• 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

Columbia University is undertaking a new campus in the Manhattanville section of West Harlem. The 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 Development team and seeking a project director with solid construction experience (preferably in the research or healthcare fields) to oversee the construction project management process on approximately 450,000 sq. foot academic research project in Manhattanville. For more information on the status of Manhattanville, see http://neighbors.columbia.edu/pages/manplanning/.

For information on Columbia University, see www.columbia.edu.


  • The Project Director will provide project leadership and will oversee assigned construction project(s) from inception, including programming and conceptual design through design, construction, closeout, and turnover. Oversees all construction activities and communications between the Construction Managers, General Contractor, suppliers, trade contractors, architect, engineers, and other design consultants that are associated with the assigned construction projects including projects whose main functions involve project controls for budget, schedule and quality including the cost control system to ensure and track original budgets and estimates; monitoring contracts and change orders; flag cost variances; record and control invoices and amounts paid-to-date; and monitor quality control.
  • In particular, the Project Director will serve as the Owner’s Representative and will be expected to have total administrative control for the project management of assigned projects on the Manhattanville Campus, and will lead the work of the design, construction and other technical services firms that are associated with the project. Acts as the single source responsible for leading and driving the progress, preparation and review of design documentation in conjunction with internal design management staff. Oversees the preparation and review of all construction documentation in conjunction with development, legal, financial and technical staff, including shop drawings, subcontractor agreements, change order requests and construction drawings.
  • S/he will ensure that the project is built on-time, within budget and to the highest quality standards. Approves project scope ensuring that schedules are accurate and met; cost are within approved budgets; all changes are reflected in revised budgets; and quality control standards are established and met. The Project Director will serve as the primary contact for local authorities to process approval of special inspections, permit amendments and other requirements necessary to secure all required approvals and sign-offs. 
  • The Project Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Project Management and Construction and work closely with other members of the Manhattanville Executive Team.
  • Oversees and supports the sustainable design standards and goals set for the project; ensure that the environmental performance (i.e. construction mitigations) commitments are adhered to; support BIM (building information modeling) goals and other state of the art programs developed by the Manhattanville executive team. 
  • S/he will represent Columbia with outside governmental agencies, utilities, tenants and the community.
  • Performs other related duties and special projects as assigned. May represent the Associate Vice President as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desirable. A minimum of 8-10 years related experience required.
  • A minimum of 10 years of related experience with an additional 5 years of project management experience in the construction of large and complex institutional and/or commercial projects with an owner/ developer, construction manager, general contractor, or similar firm.
  • Experience in the total build-out process, to include construction of 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.
  • A team player who can fit into a professional development team, and has the ability to oversee multiple projects in various stages of development/construction.
  • High level of integrity and work ethic.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or Architecture preferred.
  • Strong experience is preferred in the construction of science and laboratory buildings, academic buildings, deep foundation projects, and infrastructure projects (streets, utilities, transit, etc.).

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