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Designer Selection Board Seeks 1 Professional Engineer for Board

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The Massachusetts Designer Selection Board (DSB) is seeking resumes from diverse candidates who are Professional Engineers licensed in Massachusetts for 1 opening on the DSB.

 

While their preference is for an electrical, mechanical or structural PE, they also will consider resumes from civil engineers. In addition, if your firm does works for DCAMM, designs building projects for municipalities or charter schools and is part of proposals submitted to the DSB, even as subconsultant to a prime designer, you should not apply.  See below for more information on this issue.

 

The Designer Selection Board (DSB) is an autonomous 11 member board that selects designers for public building construction throughout the Commonwealth.  This is an important Public Board.  We need PE candidates, licensed in and living in MA, who do not have conflicts of interest to apply for appointment by the Governor.  The DSB meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM at One Ashburton Place in Boston.  If you are interested in applying to serve, please see below for details.

 

ACTION REQUESTED:  If you are applying, forward your resume in Word, with full home and work contact information on it, to Abbie Goodman,  agoodman@engineers.org  by July 1, 2017.

 

Note: If your resume does not have full home (and work, if employed) contact information at the top of the document and does not come to me in Word, we will be unable to forward it to the Designer Selection Board’s Executive Director.

 

Background on the Designer Selection Board

  • The Designer Selection Board (DSB) is an autonomous eleven member board that selects designers for public building construction throughout the Commonwealth.  The DSB reviews designer applications for DCAMM (Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance) work, selects and ranks three finalists.
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  • The board then forwards its recommendations in writing to the DCAMM Commissioner who has authority to appoint and contract with the selected firm. Eight members are appointed by the Governor, three of whom are registered architects, three registered engineers, and two representatives of the public who are not architect designers, engineers, or construction contractors.
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  • Three additional members are appointed by the following professional societies: The Boston Society of Architects (BSA), Design Professionals Government Affairs Council (The Engineering Center Education Trust) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC). Certain officers will have additional specific responsibilities.
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  • The DSB has one immediate opening for a PE who would be appointed by the Governor. The candidate selected for recommendation to the Governor’s office will need to go through standard background security and financial checks before appointment. 
  • While their preference is for an electrical, mechanical or structural PE, they also will consider resumes from civil engineers. 
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  • More information about the Designer Selection Board:   http://www.mass.gov/anf/property-mgmt-and-construction/oversight-agencies/designer-selection-process/

 

Job Description

  • Title:  Member, Designer Selection Board
  • Reports to: DSB Chairman
  • Purpose: To serve the Board Chairman as a voting member; to develop plans, policies, procedures and practices for the operation of the DSB programs and performance. The DSB reviews designer applications for DCAM (Division of Capital Asset Management) work, selects and ranks three finalists.
  • The board then forwards its recommendations in writing to the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management who has authority to appoint and contract with the selected firm.
  • Term:  2 years; opportunity for re-appointment for another 2 year term by (Governor, etc.); opportunity to serve as an officer.

 

Expected Meeting Attendance: 

  • Regularly attend DSB meetings as scheduled (about 24/year).  Meetings are usually on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM.  The DSB provides a parking space to Board members for the duration of the meeting. 

 
Obligations of the Board:

  • Establish policy for DSB as a Board member
  • Avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.  This means that if your firm does works for DCAMM and regularly submits proposals to the DSB, even as subconsultant to a prime designer, you should not apply.   You would need to consult the DSB Executive Director or the State Ethics Commission for more information, but I can answer some questions about what this means.

 

Duties for Board members:

  • Use best professional judgment to support DSB activities
  • Promote DSB participation by encouraging firms to apply.
  • Be responsive to requests for information, participation or assistance from DSB Board, DSB staff, DCAMM and/or municipal staff.
  • Be an advocate and a spokesperson for DSB in coordination with DSB Executive Director.

 

Information about Conflict of Interest:

- No member of the Board may participate in the selection of a designer for a project if the member or any member of his/her immediate family has a direct or indirect present or future financial interest in the selection of that designer or in any way will benefit financially therefrom.
- Cannot be a member of the DSB if currently employed by a potential applicant.
 
The following policy was implemented on January 1, 2012:  Be it resolved that in order to ensure the absence of conflict of interest or the appearance thereof, the Designer Selection Board shall not accept any Application which includes as a Member of the Team, an Owner, a Principal, or as an Employee, any person who is a Member of the Designer Selection Board during their term of service and for a period of twelve months after leaving the Board.
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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