Senior Construction Project Manager

Arlington, Virginia
$74,672.00 - $114,004.80 Annually
Jan 17, 2020
Jan 24, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This is a re-opening to expand the pool of qualified candidates to fill an additional vacancy. If you have already applied for this position, there is no need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking an experienced leader to perform senior level professional construction management work for Facilities Management Bureau projects. This employee serves as the Senior Project Manager for the administration and coordination of complex building construction projects from initial development through final inspections and turnover to County user groups. County building projects include libraries, community and recreation centers, fire stations and office buildings.

Specific duties include:
  • Planning and directing major new construction, design engineering and renovation projects;
  • Preparing initial programming documents, such as capital budget estimates and scope of work;
  • Leading the project permitting and approval process and coordinating with involved citizen groups and County review staff;
  • Directing the project design team in the preparation of construction documents, specifications, and project contract scope of work;
  • Leading the construction contractor selection process and monitoring contractor schedule and quality of work, ensuring compliance with scope of work and requesting corrective action where required;
  • Reviewing and approving change orders and recommending changes in designs, specifications and schedules to accommodate conditions at construction site or to expedite construction;
  • Monitoring and overseeing the project budget and dispersal of funds; reviewing all pay requests and change orders for appropriateness; and
  • Managing the project close out and hand over of completed project to County user group and Facilities Management Bureau and providing follow-up actions as required during the warranty period.
Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Project Management or a related field, plus considerable progressively responsible experience in project management and administration as a facilities engineer or construction manager or related field.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who are registered as an Architect or Professional Engineer in Virginia or a state with reciprocity and/or who have experience with one or more of the following:
  • Managing design or construction of new or renovated municipal, industrial or commercial facilities that have achieved LEED certification;
  • Project management in a local government environment;
  • Using project management software;
  • Utilizing construction scheduling software; and/or
  • Managing facility operations and maintenance programs for the replacement of mechanical and related systems and subsystems.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Employees that are registered as a Professional Engineer will be eligible for an additional pay premium of $2,600 annually.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A flexible work schedule is encouraged and some evening or weekend work hours may be required.

The official title of this position is Facilities Project Specialist.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management or a related field?
  • Yes
  • No


How much progressively responsible experience in project management and administration as a facilities engineer or construction project manager or related field do you have?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 or more years


Please select if you have experience with any of the following: Check all that apply.
  • Managing design or construction of new or renovated municipal, industrial or commercial facilities that have achieved LEED certification
  • Project management in a local government environment
  • Using project management software
  • Utilizing construction scheduling software
  • Managing facility operations and maintenance programs for the replacement of mechanical and related systems and subsystems
  • None of the above


Please select all that apply:
  • I am a registered Architect
  • I am a registered Architect in a state with reciprocity
  • I am a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • I am a registered Professional Engineer in a state with reciprocity
  • Not applicable

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