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Position Detail - Senior Project Manager

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Senior Project Manager

Apply now Job no: 493851
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Service/ Maintenance/ Facilities

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 40   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 

Salary: Minimum starting salary: $124,845

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Facilities Management department supports the administration, faculty, staff, and students in the quality planning and development of facilities projects that support our mission. Our talented staff of approximately 140 FTEs (Cleaning, Mechanical Trades, Central Heating Plant, Grounds, Carpentry, Stockroom, EH&S, Fleet Services, and Mail Services & Duplication) are responsible for more than 2,000,000 SF of property in over 60+ major buildings and for maintaining more than 300 acres.

The college is committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2037. A core element to reaching our goal is moving away from a fossil-fuel, steam district heating system to a geothermal heat pump system by 2030. The project manager will be crucial in overseeing this geothermal project, including project adjacencies and ensuring adherence to budget and schedule. The position requires strong interpersonal and technical skills, experience managing the planning, permitting, design, and construction processes on large capital projects, managing complexity, and possessing good judgment to make timely recommendations/decisions that keep the project and organization moving forward.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Oversee geothermal project, including tracking of baseline budgets and schedules, assist in administration of contracts, ensure contract compliance, coordinate all project team activities and organize and manage project documentation.
  • Assist in the preparation of Requests for Qualifications and Requests for Proposals as needed.
  • Apply & ensure compliance with all departmental and college policies and procedures.
  • Oversee and direct consultants' progress, recommend alternatives & facilitate timely decisions by stakeholders.
  • Ensure design & construction documents comply with project requirements.
  • Inspects all work in progress at active construction sites
  • Provide weekly and monthly geothermal project progress reports to AVP Facilities Management
  • Recommend action items as necessary
  • Process and organize all project documents such as contracts, pay applications, and change orders
  • Oversee commissioning activities, warranty period activities, and communication with building users and contractors
  • Communicate effectively and develop and deliver multi-mode communications that clearly understand the audience's unique needs. Provide consistent, timely and reliable communication between all team members, including stakeholders, design consultants, college staff and contractors to ensure that project goals and objectives are understood and achieved.
  • Improve work processes, knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, focusing on continuous improvement.
  • Ensure accountability, holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Drive results and consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances
  • Instill trust, gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. 


•Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent field, or combination of education and experience.
•Five years of demonstrated, progressively responsible experience in the management of large capital construction projects, preferably in large-scale utility projects
•General knowledge of building, accessibility, life, and safety codes and specifications.
•Ability to assess existing conditions, evaluate and develop scope for renovation projects ranging from $500-$5,000,000+
•Demonstrated ability to establish & control budgets, implement & manage project schedules, and ensure adherence to program requirements and college standards.
•Knowledge & understanding of construction documents and construction administration procedures.
•Knowledge of design and construction industry trends, principles, practices, and processes.
•Must possess excellent verbal & written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to lead and work collaboratively with various stakeholders, colleagues, senior management, professional consultants, and construction personnel.
•Must be self-motivated, flexible, able to function at a high level with minimal supervision, exercise discretion, be independent, and have good judgment.
•Capacity to prioritize challenges in a composed and professional manner
•Strong analytical, organization, problem recognition, avoidance & resolution skills
•Demonstrated computer experience in spreadsheets, word processing, and scheduling software.

Preferred Qualifications:

• 10+ years of experience
• Experience with district utility projects
• Experience working in higher education


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
• Occasionally twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort/file paperwork, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds. Rarely kneel/crawl and operate foot and/or hand controls.

Working Conditions: 

• Travel on campus to departments/buildings/construction sites  

Background Checks:

At Mount Holyoke College, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members. To ensure this, we require all new hires, affiliates, and others to undergo comprehensive background checks before joining our institution. Our Office of Human Resources manages and conducts these checks, including screenings for CORI, SORI, credit history, and driver credentials. Additionally, the Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management works to coordinate and facilitate these checks in accordance with our policies.

Special Instructions for Applicants

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The college is devoted to ensuring that all its employees and students have equal access to opportunities in education and employment. In accordance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate in employment against individuals based on their race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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