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Project Management - Division Director

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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a Project Management Division Director to lead our project management function and ensure the successful delivery of $100 to $200M in annual civil construction projects. The Project Management Division Director ensures the delivery of Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) is aligned with Seattle Public Utilities Strategic Plan, is appropriately managed, represents the best value for customers, and identifies opportunities to develop the Division's capacity and capabilities.
The Project Management Division Director is accountable for: Managing and coordinating the design and construction of complex utility projects to ensure successful project delivery.
Delivery of CIP project management support to ensure that CIP project goals, including scope, budget, schedule, and quality are met; and project risks and impacts are managed properly.
Collaborating with Lines of Business to ensure the objective of SPU's Strategic Plan and Capital Improvement program are achieved through the delivery of project management services.
This position reports to the Project Delivery and Engineering Deputy Director and is accountable for leading the Project Management Division consistent with corporate policies, methods, standards and financial plans. The Project Management Director will ensure that the Capital Improvement Project portfolio is appropriately managed and represents the best value for our customers.
Job Responsibilities
Lead the Project Management Division to manage the design and construction of complex infrastructure projects to ensure successful delivery of between $100 and $200M in Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) annually. Applies industry standard project management practices in project design, delivery, start-up and commissioning. Monitors project cost trends and schedule performance, cash flow and related finances providing direction to improve project portfolio financial performance.
Delivery of CIP project support to ensure that CIP project goals, including scope, budget, schedule, quality, and risk are met. Works collaboratively with stakeholders to generate successful project delivery methodologies, systems, and procedures that lead to optimal outcomes in time, cost and quality of built work.
Plan and direct the activities of the Project Management Division, internal staff, external consultants and contractors; provide regular feedback and monitoring of work flow and quality. Provide mentoring and coaching to build capacity and capability of project management staff. Promote staff development; acknowledge accomplishments; establish performance expectations and proactively address performance concerns and personnel issues.
Monitor project portfolio cost trends and schedule performance, cash flow, invoices, and related financial items, and provide direction to improve project portfolio financial performance as well as risk mitigation and recompense for cost and schedule impacts.
Investigate specific project delivery related performance issues, communicates early warning signs of troubled projects and initiates corrective action with appropriate stakeholders.
Lead the Project Management Division in establishing project management objectives, policies, procedures and performance standards within boundaries of SPU and City policy/regulations.
Oversee change management processes and lead change negotiation to insure the City is adequately compensated for time, cost and quality fluctuations.
Identification of project level milestones and their integration into a comprehensive master schedule. Monitor project and portfolio schedule variances and timely recommend appropriate corrective action.
Financial knowledge and performance for the Project Management Division. Management to capital and operation budget and rate targets. Allocates divisional resources and assures utilization to achieve the best value for SPU customers.
Champion and facilitate a safe and inclusive workplace that supports employee engagement, innovation and productivity.
Develop a One Team culture that reflects superb team work where leaders and staff effectively seek out and apply diversity of knowledge and skills. Foster a productive team environment while driving projects to successful completion.
Maintain positive relationships with elected officials, customers, and stakeholders and be responsive to complaints, commendations, and inquiries. Proactively communicate Branch initiatives, operations and projects to SPU partners, stakeholders, employees and customers.
Responsive to identified customer values, service equity and regulatory compliance in the planning and management of the delivery of Project Management services. Actively ensure that all communities and customer groups have equitable access, service delivery and ability to use Project Management services.
Plan and prioritize the work of the Division. Ensure internal policy and procedure compliance. Provide sufficient resources to provide services in an efficient, innovative, inclusive and safe manner.
Qualifications
Education
: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or universityin Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Project Management, Architecture, Business, Public Administration, or a related field.
Comprehensive knowledge of industry standard project management methods and techniques, as well as budget development and monitoring, public agency procurement, contract negotiation and administration.
Experience:
A minimum of ten (10) years of recent and verifiable experience in a senior project management or project controls position for large civil design and construction and a minimum of five (5) years of experience directly supervising personnel. Demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship, public health, regulatory compliance and service equity in the planning and delivery of civil projects.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.
Licensure/Certification:
Licensure as a Professional Engineer by the State of Washington, or ability to obtain within six (6) months, is preferred. Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute is preferred.
Additional Information
Appointment is contingent on review of criminal history as well as verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process.
The ideal candidate has a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of project design and construction management and must be able to effectively interact, communicate, lead and work collaboratively with stakeholders at all levels. Excellent organizational and communication skills are required to interact and build trust with a variety of stakeholders.
Seattle is known as a progressive leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is a leading local government in environmental stewardship, green building and social justice, making our City what it is today and shaping our future. Our employees play an important role in making this possible.
Seattle Public Utilities has three lines of business, which include: drinking water, drainage and wastewater, recycling, organics and garbage pickup services within the City of Seattle.Our Promise is to provide efficient and forward-looking utility services that keep Seattle the best place to live.
The Project Management Division is part of the Project Delivery and Engineering Branch which includes Project Management, Project Services, Ship Canal Water Quality Project Office, Engineering and Technical Services, Construction Management, and Development Services Office. The Project Management Division manages a diverse portfolio of over 100 active Capital Improvement Projects totaling over $1.4B in capital budget and $133M in annual spending in 2018. SPU is committed to invest $2.1 billion in capital projects between 2019 and 2024. The CIP portfolio includes projects of size and complexity that require comprehensive project management services to ensure rate payers receive the best value for their capital investment. The capital portfolio includes significant investments in reducing combined sewer overflows (CSO), and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) into Puget Sound, Lake Washington and other waterways; pump station facility upgrades to improve water storage access and address longstanding flooding and water pollution; improvements to sewer and drainage systems to reduce chronic sewer backups and completing design and construction of the South Recycling Facility. The Project Management Division is comprised of approximately thirty-five (35) professional, technical staff.
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