City of Somerville Project Manager in Somerville, Massachusetts
Statement of Duties
The Water and Sewer Department Project Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating projects, such as emergency response, system maintenance, and pipeline rehabilitation projects. This position coordinates and directs activities involved in the implementation and completion of projects including but not limited to: defining and controlling scope, schedule, budget, design review, and construction compliance.
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Oversee the planning, design and construction of municipal utility projects including water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.
Manage, organize, coordinate and monitor activities of consultants, design professionals, contractors, City staff, outside agencies and other project professionals to insure that construction projects are designed, conducted and completed in accordance with goals established by the Water and Sewer Department with respect to quality of work, schedule and budget.
Coordinate with the Engineering Department, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, the Office of Sustainability and Environment, and other City departments to implement project design standards and recommend critical design elements in the planning of the City’s utility system infrastructure.
Work cooperatively with other City employees and private organizations to facilitate project implementation and completion.
Interact with utility companies and other governmental agencies to obtain necessary permits and clearances and to ensure regulatory compliance including safety requirements.
Meet and work with elected officials, community representatives, business owners, residents and other stakeholders to review proposed projects and activities, address questions and comments and educate community on the value and need for proposed projects.
Attend and manage public meetings outside of regular work hours.
Solve problems and work through unusual situations using professional judgement and by adapting methods or interpreting instructions to resolve a particular problem.
Exhibit judgment and ingenuity to develop new or adapt existing methods and approaches for accomplishing objectives or to deal with new or unusual requirements within the limits of the guidelines or policies.
Develop program and project budgets, schedules, work plans, and cost estimates and projections.
Manage projects through the public procurement process including bidding and construction.
Review and prepare Amendments and Change Orders on design and/or construction projects.
Review and approve Contractors’ Certificates for Payment and/or consultant invoices.
Analyze and prepare written reports on program and project performance using quantitative and qualitative analyses and other project management techniques.
Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, and streamline work processes.
Plan and execute the design and construction of municipal utilities in conformance with Federal, State and local regulations and design standards ensuring that the work meets or exceeds expectations.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Management with seven to ten (7-10) years of related work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Successful pre-employment physical examination
Valid Class D driver’s license
Engineer-In-Training Certification in Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
OSHA 10-hour Construction Site Safety
OSHA Confined Space Entry Training
Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering, research methods and report presentation; knowledge of the principles and practices of project management, work breakdown structures, communications planning, team management, scheduling, budgeting, accounting and finance methods; knowledge of environmental laws and regulations as they pertain to municipal water and sewer systems construction and operation; knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations related to engineering, environment, OSHA regulations, infrastructure and procurement; knowledge and expertise with various local, state and federal funding mechanisms for infrastructure.
Ability: Ability to produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar; use and interpret graphical information such as construction plans, schematic drawings, flow charts, layouts and other visual aids, and electronic project management applications; interpret information accurately and make decisions according to existing laws, regulations and policies; ability to manage multiple projects of various complexities with competing interest and multiple funding sources.
Skill: Proficient communication skills, both verbal and written as well as the ability to deal with the public in tense situations; proficiency with computers in all office software along with various engineering software applications like GIS or Arc View.
The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices; field work will require exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. Work may require some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain, or standing or walking most of the work period. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to emergency repairs, after-hours required construction, to attend evening meetings or complete work assignments.
Physical and Mental Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.
Employee will spend time in the office and in the field during construction projects. Work effort involves an equal mix of sitting, standing and walking to perform work tasks. Work requires some agility such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain. There may also be some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 30 lbs). Employee may be standing for periods longer than two to three (2-3) hours at a time and may encounter inclement weather.
Duties may involve assignments requiring application of hand and eye coordination with finger dexterity and motor coordination. Examples include operating a motor vehicle, using a personal computer, or climbing a ladder.
Visual demands include constantly reading documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes, making detailed visual observations, and routinely reviewing non-written materials such as maps and blueprints for analytical purposes.
Salary: $92,006.73 annualized, plus benefits
Date Posted: October 24th, 2023
City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.
The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request. Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or email@example.com.
Pre-Employment Requirements for All Employees:
MA Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance
Completition of Conflict-of-Interest Law Education training for municipal employees
Overview of Total Rewards:
4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) union positions vary by contract
Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) - 80% of premium costs paid by City
Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna
Vision care through Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Long term disability through Sun Life
Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual
Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending through Benefit Strategies
Deferred compensation plans through a choice of three vendors
Free, confidential services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health
Annual cancer screening & wellness release
Somerville Retirement Pension System
MBTA pass program
FREE Blue Bikes membership
Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit programs offered by the City of Somerville and not a binding contract.
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