New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
September 13, 2018
Albany, New York
$119,698 - $151-228
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Background Information: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking a senior-level Project Director to lead an inter-agency and inter-disciplinary team in the procurement, contracting, and expedited execution of the design and construction of a large-scale infrastructure project (the "Project"). The Project will be delivered using the Design Build method of procurement whereby the design and construction contracts will be merged into a single contractual vehicle through a multiphase process including both a Request for Qualifications, followed by a Request for Proposals. New York State, through the Project Director, will oversee (i) a procured Design Build project management firm and (ii) joint venture that is awarded the contract to directly undertake the full design and construction of the Project.
Job Summary: The Project Director will ensure that the Project is delivered within budget, on schedule, and in compliance with applicable local, state and federal requirements and any related agreements. The Project Director will be responsible for coordinating interagency and intergovernmental efforts, overseeing public information liaison activities and regular status reporting to the Commissioner and the Governor’s Office. Additional responsibilities will be designated as necessary to assure timely and quality implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Project Director will report directly to the DEC Deputy Commissioner for Water Resources. The Project Director will oversee all elements of the Project, including but not limited to the following:
Representing the State in overseeing all elements of the design and construction process to ensure the project can be completed within budget and on-time, from conceptual design and land acquisition through construction administration and initial operation;
Serving as lead to create and implement a strategy to procure design and construction services via the Design Build procurement process that minimizes risk and maximizes value;
Creating and implementing a system of quality assurance, constructability review, integrity monitoring, and institutional controls to assure compliance with design requirements and all applicable federal, state and local governmental laws, rules and regulations;
Collaborating with an interdisciplinary project team in a fast-paced environment, while simultaneously engaging with vendors, contractors, stakeholders, and other governmental agencies;
Reporting to high-level government officials on a routine basis, and serving as a single point of contact for all project related inquiries;
Generating and reviewing technical reports, plans, estimates, schedules and status reports, as needed;
Ensuring that all necessary project components are on track to be completed in a timely manner and according to schedule, identifying and reporting to management scheduling issues and proposing revised strategies to keep the project timeline on track;
Reviewing plans and specifications, alternative designs, subcontracts and requests for payment, and making appropriate recommendations to DEC management as to each;
Performing on-site visits during both design and construction; and
Accepting of additional project responsibilities as necessary to ensure timely project delivery within budget.
Preferred Skills and Competencies:
A valid New York State license as a Professional Engineer;
Experience with alternative project delivery models, such as construction management at risk (CMAR), design-build (DB) (both progressive and fixed price), design-build-operate (DBO), or public-private partnerships (P3);
Superior leadership and project management skills;
Superior knowledge of development and construction practices;
Strong communication, negotiation and presentation skills;
Understanding of federal, state and local permitting, environmental review and approval requirements associated with major construction projects.
Ability to develop, manage and adhere to budgets and deadlines for large projects;
Ability to manage parallel processes within a given project;
Ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team; and
Proficiency in spreadsheet, Gantt Charts and project management software.
Bachelor’s or higher level degree and eight years of experience in a position related to project management or oversight of for the construction of large-scale infrastructure projects, preferably watershed related. Three of these years must have been at a managerial level.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits provided in addition to salary include: vacation, personal, holiday and sick leave, access to competitive health, dental and vision plan, disability, life insurance, and retirement plan. This position requires incumbent to travel for meetings and site inspections.
Internal Number: 18-479
About New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
The mission of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is to "conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being." DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives. DEC's Central Office is in Albany. Each of DEC's nine regions has an office that serves the communities within that region. A total of approximately 3,000 DEC staff work in either the Central Office or the regional offices. DEC is an equal opportunity employer.