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Construction Cost Estimator

Requisition ID req11182
Working Title Construction Cost Estimator
Position Grade 13
Position Summary

The University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) seeks a Construction Cost Estimator to join our vibrant, committed team of professionals who support the built environment at UNM. The Construction Cost Estimator will facilitate and coordinate the development of accurate, timely and detailed cost estimates in the execution of major and minor capital and construction projects at all University property and leased sites.


UNM PDC provides seamless delivery of professional support services to internal clients using best practices in capital project planning, development, and construction.


Duties of the Construction Cost Estimator will include, but are not limited to:


·         Providing all levels of estimating, including: Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for planning and programming, design estimates and construction document and bid estimates;

·         Analyzing or preparing estimates for multiple construction projects with varied scopes including costs, materials, labor, bid documentation and specifications associated with each project;

·         Assisting in the coordination of project implementation as a member of various project teams;

·         Supporting project managers in estimate verification and ;

·         Serving as subject-matter expert to internal and external constituents as it relates to cost estimating;

·         Staying informed of current construction trends and cost estimate forecasting.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree from an accredited institution in construction management or related field may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience directly related to construction cost estimating, including estimating database development;
  • Strong ability to relay complex details clearly and succinctly;
  • Ability to research independently and apply problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • Proven ability to provide technical assistance and training to project managers in regards to specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, and/or processes related to estimating.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.
Additional Requirements • See Conditions of Employment section. • Official transcripts, high school diploma, or GED certificate will be required for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.
Campus Main - Albuquerque, NM
Department Capital Projects Office (250A)
Employment Type Staff
Staff Type Regular - Full-Time
Term End Date
Status Exempt
Pay $3,434.31 to $5,667 Monthly (dependent on education and experience)
Benefits Eligible This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB Statement Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check Required No
For Best Consideration Date 11/25/2019
Application Instructions 1. Please complete the online application and submit a cover letter and your current resume: Your resume should include a complete work history with beginning and ending dates (month/year). Please include any certificates or education directly related to construction cost estimating.  In your cover letter, address how your qualifications and work experience match the position and the preferred qualifications detailed in this job advertisement. 2. Upload your cover letter and resume as separate PDF files. 3. Applicants must provide names and contact information for at least three (3) supervisory references with your application materials. 4. Finalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts for highest level of education completed, if selected for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.