Job Description

Grand Canyon University!  One of Arizona’s leading institutions of higher learning. Located in the Valley of Sun in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, GCU is a regionally accredited, private, nondenominational Christian University. 

GCU Facilities manages and services all university-owned property. By the development and maintenance of the GCU campus and surrounding areas, GCU aims to support and ensure the accomplishment of the university’s mission. By working creatively and collaboratively, we fulfill the needs of the university by successfully managing our resources while delivering excellent customer service.

Grand Canyon University is seeking a full time Director of Project Management for our Facilities Department. Oversees and directs all aspects of facility projects from conception to completion. This role is responsible for developing scopes of work, obtaining cost estimates, daily project oversight, maintaining project controls and completing projects in a timely and safe manner.

What you will do:

  • Effectively leads and manages all aspects of the planning, design and construction of Facility projects for the University.

  • Manages a diverse team to ensure effective collaboration and coordination throughout project lifecycles. This includes work allocation, training, and problem resolution, evaluation of performance and recommendations for personnel actions. Motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.

  • Lead owners' rep responsible for analyzing and determining requirements for development of building and property parcels including advising on timelines and strategies to prepare land for development.

  • Works closely and collaboratively with university stakeholders, including senior leadership, academic and administrative departments, and other internal and external partners.

  • Collaborates closely with Facilities Operations, and other university entities to ensure smooth and efficient project transitions. Ensures project designs conform to approved project scope, intent, and budget.

  • Leads the selection and negotiation process for external consultants, contractors, and vendors. Ensures competitive pricing, quality workmanship, and adherence to project timelines.

  • Develops and oversees project management processes and systems to streamline workflows, optimize resources, and enhance project delivery and efficiency.

  • Monitors project budgets, expenditures, and financial performance. Ensures projects remain on budget and manages all associated interventions.

  • Conducts regular site visits and inspections. Ensures compliance with design specifications and proactively addresses any issues or challenges that may arise.

  • Coordinates with regulatory agencies, local authorities, and other external stakeholders to obtain all necessary permits, approvals, and/or certifications for construction projects.

  • Communicates regular updates and reports to senior leadership and governing bodies on project status, milestones achieved, and key performance indicators.

  • Applies current industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies associated with construction project management and higher education facility design and construction.

  • May represent GCU interests through participation in state and national committees and associations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned,

What you need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Architect, Construction Management etc.).

  • A master’s degree and professional certification is preferred.

  • 8 years progressive experience in facility and infrastructure projects

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s license with clean driving record.

  • Demonstrated judgment and problem resolution ability as demonstrated by a past record of solving facilities related challenges.

  • Must be available for on call duties as assigned.

  • Must pass background investigation.

  • Knowledgeable of ADA guidelines as they are related to fire safety.

  • Knowledge of project and construction management principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of current national and local building codes and regulations.

  • Must be able to accurately review, understand and evaluate drawings and specifications, as well as troubleshoot potential problems.

  • Consistently performs Project budgeting and evaluates construction methods and schedules.

Why work at GCU?

  • Exceptional workplace benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401K savings plan.

  • Generous time off plan and 11 paid holidays

  • Paid time off to volunteer in the community or at GCU sponsored events.

  • Free covered parking

  • We also offer full-time employees, their spouses, and dependent children an Education Tuition Discount Program

  • Free on-site gyms at all our office locations

Application Instructions

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