5502 Project Manager I (Capital Programs and Construction)

Recruitment #PEX-5502-083928


 The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
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The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.


The SFMTA Capital Programs and Construction Division (CP&C) provides professional services to implement SFMTA’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and employs over 100 engineers, technicians, and administrative staff. We are responsible for the delivery of projects that provide State of Good Repair (objective standards for measuring the conditions of capital assets including equipment, infrastructures and facilities), improved system security and safety, facility upgrades and improvements, and system expansion. Division responsibilities include design, engineering, project and contract management, construction management, contract administration, cost and schedule control, quality assurance, and procurement administration.

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt. The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process. The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer. This position is funded by Capital Projects with an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years with extension possibility based on project schedules and job performance.

Division: Capital Programs and Construction
Location(s): 1 South Van Ness, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA



JOB DESCRIPTION: The Capital Programs and Construction Division has multiple Project Manager I positions open. Each position will be assigned to a specific program:

Transit Optimization/ Muni Forward Program (1 POSITION)
The Transit Optimization Program plans, designs, engineers and constructs capital projects to optimize and expand SFMTA service for greater connectivity. To meet the growing demand of the San Francisco transit system, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has implemented Muni Forward Projects, a series of projects which includes engineering improvements—also known as Transit Priority Projects. This project is designed to address transit delays, improve reliability, and increase the safety and comfort of customers along our most heavily used transit routes. These projects include a variety of suggestions that specifically address the root causes of delay and passenger frustrations. For example, traffic congestion, transit stops that are spaced too close together, narrow travel lanes, and slow boarding times. Project elements include traffic lane modifications, traffic signal and stop sign changes, transit stop changes, parking and turn restrictions, and pedestrian improvements.

Position 1: Project Manager I will be assigned to assist Project Manager II in managing a complex Transit Fixed Guideway Projects. The PM I will work under the supervision and direction of PM II on the following projects:
a) Better Market Street
b) Van Ness BRT 
c) Geary BRT
d) 4 Mission: DT Mission Transit and Streetscape Enhancements
e) 28 19th Avenue: 19th Ave. Transit and Pedestrian Enchantments

Facility Program (2 POSITIONS)
Efficient and well-functioning maintenance, fueling, storage, and staging facilities are a vital component to ensure reliable transit service and ensuring SFMTA’s fleet is in a state of good repair. Several of SFMTA’s maintenance facilities are past their useful lives, with some dating more than 100 years into SFMTA’s history. The Facilities Program supports the modernization and expansion of obsolete facilities to provide updated safety measures. Additionally to update the efficiency of the facility, as well as acquiring new facilities to accommodate fleet expansion.

Position 1: Project Manager I will be assigned to assist Project Manager II in managing a complex Facility, Building and Grounds projects. The PM I will work under the supervision and direction of PM II on the following projects:
a) 1 SVN Space Plan Implementation (Planning)
b) Fire Life Safety (Construction)
c) Substation Upgrades and Replacement Program (Planning)
Project Manager I will also be leading projects less than 30M independently.
a) Facility Risk and Vulnerability Upgrades (Planning)
b) Fall Protection (Construction)

Position 2: Project Manager I will be assigned to assist Project Manager II in managing a complex Facility, Building and grounds projects. The PM I will work under the supervision and direction of PM II on the following projects:
a) Flynn Lifts Replacement (Planning)
b) Portrero Bus Yard Lifts (Planning)
c) Presidio Bus Yard Lifts (Planning)
Project Manager I will also be leading projects less than 30M independently.
a) Forrest Hill Irrigation (Planning)
b) Islais Creek Shoreline Park Rebuild (Design)
c) Presidio Restroom (Planning)

Transit Fixed Guideway Program (2 POSITIONS)
The Transit Fixed Guideway Program plans, designs, engineers and constructs improvements to critical infrastructures. This includes all rail tracks, overhead wires and train control technology. SFMTA’s fixed (stationary) guideway systems, which include light rail, trolley coach, streetcar, and historic cable car lines, which are a crucial component of San Francisco’s transportation infrastructure. With over 99 miles of track and approximately 206,950 daily customers, vehicles on fixed guideway routes carry nearly 30% of SFMTA’s daily ridership.

• Capital Needs in the Transit Fixed Guideway capital program assist to maintain, replace, and enhance these services, including investing in new train control technology, replacing tracks, upgrading maintenance facilities, and maintaining SFMTA’s 243 miles of overhead wires.

