Works directly with third-party architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm to ensure consistency with firm-wide goals to align with Firm standards throughout all real estate space.
  • Prepares scope of work, project delivery resource requirements, cost estimate & budget, work plan schedule & milestones, quality control, and risk identification.
  • Leads project delivery resources/team providing project guidance and direction to achieve project goals.
  • Implements communication plan for meetings and written reports/meeting minutes to keep firm/office team and project resources informed. Facilitates project meetings.
  • Tracks progress of each project against goals, objectives, approved budgets, approved timelines. Reports status and variances. Creates action plans to meet objectives, budget and schedule.
  • Implements change management routines to assess change requests, make recommendations, secure approvals, and issue change orders. Assesses change requests to determine impacts to scope, budget, schedule, quality and risk with management support.
  • Implements standard risk management routines with management support to identify project risks, develop risk mitigation and contingency plans, and implement action plans to reduce or eliminate project risks.
  • Makes decisions in accordance with firm procedures and policies to achieve set results, budget and deadlines.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrate ability to lead multiple teams, internally and externally, and knowledgeable in project management principles.
  • Ability to manage time well, prioritize effectively, and handle multiple and competing deadlines.
  • Anticipate and analyze complex problems and a capacity to make or recommend sound decisions.
  • Ability to manage vendors and work of others to ensure compliance and accuracy to ensure project is completed in a timely fashion and within budget.
  • Ability to complete initial review of contract terms and to work with internal legal team to finalize contract agreements and lease terms on behalf of the firm.
  • Must have well-developed and professional interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a team environment with a customer-service focus and advanced communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information and demonstrate independent judgment and discretion when making decisions.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in PC applications, including MS Office, and other programs necessary to complete thorough analyses and reports.

Experience

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible real estate experience with global, professional services organization is desired.
  • Operations Management experience is required.
  • Five (5) years supervisory experience at a professional services organization is desired. Experience with real estate, project management and contract budgeting is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Travel within the U.S. and internationally is required.

Gibson Dunn will consider for employment qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of local law.

Compensation & Benefits:
The annual compensation range for this position is $200-270k. The salary offered within this range will depend upon qualifications and other operational considerations.
Benefits offered for this position include health care; retirement benefits; paid days off, including sick time, and vacation time; parental leave; basic life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts; as well as discretionary, performance-based bonuses.

GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP IS COMMITTED TO THE PRINCIPLES OF EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES AND APPLICANTS AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS, DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF SEX, RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, MATRICULATION OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ALIENAGE OR CITIZENSHIP STATUS, ANCESTRY, AGE, MARITAL STATUS OR PARTNERSHIP STATUS, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES, DISABILITY, MEDICAL CONDITION, PERSONAL APPEARANCE, GENETIC INFORMATION, PREDISPOSING GENETIC CHARACTERISTICS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MILITARY STATUS, STATUS AS A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, STALKING AND SEX OFFENSES, ARREST OR CONVICTION RECORD, OR ON ANY OTHER BASIS PROHIBITED BY LAW.