Project Manager/Engineer

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Aug 28, 2019
Full Time
  • Salary: $82,264.00 - $123,968.00 Annually

Job Description

Position Description

Tacoma Power is offering a position for an Engineering Project Manager to join a team of diverse engineering professionals in our Generation Section. This team has designed and managed award-winning projects that are vital to the advancement of Tacoma's hydropower generation. Principles of innovation, teamwork and customer focus drive this team. In this role, you will manage a broad range of projects from inception through to operations and maintenance. If you enjoy a challenge, come serve our community with us.

Tacoma Power's Plant Engineering and Construction Services, Civil Team is led by Jessica Knickerbocker. The team's primary objective is to support our Hydroelectric Projects and Fish Facilities, which include our dams, hatcheries, habitat restoration, parks buildings, substations, transmission and distribution systems. As a result, we build a wide variety of AMAZING and UNIQUE projects.

Our hydroelectric projects generate about three billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Our fish facilities are state of the art and provide unique design opportunities that require innovation to the highest degree. As a member of this high-energy team, you will collaborate with staff from all levels of our organization and play a vital role in creating lasting relationships will all of our customers.

Responsibilities include:
  • Provide project management expertise on projects required as part of the Capital and Maintenance budgets;
  • Prepare business cases, project charters, and project management plans;
  • Coordinate all phases of projects from planning, design, construction, project closeout, and support for operations and maintenance;
  • Communication and collaboration with team members, customers, stakeholders, internal and external agencies;
  • Author specifications and prepare bid documents, prepare engineering calculations and design drawings
  • Organize and lead construction and design coordination meetings
  • Initiate and administer contracts with various consultants and suppliers.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering;
  • 10+ years' experience as an engineer designing and managing projects desired;
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license from WA state or the ability to obtain within 6 months;
  • Project Management InstitutionProject Management Professional (PMP) Certification or equivalent desired;
  • Experience working on projects related to Hydro Power Facilities desired;
  • Experience working on projects related to Fisheries and/or building mechanical systems desired;
  • Valid Driver's license.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Technically proficient as it relates to the fundamentals of Project Management;
  • Interpersonal skills are required in all aspects of this position;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Ability to prepare and present effective oral communications for professional and general public use;
  • Ability to frequently interact respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups, including operations and maintenance personnel;
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and productive relationships and achieve results;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, including the compilation of reports, presentations and records;
  • Experience working with contractors and performing ESDC (engineering support during construction), including submittal reviews, responding to RFIs, providing change directives, performing inspection and scheduling work;
  • Experience leading projects independently and acting in a lead civil engineer role on projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in project scheduling software such as MS Project and the MS Office suite of software applications;
  • Perform work in an office, field or shop environment.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Tacoma Power
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable,walkablecities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is one of the nation's healthiest, safest, and most playful cities. We have daily access to stunning natural surroundings and a great quality of life. We are Washington's most diverse big city, with arts, culture, parks, and recreational opportunities that are envied by much larger cities. We recognize how lucky we are, but we know we can make it even better....TOGETHER!

Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of theTheaFossWaterway, the expansions of both theMultiCareand Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location - just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast - only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

Interested individuals shouldapply online and attacha detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Qualified candidates will be referred to a hiring team for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
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If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400.
Closing Date/Time: Continuous