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Project Manager (12339)

Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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About the Department/Unit

The success of the Office of Project Management (OPM) is powered by our unwavering dedication to the values of customer service and stewardship while delivering projects that serve to meet American University's most important needs. Our knowledgeable, talented, and service-oriented staff interact with a broad variety of stakeholders and are accountable for delivering projects that support the achievement of a multitude of unit and institutional level strategic goals. Our collaborative and inclusive team culture makes OPM a rewarding and fulfilling place to work. Success, creativity, and resourcefulness are celebrated here and are core to who we are in OPM.


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Planning and Project Management, and performing under the general supervision of the Senior Project Manager, 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

  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.
  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.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time.
  • Project Leader/Advisor B.
  • Exempt.

Salary Range

  • $80,000.00 - $90,000.00 annually.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering discipline, Architecture, or related field.
  • 2+ years of construction project management experience.
  • 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.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering discipline, Architecture, or related field.
  • Experience working in a higher-education environment.
  • Experience with principles, methods, and best practices of project management.
  • Experience creating cost estimates and preparing project budgets for various types of projects.
  • Experience working and communicating with people who have varying levels of design and construction knowledge ranging from detailed to very limited, to facilitate their understanding of project scope, design decisions, associated costs, project schedule, and codes and standards compliance, while achieving a high degree of customer satisfaction. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with value engineering and cost control analysis.
  • Experience with project management software used in construction.
  • Working knowledge of building codes and ADA Standards.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • LEED Certification.


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.


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