PURPOSE: This position leads Port Construction Services (PCS) which is a capital construction support function that serves the three Port of Seattle operating divisions, multiple departments, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance to meet fast response emerging construction needs.
This exciting opportunity manages staff and the various craft workers responsible for rapid design, permit, and construct improvements utilizing PCS’s three core functions; contracting with small contractors within the local community, utilizing its in-house craft and equipment capability to perform construction, and leveraging in-house Regulated Materials Management capacity to abate asbestos, lead paint, and other hazardous materials.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leadership: Responsible for leadership, management and supervision of a team of managers in the delivery of contracted small works and regulated materials management construction projects to an overall department of approximately 55 staff. Provide oversight and guidance to achieve a high level of project delivery. Will represent PCS with Executives and Commissioners in providing project updates and annual reporting. Negotiate PCS labor agreements and manage PCS represented employees. Inspire and motivate staff by providing training, development and performance appraisals that are consistent with the goals and expectations. Supervise represented employees of multiple trades to ensure efficient and quality services on construction projects. Mentor staff by fostering collaboration with a mix of represented and non-represented groups to deliver on the Port’s strategic capital program goals. Work with Labor to prepare labor agreements and addendums for multiple trade groups within PCS. Participate with labor negotiations and provide information on impacts to the workforce. Review grievances and partner with stakeholders to resolve issues and concerns.
Department Management: Oversight and management of department budget, financial decisions and resource procurement for a $5 million per year operating budget and a construction budget of $15 million per year. Monitor and report quarterly budget updates to executive team leaders. Set budget direction to include capital purchases of construction equipment and fleet management. Monitor and evaluate department business goals relative to overall Port strategies. Support small business goals by providing opportunities for small works contracting and providing opportunities for small professional services (architects, engineers) to be successful at the Port. Provide oversight and approval for all PCS work authorizations and service directives to ensure compliance applicable policies. Ensure the regulated materials program and the safety program meet the requirements State of Washington and/Port of Seattle policies. Develop strategies and initiatives to improve operations at the department and division levels. Communicate and reinforce the Port’s strategic direction to PCS staff, consultants, contractors and labor partners. Leverage Lean principles and methods of innovation to improve the organization, assist in evaluating risk, and facilitate lessons learned to promote an organization of continuous learning.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: An excellent understanding of principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting and construction management. Knowledge of organizational and human relation behaviors, and knowledge of how to effectively work within a broad spectrum of diverse and competing interests. Knowledge of applicable federal, state and legislative rules, regulations and regulatory procedures as related to environmental requirements, permits and intergovernmental agreements. Knowledge of fundamental construction means and methods, cost, schedule, and risk analysis. Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements and labor negotiation. Well versed with Lean principles and process improvement methods. Knowledge of State of Washington public contracting and Regulated Materials laws and requirements.
Proven leadership skills, customer management, and public speaking skills, as well as ways to improve staff productivity and organizational effectiveness. Strong skills in project delivery with in depth experience in project management and construction performance. Skilled in facilitation and decision analysis. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Skilled in negotiations with labor unions, contractors, professional service providers, and community interest groups.
Proven ability to manage complex projects and construction with a focus on the achievement of goals and objectives. Ability to work with and influence others to action based on common understanding of shared goals and mutual interests. Ability to supervise, train and develop staff including organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments. Ability to assess and minimize risk and liability with insurance, claims and workmen’s compensation. Ability to read and interpret technical writings and drawings. Ability to develop and maintain effective ongoing relationships with stakeholders and staff through periods of conflict and disagreement.
QUALIFICATIONS: Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture or related field; and
Ten (10) years of experience with the management of public construction projects and professional staff, represented employees, and contractors in a construction environment.
Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, or Architecture;
Fifteen (15) years of experience managing professional and construction staffing including outside consultants and contractors; and/or
Aviation and/or Maritime experience.
The Port of Seattle is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, knowing decisions concerning the employment relationship will be made without regard to age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, regulations and ordinances.
About Port of Seattle
Bringing international trade and transportation to the Pacific Northwest for 100 years, the Port of Seattle supports diverse business activities from tourism to commercial fishing, and is a key builder of transportation infrastructure. The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle’s seaport with state-of-the-art cargo and grain facilities, two cruise ship terminals, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for broad economic advantage.The Port is working to be the cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the nation. With the Puget Sound region already in attainment of federal air quality standards, the Port’s many environmental programs create real benefits for the local community and a competitive edge for our customers.The Port of Seattle: Where a sustainable world is headed.The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.