Senior Project Manager (Sr. CE)

Seattle, Washington State
$55.73 - $64.89 Hourly
Dec 02, 2021
Jan 01, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

Position Description

Are you an experienced project manager who thrives in a collaborative work environment, enjoys a multi-faceted stakeholder process, and is a proven decision maker? Are you interested in working on progressive projects that support infrastructure projects to support the community? If so, please apply!
SPU is recruiting for two (2) project managers to lead, coordinate and manage the development, implementation, tracking and efficient delivery of capital projects in the Drinking Water & Solid Waste Project Management Section (DWSW). The DWSW group is responsible for project management of  drinking water projects and has the primary responsibility and accountability for management of solid waster capital improvement projects. Members of the DWSW group have expertise in alternative contracting approaches such as design-build, and general contractor/construction manager, which have been utilized to deliver several of our recent large capital projects.  
These project manager positions will assist in project implementation and coordination of critical infrastructure capital improvement projects from initiation through closeout coordinating senior-level project management and professional engineering duties in the initiation, option analysis, design, construction, closeout, including technical input on long term operation and maintenance needs of municipal public works, utilities and high priority projects. As initial assignments, the positions will support and provide project management leads on some of SPU’s high priority projects: Spokane Street Pump Station Project, Watermain Replacement Program, 2023 Water Transmission Cathodic Protection Improvement Project, Cedar River Pipelines Seismic Improvements, Trenton and Riverton Tanks Improvement Project, Bitter Lake Reservoir Covering Project, including projects associated with transfer stations capital improvements program. 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. With more people living in Seattle than ever before, we face a range of new challenges, requirements, and responsibilities. This is an exciting time for us, as we embrace the challenge of balancing environmental enhancement, service excellence, and compliance with affordability. We are exploring and sharing approaches to meeting new and future demands.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

SPU strives to be a Community Centered Utility working to make Seattle the best place to live for everyone. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. We also provide drinking water for 1.4 million regional customers in Seattle and the other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable utility services and to provide value for dollar. With that goal in mind, we pursue everything we do with the following core areas of focus:

  • Achieve Excellence in Core Service Delivery 
  • Increase Affordability and Accountability 
  • Improve Investment Value 
  • Enhance Public Health and Environment 
  • Ensure Equity and Inclusion 
  • Expand our Impact through Strong Partnerships

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

  • Lead diverse and multi-functional project teams, that include internal and external stakeholders, in delivering projects through planning, design, construction and close-out phases 
  • Create project management plan, document project scope, cost, schedule, risk, and roles. Monitor and control the team's performance in executing the plan and report on status to stakeholders 
  • Collaborate with field units, engineering, construction, environmental, finance and Line of Business customers to coordinate options analysis, design, construction and close-out phases 
  • Facilitate project meetings, maintain action items and decision logs, and manage communications with stakeholders
  • Negotiate contracts with consultants, including scope, schedule, quality, and cost. Manage execution of the executed contract 
  • Provide leadership and assist with acquisition of environmental and interagency permits 
  • Resolve complex design, technical, budget and project implementation issues 
  • Ensure projects comply with appropriate laws, permits, regulations and codes to include SPU's protocols for managing projects 

These positions will potentially work on other capital projects and programs associated with Drainage & Wastewater projects, as needed.  


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology;

Experience: Five years of professional Civil Engineering experience

Equivalencies: A combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class.
Licenses and Certifications:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License or equivalent mobility

Additional Information

The ideal candidate should possess:  

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in project management of large, medium size capital improvement projects including plan preparation and execution, scope, schedule, resourcing and budget management and reporting
  • Experience in the delivery of projects in urban settings, involving public outreach and communications
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including proficiency/skill in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work within the organizational framework of SPU Workplace Expectations including our values on Safety, Respect, Diversity, Trust, Humor, Productivity Integrity, Innovation, Partnership and Accountability
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base
  • Ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve problems, in timely manner
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to successfully move several major tasks forward at the same time
  • PMI Certification desirable, but not required  

Workplace Environment (*Telework Expectation): 
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 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".
 Application Package Expectation: 
In addition to submitting a completed on-line application, please attach your resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the following:

  • How you meet the qualifications for the position. 
  • The largest project which you have worked on, in terms of total project cost and complexity. What was your role on the project?

Please note that failure to attach your resume and cover letter will result in your application not to be considered.

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