Project Director

Project Director

Construction - Data Center Experience Required - Leesburg, VA


The Project Director leads a group of projects at various Data Centers. Their responsibilities include business development, preconstruction oversight, client satisfaction, owner contract negotiations, project execution and project warranty. The Project Director is responsible for the performance of the projects, including the planning, organizing, and administering of the project contract requirements as well as the performance and contract admiration with all subcontractors. The Project Director monitors and proactively manages the Project Manager on schedule, cost, contract changes and all financial aspects of the project, reporting them both internally to the Project Executive or VP and externally to the client. The Project Director ensures close coordination between the PM and Superintendent to ensure the timely and cost-effective execution of a quality project, which results in a client who is satisfied with H. J. Russell & Company, through the proficient use of the tools provided by H.J. Russell & Company.

The Project Director ensures that the PM timely procures all building components including labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractors so that the Superintendent can efficiently and safely execute timely, profitable, and quality work. The Project Director ensures the project team adheres in strict compliance with the contract documents and the project schedule.

The Project Director is wholly responsible for all the duties of this position which may be performed on their own or with a staff of subordinates.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following and other assigned duties:

Responsible for business development activities to win new work and repeat work with existing clients.

Responsible for client satisfaction.

Prepares performance evaluations for those employees directly supervised.

Oversight of PMs to develops project budget and schedule of values.

Establishes a responsibility matrix for the project teams.

Plans project start-up and mobilization using the sequential PM start-up checklist.

Obtains necessary licenses and permit.

Ensures that the appropriate insurance coverage is in place.

Obtains necessary contractual documentation from subcontractors and vendors.

Ensure all buyout meetings with all subcontractors and vendors occur timely with full participation by the project Pre-construction Manager and Project Superintendent.

Manage all owner and subcontractor change orders and claims.

Ensure project teams are working well together and managing the project effectively.

Manage and implement cost control procedures and review monthly cost and profitability reports before they are submitted to the Project Executive or the VP.

Establish the project schedule, detailed estimates and staffing requirements with Project Manager and Superintendent.

Develops and maintains good relationships with managers of clients, architects, and engineers.

Review subcontracts and purchase orders created by PM and ensure input from Project Pre-construction Manager and Project Superintendent.

Guide the professional development of subordinate project management staff through programs of instruction and training.

Assume primary responsibility for overall project quality, schedule, and profitability.

Prepare all correspondence with owners and design team.

Manage a complete shop drawing/submittal register and update regularly.

Review all shop drawing and engineering details.

Review the General Contractor’s Application for payment, monitoring retainage.

Attends and ensures that PM is conducting productive OAC meetings on monthly or bi-weekly basis.

Performs work in a safe manner and actively encourages others to do the same.

Review’s the following information sources weekly created by the project team:

Buyout Log

  • Submittal Log
  • RFI Log (Procore)
  • Change Order Log
  • Subcontractor Log
  • Material Tracking Log
  • Owner Progress Reports
  • Others as applicable
  • Weather Log
  • Owner Pay Applications
  • Cost Projection & Profitability Report

Ensure project team adheres to all requirements:

  • Labor agreements
  • Contract Documents
  • Company Policies
  • OSHA Requirements

Ensures project team completes all close out responsibilities:

  • Ensures completion of items from corrective action lists and punch lists.
  • Obtains necessary licenses and occupancy permits.
  • Certificate of substantial completion.
  • Obtain all warranties and guaranties.
  • Prepare “as-built” drawings.
  • Prepare operations and maintenance manuals.

Internal Interfaces with:

Accounting – discuss cost monitoring.

Preconstruction – assist in estimating new work.

General Superintendent – works together as a team; establishes and maintains a project responsibility matrix, schedules, and budgets; coordinates changes; and monitors the quality of work.

Legal/Risk Mgmt. – Ensure appropriate coverage and licenses are in place and reporting of incidents and claims.

Human Resources – Ensuring that all recruiting/on-boarding and close-outs initiatives are done timely.  Attends appropriate training and development.  Become fully familiar with the Company’s policies and procedures, Culture, HR/Payroll System.

IT – Project setups and technology connectivity.

External Interfaces with:

Clients – maintain relationships with client managers and pursue opportunities of repeat business.

Owner and Architect – develop and maintain a professional working relationship.

Local authorities – obtain necessary project licenses and permits.


Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of project completion. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with RUSSELL’s policies and applicable laws: including planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising personnel performance with the Group Manager; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B. A., B.S. or B. Arch.) in Engineering, Architecture, Building Construction or Business Management from four-year (five-year in Architecture) college or university; fifteen years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Registration as an Architect or Engineering would bring added value and credibility to an individual in this position but is not required to fill this position.


Training and prior production experience with Primavera P3, Expedition, CMAS, Microsoft Foxpro (or comparable database software), and Microsoft Word (or comparable word-processing software).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to extreme cold. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, extreme heat, and the risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate or loud.

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