Senior Capital Project Manager

Senior Capital Project Manager

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 2/16/2024
Full Time


Senior Capital Project Manager

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Summary

The Office of Physical Resources & Planning (OPRP) provides complete and integrated planning and design services, construction management, and building renewal, maintenance, and operations management to maintain the physical resources of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) campus.

The Senior Capital Project Manager is responsible for all capital project management functions associated with the design and construction of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) facility projects including renovations, additions, and new building construction ranging from $100,000 to $50 million. Project assignments vary and may include science buildings, laboratory spaces, academic buildings, residential housing, historic structures, athletic facilities, and museums.

Position Description

  • Manages projects from concept through close-out.  Leads and directs the design and construction process including managing project documentation, pre-construction design and budget development, construction bid process, value engineering, project scheduling, control of quality, change order negotiation, user move-in coordination, and cost control through project completion. 
  • Manages project teams including all external service providers: architects, engineers, consultants, commissioning agents, and contractors.  Oversees owner contracts for site surveys, testing, and specialty consulting as required. Participates in owner construction meetings to review construction progress, quality, and schedule compliance.  
  • Coordinates the development and review of design documents at each phase of design. Validates initial project budget and program assumptions at each design phase.
  • Simultaneously manages several projects at different phases of design or construction unless assigned a single, major project.  Routinely reports on budget, schedule, and assessment of project risks.
  • Serves as the point of contact for University stakeholders and campus groups with a role or interest in the project: Engineering & Utilities, Environmental Health & Safety, and Facilities Maintenance Operations.  Facilitates meetings to help campus groups reach consensus in project development and implementation while adhering to program, budget, and schedule goals.
  • Communicates regularly with academic departments: faculty members, department chairs, senior administrators, and staff.  Developing and maintaining relationships with this client base is extremely critical to the success of capital projects.
  • Works closely with the Office of Physical Resources & Planning and Harvard University Office for Sustainability staff to implement best practices, and to actively participate in FAS greenhouse gas and energy reduction efforts and goals.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field related to construction, capital project management, or the equivalent (architecture or engineering degree preferred).
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of progressive experience in capital project design and construction management in a lab-intensive academic, hospital, or scientific research environment.
  • Knowledge of design and construction processes and familiarity with city, state, and federal codes.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

The following specific experience is desirable:

  • Capital project management in a higher education setting;
  • Renovation of scientific laboratories, design and construction of LEED-certified projects, and experience managing major capital projects ~$50M;
  • Should possess skills in interpreting architectural and construction drawings and contracts;
  • Developing and maintaining project budgets and schedules;
  • Negotiating confrontational issues;
  • Working with diverse constituencies;
  • Knowledge of relevant computer tools (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook)
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills.

Working Conditions

During emergency situations and severe inclement weather, this position is designated as essential and critical to the operations of the FAS.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Additional Information

Please include a cover letter along with your resume when submitting your application.

We regret that we are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Work Format Details

This position is based primarily on-campus, in Massachusetts. This may include in-person during emergency situations (if applicable). Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. Certain visa types may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

332060 Construction/Proj Managmnt

Work Format



Administration and Finance

Salary Grade



Office of Physical Resources and Planning


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity


M-F 9-5

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