Director of Construction

North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States Full-time


The Director of Construction at Ocean State Job Lot will lead and manage the Real Estate expansion program including new store construction, new tenant delivery, and general coordination and interaction with Property Management for owned properties. This position will manage and help plan for major shopping center renovations as well as the numerous external relationships with Tenants, municipalities, and the real estate community. This role is accomplished by working closely with Real Estate, Legal, Construction, Property Management, and Store Operations to accomplish the goal of filling all real estate vacancies with quality tenant, including OSJL, in quality spaces.


  • Assist in property due diligence for new shopping centers after evaluation based on zoning, environmental, physical needs and OSJL’s strategic goals as well as access and entitlement process
  • Work with Leasing Manager and Legal Team with budgeting and evaluating prospective tenants, and approving Lease language and commitments
  • Work in conjunction with Regional Store Operations Management in owned plazas where new tenants are being placed
  • Work with Property Management in each plaza where new construction is taking place
  • Plan, organize, and supervise in house work crews, outside vendors, activities, and staff involved in the coordination and administration of new construction projects and remodels
  • Evaluate proposals and bids for all assigned projects for all assigned projects
  • Recommend bid acceptance
  • Responsible for the approval of all budgets, contracts, invoices, and expenses
  • Interface with Property Managers of “Owned Plazas” within each Region
  • Work with team in conducting due diligence investigations for potential acquisitions      
  • Further develop and share network contractors for skilled trades and general maintenance work
  • Coordinate, plan, and execute construction or other capital project activities
  • Ensure that Landlord requirements are fulfilled per Lease terms and that deadlines are achievable
  • Perform and/or oversee inspections
  • Represent OSJL at meetings about zoning or other property/RE issues with towns/municipalities                                                   


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 15 years of professional experience in the following fields: Construction Management, RE Development
  • Working knowledge of critical building systems and testing (M&E, HVAC, Safety)
  • Understands Real Estate and Construction processes and methods
  • Working knowledge of health and safety regulatory agencies (OSHA, EPA, etc.)
  • Experience with multi-site/state requirements and knowledge of all applicable RE laws
  • Proficient in “on-site” property assessment, evaluation, and recommendations, Microsoft Office, Scheduling, and Google platform (i.e. sites, slides, drive, docs, sheets)


  • Communicator: You possess strong communication skills and enjoy working with customers and coworkers.
  • Team Oriented: You are capable of embracing the ideas of others (even if they conflict with your own) for the sake of the company and client.
  • Self-motivated: You can work with a minimum of supervision and be capable of strategically prioritizing multiple tasks in a proactive manner.
  • Passionate: You must be passionate about online collaboration and ensuring our clients are successful; we love seeing hunger and ambition.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, or electrical components.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Ocean State Job Lot offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:

  • Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Profit Participation 
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)
  • 401K plan
  • Paid Time Off (Vacations, Personal, and Sick)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short and long term disability
  • Store 20% discount

This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  You may be asked by supervisors or managers to perform other job duties and tasks, some of which may be essential to the position.  Management has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not a contract, either express or implied.  You are an at-will employee, meaning either you or the Company may terminate your employment at any time, with or without notice.