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Construction Project Manager

at YES Prep Public Schools

Posted: 1/15/2020
Job Reference #: 1207915
Keywords: operations

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Construction Project Manager

Location:Houston, TX

POSITION: Construction Project Manager  

REPORTS TO: Managing Director of Operations  

POSITION TYPE: 12-months 

COMPENSATION: $57,423 - $74,650 


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 87% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-three (83%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? YES Prep has 19 campuses serving 6th-12th graders, like Monique Bowie. While students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, they quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. To combat this further, YES Prep is opening 2 elementary campuses starting in the 20-21 school year, and adding 2 elementary campuses per year until 2024, to serve even more families and provide access to a college preparatory mindset from a child’s first schooling experience. 

Houston is the 4th largest city and our increasing population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow from 14,123 students currently, to 23,000 by the 2024 – 2025 school year. 


YES Prep needs a dynamic Construction Project Manager, with a diverse set of experiences to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  

To put it simply, you will play an integral role in ensuring that all YES Prep campuses are structurally maintained and safe for our students and staff.  


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Actively supporting the mission of educational equity and pathways to college by ensuring safe access to facilities 

  • Ensuring daily safe access to the assigned campus for all staff and students   

  • Participating, facilitating, and observation of drills and emergency procedures 

  • Investigations and auditing as assigned 

  • Providing a controlled environment to facilitate the best learning environment.  

  • Using and implementing cutting edge designs and technology 

  • Joining a growing system with opportunities for advancement 

  • Leading job site team, including directly supervising a staff of superintendents, engineers, and administrators to achieve financial, productivity, quality, and safety objectives 

  • Managing project finances, including but not limited to buyout within the established estimate, owner directed changes, and subcontractor change management

  • Developing and maintaining construction schedule, tracking progress and planning upcoming work to achieve project schedule’s milestones

  • Developing a QA/QC plan for the project, and overseeing the implementation and maintenance of the plan

  • Developing detailed subcontractor scope descriptions, providing thorough review of subcontractor proposal to ensure scope inclusions

  • Ensuring coverage of project estimate by reviewing construction documents and identifying and addressing potential scope gaps or savings

  • Performing constructability review during preconstruction and provide solutions to potential issues

  • Anticipating potential project issues, planning activities to prevent problems and accomplishing project objectives

  • Developing a project specific safety plan that creates a culture of safe work behavior on site, and overseeing the implementation and maintenance of the plan

  • Developing a Crisis Management plan for the project 

  • Identifying actual and potential safety hazards and taking appropriate steps to remove safety hazards

  • Managing interactions of corporate departments and subsidiaries with the project team 

  • Acting as project team leader and champion in the implementation and enforcement of company policies and procedures 

  • Ensuring the project meets budget and schedule

  • Managing closeout process effectively

  • Additional duties as assigned


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Science or related field 

  • 3-5 years’ experience in commercial construction as Project Manager or Assistant Project Manager, including experience with a commercial general contractor 

  • Previous experience in a project management role with the ability to execute multiple projects and/or simultaneously 

  • Ability to master sector/project-specific software systems including but not limited to: Microsoft Office suite, MS Project, ProCore, Adobe, BlueBeam

  • Mastery of reading construction drawings; tasks including reading, interpreting, and updating construction project-related drawings

  • Ability to organize necessary resources, including people, tools and time to meet tight deadlines and achieve desired results

  • Knowledge of current market conditions including pricing conventions and trends

  • Strong computer skills and ability to write clear accurate reports.  

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress 

  • Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team 

  • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional 

Must demonstrate a strong ability to: 

  • Carry oneself as a leader and knowledge holder of the project while facilitating the decision-making process

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and passion for construction and our industry 

  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, with a strong ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner

  • Take initiative and seek responsibility

  • Seek continuous improvement of knowledge and abilities, internal focus on self-improvement

  • Recognize quality and implement contractual and YES Prep quality standards

  • Adapt and exercise flexibility with the ever-changing world of technology, design, means and methods 

  • Collaborate with people of various backgrounds and styles

  • Foster positive relationships with colleagues, clients, subcontractors and vendors 

  • Approach all situations with a customer service-oriented attitude

  • Coach, train and educate assistant level operations team members 

  • Exhibit respectfulness by being punctual, engaged/focused, and respectful of others 


  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance–  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Retirement Plans – Participation in Teacher Retirement System of Texas and a 457 Retirement Plan. 

  • Paid Time Off– 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers 6 - 12 weeks of full paid leave. 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  

  • Award Winning Culture– The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston’s Best Place to work in 2018 and 2019. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.  


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-five percent (95%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 


If this sounds like your just right job, apply today!

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