The Planning & Capital Project Management (CPM) group, a business unit within the Columbia University Facilities & Operations (CUFO) organization, has the primary responsibility for overseeing the planning, development, design, and construction process for capital projects primarily at the Morningside Campus, the Baker Athletic Complex, and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Campus of Columbia University. Working in conjunction with all other Columbia University Facilities Operations departments including Construction Business Services and Communication, Finance and Administration, Facilities Operations, Real Estate, and Public Safety, the CPM business unit alone implements approximately $50MM to $100MM worth of construction projects annually and consists of a staff of approximately 30 planners, architects, engineers, and project managers of varying educational and professional backgrounds including architecture, engineering and construction management.
The Design and Compliance Group (DCG), a unit within the Planning & CPM organization, manages regulatory agency filings, and develops and manages design policy for the CUFO business units including CPM, Facilities Operations and Columbia Residential. DCG develops and manages a critical framework of tools that includes the Facilities Design Requirements, regulatory application tracking, and a variety of quality assurance / quality control (QAQC) programs.
Reporting to the Director of the Design & Compliance, the Project Manager will provide oversight and guidance to CUFO???s project managers, design consultants and project vendors to ensure a consistent approach to project development and implementation following established QAQC processes, tools and programs. She/he will demonstrate thought leadership in a variety of design and compliance-based programs.
As part of the Design program, they will create and lead initiatives and projects to provide updates to the Facilities Design Requirements to comply with changing codes, emerging trends and technologies, and industry best practices; update furniture, fixture and finish standards; oversee the development of proposed design concepts and design documents; Lead design consultant evaluation and onboarding; Manage special projects and initiatives; Correlate with counterparts at the Manhattanville Development Group and the Irving Medical Center to ensure institutional consistency.
As part of the Compliance program, the Project Manager will lead the University???s ongoing campus accessibility (ADA) initiative and related projects; provide regulatory assessments for projects and studies; advise on agency filing strategies, review and track filing documentation for capital and maintenance projects; manage code consulting/expediting vendors for quality and consistency.
As part of the Sustainability program, the Project Manager will actively lead the University???s ongoing process to renew various initiatives aligned with the goals established in the University???s Plan 2030 for project-based sustainability efforts which includes leading a process to assess, update and create policies, processes, protocols and standards within the various design and construction portfolios, and to identify leading-edge and achievable opportunities to enhance project development and delivery going forward.
Oversee the Document Management program which includes the routine analog and digital recordkeeping and archiving of regulatory documents and design drawings, and coordination with planning for the Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) master files.
Other duties as assigned that guide the Design and Compliance goals of a high-performing organization.
Bachelor???s degree required. Advanced degree and/or supplemental certifications such as LEED AP or other relevant professional certifications (including R.A.) is desirable and will be highly considered.
Minimum of seven (7) years experience in the design and construction industry, ideally including multiple years of professional involvement in capital projects in New York City and on the owner???s side required.
Excellent time management, interpersonal, communications (written and oral), and problem solving skills required. Must must be highly organized and motivated, capable of effectively prioritizing tasks and goals, collaborative and able to work effective in teams with diverse stakeholders, and be able to excel with appropriate supervision in a challenging and continually changing environment with multiple stakeholders.
Must possess a strong working knowledge of applicable building codes, regulations and agencies and be familiar with agency processes, databases and systems.
Candidates must demonstrate a working knowledge of standard project management and delivery processes as well as proficiency in relevant industry tools and software (NYC DOB BIS and BUILD, CAFM, MS Project, etc).
The ability to work in a client-facing service environment and exercise discretion and judgement.
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