Job posting: Deputy Director for Project Management – Mechanical Engineering




The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), a major urban research university with an operating budget of over US $ 3.4 billion, is seeking a seasoned expert as Assistant Director of Project Management Engineering within the Project Management Unit in the Office of Planning, Sustainability and Project Management . UIC looks after over 34,000 students who, with 16 colleges, the university library and almost 17,000 lecturers and employees, are among the most diverse student bodies in the country. This fall, UIC once again enrolled a record number of students on its campus, continuing its seven-year upward trend. UIC operates the largest public medical center in the state and serves as the primary instructor for doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other health professionals in Illinois. Further information can be found on the UIC website (

The Office for Planning, Sustainability and Project Management (PSPM), in collaboration with faculty, staff and students, is responsible for the development of the UIC’s physical campus and its sustainability initiatives in support of the university’s mission. This includes coordinating the development of the campus master plan, initiating spatial and investment planning projects, monitoring the design and construction of new facilities and major renovation projects, setting the UIC’s sustainability goals, developing programs to achieve the UIC climate commitments, maintaining records of campus facilities; and managing over 14 million square feet of net floor space in 190 buildings on over 250 acres.

Job overview:

With minimal supervision, the deputy director manages the planning, design, renovation and construction of new buildings, additions to existing buildings, site development and infrastructure improvements. Monitoring these functions is an important part of planning for the safety of campus visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Writes guidelines on topics governing the construction and renovation of campus physical assets.

Areas of responsibility (essential tasks):

Provides project management and contract administration services for capital projects, including new construction, renovation, infrastructure and site works; Acts as the client’s representative and provides professional support for all phases of a project, including feasibility, design, preparation of construction documents, preparation of offers, construction and rebuilding; interacts with a diverse group of clients, planning teams, contractors and outside regulators.

Writes and manages contracts with external architects / engineers (A / E) consultants and contractors.

Exercises discretion and independent judgment to direct all aspects of project management including A / E team building, scope of work and contract development, contract execution and dispute resolution.

Uses professional judgment to review, criticize, and approve plans, specifications, and tender documents for contract work developed by architects and engineers.

Assists in assessing the need for new premises and reconfiguring existing facilities; develops the creation of programs, workloads and project budgets.

Coordinates the development of programs, drawings and specifications; manages contracts for professional service consultants.

Develops and manages project plans and analyzes critical paths; Match project requirements with design documents developed by multidisciplinary design teams; manages project budgets and ensures thorough communication with everyone involved in the project.

Reviews design and construction documents for compliance with applicable local, state, state, and / or industry regulations and campus building standards.

Coordinates activities with outside groups including the Illinois Capital Development Board, the U.S. Department of Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Medical District, the City of Chicago, and other federal, state, and local agencies.

Leads collaborative cross-functional teams in collaboration with other campus stakeholders to address issues such as campus building standards and project design reviews.

Performs other related tasks and participates in special projects as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

Requires a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field.

At least 5 years of experience in project management, scheduling, cost estimation and construction contract management; preferably experience at a municipal public research university, with projects at large tertiary care hospitals and with complex MEP construction and renovation projects.

Desired qualities include the ability to think creatively, have a solid understanding of design, cost estimation, scheduling and construction principles, as well as governing regulations, accessibility standards, and basic safety and legal issues.

Ability to create documents for planning building systems; Knowledge of using CAD software.

Excellent interpersonal, management and communication skills; Ability to manage multiple priorities.

Confident handling of MS Word, scheduling software (MS Project, Netpoint) and MS Excel.

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or related subject preferred.

ASHE Health Care Construction Certificate or similar preferred.

Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer is preferred; Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate is preferred.

Experience with project management software such as e-Builder, FAMIS or PRZM is desirable.

For a complete check, please send a letter of interest, a current résumé and the contact details of up to three professional references by November 5, 2021 to: (Ref: HireTouch Job ID 153385).

As an EOE / AA employer, the University of Illinois encourages applications from individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

The University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job applicants after accepting a conditional job offer. Background checks are conducted in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Illinois system requires candidates selected for recruitment to disclose all documented findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to approve inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. More information about this policy.

For more information, please contact:
Deborah Brooks
[email protected]



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