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Projects Program Management Office Manager

Thurston County
Full Time 9605 Tilley Rd SW S, Olympia, WA 98512, United States


**This employment opportunity will remain open until filled.  Thurston County Public Works reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time.  To ensure consideration for this position, please submit your application as soon as possible.**
The , located in Olympia, Washington is a national award-winning agency in delivering quality projects to our community.  Our mission is to provide quality public services in all areas of our business.  We actively help our staff develop and grow professionally, we bring together resources across divisions to achieve organizational goals, we are always ready to respond to community needs, and we are an American Public Works Association accredited agency, consistently meeting industry best practices benchmarks.  

Our Core Values:
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions and the resulting outcomes.
  • Customer Service – We provide our customers with the highest level of service and quality.
  • Innovation – We strive to continuously improve processes, performance, and results.
  • Safety – We demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to safety.
  • Teamwork – We work together toward achieving a common recognized end.  
Mission - to provide excellent public services in all areas of our business.

Vision – The premier public works organization, accountable and transparent in all services we provide to our community.  

Thurston County Public Works values the diversity of the people it hires and serves.  To us, inclusion means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.  We are dedicated to recruiting and developing a talented workforce from various cultures, lifestyles, backgrounds, and perspectives who are committed to our vision and core values.  

What we offer our employees:
  • Work-Life Balance: We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Plan For Your Future: As a member of our team, you will enjoy great employee benefits, including a retirement plan, pre-tax savings accounts, as well as comprehensive health care and dental/vision care for you and your family.  Please visit website for more information.  
  • Paid Leave: Full-time regular employees earn a minimum of 12 paid vacation days per year in addition to 11 paid. 
  • Robust Training Program: Employees are encouraged to attend County paid training to help them further their career, learn new skill sets, and stay on top of emerging trends in our industry.  We also encourage our staff to participate in professional organizations and attend conferences.  
  • Flexible Work Schedules:Some of the options that employees may take advantage of include alternative or compressed schedules and/or remote working.
  • Deferred CompensationThe County offers 3 voluntary deferred compensation plans for employees who would like to set aside additional deferred tax dollars into a retirement savings plan. 
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)Employees can take advantage of Section 125 flexible spending accounts for out-of-pocket health care and daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness:This is a federal program which allows full-time public service employees who have made 120 qualifying payments for certain loans, to get their student loans repaid.  
We are recruiting for a Projects Program Management Office Manager (Capital Project Manager III) to join our dynamic, energetic, and innovative team.  The successful candidate will lead the Projects Program Management Office (PPMO) to define, develop, maintain, and ensure the use of best management standards and tools in delivery of projects. The PPMO provides strategic direction and guidance on projects, programs and processes to allocate, schedule and prioritize resources across many projects. Public Works’ projects portfolio includes road, sewer, water, bridge, stormwater, solid waste facility and other public works construction projects in addition to department organizational projects.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to, the following: 
  • Responsible for the overall effectiveness of the capital project operations of the department. Coordinates work of professional and technical projects staff at each project phase, with an emphasis on teamwork and collaborative problem resolution. Monitors each project's progress and conducts meetings to resolve problems and ensure timely completion.
  • Serves as the primary project manager on complex projects and/or as back-up to staff during times of leaves.
  • Manages the design, construction, maintenance, inspection, data management and technical assistance functions of capital projects. Oversees budget preparation, expenditure controls, revenue tracking and ensures project construction compliance with federal, state, and county regulations. Serves as a staff resource for construction contract negotiations and administration.
  • Develops policy and recommends future project direction consistent with Board of County Commissioner guidelines.  Develops short- and long-range development plans, including project time lines. 
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of assigned staff and develops work performance measurements and standards. Conducts performance evaluations and makes recommendations regarding personnel issues, such as hiring, disciplinary actions, and terminations.  
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Message to potential applicants: We understand that some potential applicants are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the functions or skills listed in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and we understand that may be someone who will learn some of these skills on the job. If you are interested in this position, and meet the minimum qualifications, we encourage you to go ahead and apply! Feel free to think about how you will bring your own set of skills to the role and tell us about the potential that you hold.    

Why you’ll love it here:
Thurston County is located between Seattle and Portland in Western Washington’s South Puget Sound Region. Perched in between the mountains and the ocean, the area boasts the perfect blend of year-round outdoor activities including boating, hiking, skiing, and more. The region is also home to the state capitol city of Olympia, known for its many restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, farmer’s markets, kids’ activities, history, and art events. Discover more about life in Thurston County at .
  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management, architecture, or another closely related field.
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar industry recognized certification.  Licensure as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering will qualify for consideration, while the successful candidate will be required to work toward and achieve PMP certification within two years of hire. 
  • Six years of related project management experience or related field experience to include thorough knowledge of construction/contract administration; plans and specification development; construction inspection, interior space design/utilization, commercial building code, Public Works law, and local government procedures, and building systems/elements to include architecture, structural, HVAC, electrical, security, water, gas, and sewer.   Four years supervisory experience is required.  
  • Ability to use computers and related software to successfully perform essential job functions of the position. 
  • A current and valid Washington State Driver's License.
Desired Skills
  • Knowledge of principles of project management, planning, project coordination and program and process evaluation.
  • Strong skills in stakeholder engagement, presentation, interpersonal, critical analysis and capable of leading and influencing teams and gaining support and commitment from stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated experience in direct project management including scheduling, forecasting, milestone management, budget preparation, contract negotiations, expenditure control, and risk management.
  • Demonstrates a high level of personal initiative, integrity, and ability to interact with a diversity of stakeholders with competing demands.