The Durst Organization

Project Manager-Field

US-New York
# of Openings
Project Development

Durst Profile

The Durst Organization, founded in 1915 by Joseph Durst, is the owner, manager and builder of 13 million square feet of premiere Manhattan office towers and 1,250 units of residential rental housing. The Durst Organization built the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the United States, the 2.1 million square foot LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. The Organization is recognized as a world leader in the development of high-performance and environmentally advanced commercial and residential properties.

The Durst Organization is the joint venture and equity partner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the development of One World Trade Center, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. The Durst Organization is the managing partner of the 3 million square foot office tower responsible for tenant fit-out, leasing and property management. The Durst Organization is currently building two mixed-use residential buildings. 855 Avenue of the Americas is a 570,000 square foot residential rental tower above an office and retail base and W57th Street is a 709 unit rental building above 45,000 square feet of retail. Both projects are slated for completion in 2015.

The Durst Organization continues to grow and seek out new opportunities for innovative commercial and residential development in and around New York City


The Project Manager of the Development Division plays a central and highly visible role in the advancement and delivery of one or more projects. The Project Manager either directly manages specific projects or assists in the management of large and complex projects. The Project Manager is involved in all day-to-day activities throughout all project phases to assure that quality, time, and cost are all in line with project objectives. The Project Manager is responsible for effecting safe and efficient project field operations in order to achieve timely and profitable completion. The Project Manager must conform to a standard for excellent organizational and communication abilities, and possess the ability to draw upon a thorough understanding of the development and construction process, including but not limited to the ability to read and utilize architectural plans and drawings. This position will coordinate with tenants whenever appropriate to ensure timely and safe completion of all aspects of projects. The Project Manager may oversee direct reports and consultants, as well as collaborate with internal partners. The Project Manager will be The Durst Organization's primary onsite contact for assigned projects.



  • Project Management:
    • Implement executive decisions
    • Conduct and attend meetings as needed
    • Identify, track, prioritize, and resolve issues
    • Create, monitor, and maintain project schedules
    • Conduct regular inspections of contractor and sub-contractor operations to ensure compliance with contract terms and schedule
    • Facilitate the implementation and monitor the project’s sustainability protocol
    • Identify areas of schedule risk and opportunity
    • Coordinate risk mitigation or optimization strategies
    • Provide leadership and other company and project stakeholders with regular updates on project progress and timeline updates
    • Schedule and create agendas for meetings
    • Assist in the development of initial cost estimates and budgets
    • Maintain communication with Owner and Tenants where appropriate
    • Provide information for consideration and decisions by executives
    • Manages and elevates issues to achieve speedy resolution
    • Maintain protocols and processes for clear communication and record-keeping thorough projects
  • Design Team Leadership:
    • Assist in the management of the design process through all phases of design and construction
    • Assist in the coordination of design teams and integrate the efforts of in-house technical staff



  • Manage permit approval /entitlement process:
    • Liaise with design team, expediter, and construction manager to efficiently execute permits from multiple agencies
  • Contract procurement:
    • Issue requests for proposals (RFPs)
    • Obtain, scope, and level bids
    • Negotiate change orders


  • Budget Management:
    • Track costs against budget
    • Approve, reject, or negotiate invoices as appropriate
    • Contribute to routine budget reports as required by supervisors, executives, or lenders
  • Construction Management Supervision:
    • Promote safe working conditions
    • Oversee construction management staffing and trade (union and non-union) coordination
    • Assure adherence to design intent, specifications, and contract costs
    • Assure adherence to the sustainability requirements
    • Identify and implement cost or time saving measures
    • Establish  and enforce appropriate documentation and reporting requirements of the Construction Manager or contractor
    • Ensure quality, timely, and cost appropriate construction
    • Provide regular onsite monitoring.
    • Identify areas where additional expertise is required and report and/or execute as instructed



  • Four (4) year degree from accredited institution, preferably in engineering, architecture, or industry experience relevant to the position
  • Six to Eight (8-10) years of experience in the development, design and/or construction of high-rise residential, commercial, or mixed-use projects in New York City
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects
  • Understanding of bidding, award, construction, and turnover process
  • Knowledge of all major trades and how they integrate into construction
  • Knowledge of quality finish construction
  • Understanding of sustainable design and construction practices
  • Knowledge of New York City building codes
  • OSHA 10 Certification required
  • Knowledge of CEQR and ULURP process is helpful for certain projects
  • Knowledge of trade union jurisdictional issues
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of budget and schedule creation and management\
  • Proven problem-solving skills with ability to devise and implement processes and strategies to resolve complex issues
  • Applied knowledge of software platforms such as Excel, scheduling software (e.g. MS Project, Primavera), Visio and PowerPoint.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer: Minorities/Female/Disabled/Veteran


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