24 days old

Sr. Capital Projects Coordinator - Drainage & Wastewater

Seattle Public Utilities
SEATTLE, Washington 98104
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Position Description


This recruitment is opened until filled. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by November 29, 2022. An online application including a cover letter must be fully completed for consideration
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking a Senior Capital Projects Coordinator to act as a representative in the Drainage and Wastewater (DWW) Line of Business (LOB) and support SPU’s Wastewater Capacity (Sanitary Sewer Overflow), Drainage Capacity, and Small Landslides Programs addressing critical wastewater and drainage system planning and program needs in support of SPU’s Strategic Business Plan mission, vision and values, ensuring compliance with the City’s NPDES permits and EPA Consent Decree, and helping to achieve goals for improving wastewater and drainage service levels across the city. This position will lead or oversee multiple, concurrent projects at one time, among other duty assignments. Projects will vary in complexity from low to moderate with individual project budget of up to $20 Million and more, thereby reducing sanitary sewer overflows, combined sewer overflows, and area flooding. This position will report to the DWW Strategic Advisor overseeing the DWW Capacity Programs.  


About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. 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 1.5 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.


SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:
  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities


Job Responsibilities


  • Initiates projects and programs for solving prioritized drainage and wastewater system problem areas identified through DWW planning efforts.
  • Identifies problem-solving options, analyzing costs, benefits, risks, and selection of preferred options.
  • Acts as a LOB representative throughout the lifecycle of capital projects.  Partners with delivery branch project managers who often lead design, construction and closeout phases.  
  • Drafts Scope statements to define existing DWW problems as part of project initiation.  Recommends the Utility’s preferred alternative in business cases for future capital projects.
  • Ensures project performance is met, funding is available, and public engagement meets department goals.
  • Technical writing that involves completing capital project or program-specific business cases, making project and program recommendations to SPU’s leadership based on financial, social, and environmental considerations.
  • Establishes capital project and program performance requirements while ensuring the same meets the requirements through design and construction phases.
  • Leads diverse teams, leveraging the expertise of internal and external staff to initiate project and program development.
  • Leads consultant procurement process, as well as directs, manages, and supports the ongoing consultant works.
  • Communicates via presentations, briefings, and written updates about capital projects and programs with staff, leadership, and department directors.


This position will lead projects and programs that are expected not only to solve high-risk and high-priority drainage and wastewater system challenges but also to:


  • Expand our approaches and innovates to maximize the community benefits of drainage and wastewater investments. 
  • Embed racial equity deeply in our work determining what, where and how capital projects and programs are implemented.  
  • Engage meaningfully with environmental and community stakeholders, sharing power and decision making to the extent possible. 
  • Align with mobility, open space, and livability improvements through partnership with other agencies and City departments.
  • Adapt to future environmental challenges and to build system resiliency - especially in areas most vulnerable to environmental hazards.

You will be successful if you feel passionate about:

  • Solving challenging drainage and combined sewer problems with innovative, 21st century approaches including green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) solutions, that provide the highest value for every dollar spent.
  • The essential role that stormwater and wastewater play in the lives of SPU customers and the environmental health of Seattle's water bodies.
  • SPU's role in fostering environmental justice by leading infrastructure planning and decision making through the lens of equity and working to address infrastructure disparities that fall along racial lines.
  • Coordinating and developing partnerships with a variety of governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and community members and/or developers to identify opportunities for the City of Seattle to solve multiple problems and provide benefits to communities through infrastructure work led or supported by SPU.

Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

  • Initiate projects and continue to be an integral part of project teams through options analysis and design, infusing strategic thinking and ensuring appropriate level of effort for the scale of project and decision point needs.
  • Setting clear project requirements and ensuring projects are adequately resourced.
  • Build effective relationships with SPU and other City Department staff and collaborate with environmental and public/community stakeholders to build trust in SPU's work.
  • Communicate complex technical issues to SPU and other department staff and managers.
  • Lead and influence the work of staff who do not directly report to you.
  • Work within an environment with shifting priorities.
  • Move between detailed technical work and big picture thinking.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




Experience:  Four (4) years progressively responsible experience in project management, program planning, civil design, urban planning, or resiliency / climate adaptation planning, and with specific experience in wastewater project design, inflow and infiltration problem definition and resolution, and an understanding of hydraulic and hydrological modeling. 


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Environmental Studies, Natural Resource Management, Urban Planning, or related field.


Education and Experience Equivalency:  Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

Licensure:  At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License.
The ideal candidate should possess some or most of the following:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • Experience in working on projects and programs for organizations whose mission is similar to SPU's.
  • Experience with siting, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining drainage and wastewater infrastructure (including GSI) projects in an urban environment, particularly in the right-of-way.   
  • Experience in developing scopes, schedules, and budgets; working with consultants; leading procurement processes; and negotiating contract fees.
  • Experience leading/managing community-engaged design processes for medium to large (>$1M) projects. 
  • Experience with utility planning efforts and a demonstrated ability to lead project teams through complex data analysis and decision processes
  • Familiarity with drainage and wastewater conveyance systems including design of non-GSI stormwater facilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public and environmental health, affordability, accountability, race, and social equity in your work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication.


Additional Information

Application Requirements:

  • Please attach a 1–2-page cover letter in addition to your application. If you do not submit these documents, you will no longer be considered
  • A writing sample of past work authored or co-authored by the applicant may be required to be submitted during the interview process. Examples of types of document include: technical reports, analyses, studies or memoranda, business cases (especially for public projects), program or project charters, outreach & engagement plans, resiliency plans, urban planning studies, or related topics.        


All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer. 


Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.


This position allows for the flexibility of a flexible work schedule. Beginning November 1, 2022, employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.


Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  


Salary Details

SALARY RANGE: $54.28 - $63.32 Hourly


Posted: 2022-11-08 Expires: 2022-12-23

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