Jan 30, 2020

Program Director - Water/Wastewater

  • Construction Jobs Inc
  • San Francisco, CA, USA

Job Description

Program Director Water/Wastewater Group Northern California

Water is the life source of every community, and our mission is to help preserve it by creating and maintaining safe, efficient, and sustainable water facilities and processes. Parsons is working to transform the industry through some of the most complex water and wastewater projects in the world. Weve built recycled wastewater treatment plants with membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, weve constructed advanced ultraviolet (UV) disinfection facilities, and weve used reverse osmosis (RO) processes to transform saline water into millions of gallons of clean, drinkable water.


Are you an experienced Program Director whos delivered diverse large-scale Water/ Wastewater Programs? Does working for one of the worlds preeminent engineering firms appeal to you? Parsons is experiencing explosive growth in the California water market and seeks a Program Director / Practice Lead to both deliver programs and complement our growth strategy in Northern California.

The Program Director selected will be a subject matter expert in water/wastewater program delivery and will have delivered large (billion-dollar scale) programs or managed complex portfolios of projects. Experience in the Bay Area is strongly preferred.


  • You will act as the Company representative with the client and selected subcontractors during the program execution. Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client and key subcontractors.
  • Collaborates with Business Development to market and secure additional work with client. Responsible for following up on instructions and commitments associated with the project. Participates in negotiations with regulatory agencies and in public meetings in support of clients.
  • Oversees establishment of Project Execution Plan, Health and Safety Plan, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, and other documents as required.
  • Plans, directs, supervises, and controls the execution of all business, technical, fiscal, and administrative functions of the assigned project. Assigns responsibility for executing project plans to key subordinates after careful assessment of how to utilize their qualifications and strengths.
  • Works with the key project individual to devise and execute actions plans to rectify potential cost overruns or delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work. Advises the client and company management of any such changes. The Program Manager is specifically responsible for maintaining current and timely change orders.


  • Accomplished senior level program manager with experience managing complex teams that include but are not limited to Contracts Management, Project Controls, Risk Management, Public Outreach/Communications, Environmental Management, Safety Management.
  • A 4-year Baccalaureate degree in engineering, construction management, or closely-related discipline from an accredited institution
  • A Masters Degree in Engineering is highly desirable.
  • Experiencewith managing and leading large water/wastewater programswith multiple construction projects occurring at the same time in limited space while maintaining full plant operations.
  • Candidate must have the ability to foster a close working relationship with all Program stakeholders in a public works environment. This will include Operations and Maintenance staff, Client Safety Management, Client Environmental Management, Project Management, Client Construction Management and others.
  • Experience in performing construction liaison tasks on large complex CIP programs including resolving interface issues with multiple concurrent construction projects, shutdown coordination to minimize operational impacts, dispute resolution.
  • Experience in auditing large complex construction projects for compliance to program procedures and requirements.
  • At least twenty (20) years of recent experience in construction management of large and complex engineering/construction projects;
  • At least five (5) years of recent experience as aProgram Manager on at least one (1) complex water or wastewater infrastructure program within the last fifteen (15) years with a construction value of $1 billion or more;
  • At least three (3) years of recent experience in alternative project delivery methods;
  • (PE) Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California is desirable.

Highly Qualified Individuals Have:

  • Experience providing overall administrative management of a Program Management contract and resources and advising on a broad range of Program Management issues including: refining Program(s), setting priorities, developing delivery strategies, implementing business processes and procedures, and addressing areas of concerns.
  • Ability to act as the single point of contact to a client or clients for all task order contract issues and be responsible for all activities related to administrative management of the performance of consultant and Subconsultant staff.
  • Track record in the development of major scopes of work for Program Management tasks, securing the necessary resources, and monitoring the performance of the Program Management contract.
  • Experience in developing a strategy for delivery of a major improvement program consistent with policy direction and translating vision/strategy into execution and implementation.
  • Ability to provide substantive direction on risk management, project delivery approaches, project acceleration alternatives, project prioritization, and other areas such as: project management, Engineering, communications, Pre-Construction Management and Planning, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), and facilities operation and maintenance.
  • History of identifing trends and potential problems; developing recovery plans, as needed; identifying priorities for a major program ensuring future potential problems are identified early and avoided; and identifying and/or developing policies and procedures required to successfully implement a program.


Ready for action? Were looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and dont hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Technical Services and Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today.



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