Principal Construction Program Manager (516541)

  • California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office
  • Long Beach, California
  • Jul 13, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Planning and Development Project Management

Job Description


Chancellor's Office Statement

Join our team at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor, and make a difference in providing access to higher education. We are currently seeking experienced candidates for the position of Principal Construction Program Manager. The CSU Chancellor's Office, located on the waterfront adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach, is the headquarters for the nation's largest and most diverse system of higher education. The CSU Chancellor's Office offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, and dental plans; a fee waiver education program; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); and 14 paid holidays a year.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Administrator III

Position Information

The California State University, Office of the Chancellor, is seeking a Principal Construction Program Manager to develop and administer construction contracts, manage updates to CM policy and procedures, training, and contract documents as it relates to construction management. Provide administrative and technical support for the Construction Management unit of CPDC and campuses under the direction of the Chief of Construction Services, working closely with the Construction Program Manager, Construction Program Administrator, and Construction Specialist.


Under the general direction of the Chief of Construction Services, the Principal Construction Program Manager will:

-Develops, reviews, revises, and executes construction procurement all delivery model document.

-Develops and administers Board of Trustees' policy and procedures related to Construction Management, via PolicyStat and issuance of Bulletins.

-Generates and updates CM procedures documents, forms, contracts, and other documents.

-Updating, organizing, and indexing of forms on the website

-Standardizes contract and documents for CSU branding, accessibility, and continuity.

-Assists with the development and implementation of initiative projects, agreements, and/or CM best practices.

-Manages the CM unit’s training program. Develops yearly training schedules, incorporating Campus input on needs. In conjunction with CPDC staff and outside trainers, develops CM training sessions. Moderates and presents at CM trainings in conjunction with other CM and campus staff. Coordinates with other CO departments to virtually publish CS training on the appropriate web or SaaS platform(s).

-Support of Chancellor’s Office and systemwide construction and service agreements, including various MEAs.

-Provide support to the CPDC Capital Projects Database effort for CM.

-Develop and update Construction Services internal contract management procedures as needed to modernize to meet the needs of remote work and modern SaaS tools.

-Assists campuses with project delivery including bid assistance, construction, and closeout, providing required forms, and responding to questions. Includes development, maintenance, training, and support of bid protests and analysis of bid results.

-Continue to work with Web Services and the CM staff in updating the CPDC website. Continue to ensure that all future information provided to web services is accurate and complete, continually monitor website information to ensure it is still relevant and make updates as necessary.

-Administers and reviews processes for CSU claims and disputes and other disparate administrative processes: Working with Program Manager position, continue to provide guidance on: policy, and procedure to campus and chancellor’s office staff regarding claims and disputes, continue to maintain a listing of outstanding or unresolved claims for CPDC management, campus and chancellor’s office staff in the areas of subcontractor substitutions, bid protests, prequalification issues, and public records act requests. Manage, update, and maintain the process documents and ensure that they are current.

-Reviews Audit and Advisory Services (Audit) construction audit reports. Coordinate the major capital outlay construction audit process for CPDC, and the systemwide specialty audits that impact CPDC, ensuring that responses to audit recommendations are made timely, following up that action is taken on CPDC or Campus responses to recommendations made, and tracking the recommendations to ensure that they are removed from Audit‘s BOT status report as open items. Review all construction audit reports and provide input on findings that are not in accordance with policy. Incorporate changes to policies, procedures, and contracts as necessary and required by Audit.

-Manage the mandatory reporting requirements for Construction Services contracts, including but not limited to: sole source, emergency, DVBE, and SBE.

-Continue to develop and manage programs, policies, and reporting for systemwide legislation and policy compliance that are not the responsibility of other Chancellor’s Office departments, such as Buy Clean California EPD reporting.

-Assist the Chief and Director in reviewing and commenting on contracts produced by other CPDC units and campuses that have an impact on construction, including but not limited to energy service/lease agreements, P3 agreements, and auxiliary agreements.

-Serve as the primary Systemwide liaison with the Department of Industrial Relations, Department of Apprenticeship Standards, and Department of General Services (and similar regulatory agencies) for construction related programs managed by those departments, including but not limited to public works project registration, payroll compliance, apprentaship compliance, skilled workforce compliance (if/when applicable), DVBE/SBE programs, and prevailing wage determinations.

-Assists Chief and Director of Construction Management to manage the department budget and performs other duties as assigned.


This position requires:

-Bachelor's Degree in a field related to Construction Management (Construction Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Accounting, Planning, or equivalent experience).

-Five years of experience in the field of construction management, public works administration, or a related field.

Must have strong verbal and written language skills for:

-Communicating policy and procedures in written or presentation format.

-Interacting with many different professional levels, both within CSU and external to CSU.

-Working with all levels of management, as this position will often be called upon by differing levels of campus management as a resource.

-Handling sensitive issues, confidential material, and/or situations effectively.

-Communicating legislation changes and its impact on CPDC.

-Must have knowledge of construction industry and public works contract law, rules regulations, in addition to CSU contract law. Demonstrated ability in translating new contract law into policy and procedure.

-Must have ability to understand problems/issues, then work to facilitate resolution to those problems, while providing a good basis of understanding of the solution.

-Must be proficient in computer skills, as this position is self-supporting. Skills should include database design, implementation, and maintenance, in addition to word processing skills and spreadsheet skills.

-Must have advanced or expert skills in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, and Project to be able to write edit and publish contract document, program complex spreadsheets, develop fillable form PDFs, and create polished presentations.

-Must be proficient in writing, preferable experience in contracts, policy and training materials, as the job entails creating and maintenance of contract, policy and procedure documents.

Preferred Qualifications

-CSU experience in a related field is highly preferred.

-Preferred to have experience with financial recordkeeping.

-Preferred to have experience with training and public speaking.

-Preferred to have a knowledge of CSU construction management policy and procedures.

Application Period

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who apply by July 26, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the job posting is removed.

How To Apply

Please click "Apply Now" to complete the California State University, Chancellor's Office online employment application.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager at (562) 951-4070.

Title IX

Please view the Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator at:


This position requires new hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHSUSCIS)' in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

If hired, you will be required to furnish proof that you are legally authorized to work in the United States.

COVID19 Vaccination Requirement

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at

Mandated Reporter Per CANRA

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.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, and on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.


The Chancellor's Office policy requires that the selected candidate successfully complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

Long Beach, California 90802 United States View Map