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Sr. Project Manager (0480U) - 58853
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 8, 2023
Title Sr. Project Manager (0480U) - 58853
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Facilities Operations

Sr. Project Manager (0480U) - 58853

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Capital Projects manages the design, construction, retrofitting, and restoration of campus buildings and their surroundings. Many skilled professionals work in Capital Projects as Project Managers who have backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, construction and administrative personnel, all of whom work to serve the campus community.

This position involves managing the design and construction of large, politically challenging, complex capital projects of the highest value, with significant consequences of success or failure to the campus, including a new campus energy plant. Provides effective project leadership, exercises strategic planning in defining the program, conceptual design, technical development and procurement; develops and deploys coherent project team integrating diverse internal and external resources. This level of Project Manager is assigned to the most politically challenging capital projects.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 09/22/2023.


  • Anticipates, defines, and resolves issues/problems requiring specialized knowledge and is widely recognized and consulted by organization staff for their expert knowledge in all aspects of building systems, technology, and building code for major renovations and new ground up buildings, and other key building components. Includes developing solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims.
  • Responsible for managing all aspects of the design and construction process for major and significant building projects of the highest value where success is critical to the campus mission.
  • Performs the most difficult professional work in the development, revision, refinement and/or amplification of program implementation. Manage large complex projects during the early stages of project definition and scoping including programming, conceptual budgeting, public outreach and meetings. Also manages the complex approval process for large projects by approving agencies, including UCOP, campus and the Regents.
  • Serves as technical expert encompassing all areas of the construction industry for large, complex projects of the highest value and provides advice and guidance to all levels of campus management and provides expert technical advice and consultation at all levels in all areas of building technical expertise.
  • Pursues areas of emerging technology consistent with the large and complex capital projects in his/her area of expertise through programs and other educational forums, and creates an appreciation for and sensitivity to programs, projects and systems that employ, expand and enhance building projects utilizing new technologies.
  • Establishes project milestones and schedules, prepares cost estimates, functional studies, construction plans and specifications and monitors for adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules.
  • Includes developing solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims. Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building safety codes.
  • May oversee, manage or supervise work of lower level professional positions.

Required Qualifications

  • Expert written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including expert level political acumen and negotiation skills.
  • Expert knowledge of design and construction, contract administration and state building codes, including expert understanding of industry practices or highly specialized and critical disciplines.
  • Expert project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects or highly specialized and critical components of projects with a significant impact on the organization.
  • Expert skill in building, maintaining and nurturing strong professional relationships to achieve short- and long-range program implementation goals.
  • Expert knowledge in one or more complex, technical areas of construction, such as sustainability, mechanical engineering, landscape architecture, infrastructure or other specialty fields.
  • Expert skill to apply specific technological solutions in the construction planning phase and skill in ensuring appropriate implementation and function during project construction and completion.
  • Expert skill within area of expertise in advising and consulting with all levels of management and/or capital planning, budgeting and construction professionals.
  • Expert skill in promoting, advancing and implementing programs within area of expertise.
  • Advanced knowledge of and/or can quickly learn the organization, including its infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short- and long-range strategic plans.
  • Expert analytical, organizational, project management and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • License to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.
  • Certificate to practice in at least one of the following professions: architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $150,000.00 - $190,000.00.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

  • A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Other Information

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position is eligible for up to 20% remote work.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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