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Working As A Director Of Construction

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $99,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Construction Do

A Director Of Construction is responsible for supervision of all construction-related projects. They review project progress, address issues, and adjust schedules and budgets.

How To Become A Director Of Construction

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.


It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.


New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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  • French

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  • Chinese

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Real Director Of Construction Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Construction Anbau Enterprises Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $350,000
Construction Director Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC Aug 01, 2015 $350,000
Construction Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2014 $316,365
Construction Director BP America Inc. Houston, TX Dec 01, 2011 $315,000 -
Director of Construction Caithness Corporation Berwick, PA Dec 15, 2015 $250,000
Director of Construction Caithness Corporation Berwick, PA Sep 23, 2016 $250,000
Managing Director, Construction & Projects AES Services, Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 04, 2015 $205,600 -
Managing Director, Construction & Projects The AES Corporation Arlington, VA Dec 15, 2014 $205,600 -
Construction Director Competentia Us Inc. Houston, TX Jul 09, 2016 $200,000
Construction Director Tradeco Infrastructure, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Aug 26, 2014 $189,816
Director, Land & Construction Portfolio Doral Money, Inc. New York, NY Aug 06, 2013 $180,294
Director, Land & Construction Portfolio Doral Money, Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2013 $180,294
Construction Director Southern Cross Group USA LLC Austin, TX Aug 13, 2009 $175,000
Associate Director, Construction Cost Manager Bruce Shaw LLC New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $170,000
Director of Real Estate, Design & Construction PLA-Fit Franchise, LLC Newington, NH Dec 09, 2013 $170,000
Director of Commissioning and Construction Danieli Corporation Cranberry, PA Oct 10, 2011 $162,200
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 29, 2014 $156,691
Construction Director-Projects (Engineer) Jordan Cove LNG, LLC Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $151,154 -
SR. Associate Director Construction Claims & Contr Trett Texas LLC Houston, TX Sep 21, 2010 $144,456 -
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 29, 2011 $142,425
Director of International Construction Management Praxair, Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 27, 2011 $135,000
Director of Construction TL FAB, LP Anaheim, CA Aug 05, 2013 $132,000
Construction Director Morrison USA, LLC Miami, FL Sep 09, 2016 $130,390
Construction Director Fore Group Inc. Farmington, CT Apr 03, 2016 $121,992
Deputy Director of Construction Oceanwide Center, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2015 $120,000
Director of Construction Operations Contracting Consulting Engineering, LLC Annapolis, MD May 24, 2012 $120,000
Director of Construction Operations Contracting Consulting Engineering, LLC Annapolis, MD May 24, 2010 $120,000

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Top Director Of Construction Skills

  1. General Contractors
  2. Architects
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established construction design standards guides for architects and general contractors.
  • Form integrated partnerships among internal teams, architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers, and consultants.
  • Direct development and implementation of operating/project policies and procedures to drive Company and investor goals.
  • Developed the procedures of design and construction management and interface with real estate and training departments.
  • Introduced construction project management practices that cut project schedules by 15%, without compromising safety.

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