We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the position of Project Manager in the Public Works Department.
Laguna Beach: With seven miles of City beaches and towering hills with captivating Pacific views, Laguna Beach residents enjoy some of the most stunning landscape in Southern California. Laguna Beach hosts millions of visitors to its world famous arts festivals and beautiful beaches. Services provided to its resident population of approximately 24,000 include police, fire, marine safety, recreation, parks, public works, community development, parking, transit and animal control.
The Department: The Mission of the Public Works Department is to preserve, maintain, enhance the City's infrastructure and natural resources, and provide services and environmental stewardship for the benefits of Laguna Beach residents, businesses and visitors. The Department is organized into the following divisions: Engineering and Administration, Fleet Maintenance, Park and Building Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Utility Undergrounding, Solid Waste, Parking Management and Operations, Traffic, Parking and Signs Maintenance, and Transit Services. There are 57 employees in the department.
The Position: Under general direction of the Project Director, the Project Manager will assist in the planning, design, administration, and construction of projects within the ten-year Capital Improvement Program. Types of projects include the construction, replacement, improvement, or modification of roadways, drainage systems, retaining walls, sidewalks, public buildings, parks, or other public facilities.
Ideal candidates will have experience with:
•Large-scale, multifaceted public works projects
•Both building and heavy civil construction projects •Multi-jurisdictional public works projects •Contract administration with contractors and professional engineering/architectural consultants •Presenting technical and professional information to Community Groups and project stakeholders
Desired Competencies •Project Management •Critical Thinking •Analyzing & Interpreting Data •Decision Making •Legal & Regulatory Interpretation •Professional/Technical Expertise •Using Technology •Adaptability/Dealing with Ambiguity •Professional Integrity & Ethics •Handling Stress •Oral Communication •Writing •Presentation Skills
To Be Considered
A complete City online application must be submitted by the close of the filing deadline of Wednesday, May 15at 11:59 PM. Please ensure you upload the following documents to your application: (1) resume or CV, (2) cover letter, and (3) three professional references.
The selection process will include a structured panel interview, and may include other testing components designed to predict a candidate's success in this position. Those recommended for further evaluation will undergo a department interview with City management staff.
Selected candidates must successfully pass a police background check with the Laguna Beach Police Department, a fingerprint check with the State Department of Justice, and a pre-placement physical and drug test.
Examples of Duties:
Directs, oversees, and participates in preparation of Requests for Proposal for design consulting services. Directs and participates in project development including definition of scope, confirmation of budget, generation of plans and specifications, coordination of the bidding process, and recommends approval/award of project. Administers and coordinates construction projects from preliminary to final design. Provides information on City codes, regulations, standards and requirements as it relates to construction within the City to developers, engineers, contractors and the general public; organizes and communicates directly with stakeholders involved within project scope; checks construction plans for compliance with public works standards and relative consistency with existing City records; checks for coordination and compatibility of proposed construction with underground utilities and recommends utility protections and/or conditions of approval; processes permit applications for work in the public right-of-way including a review for adequacy and permit issuance; performs engineering design work and prepares plans, specifications and cost estimates on City construction projects; prepares notices inviting bids on projects, analyzes bids and makes recommendations on bid acceptance; sets up and attends pre-construction conferences and coordinates work processes associated with project construction; oversees construction, analyzes and monitors project budgets and expenditures, negotiates supplemental agreements, time extensions and change orders, implements and manages infrastructure improvement programs, identifies, evaluates and resolves construction problems, conducts in-field inspections of construction activity or problems which relate to the City's system of public works, including streets, drainage facilities, water distribution and sewage collection and transmission; measures distances to verify accuracy of dimensions of structural installations and layout; directs the correction of errors or deviations from approved plans found in projects under construction or completed; may order the cessation of work activity until projects are brought into compliance with City requirements; evaluates requests for deviations from approved plans and specifications and may approve minor deviations in accordance with departmental policy; conducts research and prepares reports on a variety of departmental concerns or problems; may act as director and coordinator on special projects related to functions of the Department.
Public Works Department Specific Duties: Under general supervision of the Project Director, the Public Works Department Project Manager will assist in the planning, design, administration, and construction of projects within the ten-year Capital Improvement Program. Types of projects include the construction, replacement, improvement, or modification of roadways, drainage systems, retaining walls, sidewalks, public buildings, parks, or other public facilities. The Project Manager will also assist in the administration of utility undergrounding assessment districts, including district formation, utility company coordination, assessment engineering and construction contract administration, resident interaction, technical report preparation, project financing, and other duties as necessary.
Any combination demonstrating the ability to effectively and successfully perform the duties of the position is considered qualifying. A typical combination is as follows:
Education: Educational achievement equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university, supplemented by courses in drafting, advanced mathematics, and civil engineering.
Experience: Considerable experience in progressively responsible civil engineering work which includes project management, plan checking, construction inspection or engineering design is required.
License/Certificate Requirements: Due to the performance of some field duties, which may require the operation of a personal or City vehicle, a valid California Driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.