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Project Manager (Facility Building Manager)

San Diego State University
San Diego
$5,373 - $6,500 per month

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Project Manager (Facility Building Manager)

Req No: 2023-16195
Category: Facilities/Maintenance
Type: Full-Time Central Staff
Salary: $5,373 - $6,500 per month
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This position is open until filled with an initial application review to take place after October 2, 2023.

The salary for this position is $5,373 - $6,500 per month depending upon qualifications and internal equitites and is non-negotiable.


Established in 1943, the mission of the SDSU Research Foundation (SDSURF) is to focus on realizing the research objectives of San Diego State University, and to be the backbone for faculty and staff to find, attract, win, and administer their research and sponsored programs. SDSU is one of the top public research universities in the nation, furthering discoveries, interventions, and solutions that improve communities and change the world. The SDSURF provides the full life cycle of grants services to faculty and staff to realize these discoveries, interventions, and solutions that make a difference.


The SDSURF's Facilities Planning & Management department participates in the university's mission of research excellence by supporting and housing funded research in research foundation-owned and leased properties. The model of asset management performance balances research, university, and commercial space occupancies to maximize research opportunities, university needs, and utilizes commercial rent revenue to offset operational expenses. We are a team who collaborate on all daily functions while playing an integral role in the support and success of SDSU researchers.


As a Project Manager with the Facilities Planning & Management team, and under the general direction of the Senior Planner of Facilities Planning & Management, you will be responsible for performing a variety of responsibilities related to the design and tenant improvement construction of research foundation-owned property, and leased project space associated with the research foundation's real property holdings. You will be responsible for interfacing with senior executives, university representatives, faculty, tenants, vendors, contractors, and a variety of external agencies. Work is performed using considerable judgment and involves management of critical data, integrating processes within an organization as a whole to maintain core services, which support and foster research, as well as the SDSU research mission and overall strategic growth plans.


As a Project Manager with Facilities Planning & Management, you will participate in the department’s management of SDSURF owned and leased research, commercial and administrative spaces, to meet the department’s research and budgetary goals and objectives. Those responsibilities include all phases of space planning, design, and construction.

You will collaborate with the Senior Planner and the Director of Facilities Planning & Management and will perform feasibility studies to determine the practicality of a project. Work includes preparing, reviewing, and approving designs, plans, specifications, and rendering final inspection and approval of completed construction work that may also require collaboration with architects, engineers, and other specialists. You will be responsible for communication with clients and stakeholders delivering project progress reports.

As Project Manager you will also be responsible for administering professional services and construction contracts including the review, approval and tracking of all invoices and payments through the Research Foundation’s standard processing procedures. Additionally, you will track several components related to the pre-and-post planning, design and construction process and workflow using systems such as Smartsheet and Microsoft Project. You will assist with several budgetary functions of the department, including preparation of various tenant and capital improvement budget projections and variances.


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Needed
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the latest releases of AutoCAD and Microsoft Project
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the CBC, ADA and ADAAG codes and requirements
  • Knowledge of BOMA method of space calculation
  • Ability to read, draft, and understand working architectural/engineering construction documents
  • Knowledge in preparation, understanding of specifications for interior planning and construction
  • Possess excellent leadership and management skills, with ability to motivate teams to produce quality performance and results within tight timeframes in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to extrapolate and interpret raw data for development of technical reports and budgets
  • Ability to work as a team as well as with a high degree of autonomy, making independent and technical decisions, and solving problems “on the fly”.
  • Ability to coordinate the accurate and timely production of projects from start to finish and work under deadlines and budgets.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and excellent judgment at all times, and provide an outstanding level of customer service.
  • Possess strong organizational and project management skills with drive to meet division objectives
  • Knowledge of cost-estimating, budgeting, value engineering, and scheduling construction projects
  • Knowledge of state, federal, city and local regulations in planning and B occupancy construction
  • Ability to develop or participate in writing specifications for equipment, systems or services
  • Ability to create RFQ/RFP packages and negotiate contracted service agreements
  • Flexibility to work after normal business hours to accomplish required tasks and during emergency situations
  • Ability to relate well to others within the project environment.
  • Ability to display motivation and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Experience and Education
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or equivalent experience in drafting, architecture, engineering, interior design, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in all areas of space planning and tenant improvement project management.

Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills
  • Previous related work experience in a university, non-profit, or space planning firm setting.



You must apply through the SDSURF Career Page. Make sure your application is complete. Including a resume and cover letter is recommended. Respond to supplemental questions thoroughly.


We work as fast as we can to make hiring decisions. However, it may take several weeks for all the parties involved to review your application. We keep in touch each step of the way and inform you of the status of your application.

  • The salary range for this position is depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable.
  • Applicant must live in a commutable distance from SDSU.
  • This position is open until filled.
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation.
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

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Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 89 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 32,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.

Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.

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Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.7 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.

Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 19 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU was ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education

International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.

Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.

Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs. In spring 2014, SDSU opens its first LEED Platinum Certified building — the 206,000 square-foot Aztec Student Union.

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