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Senior Project Manager

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: New Jersey
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 18-0102-17

Helbling is representing Princeton University, a long-term client, in conducting an executive search to secure a Senior Project Manager (SPM) for its Office of Design & Construction. Reporting to a Program Manager, the SPM is responsible for the management of science related projects (15 to 20 projects at a time ranging in cost up to hundreds of millions of dollars of major new facilities). The SPM will be responsible from the initial programming and planning of concepts through all phases of approved design and construction and then ultimately project closeout. It cannot be stressed enough that the successful candidate be capable of and demonstrate the ability to manage a project from the earliest planning concepts through completion. The SPM represents the university's interest throughout the design and construction process and is responsible for the coordination of the university's efforts and the communication plan around the project. 

This is a five-year term position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develops the program and project budget in consultation with the user, University Architect's office, and the Provost's office.
  • Develops and manages the project budget and schedule from inception through completion while maintaining the expectations of all stakeholders.
  • Maintains portfolio reports for work assigned, keeping project information in departmental reporting systems updated on a regular basis (SharePoint, financial reporting, and project status reporting).
  • Develops drawings and specifications in CADD for state and or municipal approval with regard to land use, zoning, construction code submissions, and other regulating bodies. (in some instances)


It is anticipated that the SPM's most significant assignment will be the planning, design, and construction of new space for EEB, Geosciences, and PEI otherwise known as the Environmental Studies project.  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Geosciences and Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) occupy space currently in five buildings: Guyot Hall, Eno Hall, Moffett Laboratory, Schultz Laboratory and Thomas Laboratory. These facilities were constructed over the past 100 years and serve EEB, Geosciences, and PEI in a variety of capacities. Some of these facilities do not currently meet the needs of EEB, Geosciences, and PEI, and do not align with the drivers established by the university’s Campus Plan. 
The intent of this project is to construct new state-of-the-art facilities (anticipated to exceed 250,000 GSF) for EEB, Geosciences, and PEI which address the needs established in the Report of the Task Force on the Natural Sciences and the University Campus Planning Report. To address the shortcomings identified, the university is seeking to develop land currently owned by the university for a new building to support EEB, Geosciences, and PEI. The building will accommodate state-of-the-art wet and dry research laboratories, offices, meeting and event space, and associated support space. The building associated with the Environmental Studies program will be part of a larger complex of buildings that will include a building or buildings for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The university anticipates that certain effectives will be realized by co-locating both programs and that some space may be shared including service and loading functions as well as meeting and event spaces. The land to be developed to support the buildings for Environmental Studies and SEAS must align with the goals and expectations for this area of campus as established by the university Campus Plan.
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  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Architecture.
  • Ten (10) or more years of project management experience.
  • Proficiency in science facility design management.
  • Budgetary experience.
  • Ability to interpret construction documents.
  • Underestanding of building codes and land use ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of architectural principles and science facility design.
  • Knowledge of systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) and of construction industry practices and procedures.
  • Prior experience using CADD.
  • Professional registration as an architect is highly preferred.

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. 

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