Parks Construction Manager

Employer: City of Seattle
Job Title: Parks Construction Manager
Job Type: Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-Time
Job Number: 2019-00180
Division: Seattle Parks and Recreation - Planning and Development Division
Location: Seattle, WA
Opening Date: 07/09/2019
Closing Date: 07/23/2019
Salary: $41.50 - $62.27 Hourly

Job Description: 

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is a national leader and innovator in the services and programs we provide to our residents who enjoy our public spaces such as parks, community centers, specialty gardens and swimming pools. Our mission is providing welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community and promote responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. We strive to deliver excellent customer service to each visitor and participant. SPR is also deeply committed to advancing the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) by working to end institutional and structural racism.The Construction Manager is within the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development Division. This position oversees a portion of Seattle Parks and Recreation's capital development program including the supervision of capital project coordinators and other staff who manage design and construction of projects, associated public involvement processes and consultant and construction contracts. As part of the capital development program, this position provides leadership and oversight for development and implementation of project management systems and software tools. This management position also oversees inspection of construction projects including the supervision of two construction inspectors.

Job Duties:

  • Oversee capital project management staff and projects funded by the Seattle Park District, levies, grants, and other City funding sources for the development or renovation of new and existing parks, recreation and cultural facilities, play fields, trails, green spaces, community gardens, and shoreline areas.
  • Coordinate the capital projects with other divisions, departments and agencies.
  • Provide briefings to Seattle Parks and Recreation executives and City of Seattle elected officials on the progress of major departmental capital initiatives.
  • Responsible for ongoing implementation and improvements to the project management software system.
  • Lead a team of technical experts who train, respond to inquiry, and keep business processes up-to-date.
  • Responsible for projects being delivered on time and within budget
  • Supervise approximately four Capital Project Coordinators, two inspectors (Civil Engineering Specialists) and a Management Systems Analyst.


Required Qualifications:

  • Requires at least five years of capital program and/or project management experience, ideally with park development projects, 3 years of supervisory experience (preferably providing direction to technical, engineering, planning, and design staff);
  • at least 5 years experience with multifaceted public programs;
  • 5 years budget and fiscal management; a baccalaureate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, environmental studies, public administration, or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience that provides an equivalent background to perform the work).
  • Requires working nights to attend meetings, hearings and events.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate education with broad knowledge of public administration principles and project management operations in urban settings;
  • Ability to function successfully in a highly visible and politically-charged arena; an understanding of the importance of community participation and the value of community relations;
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Ability to make effective public presentations;
  • Experience supervising a multi-disciplinary team of professionals;
  • Problem solving and conflict management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and flexibly manage changing circumstances.
  • Experience developing and/or implementing project management software solutions.
  • Public sector experience strongly preferred.

License, Certification and Other Requirements:

  • All applicants must possess a valid Washington State Drivers License, or evidence of equivalent mobility.

How to Apply:
Apply online at 

If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.

Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500
Seattle, WA 98104

Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences.Accommodations for people with disabilities are provided on request.The City is a Drug Free Workplace.

Supplemental Information:

SPR's Core Competencies:

  • Accountability & Action: Holding yourself accountable for achieving goals, completing tasks, and delivering quality work. Demonstrating thoughtful initiative in actions and decision-making, and promoting high quality standards.
  • Equity and Inclusion: Supporting the goals of the Race and Social Justice Initiative and the City's commitment to workforce equity.
  • Communication: Sharing and exchanging information and ideas with people in a variety of ways to help them understand and remember the information.
  • Service: An ongoing commitment to base decisions and actions on the needs and priorities of the City.
  • Teamwork: Participating as an engaged member of a team to achieve group goals. Effectively working with internal and external people to complete tasks and achieve work group goals.

Parks Construction Manager (Mgr 2, Engrng&Plans Rev) Supplemental Questionnaire

  1. Do you possess a baccalaureate degree in architecture, landscape architecture, engineering construction management, public administration, or related field (or at least four years of education/training/experience that provides the equivalent background to perform the work)? Yes/No
  2. Do you have work experience in the public sector? Yes/No
  3. Do you have the ability to work nights to attend meetings, hearings and other events? Yes/No
  4. Do you have a valid Washington State Driver's License or evidence of equivalent mobility? Yes/No
  5. For this and each of the remaining questions, please describe the nature of your training, design/ construction background, and/or experience. If you cite specific projects, please explain your role in the project. Please let your answers to no more than 300 words per question. It is beneficial for a manager to have direct experience in the areas of expertise that his/her staff have. Describe your level of expertise in project management, construction inspection and/or engineering related fields.
  6. Multiple managers lead the same group of staff through various phases of work. Describe your experience working on a management team and your style of collaboration.
  7. Describe your experience as a supervisor.
  8. Describe your experience working with project management software system(s).
  9. Describe your experience with fiscal and budget management.
  10. Please describe your experience working with and serving diverse public communities.