University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Capital Projects Office (CPO) plans, develops and delivers physical environments to support and enhance the University's mission. CPO manages design and construction of new and remodeled University facilities at the Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell campuses and remote facilities. We provide programming, pre-design, cost estimating, design and constructions services for building alterations, additions, new construction and grounds improvements. Projects range in size from a few thousand dollars to $100 million and have numbered over 250 in each of the last five years.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Construction Project Manager for the Special Projects Group/Small Project Delivery Team.

This position is open to University of Washington employees only.

Project Managers serve as the University’s representative to manage the planning, design, procurement, construction, and acceptance of capital projects within the limits of delegated authority and the approved project budget.

Project Managers are responsible for a major project. Or, they may be assigned multiple special projects. Major projects are typically construction of new buildings or major renovations of an existing building. Special projects are typically renovations of portions of an existing building or utility system.

Working with user groups and appropriate University units, develop project program. Develop scope, budget and schedule to support project program, as described in Project Agreement or Project Work Plan. Obtain approval for execution plan to implement project program within approved project budget, schedule and funding. Manage project according to approved program, budget and schedule parameters. Obtain approval for changes to budget and schedule where required.

Procure and manage the work of design consultants for specific capital projects.

Procure, and working in partnership with the University construction manager, manage construction services within delegated authority.

Represent the institution to Federal, State and local funding, planning and regulatory agencies.

Related Duties:
Develop project program in consultation with client users groups and/or other staff; incorporate program modifications into project; inform clients of impact of project program changes; Coordinate review of project program with institutional administrative units and committees;

Conduct consultant selection process; estimate fees, evaluate proposals, recommend consultant selection, negotiate and prepare contract agreements. Direct the work of consultants to provide project design in conformance with project program, budget and schedule. Coordinate the review of work of project consultants to maintain compliance with project program, budget, schedule requirements, codes and institutional standards for quality of construction;

Working in partnership with the University construction manager, review project during construction, review of changes to ensure programmatic, budgetary and schedule conformance; recommend final project acceptance, and participate in resolution of contract disputes;

Develop project hazard analysis. Develop plan and obtain approval for program to address hazards. Work with the University construction manager to establish safety requirements with each project;

Coordinate review and approve change orders; approve invoices, review projects for compliance with contract commitments, prepare project status and budget reports; prepare documents for review by institutional governing boards;

Mediate disputes or disagreements between clients, contractors, consultants or other persons involved in projects;

Responsible for ensuring that project data and reports are updated as required in various CPO and UW reporting databases;

Keep appropriate governmental and interest groups fully informed; organize and participate in presentations to institutional governing boards and committees;

Manage the procurement of associated materials and services required for the occupancy of the completed project, including furniture, signage, telecommunications and moving services, where required;

Perform related duties as required.

Core Competencies:
CPO has adopted a set of core competencies that are central to the fulfillment of our mission: assessment and analysis, problem solving, flexibility, teamwork and collaboration, managing oneself, communication, organizational awareness, and personal character. For this position, key examples of core competency behaviors include:

Creating and maintaining productive working relationships with customers and CPO team

Exhibiting attention to detail and thoroughness in completing tasks and deliverables

Managing and prioritizing workload independently

Expressing ideas clearly and concisely in verbal and written form

Working under pressure to meet internal and external deadlines

Understanding and complying with relevant external procedures and regulations (UW, City, State and Federal)

  • Current University of Washington employee.
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Engineering and eight years related work experience.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess excellent work ethics and strong organizational skills.
  • Shows initiative and ability to obtain appropriate results with minimum direction.
  • Demonstrates ability to set priorities and deal effectively with interruptions and constantly changing priorities.
  • Possess ability to handle stressful situations effectively.
  • Skilled in communications and able to work with people in a tactful and diplomatic manner, using good judgment and exercising discretion and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrates ability to perform successfully as part of a team.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Certification as a registered engineer in the State of Washington is preferred.
  • Experience working in a high-volume environment.
  • Higher education or public works experience.
  • Experience managing Energy Services Agreements.
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on-line cover letter assessment, limited recruitment assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or .

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