Project Manager - K-12 Construction

at Turner & Townsend in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Company Description

Founded in 1952 and formerly known as Heery International Inc., the firm operates throughout the United States as part of Turner & Townsend. It specializes in project and program management for public sector organizations, with industry-leading experts in corporate, cultural, healthcare, justice, sports, K-12 education, higher education, aviation and government facilities

Recognized for service excellence by a broad spectrum of professional organizations and industry publications, the talented multidisciplinary team at Turner & Townsend Heery exceeds client expectations – adding value, best practice and expertise at every turn. The team’s unique client-centric culture is integrated into each project and reflects a passion for the built environment and staying true to the client’s vision.

Job Description

Turner & Townsend Heery is seeking an experienced Construction Project Manager to provide full project management and owner’s representation services for medium and large-scale K-12 education construction projects and programs – preferably in the Chicagoland area.

The ideal candidate will have experience working for public school districts in Chicago and its suburbs. Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota are future geographic growth markets targeted for expansion of our Midwest K-12 practice.


+ Manages and oversees total project to ensure construction is in compliance with design, budget, and schedule. Includes interfacing with client representatives, architectural and engineering representatives, contractors, consultants, and others.

+ Collaborates with design professionals, contractors, and administrators to ensure an acceptable product according to contract specifications, local and federal codes, regulations, and district policy.

+ Ensuring prompt client invoicing and monitoring project and program financial status.

+ Contract and budget ownership for projects, as assigned.

+ Support the design process, review drawings against project requirements, assess constructability and provide other construction input during early project phases as needed.

+ Project planning, including producing the detailed project plan.

+ Proactively managing the risks relating to construction project execution.

+ Monitoring and applying performance management techniques.

+ Managing the change control process, including change orders and verification of pricing and scope.

+ Managing the flow of project information between the team and client, through regular meetings and written communications.

+ Preparing formal project budget progress and other reports.

+ Ensuring all company, client project policies and procedures standards are compliant.

+ Assisting in overall coordination of the construction effort in support of the effective safety, Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC), and client programs and objectives.

+ Working to construct proposals for new work or variations for existing projects.

+ Identifying opportunities to improve Project Management procedures, templates and products referring ideas to the appropriate line manager.

+ Provides direction to planning, scheduling, and engineering functions as required.

+ Identifying and ensuring that the appropriate line manager is aware of quality, safety, health, and environment issues.

+ Establishing effective project governance, processes and systems to be utilized throughout project.

+ General line management responsibilities (where appropriate) are effectively discharged.

+ Conduct kick-off and regular meetings with key project stakeholders (architects, engineers, suppliers, contractors), to track and report on progress.

+ Support development of contractor and overall purchasing strategy, responsible for execution of defined strategy, including move management and FFE procurement and coordination.

+ Work with the other project function teams to review FFE, as-built documents, and closeout items.


+ 5 – 10 years of Owner’s Representative or Construction Project Management experience, or equivalent.

+ Public sector project experience, specifically K-12 education projects

+ Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

+ Ability to be self-sufficient and independently manage / own multiple projects.

+ Ability to advise at a strategic level during the project conception stage, including providing advice on the different approaches that can be adopted in order to successfully achieve the client’s overall objectives.

+ Great time management skills. Ensure that project is managed to the right quality standards, completed efficiently and on time.

+ Ability to build strong working relationships with clients and cross-functional team members.

+ Experienced working as an effective team member.

+ Business development opportunities with existing and new clients, including cross-selling opportunities, are identified.

+ Ability / willingness to work onsite 5 days a week.

+ Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and sites on a daily basis.

+ Ability to present to large groups in a professional manner.

Education / Experience:

+ Demonstrated experience working in Project Management within the construction industry on renovation, addition, and new ground-up school construction projects.

+ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to be highly effective in a client facing role.

+ College degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or a related field, and certification (CCM, PMP, AIA, PE, etc.).

+ Active member in relevant professional organizations preferred.

+ Experienced managing demanding stakeholders and work stream managers.

+ K-12 and Higher Education Project and Program experience highly preferred.

+ Experience working in the USA – Upper Midwest is a plus.

Additional Information

**_*On-site presence and requirements may change depending on our client’s needs*_**

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Job Posting: JC244526060

Posted On: Jul 27, 2023

Updated On: Oct 16, 2023

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