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Manager of Projects

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Facilities Management

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Project Manager (PM) provides the critical leadership role in planning and execution of Cornell University's capital construction and infrastructure projects. A PM must work independently and collaboratively, possess professional judgement to facilitate decisions within all phases of a project, while utilizing the Skills for Success to meet the responsibilities and essential functions outlined below.

What We Need:

As a Project Manager you will:

  • Manage multiple complex and often-interdependent projects concurrently with varying scope and phases of development for projects in the $2M - $5M and over $5M.
  • Require significant leadership experience on major (Greater than $10M) capital projects or the equivalent portfolio of projects. Collaborate with complex and diverse project teams and have a strong willingness to mentor Associate Project Managers and Project Coordinators.
  • Be required to independently prioritize their workload to meet the needs of stakeholders and align them with individual project schedules.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all project stakeholders including customers; University administrators, staff and faculty; the State University Construction Fund; colleagues, external stakeholders/community leaders; AE firms, and contractors.
  • Provide on the job training, guidance and counsel to fellow PM's, Associate PM's, and other employees in the department.
  • Project-related activities require the use of proprietary software (eBuilder) implemented by the University.

The Responsibilities and Essential functions of a Project Manager are as follows:

  • Leadership
  • Project Administration & Development
  • Procurement & Contract Management
  • Design Management
  • Construction Management
  • Process & Approval Management

What You Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or relevant field with specific PM experience, and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in commercial and institutional design and construction is required.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of PM experience encompassing Project Planning & Development, Procurement and Contract Management, Design Management, Construction Management and Closeout.
  • Proven ability to drive projects to a successful conclusion in a collaborative and politically sensitive manner.
  • A depth of PM experience and professional judgement to pro-actively manage projects, anticipate issues, and minimize impacts on quality, budget, schedule, or campus/college/unit/department.
  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to build and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with internal and external stakeholders and must have effective organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point, and MS Project is required.
  • Ability to gain working knowledge of proprietary project management software (eBuilder), for all Cornell University project-related activities.
  • Working knowledge of NYS Building Codes, ADA, other building industry regulations and standards.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Architect or Licensed Engineer in the State of New York or ability through reciprocity to obtain license within one year of hire date.
  • PM capital project experience on a University campus is preferred. Experience managing public capital projects such as SUNY/SUCF.
  • Proficiency with electronic project scheduling software
  • CMAA Construction Manager Certification or Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work with a collaborative and progressive team in support of a world-class research university that is educating the leaders of tomorrow.
  • A broad set of competitive benefits, including educational opportunities, access to on-site wellness programs, health care options, 3 weeks of vacation, 13 holidays, and superior retirement contributions.
  • An active and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests! Learn more about living and working in Ithaca.

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Candi Quill

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