5502 Project Manager 1

Bond Program

Recruitment #PEX-5502-074306





Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year.  We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.


The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Proposition A Bond Program department is seeking experienced individuals to fill two (2) 5502 Project Manager I positions to support the Project Management in the coordination and implementation of school bond-funded construction and modernization projects. The SFUSD Bond Program consists of general modernization of approximately 40 District facilities, IT infrastructure upgrades at up to 120 District facilities, student nutrition upgrades, green schoolyard improvements, and up to two new school facilities. Funding is provided by voter-approved Bond measures.

What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014 SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco.  As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025. 


Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


As the 5502 Project Manager I, you will report to Senior Project Management directors, be a part of the Proposition A Bond Program team, and be a district leader in the coordination and implementation of school bond-funded construction and modernization projects.  You will help to lead Proposition A Bond Program transformational work to deliver on the promises outlined in both Transform Learning. Transform Lives. as well as our long-term, city-wide North Star, Vision 2025.

We want someone who, under general direction, plans, organizes, and supervises activities for design and construction projects included in the SFUSD Bond Program. The 5502 Project Manager I acts as the liaison between the District, school site, administrators, parents and staff, consultants, architects, and contractors to ensure that the authorized projects are completed in accordance with approved policies and procedures. This person interprets, enforces, and assists in the development of policies, methods, and procedures relating to construction and renovation activities. This person also ensures that projects stay within budget, conform to established schedules, and that project modifications are carried out without delay. 


Examples of Essential Duties:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and controls all or part of complex TK, Pre-K and K-12 projects
  • Simultaneously manages multiple projects with a combined value up to $30 million, from concept through design, construction, and DSA close-out of the project
  • Prepares and monitors project budgets, including support for obtaining funding
  • Coordinates work of a multi-disciplinary development team across organizational boundaries, including design architects and related design and construction professionals in the successful completion of assigned projects
  • Works extensively with contractors and consultants, PTA, school site council, site administrators, faculty, and other school district interest groups
  • Controls project cost and schedule and reviews change orders
  • Serves as primary contact for all parties involved in the projects
  • Provides the SFUSD Bond Management Team, District Senior Administrators and Managers, the SFUSD Board of Education and the interested public with regular reports on project status
  • Makes presentations as needed to school sites to inform them of the purposes, practices and progress of the SFUSD Bond Program and to respond to relevant questions and complaints
  • Participates in all pre-construction and construction related activities
  • Advises the District of potential construction-related disputes, requesting Legal and other support services when required
  • Performs other support related duties as required and directed


The strongest candidates will have:


  • Knowledge of:  technical aspects of architectural and engineering design and specifications; technical principles and practices of project and construction management; public capital project construction and requirements of bid documents, financing, estimating and budgeting including planning, calculating overhead, design, and construction costs
  • Ability to:  schedule and budget capital projects; analyze and solve problems, make judgments on required decisions and realize the ramifications and possible impact of each decision; monitor and track project progress and expenditures and implement cost controls; use computer based project management systems; direct work of professional staff; work effectively in a team environment; understand and communicate to others the larger context in which the project is being completed; negotiate and resolve contract disputes; maintain client/contractor relationships; make effective presentations to clients and the community; prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive technical reports; and, communicate effectively with the public, community groups, the media, other District and City departments, agencies, and private contractors
  • AutoCAD and/or similar computer graphics experience
  • Experience in public school construction (K-12) and information technology is highly desirable
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills are required

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary starting at $87,867 - $117,156 annually commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a technical field related to architecture, engineering, planning, construction management or landscape design plus four (4) years of progressively responsible project management or construction management experience;


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus six (6) years of responsible experience in a field directly related to K-12 School Facility Construction and Planning with at least two (2) years of progressively responsible project management or construction management experience;


  • A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field to architecture, engineering, planning, construction management or landscape design plus two (2) years of progressively responsible project management or construction management;


  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.




Essential duties and work is performed in the office and in the field, involving attendance at meetings in the community and visits to construction sites, which may be in remote locations.  Some assignments may require driving and /or extensive night or weekend work.


Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next step in the selection process.

How To Apply

  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references, and any applicable credentials or licenses.  
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process.



Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements.


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.


San Francisco Unified School District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. SFUSD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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