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Position Description

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Section Manager 3 - Division Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements
ID 3576
Pay Range Salary Range: $93,454.40 - $149,510.40
Close Date: 9/25/20
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Working Title: Division Director of Engineering and Capital Improvements - Relocation Assistance to Clearwater, FL

Location: 14 South Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, FL  33765

Pinellas County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is stably funded by the Penny for Pinellas sales tax and affords an exciting opportunity to develop a diverse and interesting portfolio of projects in one of the most beautiful yet most densely populated areas in Florida. The County is seeking a motivated and collaborative engineering manager with effective communication skills to lead the planning, development, and management of the County’s transportation, stormwater, parks, and solid waste capital improvement programs to reduce flooding, improve water resources and transportation safety and mobility, optimize our solid waste operations, and enhance our regional park system.

This is a leadership position responsible for the planning, design, and management of stormwater, transportation, parks, and solid waste CIP and related studies within the Public Works Department. The position includes working with internal teams of varying departments and managing internal and consultant design teams for project development, quality analysis, alternatives determination and design. The position assists with prioritizing, scheduling and budgeting of projects consistent with County and Public Works strategic plans and goals and includes coordination with internal and external stakeholders. The position requires understanding of hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, green infrastructure, complete streets and other transportation systems as well as best management practices in project management, engineering design practices, and regulatory requirements. This position works closely with the Transportation and Stormwater Divisions of Public Works and the Solid Waste and Parks Departments to prioritize and rank CIP projects for implementation and typically provides project coordination throughout construction to the Construction Division.

The Capital Improvements Division Director is a strategic thinker who ensures goals or objectives are accomplished within prescribed timeframes, funding parameters and quality standards. As part of the Pinellas County Public Works team you will report to the Department Director and help advance our vision to be Florida’s leading public works agency in operational sustainability, enhanced quality of life, and effective stewardship of our infrastructure and natural environment.

Also designated as Pinellas’ County Engineer, the Capital Improvements Division Director position is critical to the organization’s commitment to the community in providing safe transportation, protection from flooding, and preservation of the environment by providing the engineering expertise needed to solve complex operational and community problems, obtain grants and permits, and uphold County regulations.

Pinellas County Government strives to be an employer of choice. We offer an excellent benefits package to our employees including competitive pay, health insurance and tuition reimbursement, to name just a few. Our vision is to provide a workplace where our employees are proud of their work serving Pinellas County citizens. If you are thinking about joining us as an employee you will find information about our wide variety of benefits here:

Relocation assistance may be offered in the form of travel assistance including airfare, hotel, transportation to and from for the interview process.

For more detailed information about this opportunity, Pinellas County Government and the local area, download our brochure: here

Position Specific Qualifications

Experience - progressively responsible technical, professional, and administrative functions in engineering project management systems managing capital improvement plans in a government setting that includes formal supervisory training or 1 year of team leadership or supervisory experience.

  • 8 years of experience as described above.
  • Associate degree in a related field and 6 years of experience as described above.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 4 years of experience as described above.
  • Master’s degree in a related field and 2 years of experience as described above.

Additional Requirements

  • Professional Engineering certification from the state of Florida or another State with the ability to obtain a Florida certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid State of Florida Driver's License upon hire with eligibility based upon evaluation of a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) driving report.
  • Assignment to work a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.

Highly Desirable

  • Five years of leadership experience managing large teams.
  • Government experience in managing a capital improvement plan with budget greater than $10 million.
  • Experience in development and implementation of project management systems.
  • Experience in working with Florida regulatory agencies including Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection, and Water Management Districts.
  • Knowledge of engineering practices and principles related to short and long-term planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance.
  • Ability to develop multimillion-dollar capital improvement plans over a multiyear period and implement through establishing appropriate budgets and schedules as well as demonstrating strong leadership with subordinates and team members.

Illustrative Tasks

  • Plans and direct the work of a large staff of professional and support employees and maintain effective working relationships with the staff, other departments, partner organizations, and the public.
  • Manages Division staff through participative leadership, effective communication, and deep practical engineering knowledge as it relates to transportation and stormwater.
  • Directs staff in the development of projects and implementation of the approved capital improvement plan.
  • Develops solutions to operational and community stormwater and transportation issues.
  • Prepares budgets, schedules, quality standards and work breakdown structures for projects.
  • Reviews procurement documents, coordinates bidder inquiries, and reviews the analysis of bid submittals. 
  • Leads the development of studies, reports, and design plans and ensures QA/QC of work performed.
  • Trains, motivates, and empowers subordinates while holding all accountable to meet performance objectives.
  • Establishes goals, objectives, and accountability mechanisms for direct reports.
  • Leads and/or participates on the County’s Portfolio Project Management Team and ranking committees to determine project goals, budget, schedule, and priorities.
  • Addresses civic organizations or other public or private groups on subjects relative to Division projects.
  • Recruits and hires staff, evaluates performance, coaches and mentors, and manages disciplinary actions pursuant to County Human Resources rules.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Skill in advanced leadership techniques and practices to evaluate and determine organizational goals and objectives, maximizing effectiveness of organizational work units through staff selection and assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, and to make effective presentations to a variety of groups.
  • Ability to prepare, analyze, and interpret rules/regulations, contract documents, and technical reports.
  • Experience with various project management, asset management, and design software.
  • Ability to make sound decisions based on established procedures and resolve issues in a professional manner.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and determine proper course of action in the event of an emergency.
  • Manages for maximum utilization of manpower and equipment services.



Below is a preview of the supplemental questions you will have to answer during the application process.

What is your minimum starting salary requirement?

Describe your experience in managing a diverse portfolio of capital projects, as reflected in the position description including transportation and stormwater, totaling $10M or more?

Describe your experience, including the number of years, leading diverse teams in project management and public works’ capital improvement programs?

Have you developed and implemented project management processes and procedures? If so, please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience and provide an overview of the implementation you led. If you do not have this experience, please type, “N/A”.

Are you a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Florida or another state with ability to obtain Florida licensure within six (6) months of start date?

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