Senior Technology Project Manager
San Diego Association of Governments - San Diego, CA

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Reducing traffic congestion, travel times, and air pollution depend on effectively managing the region’s transportation system. Transportation Systems Management (TSM) is a core component of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and as a program includes many regional initiatives designed to smooth the flow of traffic on streets and highways, eliminate bottlenecks, and enhance public transit. TSM investments enhance today’s transportation network and ensure that future improvements realize their full potential.

The Intelligent Transportation and Mobility Services division, in close partnership with other regional agencies, is responsible for developing and deploying technology-based solutions and services that maximize the effectiveness and efficiencies of the region’s transportation network as part of the TSM program. Current priorities include projects related to the Integrated Corridor Management initiative, implementation of expanded traveler information systems, leveraging existing systems management tools to improve operational capacity, and exploring new strategies that employ cutting edge technology and innovative operating concepts and expand TSM capabilities.

Senior Technology Project Manager Role

Reporting to the Principal Technology Program Manager, the Senior Technology Project Manager will manage and coordinate a number of intelligent transportation-related projects in the areas of systems management and traveler information, participate in the research and development of new program initiatives, and provide highly responsible and complex professional staff assistance to upper management.

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for an experienced project manager with a strong interest in furthering their expertise in intelligent transportation/ technology projects and services. We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff. Examples of primary responsibilities include:
  • Provide project management support for the agency’s transportation technology program; coordinate with senior staff, regional, state, and federal partners, and various program vendors on the design, implementation, expansion, operation, and maintenance of technologies and services.
  • Conduct technical research, planning studies, and cost-benefit analyses to evaluate the feasibility of technology solutions and program alternatives; develop comprehensive business plans or project proposals that include investment estimates, possible funding sources, operating costs, partnership and/or revenue opportunities, marketing strategies, and program evaluation criteria.
  • Manage and coordinate the initiation of technology projects including the analysis of business and user needs and requirements, contract scope and specification requirements, and resource analysis including project costs and benefits.
  • Identify project plans, deliverables, resources, and activities needed to complete deliverables; estimate time and cost for project activities; provide schedule, budget, and scope management.
  • Participate in project budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates and budget justifications, and monitor and control expenditures.
  • Manage and coordinate the work plans for assigned project teams; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Conduct project risk assessments and incorporate risk factors into project development; research and make recommendations for reducing or accounting for risk and other known or anticipated issues in project schedules.
  • Coordinate the development of RFPs, RFQs, and other solicitation documents; participate in the selection of consultants and vendors; manage project consultants and ensure projects progress on schedule, within the approved budget, and at a consistently high level of quality; ensure projects are completed in adherence to funding agency requirements and within contractual agreements.
  • Compile and analyze data and make recommendations regarding technology solutions for business operations; leverage technology and regional transportation information sources to develop new ideas and partnerships.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of existing technology projects; assess and monitor project workload; identify opportunities for improvement; respond to the changing political, economic, and customer demands.
  • Participate and represent the agency on various committees and working groups such as the San Diego Regional Traffic Engineers Council (SANTEC), Cities/County Technical Advisory Committee (CCTAC), and other multi-agency committees.
  • Prepare and present written, oral, and visual reports and recommendations to upper management, member agencies, the Transportation Committee and other Policy Advisory Committees, and the public.
  • Serve as a liaison with committees, public and private organizations, and other organizations; provide information and assistance regarding technology systems and services, receive and respond to questions regarding information systems.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders such as local, state, and federal agencies, project partners, consultants, operating agencies, and vendors to ensure effective project delivery.
  • Provide highly technical and complex assistance to higher level managers and executives.

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate who has a strong technical background and an aptitude for analytical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and experienced in all aspects of the management and delivery of projects. Superior organizational capabilities, the ability to work collaboratively and build consensus, and highly-developed communication skills are important attributes for this position.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in public/ business administration, information systems/technology, or a related field, and a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible, professional project management experience managing complex technology projects. An advanced degree and/or Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate is desirable.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position:
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering projects, programs, and services in support of intelligent transportation or other technology initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience with the principles and practices of project management including preparing budgets and schedules, scopes of work, resource requirements and timelines, quality control and change control mechanisms, and risk assessments.
    Experience conducting technical research, studies, and cost-benefit analyses; experience preparing plans or project proposals that summarize funding sources, operating cost and revenue analyses, marketing strategies, and project evaluation criteria.
  • Experience coordinating project teams and monitoring work performance; experience providing project coordination, project control, and support for assigned initiatives.
  • Experience conducting project risk assessments and incorporating risk factors into the development process; experience researching and recommending actions to reduce or account for issues affecting projects.
  • Knowledge of organizational, business management, and strategic planning practices as applied to delivery of projects and services.
  • Knowledge of budget preparation principles and procedures; experience developing comprehensive project budgets; ability to monitor and control expenditures and ensure adherence to funding requirements.
  • Experience coordinating projects through consultants; experience with the development of RFPs, scopes of work, budgets, and schedules, consultant selection, and contract management; experience managing consultants to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and at a high level of quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain, and foster cooperative and collaborative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including agency and other government officials, and contractors; ability to gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of audiences; ability to prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and informational reports; ability to prepare and deliver presentations and recommendations regarding various program elements to upper management, elected officials, and other audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze business issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions, prepare recommendations, and keep management apprised of issues and concerns.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several concurrent projects at various stages of completion; ability to establish and maintain priorities and work independently.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and requirements pertaining to regional transportation planning, congestion management, and systems management; familiarity with current political trends related to these areas is desirable.
  • Demonstrated computer software proficiency using various programs from the Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, and other PC-based applications.

Salary and Benefits

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible and generous offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

This Senior Technology Project Manager position has an annual salary range of $64,963 to $103,940 per year; the starting salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The benefits we offer include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. To support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays. And contributions to financial security are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.

The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG Web site. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or e-mailing . Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via e-mail, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply Web page for additional information.

Applications for the Senior Technology Project Manager position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the two Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words per question and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Supplemental Questions

1. Describe the most innovative technology based project you have been involved in. What was your role in this project and what would you consider your biggest contribution to the project?

2. Describe some of the opportunities and challenges you see for SANDAG’s Intelligent Transportation and Mobility Services Program.

Candidate Selection and Notification

Following the close date for applications, all candidates will receive written confirmation that their application was received. The hiring manager will begin reviewing and evaluating applications within a few days of the close date. The best qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. All candidates will receive written notification as to the final outcome of their application.

Further Information

The SANDAG Web site contains a wealth of information about our various project and program areas. The Careers section of the site lists all of our current Job Openings as well as information on how to apply for positions and Frequently Asked Questions about our recruitment process.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, applicants hired by SANDAG must show acceptable proof of identity and evidence of authorization to work in the United States.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is comprised of 18 city and county governments which serve as a forum for regional...