Marriott Vacations Worldwide Director Architecture and Construction – Renovations (Remote Arizona) in Orlando FL, Arizona

March 26, 2024

Job Description

Salary Range $135k-$145k

Position Location: Remote Based Arizona

Generic Position Summary

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Resort Operations, Sales & Marketing etc.) area to support department and/or function objectives. Generally, works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department in alignment with broader business objectives.

Specific Job Summary

The Director, Architecture & Construction (A&C) will be a full-time in-region resource managing and leading project(s) through all typical stages (e.g., planning, pre-construction, delivery, turnover, and occupancy), responsible for brand compliance, quality, budget and on time delivery. Project types can include new resort development, villa refurbishments, sales center delivery and renovations, and both developer-owned and COA-owned Capital Assets (Real Estate Fixed Assets) of resort properties.

The Director acts as single-point accountability for delivering a portfolio of projects on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW’s business goals and objectives. This position will lead / support projects in assigned region(s), and will be based in the MVW Corporate Offices in Orlando, with travel as necessary to meet assigned goals.

Generic Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.

  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress and results.

  • Responds to, solves and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk. Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization.

  • Responsible for own work and contributing to team, department and/or business results. May direct work of non-management staff. Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.

  • Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:

  • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.

  • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.

  • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.

  • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.

  • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.

  • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.

  • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.

  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.

  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions

The role and responsibilities of the Director includes:

Preconstruction and Project Delivery:

  • Understands business goals of key stakeholders and develops partnering relationships that enable mutual success. Applies knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to resort development management activities to meet or exceed stakeholders’ needs and expectations.

  • Leads, manages, and coordinates delivery of various project types ensuring compliance with standards, procedures, and policies.

  • Single point of authority and responsibility for on-schedule, within budget, and brand standard compliant delivery of projects. Has single point of accountability and oversight of multiple resort projects.

  • Acts as single point accountability for delivering a portfolio of project(s) on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW’s business goals and objectives.

  • Assures compliance with Regional and Core “Standard Operating Procedures” (SOP), and MVCI Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.

  • Participates in development of project programs with MVW Senior Management, Design Studio and functional personnel, design professionals, Operations and Sales and Marketing (S&M), as needed.

  • Responsible for delivery of all Projects under various project deal/transaction structures and agreements e.g., Turnkey, Self-Developed, Joint-Venture, etc.

  • Recruits and selects qualified Project Management staff/resources as required to meet all project needs.

  • Partners with VP of Cost Management and Project Managers to establish project budgets. Implements and follows up on the Regional SOP to control project costs within budget.

  • Develops and manages integrated “milestone” project schedules. Provides guidance to Project Managers to establish project deliverables with consultants, contractors, and A&C functional and support personnel to ensure that these deliverables/milestones are achieved. Integrates project unit inventory / delivery requirements with project construction schedules and CAPEX funding. Responsible for assuring compliance with Project Timeline operating guidelines.

  • Provides relevant development, design and construction liaison between Project Team, S&M and Operations.

  • Prepares and presents reports and briefings as required to the VP A&C, Development Management, MVW’s Executive Committee, and the COA Board of Directors.

  • Facilitates timely communication of project status, potential problems, recommended corrective actions, and opportunities to strengthen compatible business relationships. Ensures timely completion and updating of Project Timelines, Trends/Expedition Reports, Development Status Reports, and summaries of Risks & Opportunities. Acts as a liaison with Site S&M and Operations Team(s) to strengthen business relationships between all disciplines.

  • Works closely with Project Managers to coordinate all planning, permitting, and external regulatory activity and submittals required for project permitting and execution.

  • Develops contracting strategies (design and construction) for each project that properly balances schedule, cost, and risk avoidance. Oversees all contracting efforts.

  • Executes architectural, engineering, construction and other professional consultant contracts developed and managed by Project Managers in compliance with MVW’s “Approval Matrix”, and MVW’s SOP, which includes relevant and appropriate process and approval operating guidelines and limits.

  • Provides guidance to Project Managers to ensure construction contract documents are complete, coordinated, permit compliant, and compliant with Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.

  • Oversees Project Managers compliance activities as it relates to Building, Fire Code and other entitlement and permitting officials to provide code complaint and permit compliant design documentation.

  • Visits project sites periodically during construction to provide leadership, guidance, approvals and support.

  • Acts as a liaison between Project Managers and Law Department and external consultants for timely and accurate flow of information required for Registration and contract approval documents.

  • Shares best practices and lessons learned with other Project Teams to promote continuous improvement.

  • Oversees Project Managers who assure construction quality, compliance, schedule and budget, and coordinates turnover of buildings, documents, manuals, training materials, etc. to Operations.

  • Recommends changes for project improvement efforts consistent with CGC or COA approved scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Manages and provides leadership to direct reports and peers in accordance with MVW associate relations standards and traditions with a focus on increasingly levels of Associate.

  • Engagement and leading by example; treats all associates with respect and dignity.

  • Manages and provides leadership by ensuring compliance with MVW standards that focus on meeting and exceeding customer needs and increasing Guest and Customer Engagement in accordance with MVW’s customer relations standards and traditions.

Generic Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills as follows:

Generally, a professional position requiring significant knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines and/or business operations as well as associate and/or organizational management experience. College degree and/or relevant experience generally required.

Specific Candidate Profile


  • Professional degree in a technical field (Construction Management, Engineering or Architecture) from an accredited university. Professional registration is desirable; however, there is no requirement for professional sealing or stamping of design documents.


  • A minimum of 8+ years’ experience in the Design or Construction industry with specific documented experience in Project Planning and Design and/or Construction Management.

  • 5+ years’ experience as Owners Representative in Construction Management, or Project Management.

  • Experience in leading, managing, and coordinating design, construction, and other professionals.

  • Experience in qualifying, contract negotiation, recommendation, and administration of Professional and Contractor Agreements.

  • Experience in legislative/ jurisdictional approval processes.

  • Experience in hospitality (hotels and resorts) renovation projects.

Skills & Attributes

  • Strong leadership, financial management, and communication skills providing the ability to work in a dynamic, multi-functional matrix management environment, as a “Team Player”. Pro-active, assertive, motivated, and collaborative, with a high sense of responsibility and discipline.

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with Condominium Owners’ Associations (COA) and Boards of Directors (BOD).

  • Proven ability to understand the business goals of stakeholders and implement a partnering relationship that will enable mutual success and trust.

  • Proven ability to comprehend, and critique design and contract documents.

  • Lead and coordinate resources to achieve complete technically acceptable design and contract documents within Design Guides, Construction Operations Manual, project scope, schedule, and cost.

Preferred Skills:

  • Computer literacy on Microsoft Office products, Project Management software applications like Microsoft Project and PMWeb.

  • Related and relevant Regional/International work experience.

Physical Job Requirements:

  • At least 50% travel required (domestic and international).

  • Ability to access and traverse proposed construction sites.



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