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Construction Cost Estimator

Requisition ID req6400
Working Title Construction Cost Estimator
Position Grade 13
Position Summary

AMENDMENT:  The For Best Consideration Date has been extended to 10/05/18.


UNM’s Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) provides seamless delivery of professional support services to internal clients using best practices in capital project planning, development, and construction. We provide comprehensive, strategic guidance on the institution’s built environment, including campus master planning, programming, architectural development, building efforts and best design practices.


PDC has an exciting opportunity for a Construction Cost Estimator to join our department.  Reporting to our Sr. Planner, this position is responsible for reviewing scopes of work and developing cost estimates for minor and major capital projects.  This position will facilitate and coordinate the development of accurate, timely, and detailed cost estimates in the execution of projects at all University property and leased sites, assessing cost effectiveness of products, projects, and/or services.


The ideal candidate will be able to prepare Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for projects and products by analyzing costs, materials, labor, bid documentation, and specifications associated with each project.  Candidate will assist in the coordination of project implementation as a member of various project teams.

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
  • Ability to work with full range of cost estimating database tools and develop software applications specific to PDC projects.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to relay complex details clearly and succinctly.
  • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to research independently and apply problem solving skills, as well as the ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Ability to provide technical assistance and training to project managers in regards to specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, and/or processes related to estimating; serves as subject-matter expert to internal and external constituents as it relates to cost estimating.
Additional Requirements
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 $5,151.47 (Monthly)
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
For Best Consideration Date 10/5/2018
Application Instructions 1. Please complete the official 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). In your cover letter, address how your qualifications and work experience match the position and the preferred qualifications detailed in this job advertisement. Your cover letter and resume should be uploaded as separate PDF files. 2. Applicants must provide names and contact information for at least three (3) former or current supervisor references with your application materials. 3. Finalists should be prepared to provide official educational transcripts 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.