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Project Manager

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Office of Project Management

Time Type:

Full time

Work Modality:

Hybrid 01 (On Campus 3-4 Days/Week)



Job Description:


Reporting to the Director of Project Management, the Project Manager provides professional expertise, management, and oversight necessary to ensure the successful planning and delivery of new construction and existing building renovation projects, beginning at project conception and continuing through final completion, turnover, and closeout. Works with customers to develop project scope and cost estimates. Executes and communicates project scope based on assessment of program, budget, building structure, utility infrastructure, and code compliance. Develops, evaluates, and presents alternatives relating to scope, budget, and schedule. Performs in supporting and/or leadership role on projects as assigned, while providing a high degree of responsiveness to requests for service. Ensures a consistent customer service excellence approach is applied during interactions with students, staff, faculty, and all other internal and external University stakeholders.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Project Management:
  • Function as the Project Manager on assigned projects, with responsibility for managing all project management activities including scope and requirements determination, cost estimating, contracting, coordination, FF&E procurement, move management, warranty coordination, and project closeout in a manner that delivers projects on time and within budget.

  • Manage the assessment process for existing facility conditions.

  • Assist, coordinate, and manage all aspects of consultant, contractor, and other project participant activity from conception and through project closeout.

  • Work with contractors, vendors, and manufacturer representatives in supporting the development of accurate estimates.

  • Perform site visits as necessary to support the assessment of project progress.

  • Produce and maintain records of required and/or important project approvals, requests, and meetings.

  • Review designs to ensure alignment with project scope intent and compliance with all applicable codes and regulations.

  • Manage consultants, contractors, and vendors as required for the successful execution of projects.

  • Monitor and control construction activities to ensure adherence to baseline budgets and schedules and communicate when deviations are observed.

  • Review contractors change requests to verify validity and manage processing of all valid change requests in compliance with contract requirements.

  • Monitor and ensure ongoing fulfillment of contractual responsibilities by all parties and provide awareness to address deficiencies.

  • Observe and report all project quality control and assurance activities, including 3rd party commissioning and inspections.

  • Review invoices to ensure compliance with contract requirements.

  • Manage project turnover process, ensuring the coordination of appropriate training and transmittal of required documentation to all appropriate operations and maintenance related parties.

  • Manage project closeout process and ensure closeout occurs in a timely manner.

2. Project Planning and Development:
  • Assist in preparation of program plan development.

  • Prepare and communicate scope information to the extent necessary to obtain and manage consultant services for design phase of projects.

  • Develop cost estimates and detailed project budgets that accurately reflect project cost, schedule, complexity, and other factors as appropriate.

  • Assist in the development of budget submissions and annual plans for project portfolio.

  • Manage and/or facilitate the completion and archiving of all required project documentation.

3. Other:
  • Ensure compliance with university policies and processes during all project phases.

  • Perform other tasks or special projects as required.

  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret documents.

  • Ability to effectively present information.

  • Ability to solve problems involving multiple options and alternatives.

  • Ability to spatially understand and calculate space requirements.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
  • Full-Time.

  • MO12.

Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering discipline, Architecture, or related field.

  • 2+ years of construction project management experience.

Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering discipline, Architecture, or related field.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with project management software used in construction.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

Other Details
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

  • Employees in staff positions at American University must deliver their services to the university from either the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the university.

  • Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • American University is an E-Verify employer.

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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