Capital Projects Manager – Department of Public Works (Open & Promotional)

The Department of Public Works is seeking qualified Capital Projects Managers (CPM) for the planning and development of its Capital Improvement Program. The Capital Improvement Program supports the modernization and expansion of facilities to provide updated safety measures, improve the efficiency of the facility and build new facilities.

The Capital Projects Manager will provide leadership of a complex, multi-discipline team to:

  • Deliver the Capital Program and Construction (CP&C) projects;
  • Develop and Manage the project scope, schedule and budget;
  • Analyze work plans and budgets;
  • Motivate, facilitate, monitor, and lead project teams;
  • Negotiate/modify contracts, resolve claims and disputes;
  • Prepare technical reports and other documentation, designs, drawings, specifications;
  • Monitor cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment;
  • Analyze/solve complex engineering problems/issues to ensure compliance with regulatory and performance standards and specifications;
  • Write, review and approve departmental correspondence, reports and other related document;
  • Conduct meetings and presentations to committees, approval agencies, clients and the general public;
  • Plan, organize, direct and control assigned Capital Projects from concept through design, construction, and closeout (completion) of the program/project;
  • Prepare and monitor project budgets, including support for obtaining funding;
  • Coordinate work with consultants, County staff, contractors, agencies and the public;
  • Ensure that contractors are maintaining safe work sites and the needs of the program/project and community are being protected;
  • Ensure timely inspections, acceptance and approval for occupancy and closeout (completion) of projects by working with the architects, contractors, construction managers, inspectors, regulating authorities, operations and Division of the State Architect (DSA), staff to resolve punch list items and other final activities; and
  • Perform other duties as required.

The Department of Public Works serves the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, providing public services and operating facilities that benefit the community, County employees, and clients of County agencies. The Department plans, designs, constructs, operates, and maintains facilities and equipment that support County programs and services, the general public, and County employees. The Department advises the Board of Supervisors on all public works issues, including rates and charges for services that are fair to both the users and service providers.

Public Works has an operating budget of $243 million, a Capital budget of $58 million, and is comprised of over 300 employees within four divisions: Administrative Services and Airports, Engineering and Resource Protection, Facility Services, and Road Services. The majority of the Public Work’s budget is funded from sources other than the County’s General Fund. The Department’s budget includes property taxes and service charges to provide various services to the over 40 special districts and 70 County-maintained facilities governed by the Board of Supervisors and administered by the Department, landfill fees for waste management programs, gas taxes to maintain 320 miles of County roads, and federal and state funds designated for aviation and transportation.

The ideal candidate will have a degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or closely related field and five year’s experience as a project/construction manager of medium to large capital projects ranging in value of up to $30 million for a local, state or federal agency, general contractor or developer. 

Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or equivalent.
  • Experience in technical aspects of civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, and geotechnical engineering design and specifications, financing, estimating and budgeting, including planning and estimating, calculating overhead, design and construction costs.
  • Working knowledge of various funding sources and restrictions; legal requirements for City, County and/or State projects; regulations and regulatory agencies and commissions affecting planning, zoning, design and permitting.
  • Experience in the requirements and preparation of final bid packages; and direct experience cooperating and collaborating with contractors, trades and in-field personnel such as construction managers, resident engineers and inspectors during the Construction phase.
  • Experience presenting information and/or resolving issues in community meetings and making presentations to elected or appointed officials, boards, or commissions.
  • Ability to communicate up/down and between disciplines/lay people/stakeholders.
  • Ability to supervise, prepare, or participate in the design and production of final architectural contract documents for a wide variety of medium to large construction and maintenance projects.
  • Ability to conduct presentations to the Director and Executive Team to inform them of the project progress.
  • Excellent analytical and report-writing skills to formulate and write comprehensive technical reports, specifications and business correspondence.
  • Strong organization and coordination skills to manage a large number of projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers for complex spreadsheets, word-processing, cost-tracking, scheduling and project management programs.
  • Familiarity with current technological resources for project development and monitoring, e.g., BIM, Revit, etc.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients and co-workers.
  • Superior communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Certification equivalent to LEED AP is desirable.
  • Experience in various project delivery systems, e.g. Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, GMP, CM at Risk, Lease-Lease-Back, IPD, etc.
  • Experience with OSHPD
  • Ability to operate a County vehicle to and from work sites.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management or a closely related field AND five years as a project manager of medium to large capital projects which resulted in the completion of buildings or structures.

Knowledge ofArchitectural planning and design practices; architectural detailing and standards; building construction materials and methods; structural, mechanical and electrical engineering principles as related to capital projects; project development and management; contract negotiation; building cost estimates; budget preparation and control; finance mechanisms; codes, ordinances and laws concerning building design and construction; State codes and County ordinances relating to the management of construction projects; construction administration and monitoring; project scheduling; computer technology and management information systems.

Skill/Ability to: Analyze department and others’ needs for new or remodeled facilities and make recommendations to meet those needs; prepare contract agreements for construction and remodeling projects; manage large and/or complex construction projects from inception to completion; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; anticipate problems and resolve disputes; collect, analyze and interpret data; apply architectural and/or engineering techniques and methods; review and recommend designs and contract documents for program compliance; prepare, maintain and monitor accurate project budgets, schedules and records; prepare and present a variety of reports; use a personal computer for complex spreadsheet, word processing and project management programs; perform physical tasks such as climbing ladders and walking on uneven surfaces to observe and approve work.; operate a vehicle.

Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the ‘Apply’ button. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to to apply. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates’ application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualifications. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Application Deadline: July 22, 2019

Application Screening: August 5, 2019

Panel Interviews (tentative): August 26-29, 2019

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Pension Benefit through the County’s Retirement System

Health Benefits for Retirees

Deferred Compensation Plan

Retirement Reciprocity

Paid Leave

13 vacation days/year, additional days added with years of service

12 paid holidays/year

130 hours/year of Administrative Leave for Managers; can be taken as time off or 50% of balance cashed out.

Health & Wellness

3 Medical Plans

2 Dental Plans

Vision care paid by County

Long Term Disability and $50k Basic Life Insurance paid by County; variety of Supplemental Insurance options available

Employee Wellness Program

Work/Life Programs

Commute Alternatives & Travel Subsidies

Concern EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

First Time Homebuyer

Tuition Reimbursement

FSA & Dependent Care Assistance

Employee Benefits Guide

For more information regarding the comprehensive and generous benefits package please view the Employee Benefits Guide (PDF)

  • Benefits are offered to eligible employees of the County of San Mateo. 
  • All benefits are subject to change.
  • As an additional benefit, the County offers extensive training and development programs designed to improve skills and enhance career opportunities. Most programs are offered on County time at no cost to you.
  • County employees are also covered by the federal Social Security system and earn benefits for retirement based on salary and time worked.

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day. County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.