This Project Manager position exists to aid and advise the Senior Project Manager and the Director of Architecture and Engineering in fulfilling Facilities Management’s mission related to the planning, design, and renewal of campus facilities and infrastructure. Responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing all aspects of construction and renovation projects in CofC facilities. Performs work of considerable difficulty in concurrently managing multiple, moderately complex ongoing projects from inception through project close-out for new facilities; for modifications, alterations, and repairs to existing facilities and infrastructure upgrade projects. This position will be directly responsible for (but not limited to) managing major capital projects, deferred capital renewal, and minor projects.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in architecture, engineering, construction management or related field AND one (1) year of progressive work experience in managing construction and renovation projects, OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.
Applicant must have experience managing complex projects and a solid foundation in general construction, mechanical systems, electrical systems, roof and building envelope systems, and campus infrastructure. Applicant must be experienced in generating statements of work for solicitation, cost estimating and all subsequent phases of project management. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required, as well as, proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel. Demonstrated computer skills are needed as a tool for problem solving, design, budgeting, and record keeping.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience working with South Carolina Office of the State Engineer, SC State procurement code, and the city of Charleston Board of Architectural Review. Professional experience in facilities planning, historic building renovation and/or restoration, and working in a urban, historic higher education campus is desired. LEED, EFP and PMI accreditation are preferred. Historic Preservation experience is also preferred. Candidates with an equivalent combination of experience and/or education are encouraged to apply.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must have the ability to effectively plan and organize work activities, schedule assets and prioritize task completion to meet established deadlines and goals.
Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with fellow employees, high ranking college officials, department heads, user groups, contractors, architects, engineers, outside construction management employees, and all individuals from a variety of diverse cultural backgrounds is required. Must have the ability to understand user’s needs and to communicate technical requirements to meet those needs. Must have the ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports or plans pertaining to effective long range project planning and capital renewal work for the college.
Must be knowledgeable in IBC and ADA law. Basic knowledge of applicable building codes, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, life safety and accessibility codes and laws is required. Must have knowledge of building construction, materials and methods, as well as, knowledge of OSE design and construction policies. Knowledge of the various architectural, planning and engineering disciplines is required.
Must have skill in managing multiple projects and coordinating the work of a design and construction team to ensure compliance with the Project Program/Scope. Ability to successfully manage multiple minor projects simultaneously is required. Must have skill in reading and interpreting plans and specifications and assessing them with construction progress.
Must have knowledge of project budgeting, cost estimating of construction, escalation factors and market trends. Ability to demonstrate experience in project budget responsibility is required.
Must have the ability to utilize insight, good judgement, good interpersonal and management skills, as well as, to facilitate and seek fair, consensual resolution to project challenges, issues, and conflict. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills (project logs, memorandums, project documentation, litigation documentation, etc.). Ability to prepare and present comprehensive reports or plans pertaining to an effective long range capital renewal program for the College is required.
Additional Comments Regarding Position
Must be physically able to carry out duties as described. Must be able to travel to on/off campus College buildings, traverse stairs and construction sites. Some overtime work may be required, as well as, evening/night work on an as-needed basis. May be required to be on campus prior to and immediately following all emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, snow/ice storms etc.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please complete the application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
*Salary is commensurate with education/experience which exceeds the minimum requirements.
Offers of employment are contingent upon a successful background check.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
1. Provides project management services for facilities planning, construction and renovation projects. Successfully manages projects requiring design and construction technical knowledge, to ensure the design meets user needs and is completed within time frame and budget restrictions. Coordinates and manages facilities construction and renovation for the College’s plant engineering and facility management programs including the preparation of detailed estimates, project specifications and plans.
Takes ownership and is the champion of assigned projects. Effectively leads the project team by exemplifying high standards. Plans and organizes work activities, schedules assets, and prioritizes task completion to meet established deadlines, budget and goals for construction and renovation projects. This includes utilizing RS Means and Microsoft Excel to prepare/monitor preliminary and detailed cost estimates for budgets and for job approvals. Assists in monitoring Project Costs throughout construction and close-out.
Manages consultants and contractors selection process: Advertisements, Requests for Proposals, proposal evaluation, consultant interviews and selection, and pre-bid, bids opening and pre- construction meetings. Assists in managing fee negotiations and contracts. This also includes bid coordination/solicitation, consultant/contractor coordination and communication, OSE document preparation/review, procurement/installation oversight of all project specifications, punchlist development/enforcement and project closeout.
Manages schedule (prepares overall project schedule) and meets multiple deadlines. Monitors the construction progress schedule to meet the College’s needs. Inspects and monitors construction/renovation projects to determine conformance with plans, specifications, applicable codes/regulations, schedules, established deadlines and budget. Reviews and reports on construction progress.
Assists Senior Project Manager and Director of A & E in refining design/construction/renovation practices that promote energy efficiency, code compliance, environmental sustainability, and ease of maintenance.
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2. Coordinates and conducts meetings involving architects, engineers, contractors, state officials, and College administrative personnel for the purpose of scheduling, planning and resolution of conflicts on construction and renovation projects.
Accurately and promptly provides information required by project architects/engineers. Represents College as supervisor of consultants, work crew, and contractors.
Formally documents construction process by keeping and maintaining accurate records of all significant project-related events, including but not limited to meeting minutes, design submittal documents, construction administration documents (RFI, ASI, CPR, Change Order request, etc.). Maintains project files and accomplishes the necessary correspondence to effect coordination with the State Engineer’s Office, College administration, contractors, architects, and consultants.
Oversees project closeout and ensures compliance with College and OSE procedures. Assists in providing problem and dispute resolution and resolution of insurance claims in a timely fashion.
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3. Responsibilities will include planning, coordinating, and executing major capital projects, deferred capital renewal and project work. Responsible for identifying, prioritizing and scheduling deferred maintenance work and creating short and long term execution plans which evaluate scope, cost and schedule.
Assists in ensuring quality and success of construction by effective leadership/supervision of projects, management of construction teams, review of construction documents, and diligent observation of work.
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4. Assists Finance Manager with all project related financial information (quotations, bid documents, purchase orders, invoices, and payments) regarding consultant, contractor and project related goods/services procurements. Reviews and makes recommendations to supervisor, project architect/engineer, and Finance Manager regarding approval of change orders and progress payments, requests for schedule changes, and interpretation of documents.
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