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Senior Project Manager

University of Toronto
: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

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Senior Project Manager

Date Posted: 06/29/2022
Req ID:25359
Faculty/Division: Capital Projects
Department: Project Management
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The University of Toronto has embarked on an ambitious campaign to build over $4 Billion in capital infrastructure to meet our academic, office, and student services space needs over the next 5 years. Our world-class building designs are typically infused with features like geothermal wells, photovoltaic cells, low carbon materials, and low energy systems that support our Net Zero Carbon goal. Be a part of our amazing team of Project Management professionals building a sustainable future in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area.

Senior Project Manager Responsibilities include:

Project Management:

  • Leading, advising, and/or overseeing programs and projects from concept to handover.
  • Managing multiple projects in various phases of development.
  • Acting as single point of project contact, regularly proactively communicating with your client and manager.
  • Establishing, maintaining and achieving project goals and criteria to satisfy client expectations.
  • Completing projects within scope, schedule, budget, and the client’s changing needs.
  • Managing the activities of consultants, contractors, suppliers, AHJs, operators, and stakeholders.
  • Participating and supporting campus planning prior to approval to proceed to design and construction.
  • Developing a contracting strategy, procuring, negotiating, and holding parties accountable to their contracts.
  • Defining, documenting, and controlling project scope and changes to the specified level of quality.
  • Developing a project control budget and baseline schedule aligned to scope; controlling cost and schedule.
  • Preparing and updating a Risk Management Plan and mitigating project risks.
  • Leading project meetings and preparing monthly progress reports.
  • Maintaining complete and accurate project documentation, easily retrievable and suitable for audit.
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving to ensure there are “no project surprises”.
  • Fully and accurately informing your manager of project issues that could affect UPDC’s project targets and reputation.
  • Ensuring that permits and projects are properly closed out and smoothly transitioned to operations.

Team Leadership:

  • Energizing, supporting, empowering, and mentoring colleagues on projects.
  • Forecasting project resource needs and working with management to ensure projects are appropriately staffed.
  • Ensuring UPDC expectations, policies, best practices, procedures, and methodologies are implemented on projects.
  • Fostering an ethical environment of accountability, excellence, inclusivity, collaboration, and innovation.


  • Collaborating, communicating, and building rapport with clients, stakeholders, adjacent property owners, and UofT peers.
  • Working with developers, AHJs, landlords, tenants, architects, engineers, suppliers, and contractors.
  • Positioning UPDC as a leader in project management services.
  • Obtaining client feedback and opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Cultivating new and existing relationships.

Essential Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture with professional license.


  • Minimum ten (10) years' experience in the construction industry, managing large (construction value $25 million -$100 million +) and complex building construction and renovation projects (e.g. heritage buildings, difficult construction logistical issues, multiple and varied technical and scientific usages, multi-permitting approvals required). Requires specialist knowledge in project delivery methods, construction project management, design and construction with a broad knowledge of various disciplines such as structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, technological and building systems.


  • Demonstrated organizational, project management and leadership skills. Superior oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills. Computer based projects, scheduling/project management experience (e.g.MS Project) is required. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel.


  • Ability to exercise patience, tact, diplomacy and discretion. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a consultative team environment. Highly developed creativity and initiative to deal with unique and challenging design and construction issues. Budget management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple projects within strict budget and timeline constraints. Proven ability to respond to frequently changing priorities. Minute-taking skills. Knowledge of Health & Safety regulations and legislature, including OHSA, WHMIS.

Valid Ontario Class 'G' driver's license and access to a vehicle is required.

This position may require travel between University Campuses and/or to consultant/ supplier offices.

NOTE: This posting is for five (5) vacancies

Closing Date: 07/25/2022, 11:59PM ET
Employee Group: Salaried
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: Broadband Salary Range: $106,465 - $177,442
Job Category: Engineering / Technical

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world.

U of T is committed to providing a learning experience that benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. Located in and around Toronto, one of the world's most diverse regions, U of T's vibrant academic life is defined by a unique degree of cultural diversity in its learning community.The University is sustained environmentally by three green campuses, where renowned heritage buildings stand beside award-winning innovations in architectural design.


U of T is one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
U of T is one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.


Are you looking for a challenging, meaningful career in a supportive and diverse environment?

Work where the world comes to think.

Work where the world comes to discover.

Work where the world comes to learn.


Opportunities exist for people from a wide range of backgrounds, ranging from recent graduates to experienced senior professionals.

We offer challenging work within an open environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Our focus is on creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains excellent employees through a combination of competitive compensation, favourable working conditions, opportunities for career growth and development and a unique organizational culture.

Employees have access to:

  • Excellent health and dental benefits;
  • On-site support for training and career development;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Childcare subsidy;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • Scholarships and/or tuition waivers for dependants;
  • Generous paid time off;
  • Support on equity and diversity issues;
  • On-site child care;
  • University Pension Plan;
  • Subsidized athletic facility membership;
  • World-renowned libraries;
  • Confidential counselling services;
  • Parking and TTC Metropasses;
  • Employee and Family Assistance Plan;
  • Continued health benefits for pensioners.


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