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Project Manager - Innovative Programs - Public Works

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DEFINITION: Under the administrative direction of the Public Works Director, leads and directs multidisciplinary teams that are responsible for completing specialized and highly technical projects, such as the study and introduction of new conversion technology and other innovative alternatives to solid waste disposal; conducts research and performs analyses to implement Public Works strategies and programs; provides professional staff support to Board-appointed committees and multidisciplinary teams; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Project Managers are distinguished from departmental managers by primary assignment of highly skilled and specialized project management of time-limited highly technical projects. Project Managers are further distinguished from departmental managers by management of multidisciplinary teams made up of professionals from all sectors of the County, external consultants, members of other governmental agencies, etc.

The Public Works Project Manager, Innovative Programs is responsible for coordinating and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams for the purposes of planning and implementation of projects/programs that utilize alternative technologies. Such teams may include elected officials from the County and cities within, technical advisors, and representatives of non-profit organizations and the private sector. The Project Manager, Innovative Programs classification is further distinguished from other management positions by its role in providing time-sensitive, highly technical, staff support directly to elected officials, the Public Works Director, or Deputy Public Works Directors. The classification reports directly to the Public Works Director.


1. Directly, and through deputy directors and division managers, manages a variety of plans and programs that achieve Board goals and priorities; researches new technologies and determines their feasibility in departmental operations; participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a departmental strategic plan; coordinates departmental activities with other County departments and agencies.
2. Coordinates and facilitates the work of multidisciplinary teams for the purposes of planning and implementing projects and programs that utilize alternative technologies. Activities include coordinating and facilitating team/committee meetings; preparing and delivering written and oral reports, developing recommendations and meeting agendas; ensuring that team/committee meetings are in compliance with applicable rules and laws; representing teams/committees to the media, industry, and the public.
3. Develops and implements plans that inform the community about departmental programs and services. Related activities include the management of multidisciplinary teams that develop associated plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; development of project schedules and budgets; review of project proposals or plans to determine time requirements and allotment of available resources to various phases of projects; establishment of work plans and staffing for each phase of the projects; directs and coordinates activities of each project's personnel to ensure each project's progress is on schedule and within prescribed budgets; reviews project reports prepared by project personnel and modifies schedules or plans as required.
4. Confers with management and provides technical advice on the potential impacts of departmental projects on such areas as organization, staffing, processes, and budget and to assure smooth functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.
5. On a project-specific basis, makes presentations before the Board of Supervisors and answers questions on technical and policy issues related to the respective projects and services; acts a department liaison to the community and to other County departments; represents the department and presents its position in public workshops, community and other meetings on issues related to department projects and services. On a project-specific basis, acts as a departmental spokesperson with the media by granting interviews, holding press conferences, and responding to media inquiries.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree with major coursework in environmental science, or related field, plus five years experience in project management of multidisciplinary team(s) in the public sector or a private entity engaged in public works-related projects, including environmental programs/projects relating to public works facilities; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of program, project, and performance management, customer service, organizational design and development, process analysis and improvement, strategic planning, contract administration, and business and public administration; solid waste management systems, diversion alternative technologies, programs, and facilities; regulations governing clean air, water, and endangered species; principles of public service and the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act; general operations and functions of local governmental services and public works operations; negotiating and team-building techniques; standard English grammar and usage; standard computer applications used in business and government.

Ability to: implement and analyze the effectiveness of departmental programs and policies, public works-related entities, and County staff; negotiate contracts and agreements; resolve operational and procedural problems and conflicts; recognize and respect limits of authority and responsibility; conduct research; read, interpret, and analyze data, develop strategies and solutions, and make/implement recommendations; prepare a variety of written correspondence and reports; plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of staff; maintain confidentiality of information; plan, organize, and delegate work; present project proposals to public officials, technical groups, and regulatory agencies; be creative and persuasive in winning acceptance of and support for new and/or controversial proposals; encourage and be receptive to suggestions and new ideas; adapt to new policies, procedures, and technologies; establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with colleagues, staff, other departments, elected and appointed officials, and citizens and community groups; understand and address the concerns of a variety of constituencies; prepare and make clear, concise, and effective presentations before groups with varying levels of technical understanding; use tact, discretion, diplomacy, political acumen, and independent judgment in working with and representing multidisciplinary teams/committees.

Evidence of: past track record of being able to work with minimal supervision; work long hours, deliver a product on time, within budget, and with sensitivity to the subject matter; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; extensive initiative and independent judgment; and strong, hands-on, positive, leadership experience.

Desirable Qualifications: knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations; experience working with business and government executives, appointed commissions, elected boards, and community groups; experience in facilitating multiagency advisory committees; expertise in solid waste management systems planning.


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