Project Manager (Capital Projects)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 30, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $38.67 - $45.52 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Project Manager (Capital Projects)

Posting ID : 10581
Apply By : 5/30/2019
Position Title : Project Manager (Capital Projects)
Department : Facilities and Asset Management
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Director – Planning, Design and Construction
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Project Manager (Capital Projects).

Operating with limited direction from the Manager, Capital Project Management, the Project Manager is responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of multiple, complex capital projects from concept to completion in the most cost effective and timely manner. This position, using a project management approach, will manage and lead projects from concept through completion, including phases such as analysis, definition of requirements, technical and design review, procurement of services, construction implementation and turnover. Primary responsibility for tracking and managing budget and schedule for multiple concurrent projects. The Project Manager will manage internal and external client relationships with project stakeholders, consultants and contractors, will lead cross-functional and technical teams, and will drive project requirements, priorities, and deadlines. The Project Manager is responsible for ongoing communication with the Laurier community regarding project status and any disruption caused by the project. Projects may range from small internally designed projects to large, complex, multi-million dollar new building projects designed by external consultants.

The regular hours of work for this position are Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. This position may occasionally require a start time of 7:00am or weekend hours on Saturday from 7:00am – 4:30pm.

Accountabilities : Reporting to the Manager, Capital Project Management and as a member of Capital Project Committees:


  • Design
  • Interacts with user groups and departmental staff to define project requirements and develop documents that become the basis for design. Responsible for implementation and enforcement of University design standards and guidelines. Responsible for corrective action if scope deviates from project requirements or design standards.
  • Develops project budget in consultation with users, design professionals and University management. Responsible for taking corrective action when budget, deviates
  • Prepares project schedules that will include all critical items throughout the project including the design schedule and the construction schedule. Responsible for taking corrective action if schedule deviates
  • Procurement and Permitting
  • Develops Request for Proposal documents and negotiates the Terms of Reference for consultants, including aspects such as the building requirements, special sub consultants, applications for approvals, design schedules, allowable disbursements, fee payment schedule, etc.;
  • Oversees the tendering of capital projects in accordance with University policies and ensures that the contract documents are complete and the tender form is clear to interpret;
  • Oversees application for building permits, site plan approval and other permit authorities (heritage, TSSA, ESA, etc.)
  • Construction
  • Responsible for reviewing shop drawings and/or ensuring that the consultant thoroughly reviews shop drawings to ensure compliance with contract documents and university standards. Monitors critical delivery dates and undertakes corrective action when specified materials are not available or are unsatisfactory;
  • Reviews construction progress for general conformance to construction documents
  • Provides direction to Laurier personnel from several departments for the construction of multiple complex building systems
  • Evaluates alternatives and their impact on project scope, schedule and cost. Makes decisions that directly impact the life cycle cost (construction, maintenance, and operation costs) of the facilities.
  • Negotiates design changes and contract changes/extras with consultants and with contractors
  • Reviews invoices and payment certificates and makes recommendations for payment of all capital project costs, including consultants, contractors, and suppliers.
  • Post-Construction
  • Responsible for turnover of Operation and Maintenance Manuals and record drawings to Operations. Coordinates commissioning of the project and training of Operations staff.
  • Conducts post-project evaluations; identifies lessons learned; completes assessments of consultants and contractors; provides feedback for continuous improvement of University capital project processes and procedures
  • Works cooperatively with the Planning, Design, and Construction team, and with Operations group to provide technical support and input to the ongoing management and maintenance of University facilities.

Qualifications :

  • College diploma in Construction Engineering Technology or Architectural Technology
  • 5 years related work experience
  • Registration as a C.E.T., A.Sc.T., or Architectural Technologist considered an asset
  • PMP designation and LEED accreditation is a plus
  • Institutional or commercial renovation/construction knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in construction project management
  • Thorough knowledge of Ontario Building Code; BCIN certification in one or more categories would be considered an asset
  • Ability to read, and comprehend engineering and architectural drawings and specifications
  • Training in and working knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Training in and working knowledge of Revit considered an asset

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Proven verbal and clear, concise written communication skills
  • Skills in negotiating, often in an adversarial context (construction contracts)
  • Ability to motivate others to complete required work in a timely manner
  • Ability to manage expectations and constraints of multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to deal with challenging situations related to projects
  • Ability to collaborate broadly in a team environment

Organizational Skills:

  • Able to work with minimum supervision
  • Proven project-management training & experience
  • Able to reliably multi-task on time and budget project procurement
  • Experience in accurate project estimating, forecasting, and budgeting

Technical Skills:

  • Familiarity with relevant Codes and Regulations (Ontario Building Code, Fire Code, Occupation Health and Safety Act, Regulations for Construction Projects, Asbestos and Designated Substance regulations)
  • Working knowledge of building systems (electrical, mechanical, building automation, lighting controls, fire and life safety systems, telecommunications, information technology systems., security systems)
  • Knowledge of architectural design and materials including interiors, finishes, and building envelope
Grade : WLUSA-10
Salary : $38.67 – $45.52
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position.
This position is eligible for education equivalencies:
Please Note : This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

  Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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