Senior Project Manager

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Facilities Management – Facilities Projects

Senior Project Manager

Position #738428– Requisition #25890

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This position may be eligible for a one-time, non-base building sign-on bonus up to $2,000.  Details of this recruitment incentive program will be provided during the interview process.

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:

Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

    Anschutz Campus – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Accommodations may be granted for medical or religious reasons.
The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals - UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado - that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Facilities Projects has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Senior Project Manager position.

Jobs in this career family manage the physical infrastructure of the University.  Functions include planning, architectural design, capital project commissioning, building code compliance, engineering disciplines (electrical, mechanical, civil, etc.) architectural drafting, landscape design, energy conservation and construction project management.

Program Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of a program, function or work unit, including the development and implementation of processes consistent with college, school or departmental strategies and processes.  These positions typically do not supervise others.

Job Summary:

This Senior Project Manager position will be assigned projects on the CU Denver, CU Anschutz, or both campuses.  The Senior Project Manager is typically assigned a project at conception and will manage the project through all phases of planning, construction, and close-out.  The Senior Project Manager may be managing upwards of twenty projects at various stages of the project life-cycle depending on project type, volume, and University needs.  Throughout the course of a project, the Senior Project Manager will work with internal University clients, departments, stakeholders, Facilities Building Maintenance and Operations, and University Service Providers such as the Office of Institutional Planning, EH&S, Office of Information Technology, University Police, Electronic Security, and Grants and Contracts as appropriate. The position will develop strong relationships with architectural and engineering firms, consultants, and contractors.  This position will have opportunities to serve on project oversight committees, design team and contractor selection committees, and internal department committees. 

Supervision Received

This position receives supervision and direction from the Engineering/Architecture Manager. At times, receives indirect direction from the Associate Director and Director of Facilities Projects and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management.

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. This position may receive review or guidance in preparation of budgets, schedules, contracts, bid documents, and scope statements.

Supervision Exercised

Supervision may or may not be exercised, but mentoring of less experienced professional positions will be required.

Examples of Work Performed:

Project Schedule and Budget Management – 25%

Evaluate scheduling needs, compile data from numerous sources and develop a master project schedule for projects for which this position is in charge. Monitor schedule and make adjustments as necessary to deliver project on time; determine when additional effort is required to keep the project on schedule and has the authority to take action if work falls behind. Prepare budget estimates to give clients magnitude of cost for proposed renovation work. Have full responsibility for fiscal management of the project budget and sole discretion of adjusting budget for maximum effectiveness. Negotiate costs of services with consultants, contractors, and suppliers. Maintain a computer based budget worksheet and update status on a regular basis.

Contractual Agreements – 10%

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. The position will make consultant selections based on Office of the State Architect and University rules and regulations so that the best team is selected to meet the client’s and project’s needs.  The position will manage all contractual types including Design Bid Build (DBB), Construction Manager/General Contractor(CMGC) and Design Build(DB).

Design Administration – 15%

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, maintain project design schedules, 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.  Coordinate all code plan reviews at each stage of design with University Building Department (Authority Having Jurisdiction) and outside agencies as necessary.

Bidding and Construction Administration – 25%

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 the 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. Participate in budget reconciliation and value engineering efforts as well as design and planning meetings. 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, determine 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.

Post Construction Issues – 5%

Monitors issues that arise during the Post Construction period and provides support to the occupants and Facilities Operations if issues are not quickly resolved during the normal warranty process.

Dispute Resolution – 5%

Mediate disputes and resolve discrepancies by hearing arguments from all parties and various perspectives. Evaluate complex issues, determining which require approval from a higher authority, coordinating with their supervisor as applicable. Review change requests from consultants, clients, and contractors, verifying applicability, often negotiating final cost and time requests. Will seek consensus regarding disputes or different requirements among client requests, building code requirements, and state and university requirements. Perform related duties as assigned.

Mentoring –5%

If assigned a direct report, oversee work product from less experienced PM positions and provide guidance on CU Projects Policies, construction/engineering industry practices, State Buildings processes, and general construction issues.

Estimating – 5%

Produce project concept estimates and/or estimates based on schematic drawings for presentation to the end user.  Estimating skills to be able to estimate large and complex projects.

Other Duties as Assigned – 5%

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $82,589 - $84,800
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
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Diversity and Equity:

  • The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected]
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited, non-correspondence college or university in construction management, architecture, architectural engineering, construction engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or related degreeAt least seven (7) years of construction project management experience in the alteration, modification and remodel of small ($25K) to large ($10M+) renovation and capital projects for institutional or commercial buildings which must have included at least one (1) year experience in planning/cost estimating work Substitution: Applicable work experience or a combination of education and applicable work experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year-for-year basis.  For example, an associate’s degree and at least nine (9) years of experience as described above.Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience with BluebeamExperience in design and construction administration of buildings and remodel projects in an institutional, higher education, or similar setting.Experience working for organizations with construction standards and guidelines.Experience with construction project management platformsExperience with 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.

    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, administrative staff members, faculty, and with personnel of external agencies.Excellent oral and written communication and customer services skillsExperience in the construction administration of buildings and remodel projects in an institutional, higher education, or similar setting.Experience in Design/Bid/Build project delivery methodsAbility to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.Able to communicate design and construction concepts, processes, procedures, and industry standards to clients and Service Providers.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.Outstanding customer service skills.Able to develop and manage to realistic project budgets.Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.Fully competent with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Project.
Conditions of Employment:

  • The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date.  Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:
    Must possess a current, valid Colorado Driver’s License or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hireMust be willing and able to travel to multiple campus locations and to lease space in the Denver Metro area. Must be willing to adjust schedule based on specific move need and the normal is expected to be Monday through Friday during campus business hours. Must have a car and be able to travel to needed move locations. Employee will be reimbursed for mileage driven specifically for a move and move coordination meetings and walk throughs

Job Category: Engineering and Architecture/Physical Science and Engineering
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: May 6, 2022
Unposting Date: May 28, 2022, 12:59:00 AM

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