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Capital Project Manager

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

Planning, Design and Construction encourage applications for a Project Manager-Capital! This position exists to function as a university representative to the campus community, managing and analyzing budgets and schedules; hiring and giving instructions to consultants and contractors; providing bidding and construction administration, and coordinating project activities with university departments for the timely completion of building and infrastructure projects. 

The Project Manager manages large multi-million dollar design and construction projects from pre-construction through project closeout, and works in close collaboration with University Planning, from project planning through design. The ideal candidate may also manage multiple small to large projects from project development through closeout, all together equaling several million dollars, in lieu of a single multi-million dollar project. 

Who We Are

In the Vice Chancellor’s Office for Infrastructure and Sustainability we help make sure that campus life surges forward every day as smoothly as possible. Take a glance around. Our work is visible in the stunning campus architecture, the pristine lawns, the clean classrooms, the safe lab environments and more. We make sure the lights come on, and buildings are heated. But we don’t just make sure things work. In everything we do, we strive to do it in a way that enhances the safety, sustainability and resiliency of the CU Boulder community. Welcome. Be Boulder.

The Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) department oversees the planning, design and construction of buildings on campus, in support of CU Boulder's academic mission.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Project Development
  • Meet with campus clients to review proposed projects. Work in close collaboration with University Planning and help develop project scope in consultation with clients and other project personnel such as architects, engineers, and various University departments. Communicate frequently with the client to achieve customer satisfaction. Coordinate with Facilities Management, building proctors and occupants, and with auxiliary services such as EH&S, OIT, and Parking Services.
Project Schedule and Budget Management
  • Evaluate scheduling needs, compile data from numerous sources and develop a master project schedule for all projects this position oversees. Monitor schedule and make adjustments as necessary to deliver the project on time; determine when an additional effort is required to keep the project on schedule and have the authority to take action if work falls behind. Prepare budget estimates to give clients the magnitude of cost for proposed work. Have full responsibility for the fiscal management of the project budget and sole discretion of adjusting the budget for maximum effectiveness. Negotiate costs of services with consultants, contractors, and suppliers. Maintain a computer-based budget worksheet and update the status on a regular basis, including FAMIS Capital Projects Module.
Contractual Agreements
  • Solicit proposals or qualifications, as necessary; create and negotiate mutually acceptable terms and conditions; prepare consultant and contractor contracts; obtain appropriate approvals; amend contracts as applicable, and monitor activities of consultants and contractors for conformance to contract terms and conditions. Make consultant selections based on State rules and regulations so that the best team is selected to meet the client’s and project's needs.
Bidding and Construction Administration
  • Oversee document preparations for bidding and manage the construction phase of the project. Monitor project progress against project objectives. Prepare bidding advertisements to contractors; establish criteria to be met by bidding contractors; conduct pre-bid meetings; site visits; clarify plan information; chair bid openings; determine the validity of received bids and awards the contracts. Under direct supervision of the supervisor, oversee the construction activity and coordinate with the contractor and university entities for project needs. Conduct weekly construction meetings to review progress, clarify details, process information, update status, receive client input, relay instructions to contractors and monitor quality control issues, and determine the appropriateness of requested changes so budget and schedules can be adjusted if necessary. Keep the university community informed of outages or potential disruptions by following appropriate policies and procedures. Complete contract close-out.
Design Administration
  • Monitor project progress by measuring progress against project objectives. Conduct design meetings with clients, consultants, to complete drawings, contract documents, budget reviews, and schedules for the proposed project. Analyze and circulate information to the various campus departments for review and comment. Review and/or inspect work product regularly, identifying variances between planned and actual project objectives, identify problem areas of concern and determine necessary corrective measures, communicate project progress to all interested parties through written or verbal communications when appropriate.
Dispute Resolution
  • Mediate disputes and resolve discrepancies by hearing arguments from all parties and various perspectives. Evaluate complex issues, determining which requires approval from a higher authority, coordinating with their supervisor when necessary. Review change requests from consultants, clients, and contractors, verifying applicability, often negotiating final cost and time requests. Seek consensus regarding disputes or different requirements amount tenant requests, building code requirements, and state and university requirements.

What You Should Know

This position will exercise experience and knowledge to fulfill the required duties and will propose solutions for discussion with their supervisor or upper management for more difficult situations for which the employee may not have experience. Position may receive review or guidance in the preparation of budgets, schedules, contracts, bid documents, and scope statements.

What We Can Offer

Starting Salary is $85,000, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree in construction management, architecture, architectural engineering, construction engineering or related degree and 3 years of construction project management experience in large multi-million institutional or commercial buildings OR Associates degree from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in construction management, architecture, architectural engineering, construction engineering or related degree and 5 years of construction project management experience in large multi-million institutional or commercial buildings. 
    • Experience can substitute for the bachelor's and associate's degree on a year for year basis. 
  • One year of experience in planning/cost estimating work.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Construction administration of buildings and remodel projects in an institutional, higher education, or similar setting. 
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn Microsoft Word, Excel and Project.
  • Ability to quickly learn, the State of Colorado, Office of the Architect, and State Buildings Program contractual agreements, or similar. 
  • Experience in Design/Build or Construction Management/General Contractor project delivery methods. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication and customer service skills. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by February 2, 2020 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@Colorado.Edu

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.