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Project Manager

Apply now Job no: 502468
Work type: Exempt Staff Full-time
Location: Bethlehem
Categories: Facilities/ Physical Planning/ Project Professionals

Manages laboratory and office renovation projects throughout the campus, from concept through design, construction, commissioning and close out. May on occasion be responsible for new capital projects. Consults with the internal client at the conceptual stage of major projects to evaluate site and cost considerations and advise on project viability. Develops the preliminary design, prepares the scope of work, cost estimations, contract negotiations, budget management and progress reporting. Maintains close working relationships with management, customers, and other professionals. May work under the direction of a senior-level Project Manager on larger projects. The Lehigh community takes seriously our commitment to antiracism and The Principles of our Equitable Community.

1. Act as Project Manager and University liaison on all assigned projects; project types typically include office, residence, classroom renovations as well as lab renovations; ensure integrity and quality of design and construction to reflect Lehigh University's image and character
*Serve as University representative with Architects, Engineers, Consultants, Contractors, Code Officials and various University constituents
*Provide technical expertise and direction to projects, including assisting in the development and proper management of project schedules and budgetary cost controls, reviewing architectural drawings and bid documents
*Under specific circumstances, may be required to provide conceptual/schematic drawings
*Review and evaluate project progress and determine necessary actions to resolve problems
*Monitor projects to ensure compliance with codes, ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures; including inspection of completed projects for accuracy, completeness and compliance with established contracts, standards and specifications
*Reviews submittals for compliance
*Takes appropriate actions to resolve discrepancies
*Should be able to manage a portfolio of projects ranging in size from $10,000 to $150,000,000
*Prepare and maintain records, reports and files related to projects, contractors, plans, specification and financial activities
*Ensure that both the project and the client's requirements and expectations are met by properly managing and balancing each of the typical project constraints (scope, budget, schedule, quality, risk and resources) while providing consistent and timely communication throughout the process; ensure that any requested changes in scope are appropriately approved and documented
*Direct and monitor various programming, design and construction related activities, including the work of architects, contractors and other consultants
*Under very specific circumstances, may be required to act in a General Contractor capacity, however, this will be by exception only

2. Manage the budget and business aspects of all project matters; inclusive of estimates, cost control and close-out
*Develop Request for Proposals (RFP) from outside professionals and contractors, assist with fee negotiations, review and approve payments to consultants or contractors and negotiate effectively
*Utilizing methods appropriate to the project, develop budget estimates for the different phases of a project, get approvals and sources of funding, prepare RFP's, select and vet bidders
*Review and approve payment schedules, process change orders, work orders, purchase orders, etc. negotiate and analyze any cost discrepancies; make sound financial decisions that are in the best interests of the University
*Review and analyze cost-effectiveness of alternate solutions in order to meet budget constraints while not compromising on the projects core deliverables; prepare periodic budget reports as required for University constituents
*Administer all project accounts using Lehigh University's accounting system (Banner), TMA, tools (Desktop Finance, and Excel), guidelines and protocols; track and reconcile all spending using the aforementioned accounting system and tools
*Assist in the preparation, solicitation and review of bids, proposals and administration of contract documents related to assigned projects
*Award bids after consultation with the Director
*Review projects and contracts for compliance and takes appropriate actions to resolve discrepancies
*Communicate effectively both verbally and written

3. Project communication; written, graphic and verbal
*Interface with customer regarding project scope, schedule and budget
*Prepare weekly progress reports both internally and externally in regards to scope schedule and budget status; reports to be in both written and graphic format and distributed appropriately utilizing a standardized format

Position Number:  S85760

Grade: 10-40; $64,330-$78,260

This is an approximate range and is subject to change based on experience, skills and qualifications.

Special Considerations

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing an accommodation for any part of the interview or hiring process may contact Lehigh's Accommodations Specialist at 

The duties of the position do not allow for a remote work option; the employee in this position will be required to work on campus where they can be fully accessible to the Lehigh community

This position works with minors

This position is responsible for driving University-owned vehicles as a routine function, therefore a valid Driver’s License and a good driving record is required


Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, Business Management or other relevant degree

Five to eight years related work experience

Experience in project management, building design or facilities management

Experience in a higher education setting is extremely desirable

Ability to complete projects on time, on budget and report on status and progress

Strong project management skills and accountability in meeting deadlines and juggling multiple projects

Strong verbal, written and visual communication skills

Excellent computer skills with experience using word processing, spreadsheet and database software

Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, national criminal background checks, motor vehicle checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance and credit history based upon the requirements of the position

Only complete applications will be considered therefore please complete the application in its entirety.  Once the posting is removed from the website applications may no longer be allowed to be completed.

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