Capital Projects Manager


Amherst College


Amherst, MA

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Capital Projects Manager position. The Capital ProjectsManager is a full-time, year-round position, job group and level PT-4. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of medium-sized and smaller-sized capital construction projects as well as collaborating with other PMs/Sr. PMs on larger projects.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsible for capital projects’ management, leading management for projects up to $25,000,000 in project cost, and collaborating with other D&C staff on larger projects.  Works largely autonomously as College representative to projects, representing the needs of the college with a diverse set of users, designers, consultants, vendors, contractors, officials, etc.   Simultaneously manages multiple mid-sized and smaller projects.
Works with supervisor, administration, and building users throughout the planning phase of projects, performing cost analyses, supporting the establishment of contracts with consultants and vendors, diversity goal setting, facilitating communication between all parties involved, documenting and maintaining records of documentation of issues, analyses, and decisions.  Supports the planning and design process through analysis utilizing professional experience in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry.
Schedules and manages design development process with both College personnel and outsourced resources to the projects.  Monitors the process of design and decision-making, watching for schedule, program and cost implications as well as decisions that may be counter to College-wide standards or goals.
Manages construction bidding processes for consistent distribution of information and College goals.  Performs analysis of contractor bids for capital projects.  Coordinates, reviews and oversees contracting for construction and materials/equipment procurement.
Prepares budget submittals for the capital projects, assisting supervisor, tracks project expenditures via the job cost management system, analyzes all invoicing for consistency with contract and work in place, performs constant monitoring and updating of budget status for projects.
Serves as primary project liaison and manager for assigned capital projects.  Ensures performance of contractors, consultants, etc. through constant comparison of work to contractual obligation.  Identifies potential cost-saving opportunities throughout the construction process as well as appropriate additional work that is in the best interest of the College.  Manages the Request for Information process, ensuring timely response from all parties involved.  Negotiates change orders with contractors, monitors implications with project schedule and inspects for % of diverse work hours and compliance with contract specifications and performs final acceptance inspections.  Also manages the inconveniences associated with construction to the best overall benefit of the College.  Prepares and processes all required forms and documentation required to close out projects both fiscally and physically.
Assists the Director of Design & Construction/Facilities in making decisions, evaluating, formulating and making suggestions for all phases and aspects of the execution of capital projects.    


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