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Job Summary

University of Michigan Health (UMH) is seeking a Project Lead / Senior Architect to join the Facilities Planning and Development (FPD) team.  FPD provides user consultation and support services at numerous stages of project implementation including concept development, planning, budgeting, funding, design, engineering, construction administration, project activation and limited commissioning. Our mission is to provide world class facilities and physical frameworks for a safe, clean, comfortable, functional, and healthy environment that directly supports our mission.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Serves as Facilities Planning and Development liaison with specific clinical and support departments.  Leverages the understanding of department’s operation, opportunities, and challenges to assist in solving problems, prioritizing requests, decision making, and setting of strategic direction.

Completes review and analysis of facility improvement and equipment addition/upgrade/replacement/ requests.  Completes or oversees preparation of facility investigation reports. Formulates opinions of project probable cost and project requirements.  Develops project scopes, schedules/milestones, and budgets.

Oversees, manages, and reviews all aspects of project delivery for both owned and leased facilities to ensure compliance with client expectations and UMH guidelines.  Completes, directs, or monitors the completion of programming, design development, construction documents.  bidding, and construction.  Directly manages deactivation and activation activities.  Assist with preparation of equipment and furniture specifications.  Coordinates delivery, removal, and installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment with vendors and/or FPD support staff.  Ensures that project record documents (as-builts, O&M manuals, etc.) are properly archived and shared with appropriate staff and partners.

Directs the contracting and activities of retained consultants, contractors, and vendors.  Reviews and approves fee proposals and payments for services.  Completes negotiation where appropriate.

Regularly advises verbally and in writing on status, potential opportunities, and possible risks of projects to leadership, project partners, and end users.  Prepare reports, presentations, correspondence, meeting minutes, and other documents to ensure timely and efficient communication and decision making.

Prepares scope of work and cost estimates for maintenance, repair, and corrective work requests of all sizes and complexity. Supports the ongoing Facility Condition Assessment program for building related items.

Supports facility operations and regulatory compliance with respect to healthcare regulations and building codes.  Assists in the development and updating of UMH facility design guidelines and preferred manufactures lists.


Required Qualifications*

  • Licensed as an Architect in the State of Michigan.
  • Professional degree in Architecture (Master or Bachelor of Architecture) accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • At least 15 years’ experience in project management and facilities design.
  • Working knowledge of healthcare procedures and equipment.
  • Understanding of healthcare facility design and construction guidelines, building codes, and barrier-free standards.
  • Solid leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team setting and possess good collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine project scopes, schedules, and budgets.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel & PowerPoint) and Autodesk AutoCad.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.