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Capital Improvements Project Manager - (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2023-2024
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Operations
Job Type: Full-Time



Position overview: The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the execution of all ongoing construction projects safely and in compliance with IDEA District requirements and quality requirements. This position will be goal driven, highly organized and detail oriented. Responsibilities include but are not limited to budget, budget monitoring, construction schedule preparation, schedule monitoring, and addressing complaints. The period of employment is based on the completion of the assigned capital project, currently the employment period is estimated to be for approximately two years. This period employment could be less than two years or greater than two years and is driven by project completion timelines.  

  • This is a full-time hybrid (on-site/remote) position based in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
  • This role is a two year role from date of hire.  

What We Offer 




  • Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $66,626 and $80,618, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on organizational performance and goal attainment. 


Other Benefits: 

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include: 


  • Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to​ 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability. 
  • Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost. 


Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses and professional development. IDEA may offer a relocation allowance to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable. 


* IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.


In this role you will:

  • Work collaboratively with the assigned personnel and consulting firms to serve as liaison between campus principals, architects, engineers, consultants, and Maintenance and Facility Services department to develop, review, and finalize project plans, drawings, schematics, and specifications.
  • Submit annual performance and objective reports on construction project progress and submit evaluation reports.
  • Oversee on-site inspection of construction projects to ensure conformance with construction documents and programs, including but not limited to, material testing, air-balancing, fire inspections, and conformance to Technical Design Guidelines.
  • Consult with city, county, state, and federal officials to ensure conformity with codes and ordinances regulating district construction projects.
  • Attend various project development and construction meetings or partnering sessions and assist in identifying methods to expedite the development process.
  • Manage and monitor the assigned personnel relative to the various phases of their responsibilities and ensure that they comply with policies and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with the assigned personnel and consulting firms to supervise warranty correction work, conduct walk-through inspections, and make final warranty check prior to end of warranty periods.
  • Direct the final close-out procedures for the general contractors, engineers, and job order contractors.
  • Work collaboratively with the appropriate departments and/or consulting firms to estimate the cost of construction and repair projects.
  • Perform all other tasks and duties as assigned.


Required experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in construction project management or related field; experience accepted in lieu of degree
  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree in relevant field preferred
  • 5-7 years professional experience, construction management preferred



You will be responsible for leading your team to meet the following ambitious goals:

  • 100% of programmed schools in operation with teacher and student Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) two weeks before the first day of school.
  • 100% of programmed portables and Master Planned and CapEx projects in operation with teacher and student TCO two weeks prior to first day of school.  
  • 100% of emergency Capex projects follow the correct approval and procurement process
  • 100% of punchlists created and resolved for every new school within 60 days after the first day of school.
  • 85% retention of Facilities and Construction staff


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

                      Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

                      Must be reliable, punctual have a strong drive to do whatever it takes

                      Must have solid written and verbal communication skills

                      Must be open to observation and feedback

                      Able to work independently when needed

                      The ability to motivate, delegate, and lead a diverse team to accomplish goals.

                      Computer literacy; can use Microsoft Office software.

                      Strong mathematical skills with ability to understand and interpret data (charts, graphs, etc.).

                      Can follow verbal and written instructions/guidance.

                      Ability to travel up to 50% of the time


We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:   

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college   
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them 
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly 
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes 
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change 
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization 
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes 
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students 


About IDEA Public Schools   


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe each and every child can go to college. Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to a multi-state network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools.     


IDEA Public Schools boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists. IDEA serves over 80,000 college-bound students in 143 schools across Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Ohio, and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.      


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


At IDEA the Staff Culture and Belonging Team uses our Core Values to promote human connection and a culture of integrity, respect, and belonging for all Team and Family members.  Learn more about our Commitment to Core Values here:


To Apply 


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