Project Manager
University of California Berkeley , Capital Projects
United States

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: June 4, 2019

Departmental Overview

Capital Projects manages the design, construction, retrofitting, and restoration of campus buildings and their surroundings. Many skilled professionals work in Capital Projects as architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, construction specialists, contract administrators, accountants, and administrative personnel, all of whom work to serve the campus community.

The Capital Projects unit is seeking a Project Manager at either the 3 or 4 level, depending on experience, to join our team. The successful candidate will manage projects to create first class physical infrastructure that supports the University mission of teaching, research and service. The Project Manager will lead construction projects that carry substantial consequences of success or failure.


• Manages the project program, including meeting with clients to help define both project scope and program.
• Formally establishes campus projects, including working with other units, departments, and the Office of the President (i.e.,Capital Planning, Budget Office and other Capital Strategies Units) to facilitate this effort and ensure funding is transferred.
• Hires architectural, engineering and consultant firms to develop project requirement definitions, design criteria, and preparing layouts and detail drawings; provides leadership expertise, direction and management of the engineers, architects and other consultants.
• Prepares and approves cost estimates, functional studies and establishes project schedule and budget and reviews with clients; establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules.
• Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building and safety codes; ensures plans and specifications conform to all codes and regulations.
• Determine delivery method and bids or negotiates construction contracts.
• Reviews, manages and oversees construction activities, including contractor's schedule, RFIs, Submittals, Change Order Requests, and Punch List; specializes and focuses in monitoring construction milestones.
• Acts as liaison among project participants and resolves problems or conflicts, including recommending range of solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims.
• Ensures project is properly closed out and Operations & Maintenance Manuals and record drawings are turned over to Physical Plant Campus Services.
• May oversee, manage, and/or direct other Project Managers and Analysts.
• Create projects in the project management system, Unifier, including updating and reporting of project status as required by UCOP, regulatory agencies, Campus, and Capital Projects, including budget and schedule; may include monthly written analysis of project.
• Performs organizational, campus and administrative activities not directly relating to projects, including serving on campus committees representing department or unit.


Required Qualifications for Project Manager 3 (7078U)

• Thorough working knowledge of building and construction, design, construction contract administration and California Building Codes, including full understanding of industry practices.
• Thorough project management skills, including budgeting, scheduling, and the skill to manage complex projects.
• Thorough knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure and short and long range strategic building plans.
• Thorough skills in problem recognition/avoidance/resolution.
• Thorough organizational and analytical skills including skill to provide high quality control.
• Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills including high level political acumen.
• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Required Qualifications for Project Manager 4 (0364U):

• Advanced knowledge of building and construction, design, construction contract administration and California Building Codes, including advanced understanding of industry practices, or deep expertise in a highly specialized and critical discipline.
• Advanced project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects, or highly specialized and critical project components, including budgeting and scheduling.
• Advanced knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short and long range strategic building plans.
• Advanced analytical, organizational and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
• Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including highly effective negotiation skills and highly developed political acumen.
• Bachelor's degree in related area (Architecture, Construction Management, and Civil, Structural or Mechanical engineering) and/or equivalent experience/training.
Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with lab construction and design.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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