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Project Manager - Pollution Elimination

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction from the Environmental Health Program Manager and working closely with the County Administrator's Office, leads and directs multi-disciplinary teams completing specialized and highly technical projects. This project manager will be responsible for the acquisition of an Urban Stormwater Runoff Permit under federal mandates as specified in the Clean Water Act. The Project Manager will also be responsible for the formation of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of several County, City, and State agencies in order to ensure successful acquisition of the permit and to create the basis for the development and implementation of an NPDES program to control urban stormwater runoff. This Project Manager's position is in the Environmental Health Services Division of the Health Care Services Department. The Project Manager will report directly to the Environmental Health Program Manager and coordinate project activities with the Project Director in the Auditor-Controller's Office. This is an at-will position, exempt from Civil Service provisions. The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Public Health Director.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Acquisition of an urban stormwater runoff permit under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) section requirements as delineated in the Federal Clean Water Act. The permit must be obtained no later than June 1, 2002. This project will include collection of background water quality information for identified urbanized areas within the unincorporated areas of the County. Stormwater runoff water quality and identification of pollutants of concern must take place over the next two storm seasons. Identified pollutants will be used to determine scope of permit and identify Best Management Practices that may be implemented at time of application.

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 also distinguished from departmental managers by management of multi-disciplinary 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.


1. Directs and manages multi-disciplinary teams in the development of plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for completion of a project in a highly technical and fiscal related field; develops project schedule and budget; reviews project proposal or plan to determine time requirements and allotment of available resources to various phases of the project; establishes work plan and staffing for each phase of the project, and arranges for recruitment or assignment of project personnel; confers with project staff to outline work plan and to assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority; directs and coordinates activities of project personnel to ensure the project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget; reviews status reports prepared by project personnel and modifies schedule or plan as required; coordinates project activities with activities with government regulatory or other government agencies; coordinates intra and inter departmental matters necessary to expedite the projects; and facilitates and troubleshoots the solution of problems associated with designing, implementing, leading, and completing projects.
2. Establishes and maintains contacts with internal and external stakeholders, boards, committees, and commissions to provide information, garner acceptance and support of the project, and ensure that the project meets customer needs; chairs project management meetings; prepares project reports for the Board of Supervisors, commissions, and other legislative bodies; and prepares press releases, gives interviews to the media to explain the project; serves as the County's principal point of contact for customer's such as developers, property owners and tenants, vendors, builders, citizen groups, and the public responding to inquiries and providing information pertaining to the status of projects undergoing county review.
3. Confers with management and provides technical advice on the potential impacts of the project on such areas as organization, staffing, processes, and budget and to assure smooth functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.
4. Coordinates selection of project staff; evaluates performance; and provides feedback to departmental managers regarding staff performance.
5. Conducts training classes and seminars on the techniques of project management and the operation of the County's project management system.


1. Possession of a Bachelor's degree in any field and significant professional experience in continuous quality improvement; and project management of multi-disciplinary teams(s), preferably in the public sector or a service-oriented agency in the private sector; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Knowledge of: Team building techniques appropriate to groups composed of County staff, outside agencies and stakeholders; current County policies and requirements for land use, zoning, comprehensive planning and economic development; current applicable local, state and federal regulations pertaining to water quality, specifically to the NPDES sections of the Clean Water Act; current sampling and testing methodologies to measure water quality; current ocean water and recreational water contact standards; fundamentals of data and statistical analysis to interpret study results; ongoing monitoring techniques, equipment and data collection for permit definition and evaluation of proposed solutions to identified problems; processes to develop local ordinances and construct/modify policies to achieve project results; geology, hydrogeology, watershed drainage patterns at a rudimentary level; current mapping techniques including GPS (Global Information System) software applications; principles and practices of Environmental Health inspection, regulation and enforcement.

Ability to: coordinate activities between various County, State and Federal agencies on a time-limited, highly technical project to meet specified goals; develop and set timelines for project completion; engage in team building among project participants; acquire project resources existing agencies, organizations, stakeholders, etc., through cooperative efforts; develop funding sources and mechanisms (e.g., special district benefit assessments, grants, fees for service) for project components; direct the development of study techniques and protocols to ensure quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) for any project studies; make complex presentations to the public, stakeholders, other agencies, media; conduct effective public participation meetings; oversee and supervise consultants performing project work; prepare and present clear and concise written narrative and statistical reports; demonstrate tact and diplomacy.

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; 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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