University of Alberta

Associate Director, Trades and Infrastructure Projects and Operations

Operations and Maintenance

Competition No.  -    A103934940
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Reporting to the Director, Trades Infrastructure and Maintenance, the Associate Director (AD) provides operational leadership assistance, and technical oversight for trades projects activities related to campus buildings, infrastructure, and site projects. The AD will have end to end accountability for the Trades Projects, Infrastructure Work-order team, Project Estimators, Vehicle Pool and a unique service delivery business model with a focus on project renewal and renovation.

A major responsibility includes assisting in the implementation, and maintenance of the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP). As a technical resource, the AD whilst providing advice and recommendations to the Director also works with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure the effective provision of services and ensures teams, groups, and individuals in this area are functioning on a collaborative basis across the portfolio. 

Specific responsibilities include:

Infrastructure Maintenance Program:

  • Provides assistance to the Director to oversee the development and management of the four-year IMP rolling plan and assist in implementing IMP projects 
  • Makes recommendations to the AVPs on the prioritization and implementation of IMP funded projects, after consultation with the Director
  • Assesses the funding needs for the multi-trade IMP projects through collaborations with the Trades Supervisors i.e. Electrical, Mechanical, Architectural and Life Safety
  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to gather information for the IMP supported projects

Operational Leadership:

The Associate Director will have the independent accountability and oversight for all activities within the portfolio:

  • Oversees a team of managers and supervisors that lead highly technical and specialized units performing a diverse range of both operational and strategic functions
  • Participates in the evaluation of estimating services that assist clients in identifying their needs and scoping out their request for renovation projects
  • Ensures the provision of technical advice, including preliminary cost estimates to clients with unit staff working directly with the faculties for work funded by the faculties
  • Oversees the centralized service for all campus vehicles including administration and maintenance
  • Develops and enhances a seamless framework that will allow allocation of resources through the project — service delivery model which is focused on renewals and renovations
  • Provides assistance to the Director in overseeing the University's operations with maintenance funding and programs related to Carpentry, Lock Shop, Paint Shop, Electrical Shop, Life safety, Millwrights, Machinists, and Plumbers
  • Oversees the preparation of tender documents, and working with Materials Management performs tender activities for service contracts, standing order contractors, and renewal projects.
  • Works directly or with the various faculty contacts on deferred maintenance and capital upgrade planning to provide guidance for the development of project scopes for renewal, repurpose and reuse of facilities
  • Acts as a senior liaison and advisor to consultants, engineering firms, and contractors

Financial, Resource and Systems Management:

  • Manages departments' budgets, estimates budgetary requirements for special projects and oversees purchases and inventory
  • Works with Supply Management Services (SMS) to evaluate and qualify the external contractors and consultants to ensure UA has access to the best possible resources
  • Employs several trade work groups to project manage standing open and renovation projects
  • Participates in the development and interpretation of department policies to ensure compliance with the University's policies and regulatory requirements
  • Sets goals, objectives, and key performance indicators; completes performance evaluations of the leadership team and develops a leadership growth program for all direct reports; ensures that the team is motivated and has opportunities for training for continuous improvement
  • Develops standing orders for consultants and contractors
  • Uses shared services/ financial unit support to develop monthly project reporting and analytical data
  • Liaises with Business Support Services to express IT needs and to ensure IT services are creating the information that is needed by the trades unit and ensure proper accounting and budgeting is maintained

Project Planning and Management:

  • Provides input and advice to the Director in project budgeting processes and scope development reviews to enable project funding and approvals
  • Provides feedback to appropriate individuals to develop project reports, engage stakeholders to make necessary adjustments as may be required to complete the projects on time and within the set budget
  • Provides project management assistance to the Director for select special proJects for upgrading and renewal of University facilities. This type of work can involve direct consultation with the Vice-Presidents, Associate Vice-President or designate.
  • Identifies current trades and Infrastructure challenges, emerging issues, and opportunities in order to design and execute appropriate strategies to address them
  • Works with the Director to provide a forward-thinking initiative in developing a strategy for operations and maintenance that fits the UA and F&O vision
  • Provides strategic advice and resulting recommendations to the Director in prioritizing Initiatives that are aligned with UA and F&O vision


  • Minimum related post-secondary education in a related field (i.e. building maintenance or technical project management) supplemented with a professional designation in a related area (Architectural, Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical); eligible for membership in a related professional organization such as APPEGA, ASET, ASHRAE, etc.
  • 10 or more years of progressively responsible management experience that includes experience in management of trades, maintenance, and project work
  • Ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders and interest groups, with competing interests, and to quickly establish trust and collaborative working relationships
  • Strong combination of strategic and operational experience to appreciate the interrelationship between the two
  • Proven experience and ability to manage multiple budgets, grants, and operational models
  • Requires full working knowledge of related codes: Building, Electrical, Fire, Architectural, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Strong leadership skills for technical staff and ability for creating a positive and productive work culture within the organization
  • Required to maintain a comprehensive understanding of all UA policies, guidelines procedures, and standards, as well as approval procedures, safety codes, and application of permit processes

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range of $74,335 - $123,887.

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications.  

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.