King County Library System (KCLS), located in Washington State's King County, is seeking an outgoing, experienced, and collaborative Construction Project Manager. This position acts as owner's representative on all major and routine construction projects throughout the library system, which includes 48 community library buildings, a shipping warehouse, and an administrative office building.
The successful candidate should have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to interact and negotiate with all levels of employees, contractors, consultants, and vendors and will maintain a positive approach to problem solving on assigned projects. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be passionate about public service and engaging in work that directly supports local communities.
The Construction Project Manager position will oversee construction work for the Boulevard Park Library and the new Kent Panther Lake Library as part of the current KCLS Capitol Bond Projects. For these current projects, this position will manage weekly construction meetings as the owner's representative in the day-to-day construction actives, working directly with the architect and general contractor. This day-to-day work includes:
Review of RFI (request for information), COP (change order proposal), and general constructability issues that arise
Working with staff on location of furniture and equipment to be installed in new location
Work with vendors on delivery of furniture and equipment
Work with staff on move in and set up of library in preparation for opening
Follow up with contractor on punch list items and contract close out procedures
The Construction Project Manager will also manage all other construction projects at KCLS that are identified through the annual budget process, which could consist of:
HVAC replacements and upgrades
Building envelope repair projects
Modifications to existing library locations for new programs and functions
Additions to existing buildings
Modification of buildings for security and safety
Installation of new shelves for library materials
Floor plan reconfiguration of office space
Coordination of carpet installation at library locations
And various other special projects as assigned
Required Education and Experience: • Bachelor's degree specializing in Architecture, Construction Project Management, Engineering or closely related field • Four to five years experience in construction related work, preferably in public works • If no Bachelor's degree, a minimum of 5 - 7 years of experience in comprehensive work in the construction trade is required.
Other minimum requirements include: • Basic knowledge of all construction trades/systems (Civil, Architectural, Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical). • Computer-aided drafting experience; completed course in AutoCAD. • One to two years experience in Microsoft Office software. • One to two years experience in space planning. • One to two years of Facility Management experience preferred. • Six months experience in Herman Miller office system components preferred.
Necessary Knowledge, Ability and Skills: • Thorough knowledge of architectural design standards and concepts, construction methods and contract development. • Thorough knowledge of project management techniques. • Working knowledge of KCLS design standards and systems in new construction and improvements to existing facilities. • Considerable knowledge of contractor and consultant relations to direct and coordinate their activities on individual projects. • Working knowledge of KCLS staff at locations where assigned construction projects are in progress.
Core Competencies: Planning – accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks and projects; sets objectives, priorities, and goals; breaks down work into the process steps; develops schedules and task/people assignments; anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; measures performance against goals; evaluates results. Organizing – can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; uses resources effectively and efficiently. Negotiating – can negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups; can settle differences with minimum noise; can win concessions without damaging relationships; can be both direct and forceful as well as diplomatic; gains trust quickly of other parties to the negotiations. Managing and Measuring Work – clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work. Conflict Management – steps up to conflicts; seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise. Valuing Diversity - manages relationships with all kinds and classes of people equitably both internally and externally; respects and values the unique dimension each employee adds to the organization. Functional/Technical Skills – basic knowledge of all construction trades/systems (Civil, Architectural, Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical), construction management, and computer aided drafting. Interpersonal Savvy - relates well to all kinds of people - up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can defuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
Ability to: • Read and understand construction and contract documents. • Read, speak, write and understand English. • Make sound decisions based on experience in construction project management activities. • Maintain a positive approach to problem solving on assigned projects. • Effectively use computer hardware and software to plan work and manage projects.
Skill in: • Multitasking many individual projects and activities. • Interpersonal relations with KCLS staff as well as contractor, consultants, vendors, etc. • Negotiating with suppliers, contractors, consultants and vendors. • Assessing situations, problems and logically finding solutions. • Listening to, understanding and interpreting information received from KCLS staff and contractors, consultants and vendors.
About King County Library System (KCLS):
KCLS has a vision of a world where knowledge allows diverse communities to prosper and grow and strives to create opportunities through meaningful connections. To support this vision, KCLS acts as the knowledge sharing center for over 1.3 million diverse patrons over 2,000 square miles in King County by providing an unparalleled collection of stories, book...s and library materials, resources, technology, services, and programs.
Approximately 1,300 engaged and passionate staff provide service in 48 library locations and through community engagement using various outreach programs and virtual assistance. The service area of KCLS includes the cities and districts throughout King County with the exception of the city of Seattle. KCLS is an independent taxing district funded by voter approved property taxes and governed by a Board of Trustees.
Washington state's King County is the thirteenth most populous county in the United States, home to vibrant and diverse communities. King County boasts a wide variety of suburban growth, dynamic cities, rural developments, and farmland as well as a vast range of outdoor recreational opportunities which take advantage of the Northwest's beautiful mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, and Puget Sound.