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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Project Manager-Facility Design & Construction in Laurel, Maryland

Functional TitleProject Manager-Facility Design & Construction

Recruitment Category TypeStandard

Functional CategoryEngineering & Construction


FLSA StatusExempt

Requisition Number21-0047

Number of Vacancies2

Job LevelNon-Management

Job Code

Job Description Summary

This person serves as a Project Manager assigned to the Facilities Design and Construction Division

Organization NameFacility Design & Construction

Reports toLead Project Manager

Full or Part TimeFull Time

If Part Time how many hours per week

Regular or TemporaryRegular

Position End Date (if temporary)

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

Position LocationLaurel

General Summary

The Project Manager leads multi-disciplinary teams that manage complex projects within the Facility Design & Construction Division.

The Project Manager leads cross functional project teams that manage projects with varying degrees of complexity, principally, but not limited to, the planning, design and construction of physical capital assets (water/wastewater plants, pumping stations, storage and transmission facilities, and rehabilitation projects). Job incumbent has the responsibility for the design and construction phases of a project, serving as the primary point of contact for project management activities. Project team membership will be functionally diverse, reflecting the intent and objectives of individual projects. The Project Manager works under general direction of a Section Manager with wide latitude for independent judgment and decisions in the execution of a broad range of difficult project management assignments.

The Project Manager is distinguished from the associate level by the increased scope and complexity of assigned projects, by the political sensitivity of the assigned projects, by the delegated responsibility exercised, and by a reduced need for supervision.

Essential Functions

  • Leads a team that manages complex planning, design and construction projects such as treatment plants, pumping stations, transmission projects, or other major facilities; or that manages projects for delivery of organizational, program, or corporate benefits and improvements

  • Leads and mentors project team members

  • Consults and works with team members from various Commission organizations, including senior leadership, in the administration of consultant, Architect/Engineer (A/E) and construction contracts and associated procurement mechanisms

  • Reviews project technical, management, and budgetary plans; ensures project compliance with corporate policy and technical specifications

  • Participates on project teams of others, including management review, re-engineering and policy groups

  • Gathers data and prepares diagnostic and prescriptive reports on significant Team, Division or institutional issues

  • Serves as Commission project representative equivalent to consultant’s or contractor’s Project Manager

  • Reviews, negotiates and finalizes contracts and change orders

  • Develops and implements project management strategic plans and resultant monitoring mechanisms

  • Assists in the development of the Capital Improvement and Engineering Support Programs, as well as Division and other budgets

  • Oversees the work of associate project managers, inspectors and support staff on specific project assignments and in general mentoring and coaching roles

  • Participates in 360 degree staff evaluations for annual performance reviews, as well as for incentives and compensation initiatives

  • Reviews and approves monthly and final payments for A/Es, contractors and vendors

  • Drives a vehicle to conduct WSSC Water business

Other Functions

  • Serves as Acting Section Manager in their absence

  • Proxy for other Project Managers when needed

  • Performs related duties as required

Work Environment And Physical Demands

  • Ability to climb ladders and work in confined spaces and elevated locations

  • Utilize appropriate safety equipment and comply with procedures

  • Ability to hear audible alarms and abnormal equipment noises

  • Ability to visually inspect equipment and processes any time of day or night

  • Good physical condition, particularly absence of respiratory and back problems

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of design and construction project management, environmental engineering and associated organizational management systems

  • Ability to organize and lead cross functional project teams

  • Ability to maintain project team focus and effective structure including the development of a strategic project management plan encompassing schedule, budgetary, contractual, human resources and stakeholder elements

  • Must possess the knowledge and skills required to effectively access and involve other agencies, internal staff, the general public and special interest communities

  • Demonstrated team building, group leadership, project management and verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Education, Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil, sanitary, environmental engineering or related engineering discipline

  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project management

  • OR -

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • 9 years of progressively responsible experience in project management

Additional Requirements

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license, with no more than 4 points, and the ability to obtain and maintain a WSSC Water driver’s permit within 90 days of hire or transfer date

  • Completion of the WSSC Water Financial Disclosure statement within 30 days of employment and annually thereafter


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in Maryland. If candidate has PE license in another state, candidate must obtain Maryland registration within 12 months of hire or transfer date

  • Certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute ( PMI ) or certification as a Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America ( CMAA )


EEO Statement


It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

Close Date

Open Until FilledNo

Special Instructions to Applicants

Additional Information

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Do you meet one of the following sets of qualifications? • Bachelor’s degree in civil, sanitary, environmental engineering or related engineering discipline; and • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project management - OR - • High school diploma or equivalent; and • 9 years of progressively responsible experience in project management
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have a valid driver's license with no more than 4 points and with no restrictions (except eyeglasses/contact lenses)?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland or another state?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Please list your P.E. license number (if applicable).

(Open Ended Question)

    • Do you have certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI) or certification as a Construction Manager by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have work experience in the water or wastewater industry?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Will you, now or in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status?
  • Yes

  • No

  • Are you an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces who was a bona fide resident of the state of Maryland when you entered the U.S. military?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents