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Title: Project Manager, Real Estate and Campus Planning

Department - Operations and Real Estate

Type - Full-time staff


In collaboration with the Director, the Project Manager will manage and coordinate oversight tenant improvement projects, real estate development projects, and assist in overseeing the maintenance of College buildings.† This position provides leadership and College representation for site projects through oversight, coordination with key representatives of outside contractor firms; direction of site contractor workers; tracking work progress against goals; obtaining proposals for work; and, monitoring budgets. The position will interface with the key leadership of the College, representatives of departments, and participating and providing updates to the Facilities Committee. All projects will be done using outside companies on an individual project basis.


  • Manage feasibility studies for projects, and provide recommendations to Director, and members of Executive Cabinet as appropriate
  • Participate in the development of the scope of work and financial planning for improvements
  • Plan and provide oversight of major repair and capital improvements to existing College real estate assets
  • In collaboration with Director, and members of the Executive Cabinet, participate in the selection of construction contractors, and/or other vendors to complete the assigned project
  • Oversee all aspects of permitting and site work, and monitor progress of work against designated deadlines in contracts
  • Monitor budget in collaboration with the Director and Controller, and track spending to ensure project is completed within budget
  • Participate in the review of the Collegeís strategic plan, presidential goals, etc. and collaborate and work toward achieving them
  • Identify risks, critical issues, problems, and present to the appropriate individuals within the College, and provide recommendations on resolution
  • Establish relationships within the Art Center community, city, and local residents, and work effectively with all members
  • Assist in the development of the departmentís operation plan, budget, and performance outcomes
  • Represent the Real Estate and Campus Planning Department as appropriate at Art Centerís Committee/Council meetings


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, construction, architecture, or related field
  • 5 or more years of experience in the direct management of small to mid-size projects, including responsibility for site analysis, permits and approvals, budget control, estimating, design and construction coordination, and project scheduling
  • Good knowledge of environmentally sustainable materials and operational practices
  • Good knowledge of building codes and ADA codes
  • Excellent knowledge of sound safety practices, and identification of safety risks
  • Professional association and/or advanced training is helpful
  • Computer skills using MS Office, AutoCAD 2007 or newer, Revit, Adobe Creative Suites, Rhino 3D Modeling, and 3D Studio Max
  • Must possess excellent communication skills (oral and written), effective customer service, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Must be effective in building relationships both inside and outside of the College
  • Computer literate in the use of construction industry software
  • Valid California driver license, and proof of insurance

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter with their resume and state salary history or salary expectations.


Art Center College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities.


To apply, submit cover letter, resume, and salary history to hr@artcenter.edu
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