Senior Project Cost Estimator (Closed)

Aug 08 2023 admin Comments Off on Senior Project Cost Estimator (Closed)
  • Full Time


Client / Project:                Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Project Execution
Salary Range:                     $159.6K to $187.8K annual base salary, depending upon experience
Number of positions:      One (1)


  • Plans, supervises, 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.


  • Minimum eight (8) years full time paid professional experience in Construction Scheduling for an Owner or General Contractor, preferably in an educational facility or public works projects.
  • Proficiency in Primavera Latest Version and MS Office Suite


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


  • Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor’s degree in any course, but with additional two (2) years of experience in the duties above to compensate for the required education.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Superior organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to build efficient working relationships with project teams and department staff.
  • Understanding of theories, principles and practices of cost engineering, scheduling and schedule forensics.


Deadline to submit resume:
Wednesday August 16, 2023 @ 9:00am (late submissions cannot be accepted)
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements: hr@paragon‐
Subject line: LAUSD Senior Project Cost Estimator

Approximate Processing Time:
SHORTLIST: Within 1 week after deadline to submit resume.
INTERVIEW: Within 2 weeks after deadline to submit resume.
SELECTION NOTIFICATION: Within 3 weeks after deadline to submit resume.
Recruitment No.: CM-SPCE-0723-18-Ext

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