Project Manager – Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (Terrace, BC)

Project Manager

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is seeking an individual for the position of Project Manager. This is a permanent full-time position offering a competitive salary and a full range of benefits. 

The position is based in Terrace B.C. This area is known for its world-class fishing and outdoor adventure opportunities, including a ski hill, 18-hole golf course, hiking and mountain biking trails. The area offers quality advanced education opportunities with both the Coast Mountain College and a University of Northern BC satellite campus. There is also a well-developed arts and cultural community, recreation facilities and library.

Reporting to the Director of Works & Services, the Project Manager is responsible for performing complex and varied engineering and project management work that may involve project design and management for large projects. The Project Manager applies proper principles and practices of the profession to ensure results are achieved in a sound and practical manner.

Direct Reports:
There are no direct full-time Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) employee reports to this position.  There may be the opportunity from time to time to bring on an engineering tech or summer student to fill identified capacity shortfall.  This would be pending financial viability.

Outside of the organization, the Project Manager will often be required to direct and manage consultants and/or contractors.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyzes and assesses requirements and recommends optimal methods for achieving objectives.
  • Responsible for overall project budgets and monitors and controls costs ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.  Participates in short and long-range planning. Completes business plans to prove out new services.
  • Makes decisions and provides recommendations on a variety of issues with broad policies and mandates as guidelines. Uses ingenuity to devise original, practical, and economical solutions.
  • Prepares and reviews project designs, technical reports, request for proposals for consulting services, tender and contract specifications for construction projects. This includes planning and implementation of capital projects, delivery of water and wastewater initiatives; asset management and planning, feasibility studies and technical reports, and providing recommended actions. May be required to negotiate technical or financial interest on behalf of the RDKS.
  • Provides technical leadership and project management for planning, design and monitoring of waste management facilities including landfills, recycling depots and transfer stations. Involvement with waste management master plans, environmental assessments, diversion, and disposal strategies is also anticipated.
  • Under the direction of the supervisor, directs the actions of consultants recommending changes to scope and negotiating new terms as required.   Deals with full range of project dimensions that may include legal, property, public contact, and liaising with various levels of government, and other regulatory bodies.
  • Work closely with direct supervisor and senior staff of other departments (i.e., Planning, Solid Waste, Operations, and Finance), evaluate operating alternatives and approaches for the delivery of water and wastewater services, with a goal of integrating the services within the RDKS Strategic Plan.
  • Manages and responsible for contract process including preparing or reviewing contract documents, evaluates consultants’, and contractors’ and their work.
  • Assists in tender process and analysis for work to be carried out, and ensuring projects are completed on time and budget.
  • Acts as a project leader and actively works to encourage teamwork, collaboration, and efficiency.
  • May require filling in for supervisor when appointed.  Act as a resource for presentations and questions to the Regional board, committees, and municipal councils.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Working with others:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considerably complex and time sensitive.  Skill in dealing openly, tactfully, and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors.  Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented work environment and deal effectively with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment to problem solve when more than one option is possible.  Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs.  Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines.  Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the organizational culture, processes, and mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives, upholds RDKS’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness.  Ability to mentor and foster the development of junior engineers, technical staff and direct reports as required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant discipline.
  • Ability to act as a resource to staff and provide sound and practical guidance for unusual or problem situations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply engineering and technical guidelines and principles related to area of specialization such as technical manuals, codes, and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique situations.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act and other legislation and regulation affecting watermain/sewer/stormwater and waste management facilities, operations, and maintenance.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills.  Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize a complex series of project components for large complex projects to meet multiple time-based deliverables requiring a high level of detail and accuracy. 
  • Ability to resolve problems within established guidelines and procedures. Ability to use judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter and report writing and have excellent presentation skills. 
  • Ability to explain concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.

Specific Training and Experience:

  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project.
  • Basic knowledge using AutoCAD program.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license.

Financial Responsibilities:
The Project Manager is responsible for overall project budgets and will have spending authority as per RDKS policy.

Work Environment:
The Project Manager position requires both desk and outside duties.  This would include supervising and visiting sites.  This would be on an as required basis.  Travel within and outside the region is also a requirement of this position.  Because of the varying weather conditions that exist in northwest BC, the Project Manager could be exposed to hot, cold, windy, rainy, or stormy weather.

Physical, Mental and Visual Demands:
The Project Manager may be required to lift or carry objects/weight up to 30 lbs. on the odd occasion.  The position will also require some walking and driving around on job sites.

Inside work will typically be completed in a comfortable office environment.

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Diploma of Technology or Engineering degree in a relevant discipline (e.g.  civil; environmental; municipal).  4-6 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience in municipal engineering field with particular emphasis in design, construction, and operation of water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure, and waste management facilities.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.), or registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).

We appreciate your interest when applying and advise that only candidates under active consideration will be contacted. 

Please submit your letter of application, resume and references by mail or email to the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021

Human Resources
Regional District Kitimat – Stikine
Suite 300 – 4545 Lazelle Avenue
Terrace, B.C.  V8G 4E1
Email: reneel@rdks.bc.ca

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