Capital Construction Senior Project Manager – Capital Programs

Champaign, IL

Posted: 10/14/19
Deadline: 11/11/19

About This Organization

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Job Duties

Capital Construction Senior Project Manager – Capital Programs
Facilities and Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Facilities & Services (F&S) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for a Capital Construction Senior Project Manager. The Capital Construction Senior Project Manager is responsible for the scope, budget and schedule management, contract administration, and construction execution on assigned campus projects; supervision of assigned project management staff as well as administration of the established design, construction and post-construction phase services provided to the campus by the Facilities & Services Division for their projects and all assigned project managers; and accountable to the University for the completion of all assigned capital construction projects to him/her and also assigned to subordinate Project Managers.


  • Lead design and construction execution for all assigned projects to self and to direct reports, including scope, budget, contracts and schedule, which have been established during the planning phase of capital projects. Primary responsibilities begin during the design phase of projects, but must also participate during planning, review developing project requirements, and assist with the selection of project consultants.
  • Supervise and lead assigned project management staff.
  • Supervise and lead those project management services associated with all capital improvements including, but not limited to, project budgeting, procurement of professional and construction services and all construction activities.
  • Assumes full accountability for the team’s adherence to the procedures/protocol for administration of contract documentation, this includes: bond documentation, certificate of insurance documentation, review of draft documents required for approval by the Board of Trustees, review of contracts for contractors and architects/engineers, etc. Responsible for the quality and accuracy of all contract documents associated with their projects and their teams projects as well as training and coaching their staff to have similar oversight and attention to detail on the projects.
  • Work with the Associate Director for Project Management to develop, review and implement Facilities & Services policies and procedures related to project management and be fully accountable and responsible for their implementation.
  • Work closely with the Planner for all assigned projects in the conceptualization phase to ensure projects are being developed with an appropriate scope, schedule and budget for execution in the project management phase.
  • Review program statements and ads related to outlining the scope of work and services for the professional services required for each project assigned. Work closely with the Planner and Associate Director to ensure necessary services are being procured.
  • Lead the quality based selection committee, or request for proposals, when requested, for the hiring of construction managers and contractors to be employed for assigned capital projects.
  • Work with the Capital Development Board (CDB) project manager in the execution of CDB projects on UIUC’s campus. Represent and advocate for UIUC’s interests and be the main point of contact for scope, schedule and budget issues related to project delivery.
  • Ensure all projects are compliant with all federal, state and University rules and regulations affecting contract administration and procurement of professional services and materials and labor for new construction, remodeling, renovation and minor repairs.
  • Accountable for completing all of his/her complex capital construction projects as well as all the direct reports projects on time and on budget.
  • Lead contract dispute resolution efforts with contractors and construction managers on all construction projects.
  • Lead difficult negotiations with construction vendors to ensure best value for the University.
  • Take corrective actions and make decisions as necessary to improve performance of delayed projects.
  • Utilize his/her best interpersonal skills to coordinate and mitigate multiple personal risks among several stakeholders.
  • Predict project risks and take the appropriate mitigating measures before they occur.
  • Responsible for the health and safety of the university users and building occupants during construction.


Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, or a related field.

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, or related field.

Required Work Experience:

Eight years of progressively more responsible administrative experience on design and construction-related projects.

Preferred Work Experience:

Work in a University environment on design and construction projects.
LEED experience and professional registrations.

Required Training, Licenses, or Certifications:

Professional Engineer (PE), Architecture, or related professional designation/licensure.

Successful candidates will have the following:

1. Knowledge of computer applications, the ability and personality to work effectively with stakeholders and groups on a variety of issues.
2. Strong communication skills – both verbal and written.
3. The ability to handle numerous issues simultaneously and meet required, and sometimes difficult, deadlines.
4. Ability to lead subordinates and coordinate among a large body of stakeholders.


This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after November 11, 2019. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applications must be received by November 11, 2019. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you may be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.
Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.
Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable), and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for the position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about the position, you may contact Keri Frederick, 217-300-1575 or For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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