Construction Manager

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Construction Manager.

Job Summary: Works in conjunction with a Project Manager (PjM) to monitor and manage construction/renovation projects. Under PjM oversight, performs the following project functions: logistics planning, campus access, construction oversight and inspection, contract management, budgeting, scheduling and commissioning of buildings and technical facilities.


  • Project Management – Apply working knowledge of construction practices; architecture, engineering, and design principles; building systems and building codes to manage projects designed and constructed with either in-house staff or with outside consultants/contractors. Assure that the work conforms to plans, and specifications. Review submittals and shop drawings; manage and report on changes to project scope, schedule, and cost. Monitor and report project status. Manage and control Construction Change Directives (CCDs) and document all relevant steps in support of actual or potential claims by the Constructor/others against the project(s). Assist in pre-occupancy and occupancy process; coordinate commissioning of systems and training for operations and maintenance personnel; and review as-built drawings and O&M manuals for accuracy and completeness. Work closely with other APL Enterprise departments , customer organizations (occupants) and APL Space Management to insure alignment of expectations with approved project plans.
  • Project Communications – Serve as a primary project field information source for all APL stakeholders, consultants, contractors, and staff. Communicate project status/progress via project management tools, progress photos, construction status meetings and reports to the PjM. Maintain appropriate files and records using project management software.
  • Contract Administration – Support the Business and Communication Services Department to ensure compliance with all procurement and contractual requirements; develop/validate contract schedule of values; contribute to and assist in the evaluation of contractor’s value engineering proposals; evaluate and verify construction progress as part of the invoice review process; conduct preliminary evaluation of change requests and claims; with the PjM, track project budget and prepare reports or projections as required. Confer with County officials on minor permit issues and work with the Plant Engineering Chief Engineer (PECE) on significant permit or code issues; and coordinate contractor access and security issues.
  • Project Development – Interface with both the Laboratory technical and Enterprise Departments to identify and interpret program requirements; develop scope of work and letters of justification; may participate in selection of design professionals, consultants and contractors; develop a project schedule and cost models; review design submissions for compliance with program requirements and Lab standards; effectively communicate design development concepts and requirements with stakeholders; develop and review budgets, cost estimates, and contract documents; and participate in evaluating proposals from prospective construction contractors.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related discipline OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have 8 years of field experience in executing, managing, monitoring or inspecting a wide range of construction disciplines including: demolition, site work, foundations, metal framing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roofing, interior and exterior finishes.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage, monitor and inspect projects with a total cost of at least $1,000,000 and have demonstrated increase in responsibilities over time.
  • Proficiency in the use of or demonstrated ability to learn the use of project management software.
  • Ability to work non – standard (off hours) shifts.
  • Experience in the preparation and review of plans, specifications, estimates of materials and costs for the construction, extension, alteration, or repair of buildings and technical facilities.
  • Appropriate experience includes familiarity with the construction of various types of structures (industrial, institutional, research, and commercial) and relevant interior finishes and MEP systems.
  • Applicants must be familiar with planning and executing projects in a campus environment.
  • Must have ability to walk construction project sites including use of ladders to access roofs and crawl spaces.
  • Must have strong collaborative skills and be able to work closely with members of the Laboratory community and outside consults and contractors to create effective relationships.
  • Must possess excellent listening, customer service, negotiation, and organizational skills and be able to communicate effectively.
  • Must be experienced in the use of standard office software and the use of mobile computing equipment.
  • Valid driver’s license required; applicants will be subject to a driver’s record evaluation.

Desired Qualifications: State of Maryland tradesman license. Familiarity with Special Secure Area construction. Proficient in the use of Newforma, AutoCAD, MS Project and EVMS software. Familiar with environmental and life safety regulations.

Special Working Conditions: Requires the occasional operation of APL vehicles. Requires occasional non-standard work hours.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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