Construction Project Specialist

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 21001062

The University of Iowa department of Facilities Management (FM) is seeking a Construction Project Specialist to be responsible for the delivery of effective project management services. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to planning, organizing, monitoring, and controlling projects, ensuring efficient utilization of technical and administrative resources, to achieve project objectives. Projects have a high level of complexity and can be high profile and have a significant impact on the operations of the institution. May be multi-phased with multiple contracts; project team may include staff from several disciplines and/or departments as well as Specialty Consultants. Project durations can be as long as 3-5 years.

Duties Include:

  • Manage a group of capital projects in construction to assure compliance with industry standards, building codes, and engineering practices.
  • Identify, interface with, and gather input from appropriate stakeholders. Assure agreements reflect client needs and project parameters, and monitor project to assure scope, time and budget requirements are met. Responsible for the project management process throughout entire project. Coordinate work of multiple projects.
  • Provide specialized services during the design phase of the project including but not limited to constructability analysis, schedule determination, drawing review.
  • Assure projects remain on schedule throughout course of design and/or construction. Provide advice, prepare and monitor project schedules for review to assure project needs are met as directed.
  • Provide active budget management of a group of capital projects including managing the project budget, engineering/architecture fees, and contingencies. Balance economy with practicality and client needs and wants. Interact with consultants, users, resource personnel and others to attain the most cost-effective method for completing project. Manage purchase orders and contracts, and negotiate change orders with assistance as needed.
  • Interpret client questions/requests and respond with answers and solutions. Highlight key decisions for the project team in advance of deadlines. Provide briefings and reports that are accurate and contain appropriate detail. Manage communication with multiple entities related to assigned project.
  • Serve as the “Owner’s Representative” during construction to ensure the best interests of the University.
  • Manage and coordinate the project decision-making process and ensure team members are aware of any changes. Lead thorough and effective project coordination among internal and external participants

Facilities Management’s Design and Construction team is also accepting applicants for a specified term Construction Manager on requisition (21001063), and may hire candidates from either posting. In order to also be considered for the specified term position, please apply to requisition (21001063).

Please attach a cover letter and resume as part of the application process.

Facilities Management (FM) is a service unit of approximately 700 employees who work behind the scenes, 24 hours a day, serving the University of Iowa as stewards of our beautiful Iowa City campus. FM staff coordinate campus master planning, manage design & construction, maintain & clean the buildings & the grounds, and provide utilities management.

Qualifications - External


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction technology, architecture or a related field or an equivalent combination of related education and experience.


  • 1-3 years’ experience in construction management or construction supervision.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in computer software applications.
  • Familiarity with construction site safety guidelines.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of staff at all levels of an organization.


  • Experience in a customer focused, team-oriented environment.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in construction management or construction supervision on a university campus.
  • Experience with project management software, quality management and commissioning processes.
  • Experience with healthcare, laboratory or MEPT capital improvement projects and/or state building inspection procedures.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job Benefits:

Percent of time: 100%
Schedule: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Location: Facilities Management
Paygrade: 3B

Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at:

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter and resume as part of the application process. Professional & Scientific job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 72739

Posted 4 days ago

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