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Program Manager (Water)

Chelsea, Massachusetts (US)
$106,527.62 - $149,191.56 annually
Closing date
May 26, 2024

Job Details

Location: Chelsea, MA, USA

Salary Range:  $106,527.62 - $149,191.56 annually

Monday - Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm *May be eligible for telework up to 50% of the work week; a waiting period may apply.

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Supervises project teams in the department to oversee professional engineering and design projects related to the rehabilitation and capital improvement of waterworks and wastewater facilities and infrastructure from conceptual planning through construction. Additionally, manages engineering and design projects related to the rehabilitation and capital improvement of water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure.


Exercises close supervision of a staff of professional and technical employees and or consultants.


  • Oversees projects, including the planning and design of rehabilitation and capital engineering projects for waterworks and wastewater facilities and pipelines. Additionally, manages the planning and design phases of assigned water and wastewater engineering and or maintenance projects including, feasibility and environmental impact reports, detailed plans and specifications, permitting, project schedules, technical assistance, progress review and evaluation.
  • Oversees the work of professional engineering consultants, including all work products for quality of work, budget, schedule, and compliance with contractual terms and MWRA objectives and policies.
  • Supervises and manages professional staff, including assignment of projects, evaluation of performance, and staff development planning. Provides technical and administrative assistance to staff in the development and management of projects which include design and engineering services during construction of new and rehabilitation water and wastewater projects, development of maintenance and operations procedures and working closely with MWRA Safety staff, development of safety procedures.
  • Supervises professional multi-discipline engineering work of substantial difficulty and importance, requiring application of professional engineering principles and the exercise of independent engineering judgment.
  • Oversees and coordinates cooperative project development with other MWRA divisions and departments to ensure complete and coordinated projects. Coordinates projects with communities, government agencies and other MWRA departments. Provides technical information and assistance. Addresses professional and community groups and initiates outreach projects as required.
  • Participates in consultant selection procedures and contract negotiations for projects. Additionally, oversees all phases of consultant selection for assigned projects including development of scope of services, specifications, cost estimates, work schedules, negotiations, and preparations of contract award recommendations. Ensures compliance with contract budgets, schedules and terms.
  • Prepares annual and supplementary budget requests for the projects in the Capital Improvement Program. Oversees and reviews projects' budgets and schedules for compliance with established department, division, and MWRA program goals.
  • Ensures compliance with MWRA procedures and policies, regulatory requirements and applicable engineering standards. Ensures all project activities are coordinated with MWRA divisions and departments, outside regulatory and permitting agencies and communities, as appropriate.


Education and Experience:

  • Completion of a four (4) year college program in civil or related engineering field; and
  • Seven (7) to nine (9) years of civil engineering experience of which three (3) years must be in a supervisory capacity and three (3) years in project management; or
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of engineering.
  • Understanding of issues related to design, construction and operation of water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a project team and also to function independently with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts bidding laws, including M.G.L Chapter 30 and Chapter 149 construction bidding regulations.
  • Familiarity with computer software such as Word and Excel
  • Proven interpersonal, managerial, written and oral communications skills are required.


Registered Massachusetts Professional Engineer preferred.

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.


MWRA is a public authority established by an act of the Legislature in 1984 to provide wholesale water and sewer services to 3.1 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users in 63 communities in eastern and central Massachusetts. System Overview MWRA assets are located in an area of more than 800 square miles, spanning from the Chicopee Valley to Boston Harbor. MWRA’s water system has more than 200 separate facilities, including the John J. Carroll Water Treatment Plant, with a capacity of 405 million gallons per day (mgd), the William A. Brutsch Water Treatment Facility, with a capacity of 16 mgd, 12 pump stations, and 14 below' or above'ground storage tanks. The water transmission system has 105 miles of active tunnels and aqueducts (mostly 10 to 14 feet in diameter) and 39 miles of standby aqueducts. MWRA’s wastewater system has 65 facilities, including two treatment plants, the Deer Island Treatment Plant, with a capacity of 1.27 billion gallons per day, and the Clinton Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, with a capacity of 12 million gallons per day. There are 13 pumping stations, a screen house and four remote head works, four Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) facilities, and two CSO storage facilities.

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