Director Of Utilities Design And Construction Division

Fairfax, Virginia
$97,635.62 - $162,725.26 Annually
Mar 06, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time
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Responsible for the overall organization, management, and fiscal accountability of all personnel, programs, equipment, training, safety, financial, and budgetary matters related to the Utilities Design and Construction Division (UDCD) of Capital Facilities (CAP) within the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
  • Manages all aspects of construction for Transportation and Stormwater projects including; bidding phase, pre-construction activities, construction management, and project close-out.
  • Responsible for overall project management, construction management, regulatory code compliance, project scheduling, meeting countywide public and environmental safety standards for the implementation of complex Transportation and Stormwater projects. Works closely with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Transportation to coordinate the implementation of transportation projects. Also works closely with the Stormwater Planning Division to coordinate the implementation of stormwater projects.
  • Manages the county Land Survey Branch performing a wide variety of critical survey support to multiple county agencies.
  • Manages Inspection Branch staff responsible for installed quantity verification, quality control, and environmental code compliance for projects across all sectors of UDCD.
  • Manages the Streetlight and Developer Default Branch including the inventory of all county-wide streetlights and the close-out of developer default projects. Works closely with local utility companies on streetlight and other utility issues.
  • Ensures the timely, efficient, and economical delivery of assigned projects.
  • Responsible for overall management of highly technical, diverse projects critical to the county and often non-routine for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and code.
  • Provides support during the response to and recovery from emergency events within the county.
  • Works in the county's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as needed.
  • Serves under the general direction of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) Deputy Director for Capital Facilities.
  • Serves as a liaison and advisor to the Deputy Director, DPWES, CAP, and other agency directors on matters pertaining to Transportation and Stormwater construction, survey work, and streetlight/developer default matters.
  • May serve as Acting Deputy Director, DPWES - CAP in the absence of the incumbent.
  • Serves as a key member of the Capital Facilities leadership/management teams and closely coordinates activities with other members of CAP to improve project delivery and customer service; demonstrates and promotes collaboration among employees in DPWES, CAP, and with other county agencies in the planning and implementation of capital projects.
  • Works with members of the Board of Supervisors, other county agencies and state/federal agencies to build alliances and improve collaboration.
  • Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Leads a large division of engineers and other professionals in the planning, design, budgeting and construction of complex utility or other related capital projects including stormwater and wastewater conveyance systems and wastewater treatment;
  • Responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, bidding, design, project management, regulatory and code compliance, safety, and compliance with environmental standards and requirements in carrying out all division capital projects;
  • Ensures the safe, timely, efficient and economical delivery of all utility projects;
  • Serves as an advisor to Deputy Director, DPWES, Capital Facilities and other County officials on utility design and construction and on related contractual matters;
  • Negotiates critical, highly technical and diverse project agreements, contracts and claim settlements in compliance with Federal, State and local codes, regulations and ordinances;
  • Directs field survey work for all internal project design and construction contracts;
  • Responsible for preparation of engineering plans and specifications required for these projects, also engineering cost estimates, special contract provisions, and coordination of easement acquisitions;
  • Responsible for preparation of technical criteria for selection of engineering consultants for the design of capital projects;
  • Responsible for division management pertaining to budget and report preparation, policy and procedural guidance, and all personnel issues.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering, and contract administration;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of utility design and construction; including stormwater and wastewater conveyance systems and wastewater treatment;
  • Knowledge of the Public Facilities Manual, the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the codes and ordinances which apply to building construction and land disturbing activities in Fairfax County;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques relating to construction project management and contract administration;
  • Knowledge of Fairfax County Purchasing Resolution and agency-specific A/E and construction contracting requirements;
  • Considerable experience in overall management of engineering administration and procedures;
  • Ability to plan, make investigations and prepare comprehensive technical reports;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, other County officials, other governmental jurisdictions and other County agencies.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architecture field; plus nine years of progressively responsible professional experience in managing the planning, design and construction of large scale capital utilities or building projects, three years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Possession of a valid Virginia Professional Engineer or Architect license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  1. Ten or more years of progressively responsible experience in all aspects of construction management, Transportation and Stormwater Capital projects - preferably in local, state, or federal government.
  2. Experience in resolving construction claim disputes and thorough knowledge of construction contract law.
  3. Experience overseeing the administration of contracts for assigned capital improvement projects and the contract administration of work in the Survey Branch and Streetlight/Developer Default Branch.
  4. Strong knowledge in the procurement of professional service contracts and lump sum/unit price construction contracts; the award of construction contracts, bidding, and familiarity with federal and state requirements for grant funded projects.
  5. Experience working with members of the Board of Supervisors, other county agencies and state/federal agencies to build alliances and improve collaboration.
  6. Certified Construction Manager (CCM).

Ability to traverse rugged terrain and ongoing construction sites. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.