Program Manager, Design and Construction

Requisition # 2023-16400
Date Posted 1 year ago(2/8/2023 12:52 PM)
Office of Capital Projects
Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Job Type


Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Capital Projects within the Facilities Organization, the Program Manager will play a critical role within the Office for Capital Projects in providing leadership to the Project Managers and Project teams executing on the Capital Plan.
This individual must embody core values essential to the Facilities Organization including collaboration with senior leaders, team members and campus partners to support the Capital Plan and cultivate and sustain cooperative working relationships with the Office of the Provost, Office of General Counsel, Campus Life, University Services, Finance and Treasury, and Environmental Health and Safety.  


The Office for Capital Projects is a division within Facilities that establishes the strategic and integrated approaches to developing academic, administrative, and campus life facilities as the University embarks on a multi-year program of major construction and renovation projects, as well as real estate development in this area.  


Candidates with extensive lab renovation and advanced science project management are encouraged to apply


Office Administration 

  • Create a vision and action plan for administrative services for the Office of Capital Projects and establish a service model to support projects and initiatives.
  • Drawing on internal and/or external resources, evaluates opportunities to refine services, helps secure required resources and launches and implements administrative initiatives. 

Project Administration

  • Input to project team on governance, resources, priorities, risks, and communications. 
  • Liaison with executive sponsor, users, and University administration
  • Monitoring of plan for project governance, authorization, and approval. 
  • Manage campus partnerships as needed and many other specialized expertise areas. Create and be accountable for managing scope, budgets, and service delivery to the project / program teams. 
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to Capital Projects team in support of their work. 
  • Participate in the selection process for consultant, preconstruction, and contractor selection, when appropriate. 
  • Manage and oversee the lifespan of internal projects; including ongoing monitoring and oversight of service delivery and compliance with documentation standards.

People Management

  • Provide executive leadership in the financial and human resources related to project services, maintaining and growing partnerships with Facilities Finance and Information Services, the Office of Sustainability, Operations, Engineering, Office of the University Architect, and the Contracts Group. 
  • Provide supervision, leadership, and training to the Office of Capital Projects services team.
  • Mentor staff. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as engineering, architecture, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in managing capital design & construction projects.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of how to effectively support large-scale critical projects in a University setting.  
  • Significant demonstrated success in leadership of people and organizations, with proven leadership and communication skills to effectively engage and motivate staff. 
  • Individuals must have considerable experience and a well-developed maturity in decision processes and leading/managing diverse teams with conflicting needs or requirements. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to develop and maintain effective customer relationships within a team approach to project management. 
  • Demonstrated ability to understand complex matters and is an excellent problem solver (e.g., strategic, structured, and data-driven) and project manager.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects with varying scope and multiple stages of completion.
  • Must have assertive and collaborative skills capable of maintaining the project's momentum and exercise exceptional judgment and integrity. 
  • Effective organizational, prioritization and multi-tasking skills. 
  • Ability to understand existing policies, processes, and procedures; and conceive of and implement new work procedures to enhance efficiency or execution to individual project circumstances.
  • Strong ability to analyze complex data and discover insights that produce real-world impact and improvement.
  • Political and organizational savvy, remaining sensitive to the culture of the University and its many constituencies, but driven both to accomplish progress and to develop others.
  • Be inherently collegial and service oriented.
  • Possess the ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment is essential. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in, familiarity with, and understanding of the wide range of issues affecting Princeton University.  


  • Master’s degree in engineering, architecture, business, or related field.
  • Previous experience working in the higher education environment, in the construction industry, or real estate development.  


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver’s License Required


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