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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Construction Design-Contracts Specialist

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3021

UW Job Family: 3E

SOC Code: 11-9021

Pay Grade: 23

Date: December 20, 2007

Job Purpose:

Manages, supervises, coordinates, and evaluates, as directed, all functions related to construction projects including but not limited to: University Planning Teams, contracted architectural and engineering firms, construction contractors, construction managers, quality control contractors, regulatory agencies, and University personnel related to construction operations, and all other entities directly or indirectly related to the planning, design and construction process; and provide professional expertise.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's Degree


2 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Architectural and engineering systems.
  • Architectural design and planning principles and procedures.
  • Procurement rules and regulations.
  • Project management principles, practices, techniques, and tools.
  • Building components and their function.
  • Building components life cycle values and maintenance requirements.
  • Budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Federal, state, university and local building codes, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Contract documents and specifications.
  • Basic routine and advanced construction drawings, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and specifications.
  • Current trade methods, materials and equipment. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Negotiate and manage contracts and resolve work conflicts among contracted or University personnel.
  • Read, interpret, and work from advanced sketches, blueprints, specifications, and construction drawings.
  • Read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Develop and work within project budget, goals and objectives.
  • Make effective operating, administrative, and procedural decisions impacting projects.
  • Determine labor, equipment, and material costs on projects.
  • Manage projects to meet multiple and potentially conflicting timelines.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Develop and present building estimates and feasibility studies.
  • Gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Assess contract compliance and product/service quality.
  • Perform site inspections and/or approve installations.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Manage, supervise, coordinate and evaluate, as directed, the operational, financial, and University personnel activities associated with multiple assigned construction projects.

Manage, supervise, coordinate and evaluate, as directed, the performance of multiple architects, engineers, construction contractors, construction managers, quality control contractors and others contracted on construction projects.

Assist with the development, review and approval of design and construction documents for compliance with codes, specification, regulatory requirements and planning documents as well as compatibility with University guidelines.

Assist with managing and coordinating regulatory negotiations, inspections and approvals.

Some positions may organize, chair, guide and facilitate the action of the University Capital Planning Committees throughout the planning, design and construction processes, as directed.

Assist supervisor or other staff, as assigned.

Prepare estimates and budgets for construction projects, as assigned.

Prepare and administer planning, design and construction documents for in-house projects.

Approve shop drawings, change orders, payment requests and other related submittals and documents.

Supplemental Functions:

Assist in the development of organizational policy relative to campus planning, design and construction.

Maintain project records.

Perform additional duties as assigned by designated supervisor. 

Working Conditions:

Standard office and construction site environments. Regular exposure to construction site hazards, subject to noise, fumes, dust, electrical and mechanical hazards constantly. 

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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