Arlington, Virginia
$94,619.20 - $144,518.40 Annually
Sep 30, 2021
Nov 04, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a Construction Section Program Manager. This position is in the Engineering Bureau, which provides full-scale surveying, design, and construction management and inspection services for Arlington County's urban horizontal public works infrastructure projects. The portfolio of projects typically consists of approximately 20 projects in various stages in the disciplines of Multimodal Transportation, Stormwater, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, and Dry Utilities. The projects are complex with competing interests in a constrained urban environment and construction costs range from $50k to $20m.

Duties include:
  • Supervising 2 Construction Management Supervisors and indirectly supervising approximately 10 Construction Management Specialists and 15 Inspectors;
  • Developing and updating a Staff Resource Allocation Plan which incorporates current and projected future workload and accordingly allocates staff resources;
  • Creating Construction Oversight Work Plans by assigning optimized levels of construction oversight personnel resources to each construction phase of a project, and tracking actual usage against Work Plans;
  • Partnering with Design Engineers to contribute construction engineering perspectives to development and analysis of project alternatives;
  • Overseeing the development of construction schedules for horizontal public works infrastructure projects;
  • Monitoring progress of all ongoing construction projects against contract schedules and budgets, implementing strategies to avoid delays and cost overruns, and applying mitigation measures and rescue plans to recover schedule and limit cost implications;
  • Identifying potential construction contractor non-performance, claims, or disputes and resolving to the County;
  • Serving as primary escalation path for field issues reliant on third parties such as utility companies or State permitting agencies;
  • Serving as the County's technical expert and ultimate authority on construction issues for horizontal public works infrastructure projects;
  • Implementing best practices relating to horizontal public works construction Quality Assurance and project management, such as minimum acceptance criteria checklists and record-keeping requirements; and
  • Establishing ongoing training for Construction Management Section covering financial management, project management, progress reporting, Change Order document development and technical inspection oversight.
The successful candidate will possess:
  • A proven track record of successfully working with various stakeholders and strong leadership qualities;
  • Experience implementing best practices in construction oversight, documentation, and financial compliance;
  • Knowledge of public agency contracting regulations and requirements for construction projects;
  • Experience analyzing complex construction situations and determining an effective course of action; and
  • Effectively delivering verbal presentations and responding to questions on complex construction issues to community groups, business associations, and the general public.

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction, or a closely related field; and
  • Three (3) years of considerable experience in Construction of public works infrastructure projects.

Substitution: Experience may not be substituted for the degree requirement. A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction may be substituted for one year of Engineering experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction, or related field and experience in one or more of the following;
  • Supervisory/Management;
  • Projects in constrained urban areas;
  • Program management Managing large and complex horizontal public works infrastructure projects at a supervisory level; and
  • Construction dispute resolution, including defending against claims and seeking remedies against contractor non-performance.
Possession of one or more of the following Certifications/License:
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License in Virginia or a state with reciprocity;
  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM); and
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Special Requirements
The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid Driver License, 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. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

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

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