Senior Project Manager/Owner’s Representative

at University of Utah
Location Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Posted July 30, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


Job Summary

You Belong Here! Work within a community of explorers, innovators and leaders dedicated to improving the world every day. Join our team of construction project managers focused on the renewal of key building and infrastructure in support of one of the top research universities in the nation.

Oversees and manages the activities of design and engineering professionals and contractors in the planning, programming, design and construction of projects for the University of Utah. Frequently consults with customers regarding project status and changes and assists in preparing recommendations and requests. Ensures that projects are progressing on schedule and within budget. Responsible for building projects from inception to completion, ensuring that projects are built to University and State standards, local and national building codes, and departmental requirements.

The University of Utah is located in beautiful Salt Lake City, one of the fastest growing and exciting cities in the country and just minutes away from many of the world s best ski resorts and outdoor recreation facilities.

One of the advantages of working at the University of Utah is our excellent benefits, including:

• Access to world class healthcare facilities

• Tuition reduction

• University funded Retirement plans

• Free transit passes for all employees

• Family friendly work-life balance

•Hybrid work locations available

•On the job training

Additional benefits and information can be found here:


Manages and coordinates the planning, design, and construction of capital facilities projects; Acts as a liaison between customers, departments, agencies, other organizations, professional service providers, and contractors; Coordinates with and/or supervises professional services consultants in the performance of contracted responsibilities; Instructs, guides, and counsels clients regarding the processes of project development, procurement of services, and all other aspects of project implementation; Assures that client needs are addressed and construction documents are prepared within the constraints of policies, procedures and business practices of the University and the State of Utah; Reviews construction proposals, contracts and plans, determines project requirements, oversees compliance with requirements, and recommends corrections of deficiencies and approves all changes; Negotiates contracts and proposals on behalf of the customer and the University; Monitors and manages project budgets and schedules to assure completion of critical tasks needed to meet client timing objectives; Approves pay requests for consultants, vendors, and contractors for completed work; Compiles information for submission to the Board of Trustees and the State of Utah Division of Facilities Construction Management, for review, approval, and funding; Assists with other department needs as requested.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Often: Office environment and teleconferencing

Seldom: Outdoor environment, hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals).

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Hearing, listening, talking, writing.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking, standing, sitting.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, a related field, or equivalency; AND 10 or more years of related experience; Familiarity with State and national building codes and experience working on capital development project, and; Demonstrated human relation and effective written and verbal communication skills are required.


The exceptional candidate will possess the following :

• Experience as an Owner s Representative/Sr. Project Manager that includes multiple buildings and facilities.

• 5 years management experience in planning, design and construction of large projects with capital budgets above $10M

• In-depth knowledge and understanding of university operations, administration, community, and mission.

• Proven leadership skills that include work with complex organizations on large commercial projects.

• Clear communicator with a strong grasp of political and organizational dynamics.

• Financial skills to prepare, monitor, and manage complex detailed project budgets, evaluate independent cost estimates. and review and approve payment requests.

• Working knowledge and understanding of Lean principles and practices construction techniques.

• Working knowledge of Plangrid and/or Autodesk Build

• Working knowledge of typical design and construction sequences and durations necessary to prepare, monitor, and manage detailed overall project schedules. Ability to interpret and understand Primavera P6 schedules is a bonus.

• Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.

• Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.

• Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

In addition to your application and resume, please include a cover letter that specifically addresses how you do or don t meet the above qualifications.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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