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Corporate Director of Development and Construction

Posted May 31, 2022

The Kessler Collection
Orlando, FL
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An Inspiring Career Awaits You!

The Kessler Collection is made up of 13 artful hotel and resort properties, 26 restaurants, and over 1,700 Grand Performers across ten states, we continue to grow and so will you! The opportunities are endless. Our mission of inspiring places, intuitive service, and exuberant guests means we are committed to our Grand Performers learning, development, and well-being. We believe people want to be inspired!  Our Grand Performers Receive Many Benefits Including:
  • Marriott Employee Discounts Worldwide
  • Competitive Wage & Discretionary Bonus Program
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Company-Sponsored Life Insurance
  • Short & Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • 401(K) with Discretionary Company Matching Contributions
  • Employee Assistance Program

Job Summary

As a key member of the development team, this incumbent will plan, organize, budget and monitor all phases of the hotel construction process in order to maintain efficient production operations while meeting company standards and objectives.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage the departmental set up, quality assurance, construction standards.
  • Develop and monitor construction budgets and enforce cost controls.
  • Obtain project entitlements and permits that may require meetings with local jurisdictions to negotiate outstanding issues.
  • Interface with hotel brand companies, managers, etc. including negotiation of key construction and development related terms, agreements & requirements.
  • Oversee RFP and contracting process for architects, engineers, contractors, and other project consultants and assist with architectural selection process.
  • Compare consultant proposals and scopes, and formulate recommendations for the development team.
  • Track project schedules and costs monitoring progress and delays to keep projects on time and in budget.
  • Organized facilitation of the design and construction meetings to ensure alignment and coordination of deadlines, goals and deliverables.
  • Coordinate and attend meetings with regulatory and public officials.
  • Identify potential project risks and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Work closely with other team leaders specifically but not limited to: CEO, President, CFO, COO, and Creative Director in the strategic planning and growth of the company.
  • All other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Knowledge, Skill and Ability to perform all duties reflecting our Mission Statement, Core Values and Intuitive Service Standards.
  • Must possess the utmost of personal integrity and have the ability to create and lead an organization culture of collaboration, both internally and externally.
  • Ability to lead and communicate professionally in person and virtually.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Advanced leadership skills for the successful management of construction team(s), processes, budgets and workflow.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in development, including financial feasibility analysis, financing, permitting, construction project management and collaboration with design.
  • Proven ability to focus on details.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills and the ability to address large groups of individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple concurrent and complex projects and to work effectively and efficiently under pressure to meet required deadlines.
  • Demonstrated analytical, innovative problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to establish a close working relationship with the company's ownership and exhibit excellence as a facilitator, mentor and manager as required.
  • Drive for results leadership style; consistent efforts.

    Able to work independently exercising excellent judgment and maturity.

  • Proficient knowledge of construction regulations for federal, state and local levels.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year Construction Management/Engineering /Architect degree or equivalent combination of education and experience-
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in construction with proven outcomes managing projects of >$60M utilizing a variety of methods including outside owner representative, general contractors, design/build, construction management, and third-party
  • Experience working with local, regional and national firms
  • Advanced experience and understanding of hotel and mixed-use construction means and methods for estimating, accounting, project
  • Experience leading and managing project managers and other related project support
  • Previous experience with multi-site construction
  • Successful candidate must maintain a current, valid driver's license

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Direct supervision of the construction team.
  • Direct supervision of all internal and external production/project managers, general contractors and construction field staff.
  • Direct management and coordination of architects, consultants and other related third parties.

Physical Demands

  • The incumbent is regularly required to reach with hands and arms, use fingers (keyboard ) to handle or feel.
  • Sit, stoop, bend and
  • Push, pull, and lift up to
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to travel by foot, four-wheel motorized ATV, car, bus, airplane or other means of transportation which require walking, sitting, waiting and standing for long and short periods of

Work Environment

  • Candidate must be able to cope with frequent changing priorities and deadlines with a high degree of optimism, professionalism & collaboration.
  • Schedules may vary from week to week based on business demands in excess of 40 hours with or without notice.
  • This position frequently interacts in person, email, phone, text, cell phone and video conferencing with owners, corporate executives, property level leadership and external vendors.
  • This position maintains direct contact with external vendors on behalf of the company, and may be required to host meetings and/or attend industry related events
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to travel by foot, four-wheel motorized ATV, car, bus, airplane or other means of transportation which require walking, sitting, waiting and standing for long and short periods of time.
The Kessler Collection is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
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The Kessler Collection

4901 Vineland Road
Suite 650
Orlando, FL 32811

(407) 996-9999

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The Kessler Collection is a luxury boutique hotel company with locations in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Each hotel in the Kessler Collection is filled with unique artwork from internationally acclaimed artists and showcased in each of our Grand Bohemian Art Galleries. Our four Florida hotels located in Orlando and St. Augustine exude the magic of Walt Disney World, offer a landmark of hospitality, and provide casually elegant Old Florida style with lavishly appointed guest rooms and beautiful function space. Our Colorado property offers exclusive ski accommodations in Beaver Creek, Colorado and is equipped to treat guests with the finest services and amenities. Our Savannah, Georgia hotels deliver the atmosphere of historic River Street and nearby attractions just steps from historic sites. Our Charleston, South Carolina and Mountain Brook, Alabama include creatively crafted cuisine and unique wine blending experiences. Our Asheville, North Carolina hotel is the perfect retreat located steps from the famous Biltmore Estate set among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, The Kessler Collection delivers inspiring places, intuitive service, and exuberant guests.

A Career at The Kessler Collection

Welcome to the Kessler Collection! If you are looking for a career in the hospitality industry, this is the place for you. With 11 luxury boutique hotels located in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, we employ approximately 1,700 Grand Performers nationwide. As an employer of choice, we offer career opportunities in Accounting, Engineering/Maintenance, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Human Resources, Administration, Front Office, Customer Service, Marketing, Sales, Information Technology, Spa, Gallery, and various leadership positions within these departments and outlets. We provide competitive wages, great benefits, paid training, and job growth – but don't just take our word for it, hover over the thumbnails above to hear from our Grand Performers themselves!

Do YOU have what it takes?

At the Kessler Collection, we're not just employees, we are Grand Performers. Picture yourself part of a dynamic team of motivated, creative professionals whose mission is to create Inspiring Places, Intuitive Service, Exuberant Guests. Do you think you have what it takes to be Grand Performer?