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Director of Project Management

Planning and Capital Project Management

Director of Project Management

  • 533262
  • Morningside
  • Planning and Capital Project Management
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jan 18 2023
  • Grade 16
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $200,000 - $210,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The Planning & Capital Project Management (CPM) group has the primary responsibility for overseeing the planning, design and construction process for capital projects at the Morningside Campus, the Baker Field Athletic Complex and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Campus of Columbia University. Working in conjunction with the all the Columbia University Facilities departments including Construction Business Services and Communication, Finance and Administrations, Operations, Real Estate and Public Safety, CPM implements approximately $70M to $100M worth of construction projects annually and consists of a staff of approximately 35 planners, architects, engineers and project managers of varying background including mechanical, electrical and civil engineering and architecture.


  • Reporting to the Vice President of Planning & CPM, the Director of Project Management will be required to work closely with the organization's senior staff as well as numerous institutional stakeholders including but not limited to senior administrative and academic officers, faculty, funding clients, end users and various internal administrative and academic organizations.
  • The Director will have oversight for select assigned portions of the University's diverse internal client and capital project portfolio, managing and supervising a staff of up to six (6) internal project managers, as well as consultants and contractors to plan, develop and implement capital projects of varying size and complexity from inception through construction and closeout adhering to and consistent with institutional policies and goals.
  • They will oversee projects ranging in size from $50,000 up to $50M from inception to completion and will supervise adherence of budget, schedule and quality control for all assigned capital projects and communicate with relevant clients, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Direct outsourced architectural and engineering consultants and make recommendations for strategic planning.
  • Oversee and ensure the quality and integrity of cost management procedures, develop and implement project cost control management policies, online tools, reporting protocols and documentation procedures for the program.
  • Assist the VP with special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required and a minimum of 8-10 years of related experience.
  • NYS Architectural Registration required.
  • Candidates seeking consideration must have a minimum of 7-9 years experience in the management of major construction projects.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft office and Microsoft project required.
  • Candidates must have excellent interpersonal, communications, analytic, problem solving, personnel management and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree preferably in architecture. 
  • A background and beneficial knowledge of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and life safety systems is a plus.

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