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Senior Construction Project Manager

Multnomah County
Portland, Oregon 97227

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Are you an experienced and collaborative construction project manager with strong communication and leadership skills? Would you like to use those skills to help expand the capacity and accessibility of Multnomah County’s exceptional library system?

This recruitment will be used to fill two positions immediately, and may be used to fill additional positions in the future. In addition to a strong background in managing large capital construction projects (>$10M) during all aspects of the project (planning, design and construction), our ideal candidates are effective communicators who take a collaborative approach to leading projects and teams and resolving conflicts. These positions also will be involved in community outreach and engagement efforts, so comfort and skill in interacting with the public is essential.   

As a Senior Project Manager, you will be responsible for high-level management of the design and construction of major renovations and/or new commercial building projects, with accountability for budget, schedule, scope, and risk mitigation. The $387M November 2020 Multnomah County Library Bond will build, rebuild or renovate nine library spaces; add modern technology infrastructure including gigabit speed internet; and refresh remaining library facilities and materials handling systems. The life of the bond is expected to be eight years. 


Our Commitment to Safety, Trust and Belonging

Multnomah County is committed to developing, nurturing and continually improving workforce equity by identifying and addressing the structural and policy barriers to equal employment opportunity faced by our employees and communities. County employees across the organization have stepped forward to develop a strategic plan and help create a workplace where everyone can reach their full potential. Learn more by reading our Workforce Equity Strategic Plan and exploring our Core Competencies for all County employees.

Essential Job Functions

Project Leadership and Quality Control

  • Provide day-to-day supervision over union-represented project manager(s).

  • Lead the planning and implementation of projects, including the development and management of project charters and project management plans that clarify scope, schedule, budget, resources, communication plan, milestones, risks and potential mitigation strategies. 

  • Monitor, review and analyze progress against project plans; implement and manage project changes and update plans; prepare and present status reports defining progress, challenges and solutions. 

  • Manage and coordinate the work of effective project teams that represent internal and external stakeholders to ensure that established design standards, regulations, policies, procedures and other critical goals, objectives and initiatives are met. 

Stakeholder Engagement and Project Communication 

  • Oversee and help organize, facilitate and participate in stakeholder meetings to identify needs, encourage collaboration, and build consensus. (Stakeholders may include building occupants, citizen groups, local community organizations, Project Management Office [PMO] staff, library staff, vendors and project management teams.)  

  • Confer with advisory boards, management staff, external contractors, vendors and others to negotiate and resolve issues critical to the project’s success. 

  • Communicate project status to ensure progress is timely and within scope, schedule and budget. 

  • Evaluate operations and activities of the project team and recommend improvements; oversee the modification of project plans as necessary. 

  • Respond to and resolve confidential and sensitive inquiries; provide expert guidance to the Library Bond PMO and governance teams, the general public and/or outside agencies; investigate complaints and recommend corrective actions as necessary. 

Contract Management 

  • Oversee and support the management and administration of represented project managers who are responsible for the architect/engineer and contractor contracts; review and manage appropriate change order requests; review and approve expenditures through pay apps and invoices; provide project budget reports; and communicate status to project team and stakeholders. 

  • Support and guide performance evaluation input regarding contractors, subcontractors, and assigned team members..  

  • Actively oversee the management of change order requests.

  • Upon project completion, oversee the closing of files and review records to ensure documentation is appropriate and complete. 

Risk Management

  • Oversee and guide project managers as they assess, identify and track the potential risks that may hinder the safety, security, financial prosperity and reputation or otherwise negatively impact the project. 

  • Help identify mitigation efforts and implement strategies and processes to minimize the impact of project risks.  


We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. 

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*

  • Equivalent to at least seven years of qualifying training and/or experience. For example: 

    • At least three years of experience in complex construction project management AND

    • A bachelor’s degree in a related field. (Additional experience will be considered as a substitute for education.)

  • This position requires a valid driver license.

  • All finalists must pass a criminal records check and professional reference check.

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*

You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills:

  • Project Management Certification (PMP) or other project management certification.

  • Project management experience in commercial and/or government construction projects with values over $50M.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experiences that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position. 




Posted: 2021-03-10 Expires: 2021-04-24

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