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Senior Project Manager (0480U) - 35017
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 5, 2022
Title Senior Project Manager (0480U) - 35017
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation

Senior Project Manager (0480U) - 35017

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

Involves managing the design and construction of large, complex capital projects of the highest value, with significant consequences of success or failure to the campus. Projects, including renovations, expansions and new facilities and infrastructure as well as landscape projects; responsible to collect, develop, and analyze technical data to determine project requirements and preparation of information regarding specifications, materials, equipment, estimated costs, and completion times. This level of Project Manager is assigned to the most politically challenging capital projects.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/18/2022.

  • Anticipates, defines, and resolves issues /problems requiring specialized knowledge and is widely recognized and consulted by organization staff for their expert knowledge in a specific area of expertise, such as "green" building practices, landscape, mechanical engineering, infrastructure or other key building components for all aspects of building systems, technology and building code for major renovations and new ground up buildings, and other key building components. Includes developing solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims. Responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction process for major and significant capital program building projects of the highest value where success is critical to the campus mission. Performs the most difficult professional work in the development, revision, refinement and/or amplification of program implementation. Manage large complex projects during the early stages of project definition and scoping including programming, conceptual budgeting, public outreach and meetings. Also managing the complex approval process for large projects by approving agencies, including UCOP, campus and the Regents. Ensures building projects support applicable policies and practices to achieve specific goals and objectives related to area of expertise. Serves as technical expert encompassing all areas of the construction industry for large, complex projects of the highest value and provides advice and guidance to all levels of management and provides expert technical advice and consultation at all levels in the area of technical expertise. Pursues areas of emerging technology consistent with the large and complex capital projects in area of expertise through programs and other educational forums, and creates an appreciation for and sensitivity to programs, projects and systems that employ, expand and enhance building projects utilizing new technologies. Establishes project milestones and schedules, prepares cost estimates, functional studies, construction plans and specifications and monitors for adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules. Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building safety codes for project specific major renovations and new ground up buildings. Performs comprehensive review of technical documents.

Required Qualifications
  • Expert written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including expert level political acumen and negotiation skills. Expert knowledge of design and construction, contract administration and state building codes, including expert understanding of industry practices or highly specialized and critical disciplines. Expert project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects or highly specialized and critical components of projects with a significant impact on the organization. Expert skill in building, maintaining and nurturing strong professional relationships to achieve short- and long-range program implementation goals. Expert knowledge in one or more complex, technical areas of construction, such as sustainability, mechanical engineering, landscape architecture, infrastructure or other specialty fields. Expert skill to apply specific technological solutions in the construction planning phase and skill in ensuring appropriate implementation and function during project construction and completion. Within the area of expertise, expert skill in advising and consulting with all levels of management and/or capital planning, budgeting and construction professionals. Expert skill in formulating, advancing and implementing programs within an area of expertise. Advanced knowledge of and/or the ability to learn the organization, including its governance, infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short- and long-range strategic plans. Expert analytical, organizational, project management and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills. Exercises independent judgment in methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Incumbent possesses significant career experience and demonstrated skills in leadership of major capital projects of significant importance in a University setting.

  • Architecture or Engineering License preferred. Certificate to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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

How to Apply

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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

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