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Capital Projects manages the design, construction, retrofitting, and restoration of campus buildings and their surroundings. Many skilled professionals work in Capital Projects as architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, inspectors, construction specialists, contract administrators, accountants, and administrative personnel, all of whom work to serve the campus community. For more information, please visit https://capitalstrategies.berkeley.edu/capital-projects-0
The Capital Projects unit is seeking a Senior Project Manager at either the 4 or 5 level, depending on experience, to join our team. The successful candidate will manage projects to create first class physical infrastructure that supports the University mission of teaching, research and service. The Senior Project Manager will lead campus Capital Projects during design and construction that carry substantial consequences of success or failure.
Responsibilities for Senior Project Manager 4 (0364U):
Manages the project program, including meeting with clients to help define both project scope and program.
Formally establishes campus project, including working with other units, departments, and the Office of the President (i.e.,Capital Planning, , Budget Office and other Capital Strategies Units) to facilitate this effort and ensure funding transferred.
Hires architectural, engineering and consultant firms to develop project requirement definitions, design criteria, and preparing layouts and detail drawings; provides leadership expertise, direction and management of the engineers, architects and other consultants.
Prepares and approves cost estimates, functional studies and establishes project schedule and budget and reviews with clients; establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules.
Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building and safety codes; ensures plans and specifications conform to all codes and regulations.
Determine delivery method and bids or negotiates construction contracts.
Reviews, manages and oversees construction activities, including contractor's schedule, RFIs, Submittals, Change Order Requests, and Punch List; specializes and focuses in monitoring construction milestones.
Acts as liaison among project participants and resolves problems or conflicts, including recommending range of solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims.
Ensures project is properly closed out and Operations & Maintenance Manuals and record drawings are turned over to Physical Plant Campus Services.
May oversee, manage, and/or direct other Project Managers and Analysts.
Create project in Unifier including updating and reporting of project status as required by UCOP, regulatory agencies, Campus, and Capital Projects , including budget and schedule; may include monthly written analysis of project.
Performs organizational, campus and administrative activities not directly relating to projects, including serving on campus committees representing department or unit.
Responsibilities for Senior Project Manager 5 (0480U):
Anticipates, defines and resolves issues/problems requiring specialized knowledge and is widely recognized and consulted by campus staff for their expert knowledge with the specific area of expertise for all aspects of building systems, technology and building code for major renovations and new ground up buildings, and other key building components. Includes developing solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims.
Responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction process for major and significant capital program building projects of the highest value where success is critical to the campus mission.
Performs the most difficult professional work in the development, revision, refinement and/or amplification of program implementation. Manage large complex projects during the early stages of project definition and scoping including programming, conceptual budgeting, public outreach and meetings. Also managing the complex approval process for large projects by approving agencies, including UCOP, campus and the Regents. Ensures building projects support applicable policies and practices to achieve specific goals and objectives related to area of expertise.
Serves as technical expert encompassing all areas of the construction industry for large, complex projects of the highest value and provides advice and guidance to all levels of campus management and provides expert technical advice and consultation at all levels in all areas of building technical expertise.
Pursues areas of building emerging technology consistent with the large and complex capital projects in his area of expertise through programs and other educational forums, and creates an appreciation for and sensitivity to programs, projects and systems that employ, expand and enhance building projects utilizing new technologies.
Establishes project milestones and schedules, prepares cost estimates, functional studies, construction plans and specifications and monitors for adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules.
Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building safety codes for project specific major renovations and new ground up buildings. Performs comprehensive review of technical documents.
May oversee, manage or supervise work of lower level professional positions.
Required Qualifications for Senior Project Manager 4 (0364U):
Advanced knowledge of building and construction, design, construction contract administration and California Building Codes, including advanced understanding of industry practices, or deep expertise in a highly specialized and critical discipline.
Advanced project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects, or highly specialized and critical project component.
Advanced knowledge of or ability to learn the campus, including its infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short and long range strategic building plans.
Advanced analytical, organizational and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including highly effective negotiation skills and highly developed political acumen.
Bachelor's degree in related area (Architecture, Construction Management, and Civil, Structural or Mechanical engineering) and/or equivalent experience/training.
Required Qualifications for Senior Project Manager 5 (0480U):
Expert written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including expert level political acumen and negotiation skills.
Expert knowledge of design and construction, contract administration and California Building Codes, including expert understanding of industry practices or highly specialized and critical disciplines.
Expert project management skills necessary to effectively manage highly complex projects or highly specialized and critical components of projects with a significant impact on campus.
Expert skill in building, maintaining and nurturing strong professional relationships to achieve short and long range program implementation goals.
Expert knowledge in one or more complex, technical areas of construction, such as sustainability, mechanical engineering, landscape architecture, infrastructure or other specialty fields.
Demonstrated independent judgment in methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria.
Expert skill to apply specific technological solutions in the construction planning phase and skill in ensuring appropriate implementation and function during project construction and completion.
Within area of expertise, expert skill in advising and consulting with all levels of campus management and/or capital planning, budgeting and construction professionals.
Expert skill in formulating advancing and implementing programs within area of expertise.
Advanced knowledge of or ability to learn the campus, including its governance, infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short and long range strategic plans.
Expert analytical, organizational, project management and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
Incumbent possesses significant career experience and demonstrated skills in leadership of major capital projects of significant importance in a University setting.
Experience and knowledge to analyze, recommend and execute procurement, contracting and delivery strategies.
Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture
Preferred Qualifications for Senior Project Manager 5 (0480U):
Licence or certficate in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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