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Senior Project Manager

Manhattanville Development Group

Senior Project Manager

  • 527849
  • Manhattanville
  • Manhattanville Development Group
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Jul 21 2022
  • Grade 15
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

For the past several years, Columbia has been planning for a campus in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem, incorporating input provided through over a hundred meetings with community members, students, faculty and civic groups. This new proposed campus, once approved, would resolve the University's need for additional space while providing active ground floor retail opportunities, open space, and enhanced access to the waterfront.

The proposed area of development comprises approximately 6.8 million sf of new development over 17 acres and extends roughly from the south side of West 125th Street to 133rd Street and from Broadway to Twelfth Avenue. Also included are properties on the east side of Broadway from West 131st Street to 134th Street between Broadway and Old Broadway.

Columbia is building its Manhattanville team and seeking a Senior Project Manager to oversee the design and construction process on one or more projects in Manhattanville. For more information on the status of Manhattanville, see For information on Columbia University, see


  • The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the development, coordination and management of the master schedule for their projects, reporting all variances, risks and potential mitigation strategies to the Project Director, ensuring that all critical dates and durations associated with the project are identified.
  • The Senior Project Manager will work closely with the Manhattanville executive team, project directors, and project managers to establish policies, programs, budgets and procedures for managing the design and construction process. He / she will work closely with external project team members, overseeing the coordination of activities and communication between the construction managers, suppliers, trade contractors, architect, engineers, and other design consultants that are associated with the project.
  • The Senior Project Manager will also be responsible for the development, coordination and management of the budget for their projects, reporting all variances or exposures to the Director, providing updates to team and preparing risk mitigation strategies. He/ she will monitor the cost control system established for the project ensuring accuracy and to track contract execution, vendor payments, change orders; track loan draws; flag cost variances; record and control invoices and amounts paid-to-date; and monitor quality control.
  • Responsibilities also include overseeing the implementation of quality control standards for the project; ensuring Construction Documents associated with the project are prepared and reviewed by the appropriate development, legal, financial and technical staff, including shop drawings, subcontractor agreements, change order requests and construction drawings; overseeing and managing the public approvals and permits for their project; effectively communicating with the client end users and their professional consultants (as applicable) to ensure that tenant finish work is completed on-time, on-budget, and in a quality manner; overseeing and supporting the sustainable design standards and goals set for the project; ensuring that the environmental performance (i.e. construction mitigations) commitments are adhered to; supporting BIM (building information modeling) and other 3-D and 4-D simulation goals; and other state of the art programs developed by the Manhattanville Executive Team; assisting in achieving the University's minority, women and local business and workforce goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 7-9 years’ experience required.
  • Experience in the total build-out process, to include core and shell and fit out.
  • Experience in contract negotiations, owner/architect agreements and all other related documentation; a strong understanding of construction law and the construction process in local practice.
  • Successful track record in meeting budgets, schedules and high-quality standards.
  • Innovative approach to the building process and the resolution of field problems. Resourceful, creative and strong problem solver with solid leadership and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong administrative and cost control skills, able to communicate both verbally and written at all levels. Must have excellent organizational and time management skills and have proven ability to work in a client-service environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in the construction of large and complex institutional and/or commercial projects with an owner/ developer, construction manager, general contractor, subcontractor, architect or similar firm is preferred.

  • Strong experience is preferred in the design and construction of science and laboratory buildings, academic buildings, civil and deep foundation projects, and infrastructure projects (streets, utilities, transit, etc.).

  • A college degree with a major in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or Business is preferred.

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