Posted 4 days ago
Program Consultant
City of Austin - Austin, TX
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture or related field plus five (5) years of related work experience including two (2) years as a project manager

OR
  • Nine (9) years of work experience in engineering, architecture or related area including two (2) years as a project manager

Licenses or Certifications:
  • None.
Notes to Applicants
The Transportation & Public Works Department ( TPW ) - Project Delivery Division ( PDD ) is seeking a full-time Program Consultant specific to the area of project controls, fiscal monitoring and forecasting for a wide range of Capital Improvement Projects from the 2016, 2018 and 2020 Mobility Bonds.

TPW's Project Delivery Division is responsible for leading and implementing projects from planning phase to construction.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in financial and project controls, well versed in contract development for professional services, contract management and Power BI skills. This position will work under the Division Manager with some latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment which include these primary responsibilities:

1. Oversee the successful delivery and on-the-ground implementation of a large number of local mobility projects, monitor and meet project timelines and spending targets for bond funds.

2. Lead development of contracting needs in service to various TPW programs and collaborate with Program Managers to set-up shared contracts for successful design and delivery activities.

3. Coordinate across multiple divisions within TPW to ensure adherence to bond program spending plans. Convene quarterly spending plan review meetings.

4. Respond to inquiries by citizens, Mayor and Council, City Manager's Office, and other agencies regarding transportation safety issues.

We are looking for the following:
  • An innovative leader with demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership, to "see the big picture" and to engage with diverse stakeholders and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership.
  • Experience in fiscal and resource planning, budgeting, forecasting, developing quality controls and process improvements to fast-track implementation of variety of projects in a cost-effective manner.
  • Excellent team working and problem-solving skills with internal and external members to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders, including meetings and public events.
  • Experience working for a highly progressive transportation organization.
  • Ability to provide technical input and strategic direction to multiple work teams by coordinating across TPW divisions, other departments, contractors, external stakeholders, and partner agencies to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with internal and external stakeholders, including meetings and public events.
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, and MS Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access)

If the position you are applying for has the ability/opportunity to telework, we offer a hybrid schedule of minimum 50% in office.

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Applicant: READ THIS STATEMENT Regarding your Application:A detailed and complete employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Please list your complete employment history (to include all job duties responsibilities and employment dates) on your online application. The application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered (e.g., "see resume" or "see Linked In Profile"). Resumes will not be used to qualify for the position and will not be used to recommend salary.

Assessment:This position may require a skills assessment.

Close Job Posting:

Department may close the job posting at any time after 7 days.

90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy:

This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other sections within the Division. Decisions on assigned section will be made at the time of hire based on business needs.

PLEASE NOTE : Austin Transportation and Public Works positions are not at 100% remote operation.

Video Conferencing Software Technology:

Austin Transportation and Public Works Department uses the communication platform, Microsoft Teams, to conduct virtual interviews.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
  • Proven experience and interest in capital delivery systems, contracting methodologies, financial forecasting and resource planning to deliver high-need, time-critical projects.
  • Proven work experience in delivering public agency transportation infrastructure projects.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
1. Resolve project claims, disputes, and contentious issues
2. Manage, review, approve and process construction contracts and documents
3. Manage and initiate review and/or design of engineering/architectural projects, including related documentation
4. Identify, evaluate, and provide improvement recommendations
5. Inspect and monitor projects for legal, regulatory and initiative compliance
6. Develop, negotiate, and monitor contracts
7. Design/maintain database
8. Develop standard operating procedures, policies, and ordinances
9. Develop and monitor performance criteria
10. Develop and conduct training
11. Manage project budget and schedule
12. Administer consultant, licensed professional, and Legal Department services.
13. Provide technical advice and assistance to city management, field personnel, contractors, etc.
14. Meet with project engineers/architects and contractors to discuss designs and design changes
15. Attend City Council, board meetings, etc. as City staff representative
16. Coordinate the analysis of site selection

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:May provide leadership/supervision to employees planning, assigning, and/or leading the work of others.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Extensive knowledge of contract provisions and their implementation to the contract
  • Knowledge of the mediation process. Knowledge of real estate practices.
  • Knowledge of manual and automated financial systems.
  • Skill in negotiating with multiple parties. Skill in effective oral and/or written communication.
  • Skill in evaluating contract agreements. Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other City employees and the public. Skill in writing and interpreting legal descriptions of leases, real estate, easements and similar properties.
  • Skill in negotiating with property owners to accomplish objectives.
  • Skill in designing and maintaining complex spreadsheet and database models and utilizing word processing and presentation software.
  • Skill in giving public presentations.
  • Skill in completing projects within the required scheduling, and the ability to make prompt decisions and develop new and relative ideas for providing a quality product and quality customer service with little or no supervision.
  • Skill in determining need, gathering, analyzing and presenting data to provide accurate information for management's use.
  • Ability to exercise a good judgment, tact and diplomacy in all pubic dealings.
  • Ability to understand and use standard application development design, report and project management tools
  • Ability to perform objective analyses and re-engineering of business processes to maximize quality service and cost-effectiveness
  • Coordination of demolition, inspection, security, title clearance, soil testing, site location, property management, preparation of files for federal auditing with little or no supervision.
Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call ([redacted] or Texas Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.