First & Goal Inc. | Director of Project Development; Seattle, WA

The Director of Project Development will lead and oversee all capital project planning and execution for the venues, partnering with senior management and the Public Stadium Authority (PSA) to develop and implement a long-range capital plan for the venues. The Director will provide significant expertise in the development of the vision for the future of the facilities as well as collaborative and supportive leadership of the ongoing facility maintenance and operation.

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Background:

First & Goal Inc. (FGI) was formed by Paul Allen in 1997 after voters in the state of Washington approved the proposal to build a new Football/Soccer Stadium and Exhibition Center in Seattle, WA.  Set just south of downtown Seattle, adjacent to the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, and against the backdrop of snow-capped Olympic mountains, Mount Rainier and the glistening Puget Sound, CenturyLink field is unlike any other stadium in the world.  Since its opening in 2002, the stadium offers perfect views of the field and surrounding areas, unmatched comfort, cutting-edge technology and outstanding dining operations.  With its impressive tower, vertical scoreboard and state-of-the-art broadcasting technology, CenturyLink Field is also a standard-bearer for sustainability among sporting venues, employing Washington State’s largest solar array, compost and recycling programs, and energy-saving measures to make the field one of the greenest in the world.

Home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC, the stadium also has played host to numerous concerts, international soccer events, the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars NCAA Football teams and the MLS Cup in 2009.  Holding a capacity of 72,000, CenturyLink Field has quickly earned the reputation for being one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL.  The city’s passionate fan base is unequivocally recognized by the organization, proudly crowning the fans the “12th man” on the field.  The Seattle Sounders FC have continued the tradition of a fervent and avid fan base, quickly establishing themselves as a model MLS franchise and dedicated soccer marketplace with sellout crowds in every match, setting MLS records for average attendance and leading the league in season ticket sales.  First & Goal also operates the CenturyLink Event Center and the WaMu Theater, increasing the programmatic opportunities and event space options of the complex for utilization year-round.

The Sounders have made the playoffs every season since their formation in 2009, including capturing the MLS Cup in 2016.  Additionally, the Sounders have won four US Open Cups over the same nine years. Over a similar span, the Seahawks found equally as impressive success, having been to the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons and winning nine playoff games, including Super Bowl XLVIII in 2013.

If you are interested in the Director of Project Development position, please do not contact First & Goal or the Seattle Seahawks as this will only delay your consideration.  

Summary:

The Director of Project Development will lead and oversee all capital project planning and execution for the venues, partnering with senior management and the Public Stadium Authority (PSA) to develop and implement a long-range capital plan for the venues. The Director will provide significant expertise in the development of the vision for the future of the facilities as well as collaborative and supportive leadership of the ongoing facility maintenance and operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director of Project Development will drive the maintenance and operation of the multi-property First & Goal facilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Direct and deliver the ongoing annual capital expenditure program for the facilities.
  • Partner with senior management in the creation, development and execution of large-scale capital project planning, including continual infrastructure, system and consumer-facing renovations.
  • Strategically devise revenue-generating opportunities in conjunction with corporate partnerships, ticket and premium sales, marketing and fan experience departments.
  • Develop, present and maintain long range capital improvement and modernization plans, including preparing proposals and bids, awarding contracts and monitoring contractor work.
  • Oversee the development and management of relevant project budgets and expenditures throughout the year/project cycle.
  • Collaborate with Internal and External stakeholders to develop timelines and schedules for multiple projects that minimize impact on events and other facility operation.

 Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Previous experience planning and managing large-scale capital improvement, construction and/or renovation projects in a stadium, ballpark or arena.
  • Exceptional project management skills including developing and adhering to timelines.
  • Experience in a union environment strongly preferred.
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of maintenance and facilities management preferably in a professional stadium, arena or other public assembly facility.
  • Strong communicator able to effectively lead diverse groups of stakeholders and provide executive reporting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and organizational ability.
  • Ability to perform effectively under significant pressure in a fast-paced operation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safety regulations and/or codes and other federal, state or local laws and regulations.
  • Effective management skills. Ability to deal effectively with human resource and personnel problems; to deal constructively with conflict; to motivate, provide counsel and execute appropriate solutions.
  • Must be accurate and efficient with ability to meet deadlines.
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