5506 - Project Manager III (Islais Creek Bridge)

Recruitment #PEX-5506-091646


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent-Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  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 has an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.        

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Project Manager III will be managing the Islais Creek Bridge Seismic Retrofit and Rehabilitation project (Islais Creek) with an estimated total cost of over $100 million.  Under administrative direction, this position will plan, organize, direct and control the complex Islais Creek project from environmental clearance through design, construction, to close out of the project contract.  Additionally, the 5506 PM III will support the Bureau Manager in the overall leadership and management of the Project Management organization, and may oversee and supervise additional PMs on other projects.

Essential functions of the Project Manager include, but are not limited to:  Supervising professional and technical engineering personnel, consultants and other related staff engaged in the environmental clearance, design and construction of the Islais Creek Seismic Retrofit and Rehabilitation project; delivering project on scope, schedule and budget; reviewing federal, regional and local regulations, legislation and grant documents affecting work; analyzing and solving complex engineering problems to ensure compliance with regulatory and performance standards and specifications; identify and comply with legal requirements for City projects and regulations and regulatory agencies and commissions affecting planning, zoning, design and construction; preparing final bid packages;  analyzing work-hour proposals and budgets; motivating and monitoring project teams comprised of varying technical disciplines; assigning work and determining resources necessary to complete assigned work; negotiating and modifying contracts and resolving claims and disputes; supervising preparation of complex technical environmental reports and other documentation, designs, drawings, specifications, and cost and quantity estimates for necessary labor, materials and equipment; and developing a maintenance memorandum of understanding for the project with operations and construction management staff from San Francisco Public Works and other City departments.  

The Project Manager III will exercise a high level of political sensitivity and visibility, especially when coordinating and interfacing with other Agencies including Caltrans, FHWA, Mayor’s Office of Public Finance and Transportation, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors while maintaining the ability to  understand and communicate to others the larger context in which the project is being completed; negotiate and resolve contract disputes; maintain client and contractor relationships; make effective presentations to clients and the community; and communicate effectively with the public, community groups, the media, other City departments, agencies, and private contractors.  

This position requires the ability to schedule and budget complex capital projects; develop and enforce work statements; monitor, review and revise job orders, schedules and budgets; monitor and track project progress and expenditures and implement cost controls; financing, estimating and budgeting, including planning and estimating, calculating overhead, design and construction costs; working knowledge of various funding sources and restrictions; use computer based project management systems; work effectively in a team environment; apply construction management techniques and best practices.   

Minimum Qualifications

1. a Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture, engineering or planning plus eight (8) years of responsible architectural, engineering or construction management experience; OR ·      

b. A Bachelor’s Degree in another field plus ten (10) years of responsible experience in a field directly related to the project; OR ·      

c. Twelve (12) years of architectural, engineering, or construction management experience in a field directly related to the project; OR ·      

d. California registration as a professional engineer or architect, plus four (4) years of project coordination experience, including two (2) years of experience serving as a Resident Engineer; PLUS

Four (4) additional years of project coordination experience for major architectural, engineering or construction projects; AND

2. Possession AND maintenance of a valid California Class C driver license for the entire duration of employment.  


  • Licensed Professional Engineer.      
  • Licensed Structural Engineer.   
  • Project Management Professional certification.       
  • Construction Management Experience.      
  • Two or more years of verifiable experience as Resident Engineer 
  • Proven ability to identify risks, anticipate and solve problems, and deliver capital projects safely, on scope, schedule, and budget. 
  • Ability to effectively build consensus amongst stakeholders and drive favorable solutions.      
  • Experience managing bridge projects and/or projects involving significant structural engineering work.
  • Experience delivering FTA/FHWA-compliant (Environmental, Design and Construction) projects.
  • Familiarity with CEQA and NEPA as they are applied to the review of infrastructure and transportation projects. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to understand and communicate to others the larger context in which the project is being completed; negotiate and resolve contract disputes; maintain client contractor relationships; make effective presentations to clients and the community; and communicate effectively with the public, community groups, the media, other City departments, agencies, and private contractors.

How To Apply

Submission of a resume, cover letter, and verification of experience is REQUIRED at the time of filing and must be attached to the online application.  The cover letter should also include your interest, how you meet the qualifications and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this role.

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process by registering an account. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. 

  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information 
  • Click on “I am a New User” or “I have Registered previously” 
  • Follow instructions given on the screen  

Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file on-line applications in the lobby of the Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.  

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how applicant meets the minimum qualifications must be included with their application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether the applicants meet the minimum qualifications.   Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application.

Applicants will be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email 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).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Important Note:  All application materials, including photocopy of valid driver’s license and verification of qualifying experience (see section on verification requirements), must be submitted by the final filing deadline.   Failure to submit verification will result in rejection of application.

Only the most qualified applicants will be interviewed. Mailed application materials must be postmarked no later than the final filing date.  Late, faxed or e-mailed applications and applications submitted to other offices will NOT be accepted.   

VERIFICATION OF EXPERIENCE AND LICENSE(S): All applicants must submit verification of their qualifying work experience at the time of application.  Verification of qualifying work experience must be signed by the employer or the employer’s authorized representative on the employer's business letterhead and must include the name of the applicant, job title(s), dates of employment, description of job duties performed.  City employees who qualify based solely on City employment or a combination of City employment and outside experience may submit performance evaluations as proof of qualifying City experience in lieu of other verification, but must verify outside qualifying experience as stated above.  Self-employment requires evidence of total earnings (copies of income tax returns or other official documents); occupation and duties performed which demonstrate that the applicant meets the qualification requirements.  Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain.  The applicant MUST submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with the application may result in rejection of the application.  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.

Application materials MUST be submitted by uploading the documents through JobAps. 

Selection Plan

SELECTION PROCEDURE:  Application Screening: (Qualifying) Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Marlo Thomas at (415) 554-4824 or via email:  marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, 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 are a finalist. 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 are selected as a finalist, 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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued:  December 21, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number:  PEX-5506-091646
GSA for Public Works / mt / 46000


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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