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Project Manager

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Project Manager plans, assigns, coordinates and oversees contractor’s and subcontractor’s work on various repair, remodel and capital improvement projects; prepares written documents, specifications, and drawings for these various projects, as well as, overseeing this type of work as performed by professional architects, engineers, and contractors; and oversees between 10 and 20 ongoing maintenance and capital improvement projects within the HDS plant of 23 residence halls, 6 family housing complexes, 5 dining centers and auxiliary buildings.

Who We Are

Housing Facilities Services provides clean, safe, comfortable, well-maintained living, working and studying facilities for students, faculty and staff in support of CU-Boulder’s educational mission!  In addition to managing the Residential Academic Programs, EcoReps Program and Resident Advisors Sustainability Lead Program, Housing Facilities Services partners with other departments to make living on campus sustainable. Cogeneration and LEED standards are applied to many residence halls, composting is available in many halls and recycling is available in all. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Project Management
  • Resolve customer needs regarding facility upgrades and improvements and develop an action plan to achieve the customer’s goal within budget.
  • Serve as the front-line liaison between the HFS Facilities Projects Group and various constituents within and outside of HDS (i.e., FM, OIT, PTS) to ensure implementation of campus standards and requirements.
  • Determine alternatives, makes recommendations, and capture data and information in response to proposed remodels, repairs and capital improvement. 
  • Facilitate the incorporation of selected changes in consultation with the project consultants and communicates these changes to the contractor for implementation.
  • Prepare State of Colorado contractual project documents, change orders and review of invoices and pay applications.
  • Review and analyze all project change documents during the life of the project.
  • Partners with a team to interview potential consultants and contractors and selects the most appropriate consultant or contractor for the project.
  • Produce project scope documents on smaller projects, seeks funding success or investigates alternate funding sources with HDS units (i.e., HFS, Finance).
  • Review all drawings with various partners, runs review meetings with HFS staff to ensure compliance with project programmatic and material requirements, ensures incorporation of all review comments into the construction documents.
Owner's Representative/Liaison
  • Acts as the Owner’s Representative between HDS and various campus departments, code authorities, contractors, subcontractors, internal customers, supervisory personnel, physical plant personnel and tradespeople, as well as, outside consultants and contractors ensuring the inclusion and implementation of State, Departmental, and University required standards and criteria.
  • Responsibility for coordinating the various requirements of the State of Colorado and various regulatory entities of the University of Colorado at Boulder with the contractors and subcontractors contracted to do the work. Oversees and analyzes proposed project scope change revisions generated by regulatory requirements for programmatic and budgetary impact. Clearly communicates those impacts to the senior unit and departmental staff.
  • Demonstrate outstanding skill in coordination of multiple tasks and prioritization of activities. Provides honest, clear, and timely feedback. Demonstrate good listening and questioning skills. Sets example as a standout colleague. Has excellent social skills.
  • Chairs all bid openings and meetings, site walks, proposes and implements addend a to contracts and schedules, coordinates design consultant and contractor interaction.
  • Maintain and cultivate a close working relationship with HDS Facility Zone Supervisors to ensure proper coordination of the work with HFS requirements.
  • Coordinate and scheduling all trades, reviewing shop drawings and submittals on smaller construction projects. 
Budget, Finance, and Analysis 
  • Maintain accurate electronic and hard copy files, project files, project schedules, files of data, project manuals, warranty documents, contract documents, and drawings for HDS. Responsible for generating preliminary costs, budgets and schedules on various HDS projects and regularly updating the above and occasionally requesting additional funding or proposing additional funding sources. Works with HDS Finance on budgets and required funding scenarios.
  • Collaborate with consultants and contractors to verify compliance with schedule and approved budget requirements.
  • Lead project budget development in concert with the customer, reviews change order requests, assists in setting the final project budgets, maintains up-to-date project budgets and changes, recommends alternatives to budgetary constraints. 
  • Oversee, coordinate, and ensure partner consensus to proposed Owner generated or required change documents.
  • Analyze proper project scope revisions for programmatic success, budgeting compliance and coordination of consultant/contractor implementation.
  • Has a working understanding of various software; Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. facilitating distribution of information on budgets, schedules, work plans and various other informational databases to various interested parties.

What You Should Know

  • Typical hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.  May periodically require evening or weekend work.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range Starts at $75,000.


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 architecture, construction management, engineering, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with equivalent experience in a related field.
  • Three years of project management and/or construction management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and coordinate the work activities of outside consultants and contractors with the needs of institutional protocols and customer requirements.
  • Knowledge and experience with Fire Life safety and building code.

What You Will Need

  • Experience with PC based information, financial and word processing systems and software. i.e. MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project.
  • Demonstrate track record of exemplary customer service and client satisfaction.
  • Exemplary communication, organization, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of project management policies and processes within the University of Colorado Boulder or state of Colorado system. 
  • Five years of project management experience. 
  • Certification as a project manager by a recognized program.
  • Extensive knowledge of, or a demonstrated ability to quickly learn, the state of Colorado, State Buildings Program architectural and construction standard agreements, professional services procurement procedures, general contractor procurement procedures, and project management control processes.

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

Please apply by December 18, 2019, 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 Human Resources

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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.