University of California Berkeley

Job Description

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles , our Principles of Community , and our Strategic Plan .

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit .

Departmental Overview

Capital Projects manages the design, construction, retrofitting, and restoration of campus buildings and their surroundings. Many skilled professionals work in Capital Projects as Project Managers who have backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, construction and administrative personnel, all of whom work to serve the campus community.

We are seeking a Project Manager who will manage projects with a technical focus on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems.

This position will be assigned to the MEP team within Capital Projects and focus on Capital Renewal and Deferred Maintenance projects, which renew the campus’ aging infrastructure including but not limited to the following building systems; HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm, fire suppression, elevator/conveying, telecommunications, etc. The successful candidate will act as the primary project leader, leading user groups, designers and contractors during all project phases from planning, programming, design, cost estimating and construction through startup and close out.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/26/2023.


Manages the project program, including meeting with clients to help define both project scope and program.
Responsible for keeping the project scope and budget aligned with the program during the life of the project.
Formally establishes project plan, including working with other units, departments, and the Office of the President (i.e., Budget Office and other Capital Project Units) to facilitate this effort and ensure funding transfers.
Establishes project budget and submits for approval.
Hires architectural, engineering and consultant firms to develop project requirement definitions, design criteria, and preparing layouts and detail drawings; provides leadership expertise, direction and management of the engineers, architects and other consultants.
Responsible for preparing the Request for Qualifications required for contracting with architects.
Prepares and approves cost estimates, functional studies and establishes project schedule and budget and reviews with clients; establishes milestones and monitors adherence to master plans, budgets and schedules.

Develops criteria and performance specifications required to meet unique operating requirements and building and safety codes; ensures plans and specifications conform to all codes and regulations.
Determines delivery method and bids or negotiates construction contracts. Generates bidding documents for construction contracts. Selects contractor delivery method between design-bid-build, design-build, or CM@Risk .
Reviews, manages and oversees construction activities, including contractor’s schedule, RFIs, Submittals, Change Order Requests, and Punch List; specializes and focuses in monitoring construction milestones.
Responsible for review and approval of all contractor change orders.
Acts as liaison among project participants: client, contractor, consultants, and the architect.
Resolves problems or conflicts, including recommending range of solutions to disputed issues or contractor claims. Ensures project is properly closed out, obtains as-built drawings, record drawings, and Operations & Maintenance Manuals for turnover to Facilities Services.
Creates project in project management software application including updating and reporting of project status as required by organization, regulatory agencies and Capital Projects Management, including budget and schedule; may include monthly written analysis of project.

Performs organizational, departmental and administrative activities not directly relating to projects, including serving on committees representing department or unit and professional development.
May oversee, manage, and/or direct other Project Managers and Analysts.
Required Qualifications
Advanced knowledge of building and construction, design, construction contract administration and California Building Codes, including advanced understanding of industry practices, or deep expertise in a highly specialized and critical discipline. Advanced project management skills to effectively manage highly complex projects, or highly specialized and critical project component. Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its infrastructure, rules, regulations, policies and short- and long-range strategic building plans. Advanced analytical, organizational and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills. Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including highly effective negotiation skills and highly developed political acumen. Advanced ability to manage contractors and maintain compliance to the agreed-upon scope of work and budget. Advanced technical knowledge of one or many building systems including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire alarm, fire suppression elevator/conveying, telecommunications Understanding of the Automated Control Logic (ALC) building automation systems (BAS), Siemens and Edwards (EST) fire alarm systems, specifically, hardware and software offerings. Understanding of lab pressurization and chiller plants control schemes, specifically, controls diagrams, sequence of operations, instrumentation, controllers and prefunctional testing of the respective hardware and software before commissioning begins. Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required to file Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) upon hire. DMV Pull will be required if employee elects to drive a University vehicle (optional).
Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California’s Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $120,000.00 – $160,000.00.

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