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Construction Development Manager


The Construction Development Manager is responsible for developing new business opportunities and managing relationships with clients, project managers, designers, brokers, and others.  These efforts will deepen relationships with existing and new client base and continue the growth of Gronen’s reputation and breadth of services throughout the region.  A strong emphasis on development will be integrated within this role. 


This position will work closely with both the construction and the development team and bring structure to both potential and existing projects. 


The Construction Development Manager will oversee small to medium sized projects and assist with additional projects as needed in assembling pre-construction estimates/budgets, develop schedules and deadlines to keep development on schedule, and break complex projects into bid packages.  Upon project commencement, this role will track the budget, update clients on changes, as well as, coordinate and schedule all work necessary to complete the building project.  


This position will be responsible for multiple projects in various stages of construction from project development, preconstruction, design, to project close-out.


More About Gronen

Gronen, anchored in Dubuque, IA, has played a significant role in the revitalization of downtown Dubuque through its rehabilitation, construction, and property & facility management services.  Established in 1999, Gronen has completed development projects totaling costs in excess of $300,000,000, and has grown to manage over 2 million square feet of mixed-use property in Dubuque’s urban core.  These projects have brought new life into the urban areas they inhabit, creating long needed residential opportunities, historic store fronts filled with eating establishments, retail, and office space, as well as providing space for non-profit organizations that serve the downtown community.  All have been truly catalytic for Dubuque’s urban core.

Core Responsibilities
  • Assist, if not lead, continuous improvement on tracking job performance and integrating systems to streamline estimating to job reporting 

  • Create and manage the budgets for each project, including supplies, materials, and labor

  • Create schedules for construction projects and ensure projects are fully staffed

  • Maintain continuous communication with clients and update them on any changes

  • Manage both new construction and rehabilitation projects

  • Oversee subcontractors and vendors to ensure quality standards are met

  • Comply with legal requirements, building and safety codes, and other regulations

  • Effectively communicate and maintain good working relations with local authorities

  • Must be good at planning for large-scale, multi-steps projects

  • This person must effectively plan, coordinate and communicate with the owners, superintendent, project architects and engineers, contractors, suppliers, etc. for each project

Qualifications and Skills
  • Prefer 3-5 years of construction management experience

  • Good writing and speaking skills are a must

  • Must know construction methodologies, read blueprints, and understand technical aspects of construction

  • A bachelor’s degree in Construction Management or Construction Engineering is preferred  

  • Most projects located in downtown Dubuque and surrounding areas 

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft suite products, as well as Microsoft Project Scheduling software, and have excellent communication, organizational, presentation, and problem-solving skills

  • Sage Contractor 100, Plan-Swift and Bluebeam experience a plus

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