Project Manager

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Project Manager supports learning by managing strategic construction projects and real estate improvements on all Aurora University campuses. As a key member of the team, this person is responsible for ensuring that the university's construction and renovation standards are met in terms of schedule, scope, budget and quality.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Manages all construction, remodeling and renovation projects on all of Aurora University campuses.
  2. Plans, directs and coordinates assigned projects from design to completion.
  3. Oversees the selection of trade contractors and general contractors who are appropriate for the completion of a project.
  4. Manages quality of subcontractors to ensure that schedule, scope, response and cost are consistent with university expectations.
  5. Ensures that all safety precautions are adhered to by vendors and contractors.
  6. Personally inspects all ongoing projects; discusses work in progress with stakeholders; updates supervisor of progress to date.
  7. Acts as liaison between the Aurora University community, architect, construction manager, outside vendors and the neighborhood with respect to scheduling and communication of projects on the Aurora campus.
  8. Ensures that projects are completed to the satisfaction of the university in terms of schedule, scope, budget and quality.
  9. Assists with miscellaneous facility management initiatives as needed.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, related field, or significant/equivalent experience in related field required.


  • Five to ten years significant project management or construction management experience required. Experience as Owner’s Representative highly preferred.
  • Experience managing larger scale construction/renovation projects strongly preferred, particularly in education or healthcare settings.
  • Ability to read and comprehend construction contracts, drawings and specifications for multiple trade disciplines.


  • Customer service focused.
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, both in person and on the telephone.
  • Strategic thinking and orientation with the ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a manner that will reflect positively on the university.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, as well as the ability to deal with changing needs.
  • Ability to prepare reports which are accurate, concise yet thorough, and professionally formatted.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow and operating procedures.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contractual arrangements.
  • Ability to supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
  • Skill in budget preparations and fiscal management.

Special Requirements:

  • Able to work a flexible schedule as needed with some weekends and evenings required.

Physical Requirements:

  • The ability to move about campus and between campus locations, including construction sites and “hardhat” areas.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.