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Project Manager - County Executive Office

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction of the County Executive Officer, leads and directs multidisciplinary teams completing complex projects, often at the Board of Supervisors reporting level. This is an at-will job class series, exempt from the Civil Service system. Incumbents serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Project Managers are distinguished from departmental managers by primary assignment of highly skilled and specialized project management of time-limited highly complex projects. Project Managers are also distinguished from departmental managers by management of multidisciplinary teams made up of professionals from all sectors of the County, external consultants, citizen participation advisors, members assigned from other governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Assignments in this class series include, but are not limited to:

High Profile Project Management: Assists the County Executive Officer by managing high-profile projects of the County Executive's Office or those in which the County Executive's Office is coordinating the project with other County Departments or external organizations. May be assigned on a temporary basis to a County Department to manage a high-level, complex assignment.

Budget: Assists the budget staff in budget analysis, coordinating the use of benchmarking data in the budget preparation process, and providing special project team assistance for budget team projects.

Comprehensive Planning: Carries out the direction of the Board of Supervisors in updating the general plan for development and resource protection, preparing implementation plans for infrastructure in developing areas, and initiating mitigation programs to harmonize growth and resource protection goals.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree and significant professional experience in: a) project management of multidisciplinary team(s), preferably in the public sector or a service-oriented agency in the private sector; and, b) system development and management; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of project management; process engineering and re-engineering techniques and practices; principles and practices of business and public administration; research, analytical, and data collection techniques; principles and practices of management, supervision, and training; federal and state regulations related to the project; budget administration; management systems and their relationship to general organizational strategy; principles of organizational development; word processing, spreadsheets, and database systems; County organization, structure, values, and culture; principles of implementing change; integrated planning and implementation of technical and organizational system change; program performance budgeting; principles and practices of performance measurement and benchmarking; training-educating skills.

Ability to: manage project activities and the activities of multi-disciplinary teams; establish, balance, and adjust priorities; establish and maintain effective working relationships; promote a customer-oriented approach toward meeting the needs of the County; develop cost-effective, performance-driven management systems; prepare and present clear and concise oral and written communications; prepare a variety of narrative documents, including policy statements, management reports, and correspondence; speak effectively before small and large groups; make effective presentations in forming and presenting options to the Board of Supervisors, committees, and other panels or commissions; establish standards and evaluate performance; provide advice and consultation to system users; establish and maintain effective working relationships with system users, applicants and reviewers, other County personnel, and the public; review and analyze a variety of technical review comments on projects, and recommend appropriate action; resolve operational and procedural problems and conflicts; respond effectively to a variety of changing situations; interpret, manage, and prepare program performance budgets at the unit, cost center, division, department, and project level; influence and promote change within an organization; establish and maintain professional credibility; establish organizational work group goals; accomplish high-quality work within established time limits; demonstrate awareness of unspoken and significant issues in relationships with others; anticipate controversial issues and political questions and deal with them effectively; develop and implement automation systems.

Evidence of: Past track record of being able to work with minimal supervision; work long hours, deliver a product on time, on budget and with sensitivity to the subject matter; extensive initiative and independent judgment; and strong pro-active, positive leadership experience.

Desirable Qualifications: A graduate degree in public or business administration or field related to the project; supervisory experience; high-level management experience in other entities; experience in the management of information systems, development, construction, project review, development and installation of financial and budgetary systems, or other project delivery oriented disciplines related to the specific project.

Desirable Skills: Ability to identify systems problems and recommending corrective actions; coordinating and conducting public meetings.

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