28 days old

Special Projects Manager

City of Carlsbad
Carlsbad, California 92008
  • Job Code
  • Payrate
    $80,855 To $111,137
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift
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The Community: This nearly 40 square mile City is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons and abundant natural open space. World class resorts, family attractions, well-planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

The Position: Under administrative direction, to manage strategic departmental projects, initiatives and activities; to perform highly responsible and complex technical & professional administrative work; and to perform related responsibilities as required.
Under purview of the assigned manager, this position has the oversight to work on project teams and manage assigned staff for designated projects.  Typical assigned projects includes leading efforts to manage some of the city's enterprise software programs, including enhancements, upgrades, replacements, or implementing technical solutions.  This position involves highly sensitive, complex and/or significant projects requiring a high level of decision-making authority to resolve issues within the department to achieve results.  This position includes working with other client departments, navigating with resource constraints, setting expectations, gathering technical and business requirements  necessary to implement cross-departmental solutions. This position will have the responsibility to coordinate and resolve all issues between participating staff members and outside contractors in completing each project or initiative.

Manages, directs and facilitates all aspects of various departmental initiatives and projects for the department and/or the city which may include any of the following responsibilities depending on the assignment: administration, research and analysis, construction, engineering, finance, operations and technology aspects.
Develops and coordinates overall goals, objectives, policies, and priorities related to municipal or departmental projects, initiatives and activities.
Directs city staff in the preparation, coordination, and analysis of municipal projects, including research and analysis, cost estimating, budget preparation, recommendations, preparations of reports and presentations to the City Manager and City Council and Leadership Team.
Makes complex policy, organizational, and fiscal-related decisions and reports including the evaluation of departmental operations and service programs.
Manages the selection, coordination, and administration of contracted consultants and other designated personnel related to assigned projects.
Represents the city in the community and at professional meetings as required.
Coordinates activities with other city departments and other public and private agencies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Knowledge of:

  • Principles of organization, administration, budget, personnel, and project management.
  • Methods and techniques of research, statistical analysis and report presentation.
  • General management principles and practices as applied to municipal projects, including planning and development, cost estimating, design and construction, operation and maintenance.
  • Techniques for preparing research, analysis, cost/benefit analysis, designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports, and recommendations related to public works.
  • State and federal laws and statutes relating to municipal administration.
  • Management of staff, resources and materials in cost effective manner.
  • Smart city technologies, solutions and data-driven decisions.
  • Database management skills.

Ability to:

  • Provide administrative and professional leadership in project implementation and activities.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures that are consistent with the city's goals and objectives.
  • Initiate, plan and complete work with a minimum of direction and control.
  • Research, assimilate and analyze large quantities of information, recognize substantive issues, identify options, project consequences, and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with public groups, organizations, and other governmental agencies.
  • Work well under pressure to meet deadlines.  


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in area of assignment including but not limited to IT, civil engineering, public administration, business administration, city or park planning, technology, finance, human resources, parks & recreation or a closely related field, and five years of increasingly responsible project management, construction, civil engineering, or other public sector management experience. 


Posted: 2019-05-22 Expires: 2019-07-06

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