Capital Projects Manager

Job description

Amherst College invites applications for the Capital Projects Manager position. The Capital Projects Manager is a full time, year round position, job group and level PT-3. Manage and oversee capital projects from design phase through completion of construction and occupancy. Serve as primary project liaison and manager for assigned capital projects and the project's point of contact for supervisors, administration, and building users on campus. Act as a representative for the college when working with designers, consultants, vendors, contractors, legal counsel, accountants and local and state officials. Manage contractual term negotiation process, construction bidding process, and ensure performance of contractors and consultants. Negotiate change orders with contractors, monitor implications with project schedule, and manage consultants' construction administration process for compliance with contract specifications and project close-out process.

Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Key Responsibilities

Facilitate Programming and Design Processes:

  • Work with the Director of Design and Construction/Facilities, administration, and campus community and specific stakeholders throughout the planning and design phases of projects to ensure appropriate involvement into programming and design processes, managing cost analyses, supporting the establishment of contracts with consultants and vendors, facilitating communication between all parties involved, documenting and maintaining records of documentation of issues, analyses, and decisions.
  • Support the planning and design process through analysis utilizing professional experience in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry.

Oversee Construction Administration:
  • Serve as primary project liaison and manager for assigned capital projects.
  • Ensure performance of contractors, consultants, etc. through constant comparison of work to contractual obligation.
  • Identify potential cost-saving opportunities throughout the construction process as well as appropriate additional work that is in the best interest of the College.
  • Manage the Request for Information process, ensuring timely response from all parties involved.
  • Oversee change orders with contractors, monitor implications with project schedule, analyze for compliance with contract specifications.
  • Manage the inconveniences associated with construction to the best overall benefit of the College.
  • Oversee and process all required forms and documentation required to close out projects both fiscally and physically.

Budget Development and Management:
  • Develop project budgets including construction and soft costs, manage estimating processes with consultants and construction managers.
  • Populate and maintain job cost accounting (jca) system for each assigned project maintaining real-time analyses projecting estimate-at-completion in ongoing manner.
  • Develop and manage cost-containment strategies including suggested value-engineering, scope alteration as necessary to maintain budget.
  • Report status regularly.

Schedule and Resource Management Process:
  • Schedule and manage design and construction process with both College personnel and outsourced resources to the projects.
  • Monitor the process of design and decision-making, watching for schedule, cost implications as well as decisions that may be counter to College-wide standards or goals.
  • Manage involvement of various college constituents as required including communication of processes to ensure appropriate level of involvement and timely interactions to maintain overall schedule.
  • Track multiple project schedules.

Strategic Planning:
  • Assist the Director for Design & Construction/Facilities in making decisions, evaluating, formulating and making suggestions for all phases and aspects of the execution of capital projects. \u2002\u2002\u2002\u2002

Bidding, Procurement and Contracting:
  • Manage construction bidding processes for consistent distribution of information and College goals.
  • Performs analysis of contractor bids for capital projects.
  • Coordinate, review and oversee contracting for construction and materials/equipment procurement.
  • Legal term review, negotiation and documentation working with legal counsel.


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8 years of experience managing complex capital projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication, and problem solving skills
  • Experience with or commitment to working with a diverse community
  • An acceptable criminal offender records information (CORI) check

  • Bachelor's Degree in A/E/C area; Master's Degree in A/E/C area; project management certificate; building efficiency related certification
  • Project management experience as owner's representative role
  • Experience in higher education projects

Interestedcandidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!





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Posted: 5/17/2019
Application Due: 7/16/2019
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