Associate Project Manager

Cornell University

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The Cornell University campus is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful academic settings. The Division of Facilities and Campus Services (FCS) is committed to providing the highest quality service to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and visitors. With more than 260 major buildings enhancing the magnificent landscape of the Ithaca campus, approximately 1,000 highly talented and dedicated staff serve as stewards of the campus resources and operations.
All employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity, as well as supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities.


Position Summary:

This position provides an opportunity to work as part of a high performing team with 30-40 other staff across all levels of project management. Our main goal is to ensure the success of Cornell’s mission of teaching, research, and outreach through managing construction projects throughout campus. This includes, but is not limited to, the following type of projects: Renewal and Critical Maintenance, Infrastructure, Contract College, Lab Renovations, and New Building Construction. Together the team is responsible for supporting and enabling a learning and living environment for the students, faculty, and staff on Cornell’s Ithaca Campus and surrounding areas. Daily tasks involve collaboration and managing the execution of construction projects in the areas of Project Administration, Procurement, Contract Management, Design, Construction, and Process Management. The successful candidate will possess a strong construction background and be able to manage priorities, collaborate with multiple stakeholders, and strive to move projects forward in a professional and efficient manner. If you seek a diverse role with opportunity to learn and perform in a variety of areas and enjoy and excel in interaction across a broad range of partners, this is a place to shine! 

An Associate Project Manager (Assoc. PM) provides a critical role in the execution of Cornell University’s capital construction projects. An Associate Project Manager is required to perform and manage key elements of a project seeking guidance and counsel from Project Managers and Directors of Project Management to facilitate decisions within all phases of a project, while utilizing the Skills for Success to meet the responsibilities and essential functions of Project Management outlined below. 

Associate Project Managers are to manage multiple and often-interdependent projects concurrently with varying scope and phases of development for projects typically in the range of $100K to $2M. Collaborate with complex and diverse project teams utilizing a strong understanding and working knowledge of one or more of the essential functions of Project Management outlined below.

The responsibilities and essential functions of an Associate PM are as follows:

  • Project Administration & Development.

  • Procurement & Contract Management.

  • Design Management.

  • Construction Management.

  • Process & Approval Management.

The Associate Project Manager will be required to prioritize their workload with guidance to meet the needs of the customer and align them with individual project schedules. The Associate Project Manager will develop and maintain effective working relationships with all project stakeholders including customers, University administrators, staff, and faculty, the State University Construction Fund, CCF staff, colleagues, and AE firms and contractors. 

Project-related activities require the use of proprietary software (eBuilder) implemented by the University. 

Cornell University provides excellent benefits that include professional development, access to many wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, health care options, and great retirement options. Cornell provides generous paid leave provisions as well, including 3 weeks of vacation, health leave, personal leave, and 13 paid holidays (including end-of-year winter break). Cornell has also been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.

Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. All FCS employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree within relevant field with a minimum of 3 years’ experience and/or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in commercial and institutional design and construction is required. 

  • Demonstrated Project Management experience encompassing Project Planning & Development, Procurement and Contract Management, Design Management, Construction Management, and Closeout. Proven ability to drive projects to a successful conclusion in a collaborative and politically sensitive manner. 

  • An understanding and applied experience pro-actively manage projects, anticipate issues, and minimize impacts on quality, budget, schedule, or campus/college/unit/department. Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to build and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with internal and external stakeholders and must have effective organizational skills. 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point, and MS Project is required. Ability to gain working knowledge of proprietary project management software (eBuilder), for all Cornell University project-related activities. Working knowledge of NYS Building Codes, ADA, other building industry regulations and standards.

  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Architect or Licensed Engineer in the State of New York or ability through reciprocity to obtain license within one year of hire date. 

  • PM capital project experience on a university campus is preferred. Experience managing public capital projects such as SUNY/SUCF. 

  • Proficiency with electronic project scheduling software.

  • CMAA Construction Manager Certification or Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.  

This is a full-time, non-academic staff, benefits-eligible opportunity located in Ithaca, New York.

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  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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University Job Title:

Facilities Coord Projects III

Job Family:

Facilities & Safety Services



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Pay Range:

$77,948.00 – $90,589.00

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Contact Name:

Grace Dembia

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