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Project Manager (Senior Civil Engineer)

Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle, Washington
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make. With that goal in mind, we pursue everything we do with the following core areas of focus:

  • Achieve Excellence in Core Service Delivery 
  • Increase Affordability and Accountability 
  • Improve Investment Value 
  • Enhance Public Health and Environment 
  • Ensure Equity and Inclusion 
  • Expand our Impact through Strong Partnerships

SPU commits to Our City Values and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
SPU’s Capital Project Delivery and Engineering Branch is recruiting for a Project Manager to join the Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) Project Management Section. The DWW Project Management Section is a group project managers responsible for all drainage and wastewater capital projects, including combined and sanitary sewer overflow reduction projects, creek improvements and culvert replacements projects, pump station and sewer rehabilitation projects, green storm water infrastructure projects, and much more. The Section team (11 staff) works on approximately 50 projects at a time (ranging from small, $250k to large, $50M) and has an annual budget of about $40M. 


Job Responsibilities


  • Lead diverse and multi-functional project teams, that include internal and external stakeholders, in delivering projects through planning, design, construction and close-out phases. 
  • Create project management plan (PMP), document project scope, cost, schedule, risk, and team member roles. Monitor and control the project team's performance in executing the plan and report on status to stakeholders. 
  • Collaborate with Utility and City staff including operation and maintenance units, engineering, construction management, finance, and planning staff to coordinate options analysis, design, construction, and close-out phases.
  • Facilitate project meetings, maintain action item and decision logs, and manage communications with stakeholders.
  • Negotiate contracts with consultants, including scope, schedule, quality, and cost. Manage execution of signed contract.
  • Lead acquisition of environmental, interagency, and local permits. 
  • Lead the resolution of complex project implementation issues. 
  • Ensure projects comply with appropriate laws, permits, regulations and codes, as well as SPU's protocols for managing projects.

This position requires the flexibility to potentially work on other projects and programs associated with other SPU Lines of Business (Drinking Water and Solid Waste) as deemed necessary by the Division Director.


Education:  Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Project Management, Construction Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field or  four years of additional relevant experience.
Minimum Experience:  Five (5) years of professional experience managing or leading work on capital infrastructure projects.

License Requirements:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington
  • Current Washington State Driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility


Additional Information

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Experience working with multiple and varied stakeholders including capital project team members, vendors, consultants, permitting agencies, community members, and customers. 
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to work with people from diverse professional, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Experience negotiating contracts and other agreements.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Project, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Comprehension of capital delivery life cycle: planning, design, construction, and closeout. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public and environmental health, affordability, accountability, and race and social equity in your work.
  • Success leading and influencing the work of staff who do not directly report to you.

During COVID19 this position will work remotely until a return to the downtown Seattle office (Seattle Municipal Tower) is permitted in alignment with State guidelines. There may be occasional project site visits or required engagement efforts with project neighbors; safety will be a priority for any work required outside of employees’ remote office. 
In addition to submitting your on-line application, please attach your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please concisely address the following:

  • What is the largest project you have worked on in terms of total project cost and complexity? What was your role on the project? Share two things that you learned from your experience on said project.

Please note that failure to attach your resume and cover letter will result in your application not to be considered.

Salary Details

$55.73 - $64.89 Hourly


Posted: 2021-05-14 Expires: 2021-06-28

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