Provides senior level program management for engineering and design functions within the Engineering Services Division. Responsible for managing, coordinating, and executing a variety of activities including analysis, planning, hydraulic modeling, design, and construction related to infrastructure improvements undertaken by the Authority. This position manages the Design Services Department which is responsible for in-house survey, design, engineering, and technical support for other Divisions, including design-phase project management. This position also manages project managers and engineers engaged with consulting firms for capital project delivery. This position is responsible for mentoring and developing assigned staff in engineering disciplines.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Includes the following. Other duties may be assigned or scheduled.
Plans, directs, and coordinates all activities of assigned areas.
Manages multiple complex projects simultaneously and executes necessary planning to ensure design activities achieve established milestones.
Leads staff in the project design and plan preparation process, including research, field survey, drafting, plan review, cost and schedule estimates, easement acquisition, construction stakeout, and asset surveys.
Oversees hydraulic modeling of water and sewer systems and improvements, including preparation of engineering reports, when required.
Maintains accountability of assigned work based on meeting established schedule, budget, and quality objectives as required.
Monitors and provides timely feedback on project status.
Executes short and long-range plans for assigned area, in order to meet goals of the Division and the Authority.
Develops conceptual designs, project budgets, engineering plans, specifications, bid documents, construction documents, permit applications, and contract documents for infrastructure improvement projects.
Serves as engineer of record and in responsible charge of design for assigned projects.
Assists management in the development and implementation of quality control processes, programs, and procedures applicable to activities undertaken by the Division.
Assists management and instructs engineering support staff in the preparation of design documents, request for proposals for professional services and contract studies and reports.
Assists management and instructs engineering support staff in the proper techniques for the inspection and management of construction projects.
Participates in and contributes to the Authority’s Asset Management Program related to infrastructure maintenance, renewal/replacement and capital investments.
Assists in preparation of Capital Improvement Program, capital project budgets, and Divisional operating budget.
Prepares and administers design and drafting standards for use in Authority business.
Proficiently operates typical computer software applications including; asset management, GIS, work order system(s), billing and financial systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, etc.), and Authority–specific enterprise software applications.
Reviews plans, specifications, and submittals for various projects, including site and subdivision plans for development projects.
Conducts site visits and field inspections as necessary.
Evaluates new equipment, processes, methodologies and technologies related to area of responsibility and makes recommendations to management, as appropriate.
Prepares short and long-range plans for assigned area to include financial analysis and project
Assists in the formulation and administration of departmental policies, procedures, standards, plans and programs.
Provides technical support and assistance to internal and external customers relating to Authority facilities, infrastructure, and services.
Provides active leadership, management, and motivation of staff through teamwork, collaboration, and emphasis on continuous improvement.
Takes active role or assures subordinate staff take active role in developing employees by establishing individual employee goals and objectives. Assures appropriate resources are available to obtain established goals and objectives.
Recommends appointments and promotions within assigned area.
Works with department manager and/or Division Director in regards to employee development and discipline.
Assures employee evaluations are complete and accurate and meets all requirements.
Participates in various work teams as assigned.
Oversees the work of assigned employees. Assists responsible supervisor in interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil or environmental engineering, or related field, plus five (5) or more years related experience and/or training in engineering design, project management, capital facility planning, construction management and supervision principles, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with private firm specializing in design and construction of water and sewer infrastructure or with a public utility serving a population greater than 50,000 is desired. Practical experience managing professional engineers and engineers-in-training is desired. Experience with geographical information systems, computer aided design (CAD) software packages, project management software and water/sewer network modeling software preferred.
CERTIFICATE, LICENSE, REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license or have the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment date. No more than six (6) demerit points on driving record if required to drive Water Authority vehicles.
Possession of or ability to obtain by reciprocity within 90 days of employment a valid professional engineer license from the Commonwealth of Virginia required.
A project management certification (ex. Project Management Professional from PMI) is preferred.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to direct and supervise personnel.
Ability to develop, review and recommend processes and procedures for assigned area, identifying and discussing impact on assigned area, the Division and the entire organization.
Ability to effectively present information to management, public groups, and/or employees as necessary.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
Ability to analyze and solve difficult technical and administrative problems.
Ability to work safely and obey all safety rules.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to think logically and analyze data.
Ability to work alone or in a team environment.
Ability to schedule and oversee work of assigned employees.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with coworkers, other Authority departments, regulatory agencies, and the general public.
Ability to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form.
Must possess and maintain a good work ethic with a strong emphasis on good attendance, reporting to work on time, completing job assignments in a timely manner, maintaining a good work attitude, performing all job duties as assigned and/or scheduled.
Ability to write reports, correspondence and procedures in a clear concise manner.
Ability to research technical issues and present information to project managers, engineers, and senior staff.
Ability to read and interpret construction plans, specifications, and correspondance.
Ability to read and interpret company policies, safety rules, operating and procedure manuals, business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or government regulations.
Strong computer skills that extend into mapping, design and drafting applications, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), surveying software, Microsoft office, and Internet.
Technical expertise obtaining, manipulating, and organizing information; defining, planning, and implementing analyses, processes and projects.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, and sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus. If corrective lenses are noted on driver’s license, the lenses must be worn when operating Authority vehicles.
Repetitive movement using equipment is involved.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, climb, balance or crawl.
Employee must be able to stand for an extended amount of time at the jobsite.
Employee must be physically able to walk several miles during the day.
Employee must be physically able to regularly reach overhead.
Employee must regularly lift, carry and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally 100 pounds. Assistance is required on weight amounts above those listed. Failure to do so could result in injury and denied Worker's Compensation benefits.
WORK ENVIRONMENT ENCOUNTERED IN THIS JOB
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Employee will be regularly exposure to moderate or high noise level, extreme outside weather conditions, uneven, steep, slippery terrain conditions, dusty conditions and wet and/or humid conditions.
Employee will be subject to exposure to moving mechanical parts and heavy equipment operation.
Employees will be subject to roadway hazards, i.e. traffic.
Employee will be subject to outside hazards, i.e. poison ivy, bees, spiders, dirt, animals.
Employee will be subject to confined areas, i.e. confined spaces, sewer manholes, water vaults, wastewater pits, and/or protected trenches.
GENERAL STATEMENT AND SELECTION GUIDELINES
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work assigned to in this job position. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties or tasks performed by personnel so classified.
The following will identify the selection guidelines for job placement:
Rating of education, experience, training and qualifications
Interview with WVWA management team
Applicant must pass a pre-employment physical and drug/alcohol test
A criminal background check and social security number verification will be performed. The results must match information provided by the applicant on the WVWA application
Job related skills test may be required and would be administered to all applicants applying for the position
About Western Virginia Water Authority
The Western Virginia Water Authority was formed on July 1, 2004 when the water and wastewater operations of the City of Roanoke and Roanoke County consolidated. Five years later, on November 24, 2009, Franklin County officially joined the Western Virginia Water Authority and Botetourt County joined on July 1, 2015. The Authority now provides water service to over 59,000 customer accounts and wastewater service for more than 51,000 accounts in the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Franklin County and Botetourt County. The Authority also contracts to operate the water and wastewater systems for the Town of Fincastle.