FILLED – Project Manager, Physical Plant








Date:  December 5, 2023 Position Available:  Project Manager, Physical Plant Position Reports to:  Executive Director of Physical Plant Services Department:  Physical Plant Services FLSA Status:  Exempt Schedule:  Full Time – Primarily 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  On call for campus emergencies   Please apply online:   POSITION SUMMARY The Project Manager will be responsible for leading, guiding and directing all activities related to project development and execution in a collaborative fashion for all projects assigned.   PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Developing, managing and monitoring a project’s budget and schedule; working closely with the various constituencies to define a project’s needs and program; select and coordinate consultant and contractor services; coordinate projects with other facilities groups; develop a project team environment and assure compliance with applicable codes, requirements of local authorities and University standards.


  1. Manage multiple projects and represent the University in all phases of planning, design, bidding, construction, and project close-out. Assist with the resolution of any problems throughout the warranty period.


  1. Technical planning, managing and coordinating various University building and grounds construction, renovation, alteration and repair projects. Manage work of architectural and engineering firms, as well as the design-development of projects in collaboration with “in-house” personnel. Preparation of cost estimates as needed.


  1. Monitor the progress of projects under construction and assure user satisfaction, quality control, jobsite safety and compliance with the established budget and schedule. Independently assess and respond to daily operational issues. Recognize and resolve conflicts that may arise which could detrimentally affect the outcome of a project. Effectively balance economy with practicality and with life cycle cost alternatives for all projects.


  1. As Owner’s representative, thoroughly review all project documents; assure that all Owner responsibilities are carried out and that all items due to the Owner by others are received. Write, assemble and revise standard contract documents for use on various projects.


  1. Coordination of construction activities with various University departments, utilities and other agencies. Communicate effectively with members of University community.


  1. Further the development and updating of written campus construction standards and design guidelines.


  1. Assist the Executive Director with the development and maintenance of various capital construction and operational budgets.


  1. Assist with various administrative and management functions as required. Prepare special studies as needed. Provide input to assist with long range planning.


  1. Ongoing development and management of Facilities Document Management and Campus Asset Management software including but not limited to NetRequest and ArcGIS.

  This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.   REQUIREMENTS Must understand, support, and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:   Technical Skills

  • A solid working knowledge of institutional building, mechanical and electrical systems are essential. Experience in a higher education environment is preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of applicable codes, plant operations and plant maintenance.
  • Proven track record of innovative and collaborative problem solving.
  • CAD and BIM skills with an ability to understand complex design drawings and documents.
  • An excellent ability to utilize spreadsheets, word processing, presentation, scheduling, email and database applications in a Windows environment.

  Non-Technical Skills & Competencies

  • Understands, embraces, lives and advances the University’s Catholic and Franciscan Mission. Takes specific steps to visibly witness and champion the University’s values/charisms; inspires and challenges others to express and support these values through their daily lives and work.
  • Identifies and addresses roadblocks or obstacles that impede the progress of a project or task. Effectively involves others in the decision-making processes when appropriate. Is tenacious at pursuing a goal and bringing it to a successful close. Can be consistently counted on to follow through, meet commitments and deliver results.
  • Ensures the evaluation of external service providers to facilitate effective planning and goal achievement.
  • Effectively uses both formal and informal means of communication and influence to generate understanding, alignment, and buy-in. Is not afraid to challenge leadership decisions when necessary. Uses empathy, diplomacy, and tact to build relationships and diffuse high-tension situations.
  • Is dedicated to and tenacious about meeting the expectations and requirements of the campus community and uses feedback and insights to improve. Thinks and acts with others’ interests and needs in mind; displays a strong service orientation.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing individual conversion and growth. Uses feedback and self-awareness to continually grow and sharpen one’s own leadership skills.

  Education & Experience

  • Bachelor degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or related field, and at least 5 years of relative work experience is required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability in managing multiple projects effectively in different stages of development. Must possess a high level of organizational skill and great attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse constituencies. Ability and willingness to work within the Physical Plant team structure as well as the University Faculty and Staff team structures to develop relationships of trust and integrity across diverse job titles and diverse projects.
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness are essential. Analytical and reasoning skills necessary for evaluation processes, judgment, and finally independent action are critical.
  • Excellent personal, verbal, written communications and problem solving skills are required for this position.

  Workplace Factors

  • Ability to go to any part of any building to look at conditions or to review work in progress. Must be able to climb ladders and scaffolding, walk roofs and elevated platforms and to be comfortable in small or confining spaces.
  • Continually update knowledge through appropriate courses, seminars, publications, etc.
  • Be capable of driving a vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license and be insurable under the University’s auto insurance policy.

  Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments, and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.   Please apply online:   For other information and job postings, visit our website at   Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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