Project Manager I (Sewers & Drainage Design)

Requisition ID: 40599 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, reconciliation, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose and Function

The Project Manager I works as part of the Program Management team that manages the delivery of sewer capital projects for the Sewers & Drainage Design Branch. The Project Manager I is responsible for project and contract management in the planning, design and construction phases of sewer infrastructure projects. The position works as part of a cross-functional team, including Design and Operational groups, internal and external stakeholders, and partners to manage both internal and externally designed and delivered sewer renewal projects. The position contributes to the adoption of the Engineering Department’s project management framework and helps shape and advance project and quality management standards across the Branch.


The Project Manager I reports to the Senior Engineer, Program Management and supervises an Engineering Assistant, and will lead cross functional project teams which will include Engineers, Engineers-In-Training, Superintendents, Engineering Assistants, and other technical and support roles.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the Senior Engineer in sewer design and construction projects.
  • Recruits, selects, coaches and mentors team staff.
  • Plans out the projects in detail, clearly identifying project scope, budget and schedule as well as project risks, project organization and project management approach.
  • Documents the plans in a Project Charter document.
  • Engages with subject matter experts to prepare terms of reference for technical consulting services related to civil engineering design and construction; and complete the tendering and selection process, or work with internal operational forces to deliver the design packages.
  • Coordinates and manages inter-departmental review processes for project design drawings and standards, escalating any identified conflicts as necessary to senior staff for resolution.
  • Executes projects according to the approved Project Charters.
  • Ensures all relevant City Departments are consulted in the process and progress of the project.
  • Assists with management of multiple consultants and contractors.
  • Assists with all relevant local, provincial and federal permit applications.
  • Monitors, forecasts, and reports on project status (cash flows and scheduling).
  • Procures project resources (design and construction), contract administration, and close out.
  • Conducts project reporting, cost estimating, scheduling and measuring project performance.
  • Applies and contributes to the advancement of the principles and requirements of the Department’s Quality Management System including the Project Management Framework and EGBC’s Professional Governance Act.
  • Develops and implements various project management plans.
  • Assists the project team with presentations, public engagement and meetings with various members of the public, stakeholder community groups, and partners. Facilitates stakeholder inputs to arrive at optimum solutions.
  • Facilitates meetings and regular reporting on project status to Program Managers and Project Sponsors. Implements adequate internal controls for reporting to Senior Management.
  • Organizes and leads meetings with project team, stakeholders, and vendors as needed and manages actions arising from them.
  • Identifies and proactively manages project issues and risks.
  • Ensures that project performance meet expectations in terms of timelines and scope completion.
  • Ensures proper project closeout at completion. Manages the sign-off process for project deliverables from stakeholders. Organizes and conducts a lessons-learned session. Documents and presents a project closeout analysis. Manages and coordinates project staff teams.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned. 


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Architecture, Planning, Construction Management, or Engineering from a recognized post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable industry experience in project management with progressively complex, business transformation projects leading multi-disciplinary teams, with preference in civil engineering and construction.
  • Formal training in Project Management methodologies preferably consistent with those provided by PMI (Project Management Institute).
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation an asset.
  • Technical Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Management or related an asset.
  • Experience in managing teams and diverse stakeholder groups, including internal and external coordination of design and field personnel.
  • Experience in public consultation and conflict resolution with the ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from both stakeholders and team members.
  • Experience developing and reporting on project and programs, and researching, and preparing business cases for various projects and initiatives.
  • Experience working on projects with a value of over $25 million will be considered a strong asset.
  • Experience in hiring, developing, and managing staff in a Collective Bargaining environment an asset. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and experience with Master Municipal Construction Document (MMCD) guidelines.
  • Knowledge of various procurement methods and construction management project delivery approaches.
  • Considerable knowledge of the City’s transportation policies and related current literature, trends, and developments would be an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to confidently interact with the public by phone, email, and in person on contentious topics.
  • Ability to manage complex project schedules.
  • Ability to translate technical information into material that can be easily understood by a broad audience through collaboration with content experts.
  • Ability to managing complex projects that include managing multiple consultants and contractors simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to deal tactfully with staff, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Excellent presentation skills to public and community groups.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with the public, other employees, and officials including working with subject matter experts to respond to difficult questions.
  • Ability to develop and report on project and programs, and research various projects and initiatives.
  • Ability to present research results, conclusions, and recommendations in graphical and written form.
  • Ability to develop databases and collect, analyze, and interpret statistical and narrative data.
  • Ability to direct and supervise the work of junior engineering/planning assistants and other support staff.
  • Ability to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from both customers and team members.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Microsoft Project.
  • Familiar with the City of Vancouver’s Project Management Framework is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of the City’s land use, environment and health policies an asset.


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: May 2024

Salary Information: Salary Range RNG-080: $97,032 to $121,294 per annum


Application Close: April 21, 2024

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous peoples, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+ persons including all genders and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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