Construction Project Manager

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Updated: January 11, 2019
Job ID: 214397
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Construction Project Manager to support the Facilities Department design and construction projects at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Facilities Department. 

This position will serve as the University’s On-Site Representative and liaison to assure assigned construction projects are executed on schedule, and all related activities are completed at the lowest possible cost and best quality. The University’s design and construction program ($25M+ Annually) ranges from major laboratory renovations to minor interior renovations.  Candidate must have the capacity to manage and prioritize multiple projects concurrently and provide outstanding communication with the University’s Facilities Department. Must be adaptable to change and consistently champion new initiatives. Must have a strong sense of urgency and work well under pressure in a collaborative team environment. 


  1. Serving as a University Representative -
    • Represent USUHS in a professional manner and maintain a positive work environment
    • Provide leadership in all phases of construction, demonstrating high quality managerial methods and techniques 
    • Demonstrate initiative in conducting assigned responsibilities
    • Anticipate potential problems and develop alternative planning strategies and solutions
    • Immediately respond in emergency situations
  2. Effectively Communicating and Collaborating
    • Communicate effectively both orally and in written form, using appropriate interpersonal and professional styles and methods to guide individuals and groups toward task accomplishment
    • Communicate consistently and regularly with University’s Facilities on all phases and aspects of the project
    • Prepare regular updates for the University’s Facilities Department and present reports to Leadership as needed
    • Collaborate with NSAB as needed to support all efforts to communicate key project updates (i.e., construction start times, construction delivery routes, major utilities shut-downs, road closures, timeline, etc.)
  3. Working with Construction Professionals and Supporting the Construction Process
    • Assume the lead role in project management, attend all inspections of the project on behalf of the University
    • Represent the University in preconstruction activities and weekly project progress meetings 
    • Develop, prepare, and maintain detailed project reports
    • Maintain accurate and comprehensive records on all assigned projects
    • Collaborate with USACE to develop construction documents
    • Establish procedures and practices for managing and coordinating the construction process, including but not limited to the accounting of expenditures, change orders, and waivers
    • Coordinate and schedule ongoing and post-construction training opportunities for the University
    • Conduct thorough reviews of construction plans and specifications
    • Develop cost estimates as needed
    • Evaluated and develop pre-negotiation position memorandum as needed
    • Collaborate with USACE on completion of punch list items
    • Manage the project Quality Assurance plan as needed 
    • Maintain a digital photo library that includes images taken before, during, and after the project
    • Provides technical assistance to Engineering Division Supervisor 
    • Provide technique assistance with reviews and approves of change orders 
  4. Assist with managing IO&T contract’s 
  5. Performs other duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

  • Understanding of contract administration, including but not limited to AIA contract, Construction Manager contract, and prime contractor contracts 
  • Understanding of construction project management, principles, and techniques, including construction timeline charting and managing changes brought about by early, on time, or delayed activities
  • Understanding of construction documents, plans, and specifications 
  • Understanding of construction practices, methods, materials, applications, and standards 
  • Understanding of computer applications and software related to construction 
  • Understanding of records management 
  • Ability to conduct business in a professional manner and communicate effectively, including public speaking and composing business correspondence 
  • Ability to effectively and collaboratively work with others

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, engineering, planning, school business management, or a related field, preferred. High school diploma required. 
  • Five (5) years of experience in construction management and supervision, architecture, engineering, planning, school business management, facilities, or a related field. 
  • Experience working on research or healthcare facilities in a role that includes construction management.

Working Environment:  

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk, hear, stand, sit, reach, walk, climb stairs, stoop, and work in an outdoor environment during all seasons

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:  Supervises support government contract staff as required.

Work Environment:  Office and construction site setting

Background: Eligibility to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC); eligibility to obtain and hold a Public Trust background.

HJF is an equal opportunity and 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.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief of Human Resources Officer.