Vice President, Environment & Developmen...
Port of San Diego - San Diego, CA

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The Port of San Diego is seeking a highly experienced executive-level leader to oversee its Environment and Development Services Division. This new position has been created in order to ensure alignment and synergy between the real estate, engineering, construction, environmental, planning, and public art functions of the Port District; and to further strengthen the high-performing executive team leading the Port into the future.

The successful candidate must bring a stellar track record, a positive and inclusive approach, strong leadership, project management, critical thinking, performance management and political acumen. Candidates must also demonstrate broad technical knowledge related to public sector environmental and development services such as; CEQA, California public works, contracts administration, engineering and construction, real estate leasing and development, project entitlements, storm water management and regulatory compliance. The Vice President of Environment and Development Services will play a key role in assuring the disciplined execution of a broad range of planned projects that will advance the Port’s goals and objectives as outlined in its Compass Strategic Plan, its Port Master Plan, and its Capital Improvement and Major Maintenance Programs.


Under general policy direction from the Executive Vice President and/or President/CEO, plans, organizes and directs the activities of assigned division(s) and Engineering-Construction, Real Estate and Environmental and Land Use Management departments; directs and manages the development of short- and long-term goals and objectives for these divisions and departments and consistent with the San Diego Unified Port District’s (District) strategic and business plans and ensures their effective execution; ensures all assigned operations and functions serve the needs of internal and external customers, while complying with applicable laws and regulations; provides leadership and expert advice and counsel to the Board of Port Commissioners, Executive Director (President/CEO), Executive Vice President(s) and all levels of management on District-wide matters related to environment and development services and other areas of functional responsibility; and performs related duties as assigned.


The Vice President, Environment & Development Services is responsible for managing directing, controlling and integrating the functions, programs and activities of assigned divisions and departments providing real estate development and real estate property management, ensures facilities maintenance, provides environmental and land use management services. and engineering - construction services and strategies for the District. This position is held accountable for ensuring that functions are in compliance with District policies, procedures, goals and objectives, relevant laws and regulations and professional standards and practices.

The incumbent provides expert advice and counsel to the President/CEO, other Vice Presidents and members of the Board of Port Commissioners regarding environmental and land use management strategies and plans, engineering-construction objectives and operational plans and real estate activities. Responsibilities are broad in scope and involve highly sensitive and publicly visible functions and programs that require a high degree of policy, program and management discretion. Results are evaluated in terms of overall effectiveness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

1. Leads, plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of the Engineering-Construction, Real Estate and Environmental & Land Use Management departments; exercises executive responsibility for achieving department business, operational and program results; with subordinate staff, develops, integrates, imple¬m¬ents and monitors work programs, policies and processes to achieve division and District mission, strategic and business plans, goals and performance measures; directs development of and monitors performance against the department’s and District’s budget.

2. With other members of the executive team, exercises leadership and participates in the development of District’s strategic plan and development of key strategic initiatives, business plans and operational/resource priorities to achieve long-term and short-term goals and priorities, in alignment with the District’s core values and guiding principles.

3. Provides leadership and works with staff to develop and retain highly competent, service-oriented staff through selection, compensation, training and day-to-day management practices that support the District’s vision, mission, core values, guiding principles, objectives and service expectations; provides leadership and participates in programs and activities that promote workplace diversity and a positive employee relations environment.

4. Oversees execution of the District’s capital improvement and major maintenance programs to ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget. Also oversees preparation of annual major maintenance and multi-year capital improvement program budgets.

5. Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the performance of assigned staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; provides compensation and other rewards to recognize performance; takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, District Personnel Rules and Regulations, policies and labor contract agreements.

6. Provides expertise, guidance and assistance to staff, senior management, Commissioners, other District personnel, District tenants and external customers on government relation strategies; analyzes situations, evaluates specialized information and provides strategic decisions and recommendations on a wide array of matters regarding various activities and projects of the District and its tenants; understands, enforces, interprets and explains complex regulations, laws and guidelines.

