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Senior Capital Projects Manager

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Jul 9, 2021

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Senior Capital Projects Manager position. The Senior Capital Projects Manager is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-5. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the w ays in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Assume leadership of project management for large and/or complex capital projects with significant levels of autonomy in most project management matters. Guide processes through excellent judgment and depth of experience balancing College priorities for the best overall outcome. Responsible from project initiation through completion of construction and occupancy. Serve as primary project liaison and manager and the project's point of contact for College administration through early phases of project conceptualization, consultant selection processes, diversity goal setting, early budgeting and scheduling. Point of contact with all stakeholders on campus. The primary 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 the performance of contractors and consultants. Negotiate change orders with contractors, monitor implications with project schedule, and manage consultants' construction administration process and % of diverse work hours for compliance with contract specifications and project close-out process.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning:
Provide analysis and recommendations re: strategic aspects associated with assigned projects for collaborative strategic decision-making process with supervisor. Guide other College consistencies in their roles relative to the projects, helping others to act strategically for the best overall success.

Facilitate Programming and Design Processes:
Take on leadership role, leading administration, 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, establishing diversity goals, facilitating communication between all parties involved, documenting and maintaining records of documentation of issues, analyses, and decisions. Collaborate with/report to supervisor throughout. 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 major/complex 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. Work with contractors, consultants, etc. to meet diversity goals and monitor compliance. Oversee change orders with contractors, monitor implications with project schedule, analyze for compliance with contract specifications. Also 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 an ongoing manner. Develop and manage cost-containment strategies including suggested value-engineering, scope alteration as necessary to maintain the 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 the appropriate level of involvement and timely interactions to maintain the overall schedule. Track multiple project schedules.

Bidding, Procurement, and Contracting:
Manage construction bidding processes for consistent distribution of information and College goals, including diversity 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 degree in A/E/C area
  • 10 years minimum experience managing building capital projects
  • 3 years minimum experience managing large and/or complex building capital projects
  • Strong written and verbal communication, problem solving skills
  • Experience with or commitment to working with a diverse community
  • An acceptable criminal offender records information (CORI) check

  • Masters 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

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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