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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 17 Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories, and operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. SLAC develops and operates some of the world’s premier science facilities, including the first hard X-ray free-electron laser. Research at SLAC explores the structure and function of matter and the properties of energy, space and time, at the smallest and largest scales, all with the goal of solving problems facing society and advancing human knowledge.



Senior Construction Project Manager (Fixed-Term)

Job Requisition #: 3395
Classification Title: Project Manager 2 - Facilities/Construction
Grade: K
# of openings: 1
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Menlo Park, CA (HQ)



SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is seeking a Senior Construction Project Manager to deliver world-class design and construction of facilities and infrastructure projects in support of world-changing scientific research. In this role, the project manager will be responsible for planning, developing, procurement, design, construction, and close-out/transition to operations of projects ($100k - $20M). SLAC currently has multiple ongoing projects to improve scientific research capabilities and to maintain existing infrastructure, including offices, administrative spaces, scientific laboratories, cleanrooms, and campus-wide supporting civil infrastructure.

In addition to core duties, responsibilities include the following: manage project cost, schedule, technical scope, and risk; organize and hold readiness reviews; identify and manage project risks to navigate cost, schedule, and scope constraints. Gather, organize and disseminate specifications and requirements. Integrate Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) considerations in planning, design and construction of facilities; implement SLAC ES&H policy and best practices in construction. Oversee general contractor activities such as safety, configuration, cost and schedule control; ensure that construction conforms to SLAC policies and engineering specifications under very dynamic working conditions. This position will liaise with a broad range of client groups and stakeholders, including SLAC scientists and physicists, management and operations, finance and contracting, facilities maintenance experts, and other project stakeholders. The senior project manager will also present project information to various stakeholders, including the DOE in Project Status Peer Reviews, SLAC Laboratory Management, and the prospective user community.

This position is an employee of Stanford University, providing support to the Department of Energy (DOE) contract at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. This position requires the highest personal and professional commitment to delivering safe, quality design and construction performance. This position reports to the Infrastructure Projects Group within the Facilities and Operations (F&O) Design and Construction Services (DCS) team.


  • Manage large and complex projects with high performance risk, driving project(s) to completion. May manage more than one large project simultaneously. Work is typically comprised of 80% time contribution towards project leadership and 20% as a technical contributor.
  • Perform the full range of project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Independently lead and direct projects requiring high levels of functional integration and involving multiple disciplines to be managed.
  • Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete project.
  • Facilitate discussions and negotiations to drive recommendation consensus.
  • Develop and help execute comprehensive change management strategy and communication plan relative to project scope and stakeholders; orchestrate and lead change management methodologies underlying project success.
  • These elements typically delineate the project management involved at this level: Charter origination or scope identification and shaping, scope definition; # of disciplines/stakeholders to manage is across university-wide impact, and city, county constituents; risk-manage, control and report on risk associated with more complicated projects, affecting division or program as it relates to their project portfolio and risk sharing and control is skewed further to the project manager: project complexity involves synthesizing complex technical data and driving decisions; primary university relationship is at the senior associate/administrative dean, faculty and directors level: single project budget/scope accountability-up to $10M; cumulative budget/scope accountability over $10M.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

Note: This is a 24 months fixed term position with the possibility of extension or conversion to a regular- continuing position.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in Engineering (especially Electrical, Mechanical, or Civil), Architecture, Construction Management, or related field and five years of experience in management of projects with extensive size/complexity and moderate performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting or a combination of education and relevant experience including:

  • Overseeing contract procurement, personnel selection and performance management, communications with contractors and vendors, contract negotiation, change control, and earned-value measurement.
  • Performing project engineering and project controls of complex industrial or commercial projects and substantial experience in civil, building, mechanical, electrical, and utility construction.
  • Testing, special inspection, permitting, and system commissioning.
  • Various project delivery methods (including design-build and design-bid-build)
  • Construction project estimating (parametric, unit costs, RS Means, etc.)
  • Construction quality management and assurance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences and be able to convey complex technical information and project objectives to various audiences, including: construction contractors, architects and engineers, supported clients, financial and contracting personnel, senior SLAC leadership, and distinguished visitors.
  • Ability to productively assemble, engage, and lead cross-functional teams. This entails the ability to coordinate with multiple project stakeholders, guide the team to successful decision-making, and lead the team to successfully meet all project goals and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration of scope, time management, cost, quality, human resources communications, risk, and procurement components.
  • Ability to balance customer expectations with project reality.
  • Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem solving in a various situations.
  • Keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.
  • Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects. Thorough knowledge of industry best practices in design and construction.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, comprehend, and interpret multi-disciplinary construction engineering documents, including specifications and contract drawings.
  • Evaluate and approve design and construction schedules in compliance with contract documents.
  • Coordinate, evaluate, and process all RFIs, submittals and change orders in a timely manner.
  • Must demonstrate strongest commitment to construction safety, including construction safety knowledge, field experience, and commitment to proactive safety planning and compliance.
  • Must be a team-player, willing and able to work in a highly collaborative organization, striving to continuously improve delivery of design and construction through continuous process improvement.
  • Must be a team-leader, with a passion for doing it right the first time, able to influence project partners to collaboratively and safely deliver high-quality projects on schedule and within budget.

The following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities are preferred but not required:

  • 10+ years of progressive project leadership experience with design and construction projects.
  • Working knowledge of Primavera P6, MS Project, and collaborative project-management software.
  • Multi-year public-funded construction projects.
  • Pull-planning or Last Planner® System
  • Design and construction experience for specialized laboratories, clean rooms, and experimental science
  • Coordinating with and supporting various project stakeholders in a matrix organization
  • Successfully commissioning highly technical electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Experience in managing technical facilities construction projects.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Project Management (PMI), Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred
  • Engineer in training (EIT), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certification, Professional Engineer (PE) license, or Registered Architect (RA) preferred.

SLAC Employee Competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication:   Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Action Oriented: Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Plans and Aligns: Plans and prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk based computer tasks and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver's license.
  • Auditory acuity with ability to hear horns and bells.
  • Visual acuity with ability to determine colors for finishes.
  • Ability to climb scaffolding, ladders, stairs etc.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work in active laboratories or outdoor environments.
  • May be exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures, be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals or work on roofs at heights greater than 10 ft.
  • May drive vehicle day and night.
  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments, and dress for clean rooms.
  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.


Final candidates are subject to background checks prior to commencement of employment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Internal candidates, who are selected for hire, may require degree verification and/or credit checks based on requirements of the new position.


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