• Key Fixed Guideway Capital Needs over the few years include replacing worn track trolley wire and trolley poles on the K & M, and N rail lines, reconstructing substations, and replacing or rehabilitating Overhead and Traction Power and Cable Car System assets. These Capital Needs will help to make the Fixed Guideway system more reliable, safe and comfortable for the approximately 206,950 daily passengers who currently rely on fixed guideway routes.

Position 1: Project Manager I will be leading projects less than $30M independently.
a) Cable Car Curved Tracks Replacement (CIP)
b) Rail Grinding (Contract/Construction)
c) Divide Feeder Circuit (Preliminary Engineering)
d) Replacement of manual Switch System (Preliminary Engineering)
e) Cable Car Gear Box (Construction)
f) Cable Car Barn 12kV Service and Electrical Upgrades (CIP)

Position 2: Project Manager I will be assigned to assist Project Manager II in managing complex Transit Fixed Guideway Projects. The PM I will work under the supervision and direction of PM II on the following projects:
a) L-Taravel (Detail Design/Construction)
b) UCSF Platform (Detail Design/Construction)
c) N-Judah (Construction)
d) J-Church (Construction)
e) Special Track Replacement projects (CIP)

Note: The list above reflects current CIP projection. Project Manager I may be assigned as the leading PM for other smaller, non-complex projects not listed above. PM I responsibilities is limited to total value of below $30M.

NATURE OF WORK: This position requires to work day, swing or night shifts, weekends and holidays on an as-needed basis. Additionally, working in confined spaces, stooping, squatting, crawling, climbing, travel and exposure to noise, fumes, and inclement weather is required on an as-needed basis.

Under the administrative directives, the Project Manager I will provide leadership of a complex, multi-discipline team to:

  • Deliver the Capital Program and Construction (CP&C) projects;
  • Manage the project scope, schedule and budget;
  • Analyze work plans and budgets;
  • Motivate and monitor project teams;
  • Negotiate/modify contracts to 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 documents;
  • Conduct meetings and presentations to committees, approval agencies, clients and the general public;
  • Ability to operate a City vehicle to and from work sites;
  • 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;
  • Ability to conduct presentations to the Director and Executive Team to inform them of the project progress;
  • 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;
  • Assist Project Manager II in managing more complex projects in the program and performing project management functions with the guidance and directives from the Project Manager II.

This position will interact with various City Departments and Agencies such as Public Utilities Commission, Public Works, Mayor’s Office on Disability, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, San Francisco Art’s Commission, Mayor’s Office of Public Finance and Transportation, Planning Department and Caltrans. Other professional interactions may include the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, various general contractors, third party utilities (e.g. PG&E, AT&T, Comcast, Level 3, etc.) and the City and County of San Francisco’s general public.

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualification requirements:
1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, engineering or planning plus four (4) years of responsible architectural, engineering or construction management experience; OR
2. A Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus six (6) years of responsible experience in a field directly related to the project; OR
3. Eight (8) years of architectural, engineering, or construction management experience in a field directly related to the project; OR
4. California registration as a professional engineer or architect AND
5. Possession and maintenance of valid California Driver's License


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
  • 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 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 and trades and in-field personnel such as construction managers and 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 small construction and maintenance projects.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of professional staff; analyze and solve problems; make judgment on all decisions; and deal effectively with government officials.
  • Familiarity with the work of the Division of the State Architect (DSA), Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibilities Guidelines (ADAAG), and California accessibility requirements that are in Title 24 of California Code of Regulations.
  • Familiarity with CEQA and NEPA as they are applied to the review of transportation projects.
  • Ability to maintain big-picture management, oriented to achieving aggressive schedule.
  • Two (2) years of project coordination or construction management experience.

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. A resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications must be attached to the online application. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.
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  • Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
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To submit cover letter using the online application:

  • Select the “Other” tab in the online application
  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
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If you are having trouble attaching your resume and cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 5502 Project Manager I (Capital Programs and Construction) (PEX-5502-083928). Résumé will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.
Computer kiosks are available for the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to file online applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco and in the lobby of SFMTA Human Resources office, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application by the SFMTA - Operations Section. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 646-2744 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Lisamarie Gibson, by telephone at (415) 646-2744 or by email at

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the examination announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.
Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the SFMTA by phone at (415) 646-2744 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources, HR Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
(specify Class 5502).

Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 646-2744 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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