7. Participates in assessing regional, industry, community and customer needs and ensures division and department objectives and priorities are focused on meeting those needs effectively, efficiently, and with high quality service; directs development and implementation of initiatives for service and quality improvement and customer satisfaction enhancement.

8. Directs, coordinates and participates in the preparation of analyses and recommendations regarding policy issues and long-range plans to address District development, operational and administrative objectives; advises the Executive Vice Presidents and/or Executive Director (President/CEO) regarding policy issues, programs and projects to meet needs in a manner that most appropriately supports business and economic development in San Diego County; advises and assists the Executive Director (President/CEO) in identifying, articulating and implementing policies, programs and projects.

9. Interprets Executive Director (President/CEO) and Board policies, instructions and requests; makes interpretations of Code, ordinances, policies, and applicable laws and regulations to ensure compliance within assigned areas of accountability.

10. Supervises and participates in the analysis of proposed legislation and regulation; participates in industry and intergovernmental activities to influence legislative and regulatory change consistent with District interests and needs; represents the District as requested or assigned in dealings with member cities, federal and state agencies, industry and professional organizations, elected officials from all levels of government and business and community leaders;.

11. Within assigned areas of accountability, serves as the District's representative to professional, industry and community groups and customers and to other agencies, organizations and individuals.

12. Participates in major negotiations with developers, tenants, contractors, consultants, vendors and public agencies.


1. May act for the Executive Vice President in that individual's absence.

2. Participates in regional, state and national industry and professional meetings and conferences to stay abreast of trends and technology related to District operations, particularly in areas of assigned accountability.



Knowledge of:

1. Theory, principles, practices and techniques of strategic planning, performance management, marketing and business development, cruise marketing, sales and operations, special events management, technology planning and operations and organization design, and development, public administration, human resources management, labor and employee relations, training and development and equal opportunity management/diversity, applicable to the assigned areas of responsibility.

2. Principles and practices of strategic and long-term business planning.

3. Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to areas of functional responsibility. Principles and practices of general, fund, and governmental accounting including financial statement preparation and methods of financial control and reporting.

4. District functions and associated management, human resources, organizational development, operational and public policy issues as necessary in areas of responsibility.

5. Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of public records.

6. Organization and functions of a public board and law and regulations governing the conduct of public meetings.

7. Research methods and analysis techniques.

8. Principles and practices of sound business communication.

9. Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.

10. District Personnel Rules and Regulations, policies and labor contract provisions.

Ability to:

1. Plan, organize, direct and integrate the diverse functions, services, operations and objectives of assigned divisions and departments.

2. Define complex public policy, management, operational, maritime, environmental, real estate, human resources, organizational, facilities and capital construction issues, perform difficult and complex analyses and research, evaluate alternatives and develop sound conclusions and recommendations.

3. Understand, interpret, explain and apply local, state and federal policy, law, regulation and court decisions applicable to areas of responsibility.

4. Analyze, interpret and explain court decisions and proposed legislation and programs in terms of their implications and impacts on District programs, operations and policies.

5. Present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively in public meetings on a variety of sensitive or fiscally important programs or operations.

6. Represent the District effectively in negotiations with both private business entities and other public agencies.

7. Develop, implement and enforce appropriate procedures and controls in areas of assigned functional responsibility.

8. Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.

9. Exercise sound, expert independent judgment within policy guidelines.

10. Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.

11. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Commissioners, all levels of District management, other elected and appointed governmental officials, real estate developers, District leasehold tenants, consultants, vendors, employees, union representatives, media representatives, the public and others encountered in the course of work.


Education, Training and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in public or business administration, communications, or a relevant field; and at least twelve years of progressively responsible management experience in the administration and operation of a public or private enterprise similar in size, scope and complexity to the District. Time served as a District Intern will count towards the years of experience.

Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:

A current, valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on District business.

If assigned to perform work at any of the District’s maritime facilities you must be able to pass a background check in accordance with current Federal and State requirements.

Supplemental Information:


Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to disability and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.