Project Manager - Construction/Capital Projects

Colgate University in New York

Date Posted June 27, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Job Category: Professional/Administrative

Requisition Number: 0800

Division/Department: AS-Facilities Department

Full time/Part Time: Full-Time

Temporary: Yes

Job Description: This is a full-time, benefited, temporary professional position responsible for managing new construction, remodeling, renovation, and alteration projects. Project budgets range from thirty five thousand dollars to several million dollars. Continuation of position is dependent upon number of projects and supporting funds available.

The Project Manager position is critical in support of construction activities at Colgate University. Expertise is applied to a wide range of areas and activities. This position requires significant expertise in construction administration, the ability to communicate and interact effectively with campus groups and facilities department constituencies, the ability to work independently, and a willingness to assume significant responsibility.

This position is responsible for management of programming, design, and construction processes connected with new construction and renovation / improvements to existing facilities. Work includes preparation of project budgets and project materials for review and approval by various individuals and groups throughout the university. This position is also responsible for coordinating project plans and activities with students, faculty, staff, Colgate administration, and various campus committees and groups. Duties include negotiating contract fees with designers, handling project bidding, ensuring the orderly flow of project documentation and financial accounting information with constituencies as appropriate. Design review responsibilities include quality control of designs provided by others, design appropriateness, and constructability. This individual will perform on-site inspections/oversight as the Owner's representative, ensure construction work is in compliance with plans and specifications and meets project schedule and design goals.

Essential Functions:

- Manage construction projects on campus as assigned.
- Negotiate design and construction agreements and handle other activities associated with the bidding and awarding of design and construction contracts, as required.
- Assist in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates.
- Provide on-site inspection and coordination of construction projects to assure compliance with plans and specifications.
- Monitor the progress of projects and communicate with internal clients, building committees, building occupants, and other campus constituencies to assure all involved are fully informed of project developments.
- Confirm compliance with ADA, building and life safety codes, and with internal security and safety standards.
- Review shop drawings, maintain project files, and close out documentation.
- Verify and approve applications for payment and negotiate necessary change orders.
- Prepare and issue weekly project progress reports.
- Perform liaison and coordination activities with designers, engineers, contractors, end-users, university staff, students, faculty, and administration.
- Maintain an orderly and timely flow of project documentation and financial accounting information.
- Assure timely completion of projects within pre-approved schedules and budgets.
- Stay current of new developments in construction methods and materials.
- Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.

Job Open Date: 06-25-2014

Application Types Accepted: Professional/Administrative

Special Instructions to Applicants: Colgate, an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, student body, and staff to further the university's academic mission. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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(Education and Experience)

- Bachelor's Degree in architecture, engineering, or construction management desired.
- 7 years experience including project programming, design development, budget development, and construction administration.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
- Exceptional project management and organizational skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Be highly organized and possess strong interpersonal skills.
- Experience in design and construction project management.
- Experience working in a higher education institutional setting with an emphasis on working with committees and constituencies.
- Working knowledge of local and state building codes and standards related to design for institutional construction.
- Knowledge of basic construction techniques and materials.
- Knowledge of and experience in performing construction cost estimating.
- Must possess a solid knowledge of compliance with ADA, building and life safety codes, and with internal security and safety standards.
- Ability to work with AutoCAD, MS Office, and MS Project.
- Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students on a daily basis.


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