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March 9, 2018

Construction Management Associate, Bellwether Housing, posted 3/8/2018

Construction Management Associate

For over 37 years Bellwether Housing has been Seattle’s largest, and most respected, non-profit organization, providing affordable housing for low-income individuals and families. Bellwether Housing offers an uplifting work environment with a diverse group of talented professionals who are committed to our mission and values of creativity, collaboration, ambition, warm-heartedness, and professionalism.

Position Summary

The Construction Management Associate will work closely with construction managers and other members of the Development Team to perform and manage a range of tasks related to the planning, construction, rehabilitation, design, and ongoing portfolio management of affordable housing and other community development projects for Bellwether Housing, and for other nonprofit organizations that have engaged Bellwether to provide development services.

Position Responsibilities

  • Assist construction managers in overseeing the construction process of larger projects, including compliance with building, energy and other codes and regulatory requirements; site inspections; requests for payment and monitor costs related to design and construction; change order evaluation and processing; loan disbursement requests; assure compliance with plans and specifications; ensure adequacy of close-out materials (e.g., as-builts, warranties, lien releases, O&M manuals, progress photos, shop drawings).
  • Assist with site/building evaluation and feasibility studies.
  • Coordinate bid and qualifications processes to select design and construction related consultants.
  • Ensure construction and design values and priorities are established and carried out. Manage the use and maintenance of Bellwether’s Construction Standards Handbook.
  • Participate in project design development; review design documents for completeness, coordination, and clarity.
  • Participate in project cost estimating and value engineering
  • Ensure construction schedule is complete and timely.
  • Coordinate relocation planning and implementation, coordinate construction activities with Property Management, and ensure existing tenants are informed of construction impacts.
  • Coordinate with local building and utility officials for required permits and approvals.
  • Ensure effective and informed building hand-off with Property Management/Facilities staff.
  • Ensure Bellwether’s values of financial and environmental sustainability are reflected in construction projects.
  • Provide technical expertise to Property Management staff on building systems, upgrades and retrofits in Bellwether’s existing portfolio of buildings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, engineering, or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • 2 years minimum of progressively responsible experience in construction, construction management, or equivalent experience, particularly in large multi-family developments.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret building plans and construction documentation; and professional level knowledge of construction business practices, including permitting, zoning, environmental testing, and abatement.
  • Ability to review and negotiate third party contracts with contractors, architects, and others.
  • Basic understanding of sustainable building systems and practices.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Desire and ability to communicate clearly.
  • Strong customer service ethic.
  • Knowledge of community development and affordable housing.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment over typical construction and design issues.
  • Familiarity with affordable housing financing sources, regulatory requirements and public contracting requirements desired.
  • Position presents opportunity to expand construction management role within the organization, dependent on performance and/or demonstrated experience.

Applicants can apply here, or can apply via our website at