Lead Project Cost Estimator (Closed)

Nov 11 2021 admin Comments Off on Lead Project Cost Estimator (Closed)
  • Full Time


Program:                             Los Angeles Unified School District – Program Support Services
Number of Positions:         One (1)
Salary Range:                     $154.7k to $182.0k annual base salary plus benefits


  • Leads and supervises a team of Estimators, including designating daily assignments.
  • Plans and participates in the preparation of construction cost estimates of buildings or other structures from drawings, outlines, and specifications.
  • Prepares and reviews cost estimates and forms and other materials submitted to secure State and/or federal grants and loans from school aid programs and represents the District on matters pertinent to securing such funds.
  • Checks construction cost estimates submitted by commissioned architects and engineers for accuracy and completeness and compares them with District estimates.
  • Confers with commissioned architects and engineers to resolve differences in their cost estimates and District estimates for each project and negotiates agreements on preliminary estimates of construction costs.
  • Makes studies and prepares reports when contractors’ bids vary widely from the agreed construction cost estimate.
  • Checks segregations of contract costs as estimated by building contractors and recommends acceptance or rejection as a basis for progress payments.
  • Analyzes change orders on construction work under contract and approves or rejects extras or credits submitted.
  • Prepares or reviews cost estimates for projects.
  • Establishes and maintains procedures for approval of plans and specifications for building projects and submission of approved projects to public bidding.
  • Develops methods for maintaining data used in records, charts, and graphs reflecting estimated construction costs compared with actual costs.
  • Conducts and participates in seminars and workshops with staff and minority contractors relative to school construction bidding procedures, contracts, and cost estimating.
  • Estimates costs of damages to District property caused by fire, natural disaster, and major acts of vandalism.
  • Establishes budgets for school building projects.
  • Assists other branches with related functions.
  • Prepares preliminary and final independent cost estimates of projects for comparison with designer or contractor for PM/CM to establish negotiating position.
  • Prepares change order estimates for Owner Authorized Representatives to establish negotiating position.
  • Provides support in price negotiations.
  • Prepares claim analyses and estimates.
  • Reviews contractor’s claims and proposals for merit and accountability.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • 15 years full time paid professional experience in the preparation of complete cost estimates for major/complex type I, II, or III, and V building construction as defined by the State building codes, including three years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in developing conceptual and preconstruction cost estimates for complex school building projects.
  • Ability to prepare cost estimates quickly in a fast- paced working environment.
  • Knowledge of current local construction labor and material costs.
  • Extensive experience in developing and estimating the scope of work for change orders.
  • Ability to compare the independent cost estimate with contractor proposal to quickly identify differences.
  • Ability to develop scope of work based on RFI/RFC answers and estimates the detailed costs of those scopes of work independent of the contractor proposal.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.


  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management


Deadline to submit resume:
Wednesday December 1, 2021 @ 9:00am (no late submissions accepted)
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements: hr@paragon-em.com
Subject line:  LAUSD Lead Project Cost Estimator

Approximate Processing Time:
SHORTLIST: Within 1 week from resume submission
INTERVIEW: Within 2 weeks from resume submission
SELECTION NOTIFICATION: Within 3 weeks from resume submission
Recruitment # CM-LPCE-1121-25

To apply for this job email your details to hr@paragon-em.com