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Project Manager / Senior Project Manager
Boston, MA

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Project Manager / Senior Project Manager

Job Summary

The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of assigned projects, focusing on scope, schedule, and budget. The PM provides daily leadership to the project team and reinforces the authority of the Design Leader and Document Team Leader to achieve project goals. Regularly reports to the Managing Director to maintain up-to-date information for decision-making.

The responsibilities and project size will increase for the Senior Project Manager (Sr. PM) role.

Essential Functions

Senior Project Manager (10+ years experience):

  • Licensure preferred but not required.
  • Coordinates all project efforts to ensure effective execution, prepares strategic plans, and serves as the primary client liaison.
  • Estimates scope of work and oversees less experienced project managers.
  • Handles the most complex projects of the largest magnitude.
  • Actively manages client budgets, schedules, programs, communications, and documentation.
  • Estimates fees, determines scope of work, and prepares proposals and contracts on the most complex projects.
  • Provides oversight and monitoring of less experienced project managers.
  • May act in a team leader capacity in the absence of the manager.

Project Manager (8+ years experience):

  • Licensure preferred but not required.
  • Manages multiple small/medium projects, coordinates all aspects of assigned projects, and estimates scope of work.
  • Full responsibility for managing all aspects of multiple small to midsize projects.
  • Prepares strategic plans for project success.
  • Acts as the primary client liaison to bring the schedule, budgets, and scope of work to completion to the client’s satisfaction.
  • Actively manages client budgets, schedules, programs, communications, and documentation.
  • Estimates fees, determines scope of work, and prepares proposals and contracts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Definition:

  • Gather leadership to define the project.
  • Work with PIC to set project budget, scope, and schedule.
  • Prepare, collect, and consolidate information into Project Journal.
  • Complete Client Agreement.

Project Planning:

  • Prepare project schedule/plan establish processes, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Identify resources/staffing for each phase or task and duration.
  • Develop baseline Project Journal incorporating schedule, staffing, and projections.
  • Complete consultant agreements.

Project Execution:

  • Provide day-to-day project leadership/mentoring.
  • Conduct project initiation meetings.
  • Maintain regular project communication (hold regular team discussions/meetings and distribute and file notes).
  • Serve as primary point of communication between client and Project Team.
  • Support the team leadership roles of Design Leader and Document Team Leader to ensure that design and documentation efforts support the overall project plan (scope, schedule, and budget).
  • Ensure all project team members are aware of their project roles and responsibilities.
  • Maintain project plan (hours budgeted and resources needed), and communicate adjustments and needs for staffing to Managing Director at weekly staffing meetings.
  • Manage consultant performance and adherence to agreements.
  • Periodically review project documents and include quality assurance review processes into the project plan.
  • Remain an active team leader and contributor throughout the construction contract administration phase.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for monthly invoicing consistent with work performed.
  • Monitor dollars/hours spent to ensure cost of project conforms to project financial parameters.
  • Keep team members aware of the project planned hours vs. actual hours spent and discuss deviations with the team promptly.
  • Track, document, and invoice for additional services.
  • Monthly update of billing projections, AR, schedule, and project performance.
  • Implement plans for the correction of performance.
  • Act on late payments and involve PIC when payment issues become chronic.

Project Summarizing:

  • Assemble and distribute required project closeout data.
  • Complete and update project data for use by Marketing in future pursuits.
  • Conduct client and internal lessons learned sessions. Review findings with Project Team and Managing Director. Summarize findings in Project Journal.
  • File a copy of the completed Project Journal in the designated folder.


  • Prepare and present monthly reports on project progress and performance.
  • Monitor potential projects and coordinate with Market Sector Leaders to exchange information.
  • Promote new business opportunities by cultivating existing clients and new client leads.
  • Participate in the proposal/interview process with potential clients to secure new business opportunities.
  • Support new business development opportunities by providing expert knowledge of building types and management approaches and processes.
  • Attend building committee, client, and regulatory agency review and other meetings as necessary or required.
  • Author and maintain accurate and complete notes, minutes, project reports of meetings, telecoms, and activities. Discuss and distribute such to those involved in the project as necessary.
  • Responsible for submittals to local, state, and federal agencies. Review the project with building inspector, fire marshal, etc.
  • Assume special projects and duties as assigned or requested.

Senior Project Manager Additional Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex and multi-phased projects.
  • May serve as Project Director (overseeing other Project Managers) or PIC (Principal In Charge – if a principal) on assigned projects.
  • As PIC, maintain consistent communication with PM on assigned projects to sufficiently familiarize oneself to take over basic PM roles and responsibilities when needed. Perform PIC role as described in Project Leadership Document.
  • Maintain regular communication with the client to monitor expectations and project team performance.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Architecture or a construction-related field preferred.
  • Experience in project management, preferably within the construction or architectural field.
  • Experience with supervisory management responsibilities.
  • PM: 8+ years of experience.
  • Sr. PM: 10+ years of experience, 5+ as a PM.

Training Requirements (Licenses, Programs, or Certificates):

  • Professional Registration preferred.
  • Advanced Computer and Information Management Skills (Excel, MS Project, Vision, or similar project management programs).

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