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Pratt- Chairperson in Construction Management Department

Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture seeks qualified candidates for the position of Chairperson for the Construction Management (ABET/IFMA accredited), Facilities Management (ABET/IFMA accredited), and Real Estate Practice programs (CM/FM/REP). The ideal candidate will possess both professional and academic experience, effective and inclusive communication skills; expertise in strategic planning; and a vision of how they intend to develop and lead a suite of dynamic and forward-thinking construction programs into the future. The CM/FM/REP programs are under the auspices of the School of Architecture within Pratt Institute.

Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Pratt Institute is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students, and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers. Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for professional and personal success in creative fields and with the goal of contributing to a more just and sustainable world. The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

Role and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Dean of the School of Architecture, the Chairperson’s key responsibilities include:

  • General administration, departmental leadership, supporting the school’s strategic priorities and the Institute’s Strategic Plan.

  • Fundraising and profile-raising of the department, support of students; support of faculty.

  • Working collaboratively with other departments, the School and Institute, and outside stakeholders, partners, alumni and other constituents.

  • Recruitment and retention of students, including but not limited to participation in admissions recruitment events and outreach.

  • Coordinate curriculum, meet accreditation requirements and provide intellectual and pedagogical leadership for the department, including interdepartmental and interdisciplinary programs, courses and activities.

  • Advising students, addressing their concerns regarding departmental issues in accordance with Institute policies and procedures, auditing student academic records, organizing work placements and other opportunities for industry interaction.

  • Hold regularly scheduled faculty meetings that allow for faculty input in departmental decisions, and mentoring and advising faculty.

  • Serving on department, school, and Institute committees and representing the department at various meetings, workshops, and forums on and off-campus.

  • Coordinating various end-of-semester, mid-program, and end-of-degree reviews as well as internal and external exhibition events.

  • Managing department program finances, including leading annual budget planning and facility and space planning efforts.


  • A Master’s degree in Construction Management, Facilities Management, Real Estate Practice, Architecture, or a related field.

  • Administrative experience managing or coordinating a team of people, facilities, budget management, planning and program development within an academic context.

  • Professional experience in construction management, facilities management, architecture and planning and/or real estate practice.

  • Active participation in relevant professional organizations - for example - International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions To apply, please submit:

  1. A statement of interest (not to exceed 4 pages) describing your academic and/or administrative experience, qualifications, and a summary of your vision for the department.

  2. A 1-2 page statement outlining how you have worked to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt. Applicants are also encouraged to review and refer to the Institute’s Strategic Plan when crafting their submission.

  3. A Curriculum Vitae.

  4. The names and contact information of three references. This information must be provided at the time of application. However, nominees will not be contacted without notifying the applicant in advance.