Construction Project Manager

Posted Date 4 months ago(4/7/2021 10:12 PM)
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Open until Filled
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
St Paul
Facilities Management – Business Affairs
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Construction Project Manager opportunity with the Facilities Management department.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits


Under the general umbrella of the Vice President for Facilities Management but managed by the Facilities Director of Construction, the Project Manager will take a lead role in the coordination and management of new construction projects, renovations, capital improvement, deferred maintenance projects and FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment) procurement by interfacing with the UST community, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers to provide a coordinated flow of information and attention to project priorities. 



  • Partner with the Facilities Director of Construction and in some cases the VP of Facilities to procure, direct and coordinate the work of architects, engineers, and contractors for new construction, renovations, capital improvement and major repair projects to ensure all work conforms to university standards in addition to contracts and construction documents. Provide leadership and coordination with the St. Thomas community as needed to make sure that needs and wants align with project outcomes. Provide status updates during all phases of a project. Assist in the scheduling of move in and start up operations.
    • Assists in drafting and directing the RFP, bids, procurement and contract document preparation phase related to contracted construction, renovation, major repairs and capital improvements. Assists in managing the competitively bid process when required. Negotiates with contractors and service providers whenever permitted. Justifies sole source contracting when appropriate. Manages projects with the intent of providing best value to the university with a focus on overall life cycle costs.
    • Reviews and manages construction documents, specifications, shop drawings and contracts. Monitors project schedules and construction progress.  Keeps records of all construction meetings and daily logs, plans, specifications, shop drawings, owner’s manuals, contracts and permits of construction projects.
    • Coordinates with the Director of Facilities Maintenance to determine if projects should be completed with assistance from university trade staff and manages these projects to ensure they are completed on schedule and within budget.
    • Keeps accurate up-to-date records for construction budget costs and the direct purchase of construction materials. Reviews pay applications, invoices and verification of payments to subcontractors/suppliers. Tracks job progress against schedules, confirms substantial and final completion, establishment and resolution of punch lists, and verification of contract compliance.
    • Supervises arrangements for and scheduling with affected departments with any interruptions of space, utilities, power, steam, water, roads, parking, etc. caused by projects.
    • Directs the one-year warranty phase of projects and reports items requiring correction. Follows up to ensure adequate measures are taken by appropriate parties. Coordinates training to ensure that Facilities Management staff is provided appropriate training in the operation and maintenance of new buildings or systems.  Archiving of all final project specific information into University files.
    • All other construction process related activities as required.
  • Manages the “Work by Owner” portion of projects to see that the necessary work is performed by outside contractors or University trade staff.  This also includes managing and procuring the installation of all “N.I.C.” separate contract items for the completion of the project.  “Work by Owner” or “N.I.C.” items could include specialized equipment, signage, furniture, window treatments and other FFE items, etc.
  • Assists in providing concept designs, cost estimates, etc. for annual major project requests and assists in identifying budgeting requirements related to new construction, renovations, capital improvement, major repair projects and FF&E.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or other related degree
  • A minimum of four (4) years of experience in a construction management position; experience to include conceptual and construction estimating, material/subcontractor/design procurement, project scheduling, project accounting, plan management, overall construction knowledge and experience, and overall project management
  • Basic knowledge of the various project delivery methods and the steps within each
  • Basic experience with project programming and budgeting.
  • Working knowledge of building, fire and safety codes
  • Experience with Bluebeam and AutoCAD desirable

Physical Requirements

The ability to work in and move about an office setting. The ability to use a computer and other office equipment. The ability to commute to offsite locations to attend meetings and/or inspect properties. Strength and stamina to inspect various facilities which may include standing for extended periods of time, stooping, kneeling and walking on uneven terrain at construction sites, climbing ladders, scaffoldings and stairs; strength to lift and carry up to 30 pounds. The ability to read printed materials and a computer screen. The ability to communicate in person and over the telephone. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.



On the University of St. Thomas Jobs page, follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes uploading a resume and answering two job specific questions (in lieu of a cover letter).


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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