Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: P3011 / Sr Project/Construction Mgr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 14

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Manages all aspects of university capital improvement projects from initial assignment through completion and occupancy; facilitates, coordinates, and/or leads the execution of multiple, major and minor capital projects to ensure that the project goals are met within the prescribed time frame and funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assists in the preparation of Request for Proposal (RFP) documentation and participates in the selection of consultants, contractors, vendors, and other service providers.
  2. Manages programming, design, bidding, construction, and warranty phases of new facilities, additions, and renovation projects as assigned: concurrently manages multiple simple to complex projects from assignment through project close-out.
  3. Manages collaborative project development process and serves as primary project liaison between client groups, consultants, and various institutional service units;facilitates rational facility planning, budgeting, and scheduling.
  4. Manages and supervises personnel to including hiring and performance management; provides guidance and training to personnel.
  5. Oversees the work of external consultants for assigned projects; ensures that designs are consistent with planned objectives, relevant regulations, and University Standards.
  6. Reviews projects for constructability, code compliance, and completeness of documentation, according to phase objectives; inspects construction to monitor progress and ensure conformance to plans and specifications.
  7. Coordinates with University evaluation committees to develop recommendations for selection of Construction Managers at Risk or Best Value Contractors as appropriate; prepares for and conducts all necessary meetings to facilitate hiring construction services.
  8. Prepares detailed reports on project progress identifying problems, solutions, milestones, financial cost projections, and analyses; inspects construction to monitor progress and ensure conformance to plans and specifications.
  9. Manages or oversees project administrative support activities including development and maintenance of job files and tracking of project schedule and budget; responsible for scope, budget, and schedule development of assigned projects.
  10. May oversee or manage the planning and installation of furniture, fixture, equipment, and art; may be responsible or may share responsibility for occupant move-in to new or renovated facilities.
  11. Receives pay requests from consultants, contractors, and vendors, and approves for payment; reviews, negotiates, and processes change requests and change orders.
  12. Takes responsibility for the coordination of project activities and utility outages with affected University community.
  13. Monitors and facilitates resolution of construction contract disputes and/or claims.
  14. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 9 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of architectural design and planning principles and procedures.
  • Technical knowledge of building components and their function.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local building codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Ability to make complex operating, administrative, and procedural decisions.
  • Skills in workflow analysis and management.
  • Ability to perform site inspections and/or approve installations.
  • Ability to select, evaluate, coordinate, and quality-control the activities of professional consultants.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking skills gained within a complex, demanding work environment.
  • Advanced project planning, management, and leadership skills within area of professional expertise.
  • Knowledge and understanding of contract documents and specifications, to include ability to review SD, DD, and CD documents.
  • Familiarity with various software, such as Word, Excel, AutoCAD, Microsoft Project, and FastTrack.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles related to complex, integrated facilities construction projects.
  • Ability to develop complex building estimates and feasibility studies.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to project development teams that include consultants and independent building contractors.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires :a) Managing and overseeing multiple large, complex, high profile projects (of at least 6M each). b) Applying advanced knowledge and expertise to make precise decisions and using independent judgment to resolve project related issues. c) Setting project goals and objectives and leading participating team members to achieve goals and objectives in a collaborative manner. d) Coordinating multiple professional disciplines such as engineering, design and/or construction, to complete projects. e) Professional licensure and/or certification as applicable to the discipline.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work includes visits to existing facilities and construction sites, and may involve in-state travel to branch campuses and/or other remote locations.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017