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Program Manager

Cal Poly - Facilities Planning and Capital Projects

San Luis Obispo, CA
  • $130,000 - $155,000 / year
  • Full Time
  • Cal Poly - Facilities Planning and Capital Projects

  • Facilities Management and Development (FMD), a unit within the Administration and Finance Division (AFD), is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and repair of university facilities, grounds, and infrastructure. FMD consists of five critical and interdependent support departments, including Customer & Business Services; Energy, Utilities, & Sustainability; Environmental Health & Safety; Facilities Planning & Capital Projects; and Facilities Operations. In support of the Cal Poly mission, the FMD department is committed to sustainability, responsible stewardship of natural resources, and promoting an inclusive culture that values individual and organizational integrity, civility, equity, and diversity. Cal Poly is in the midst of transforming project delivery process as well as accelerating the annual capital spending from $100M to $300M. Focusing on more collaborative processes, innovative contracts, and best practices from across the industry, Cal Poly is looking to create a project delivery group that matches its top-rated Architecture and Construction Management programs.


  • Job Description

    Job Summary

    Under the general direction of the Executive Director of Facilities Planning and Capital Projects (FPCP), the Program Manager is responsible for the overall leadership, operation, and management of project management administration for capital outlay projects assigned to the program. The Program Manager is a facilitator in building partnerships and fostering collaboration in a program focused environment to execute work. The incumbent is a decision maker supporting a program, including project development and delivery; project funding strategy and management; collaboration with clients, design professionals, consultants, and contractors; coaching/supervising a team(s) of project managers, technical and administrative support staff; directing activities; and managing operations and budgets. Key to this position is strong leadership skills, technical expertise, and effective communication. The incumbent will champion initiatives within the FPCP department which may include the strategic plan, operational goals, and staff development. This position is critical to act on behalf of the university and the client to move projects forward in a timely manner and maximize the value to the academic mission.

  • Position Requirements

    Key Qualifications

    • Demonstrated experience with project management, construction administration, and/or construction management including a thorough knowledge of building materials, costing procedures, schedule implementation and review, and the sequential methods of modern construction and maintenance practices, as well as capital construction project procurement methods.
    • Demonstrated experience in effective leadership and team management with a proven ability to organize and manage teams, including internal design and operations staff, external contractors, and technical consultants specializing in building construction or renovation.
    • Thorough knowledge of and use of building codes, public contracting laws, ordinances, and regulations applicable to building construction and maintenance.
    • Knowledge of architecture, construction management, and engineering principles.
    • Knowledge of business and fiscal analysis, processes, and techniques related to project management in building, design, and construction including an ability to analyze data, make accurate projections and cost estimates using business mathematics and statistical analysis techniques.

    Education and Experience

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or related field and eight years of progressively responsible experience in the area of project management. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.
  • Supplemental Information

    Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

    The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

    This position may be “Designated” under California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.


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