Project Manager

7 days left

Townsville, Australia
15 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

The Project Manager will possess a comprehensive understanding of project management as it relates to construction and the related stringent compliance requirements. The incumbent is responsible for the development and implementation of capital construction projects and renovations and extensions to existing facilities on the campuses and off-site locations of the University which may involve travel to manage remote area construction projects.

Working closely and in conjunction with the Manager, Capital Projects, Planning and Development, the incumbent will also act with some autonomy to resolve onsite problems, including providing day-to-day functional supervision of consultants and contractors working on projects as required.

Division of Services and Resources

The Division of Services and Resources comprises a number of Directorates and Offices, including Financial and Business Services; Estate; Human Resources; Planning, Performance and Analytics; Technology Solutions; and the Health, Safety and Environment Unit, whose activities foster and promote innovation and best practice in the delivery of its services and provide the frameworks and support to assist the Academy and Service Divisions achieve their goals and objectives.

The Division is responsible for overall strategy in relation to: planning, performance and budgeting framework; strategic procurement; financial and human resources; technology services; business intelligence and statistical reporting; strategic commercial activities, including in relation to the Controlled Entities, the Discovery Rise project and Retail outlets; quality enhancement and policy framework; capital infrastructure planning and maintenance and delivery of capital projects for technology and the Estate; health and safety management and compliance; provision of campus services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, security and student accommodation.

The Division has a strong customer service ethic and continuous improvement culture. We are receptive to new ideas and ways in which we can enhance our delivery of services for the University.

Estate Directorate

The Estate Directorate delivers a comprehensive estate management service in support of the University’s teaching, learning, research and engagement goals. The Directorate achieves this through the provision of master planning, space optimisation and timetabling, development and construction, campus services, asset services, infrastructure services, energy management and sustainability. The continuous improvement in the delivery of these services is essential for the provision of an engaging and safe environment for the University community to live, study, work and play.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Deliver capital projects in support of the strategic objectives of the University, and actively contribute to the development of best practice project management practices and procedures through appropriate governance, planning, monitoring and reporting of project activities.
  2. Interpret funding agreements and ensure the Deputy Director, Planning and Development, and service partners are aware of any risks, onerous conditions or significant constraints.
  3. Liaise and consult with relevant internal and external stakeholders to prepare feasibility studies in support of funding applications identified on the Capital and Infrastructure Plan (or approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Services and Resources), including interpreting functional requirements, researching and investigating innovate accommodation solutions, and preparing design briefs for capital projects.
  4. Prepare or facilitate preparation of sketch plans, cost estimates, pre-design studies, and reports using either University or outsourced service providers, and assess and make determinations or recommendations concerning design solutions, materials or product selections and construction methods, including investigating industry standards and emerging technologies for sustainable buildings.
  5. Maintain an understanding of the requirements for delivering rural and remote accommodation solutions in line with appropriate policies, procedures and processes.
  6. Prepare detailed recommendations for procurement strategies on capital works projects and refurbishment programs and detailed programs from Project Feasibility to Final Completion and provide recommendations for resourcing strategies.
  7. Prepare expressions of interest and invitations to tender, respond to tenderers’ enquiries, convene and chair selection panels, prepare procurement reports and recommendations for the purpose of engaging consultants and contractors.
  8. Undertake superintendence/contract administration, supervision, liaison and project management for construction projects undertaken by University staff or contractors, ensuring accountability through the design and construction phases.
  9. Contribute to the development of policies and procedures relevant to project management of the University’s capital projects, and the review, development and maintenance of the Building Design Guidelines.
  10. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  12. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

Your specific level descriptor can be found within the Enterprise Agreement.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Project Manager is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Project Manager is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.  This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. 
  3. The Project Manager is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position to hold a manual C class driver’s license.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Relevant degree or progress towards postgraduate degree with extensive experience and expertise in a construction related discipline and/or experience as a Project Manager with commensurate responsibility for significant construction projects or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated expertise, ability, and experience in the development and management of all aspects of capital projects including consultation and preparation of functional design briefs, contract administration and supervision, resource and financial management.
  3. Thorough knowledge and understanding of best practice purchasing principles applicable within a public sector organisation, and various forms of contract applicable to the construction industry.
  4. High level written and verbal communication skills, including well developed negotiation and conflict management skills.
  5. Experience with preparation of policies and procedures, and best practice systems including extensive knowledge of building technology, codes and standards.
  6. Commitment to providing outstanding customer service.


  1. Accreditation as an AIPM Certified Practicing Project Manager (CPPM).
  2. Experience working in a University or other public sector environment with construction or construction management experience relating to educational or scientific facilities.