Job Posting #21729

Senior Project Manager, Water & Wastewater Engineering

Closing Date:Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
Department:Public Works
Location:Environmental Centre
Type:Regular Full-Time
Union:Non Union
Salary:$90,695 - $106,700
Work Hours:35 hrs / week

About Niagara Region

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.


Salary Pending Review

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Senior Project Manager Water & Wastewater Engineering is responsible for managing and administering complex capital works projects from initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and closing, including conceptual design, predesign, detailed design, environmental assessment, public meetings, tendering, contract award, construction, progress payments, conflict management, completion of contract work and turn-over of completed works. 

The Senior Project Manager provides supervision management and technical guidance to assigned Project Managers.


Post-secondary diploma in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering or a related discipline.
Post-secondary degree in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering or a related discipline is preferred.


  • 10 years of project management experience in areas of planning, design, and implementing capital water and wastewater projects.
  • Certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) or equivalent
  • Knowledge of MS Office, MS Outlook, MS Project or other Project Tracking Systems.
  • Knowledge of the Class Environmental Assessment process, Niagara Peninsula Standard Contract Document (NPSCD), Ontario Provincial Standard Specifications (OPSS), Ontario Provincial Standard Drawings (OPSD), the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide, DWQMS and WWQMS,  all applicable legislation and regulations (Occupational Health & Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Municipal Act, Construction Lien Act, Ontario Building Code, etc.), all applicable contract law, and all water and wastewater standards (American Water Works Assoc., Canadian Standards Assoc., National Sanitation Foundation, etc.).
  • Registration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) preferred
  • Licensed Engineering Technologist (L.E.T.) preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred


1. Managers and delivers multiple complex Water and Wastewater Capital Projects (such as water and wastewater facility builds, major upgrades, multi-discipline, multi-process, system and linear assets) throughout the Project Lifecycle (Initiation, Planning, Environmental Assessment, Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Close-out) by Managing the Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, and Procurement for each individual project.
  • Represents the Engineering Division in departmental and/or corporate committees within the organization as directed by the Associate Director
  • Assigns work and provides direction on water and wastewater capital projects, ensuring proper due diligence and compliance including providing direction to technical (in-house or contract) staff, consultants and contractors in studies, programs, and capital projects.
  • Prepares engineering design criteria and contract specifications for in-house projects.
  • Initiates, organizes and manages professional engineering consultants and contractors throughout projects, studies, technical workshops and meetings (i.e. value engineering, feasibility, optimization, functional design, facility needs assessments, technical assessments, pre-design and detailed design) for capital projects.
  • Leads Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies to ensure compliance with the Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Manages contract preparation, administration, inspection, and quality assurance during construction phase of the project, ensuring compliance with contract specifications and negotiating and approving changes to contracts.
  • Reviews consultant reports, designs, contract drawings, specifications, and equipment and materials to be supplied, ensuring compliance with legislated regulatory standards and certificates of approval, and expediting approvals from relevant agencies.
  • Manages project resources and schedule (including milestones) and identifies project risks and mitigation measures.
  • Manages the commissioning process of water and wastewater facilities and linear infrastructure, ensuring regulatory compliance, while maintaining operations including: review and approval of plans, equipment start-up, equipment testing, operations and maintenance training, functional testing, identifying deficiencies, and negotiating resolutions with contractors.
  • Prepares and/or sign applications for required approvals, permits, inspections and services.
  • Monitors and evaluates performance of contractors, consultants, and others as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports to Public Works and Corporate Services Committee, other standing committees, researching and assisting in the preparation of reports to regional or municipal councils, or more senior levels of government and other agencies on environmental issues and project-specific topics.
  • Identifies needs relating to water and wastewater facilities and linear infrastructure by using appropriate asset management systems forecast.
  • Seeks Cost Savings, Revenue Generating, and Cost Recovery Opportunities associated with the implementation of capital projects (i.e. cost-sharing programs with area municipalities such as CSO and infrastructure improvements, other government bodies, and utilities energy rebate programs servicing surplus lands for sale for decommissioned sites no longer required recycling metal during demolition etc.)
  • Negotiates with service providers and authorize extra expenditures and changes in scope of work to consultants and contractors, and administers clauses as per the Region’s Agreement for Professional Services and Contractors Agreement.

2. Develops, manages, and administers annual and multi-year Capital and Operating budgets for the operating unit  ensuring  support of Council’s objectives, financial transparency and accountability, monitoring budget adherence, identifying and explaining variances, and financial reporting is effectively managed in compliance with corporate financial policies. 
  • Ensure goods and services are acquired in accordance with the procurement policy. 
  • Authorize, and administer the acquisition of goods and services for the operating unit and direct reports in accordance with the procurement policy and procedures.

3. Leads communication with project team and engages stakeholders throughout project lifecycle (Initiation, Planning, Environmental Assessment, Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Close-out)
  • Develops project charter and identifies and incorporates stakeholder interests in developing project scope.
  • Communicates and presents project-related information at Regional and local councils, Business Improvement Associations, special interest groups, and coordinates with utility companies, area municipalities, conservation authorities, regulatory agencies (e.g. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation, etc.), railways, and other levels of government (i.e. provincial and federal), or elsewhere as required to promote good public relations and customer service on behalf of the Region.
  • Communicates with the public and local businesses through Public Information Centres and Project Notifications, construction notices, and project / construction updates to promote awareness, good public relations, and customer service on behalf of the Region.
  • Ensures the full involvement of Regional departments in the implementation of capital projects including coordinating the participation of Water & Wastewater operations and maintenance staff and Transportation operations staff as required from project conception to the end of the warranty period.
  • Solicits project comments from project team at multiple formal and informal project milestones throughout the design and construction phases.
  • Resolves conflicts encountered on projects, involving consultants, external agency or government representatives, contractors, internal engineering, operations and maintenance staff, the general public, and other stakeholders, etc.
  • Leads communications to project team and stakeholders for after-hours (planned and emergency) work, complaints and requests for service, taking appropriate action and investigating insurance claims for damages on construction projects and report findings.
  • Carry out responsibilities for project tracking updates, Drinking Water and Wastewater Quality Management System, Standards and Regulations (i.e. notice to maintenance for equipment in-service, MOE director’s notifications, etc.
  • Attends review meetings with Region’s legal counsel to provide background information on litigations, attending discovery and other legal hearings, resulting from construction projects as required.

  • 4. Manages project development and bid processes.
    • Defines project requirements, develops project scope, determining project budget, creating a work breakdown structure, chairing scoping meetings, and preparing Terms of Reference.
    • Prepares and issues Requests for Proposal (including issuing of addenda) for retention of consulting engineering services.
    • Leads and conducts proposal interviews, and evaluates and analyzes proposals from engineering consultants for purposes of retaining engineering services, including environmental assessment studies, feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed design assignments, contract administration and inspection.
    • Schedules and advertises tender calls, issuing addenda, chairing and conducting tender openings, reviewing tenders, and evaluating and recommending on quotation and tender awards for construction.

    5. Manages people resource planning for the division or operating unit, determining ideal organizational structures, identifying desirable role and skill mix requirements and ensuring ongoing work quality and deliverability of results.
    • Enables results with the organization’s human capital strategy to foster employee engagement.
    • Directs and provides leadership for the activities and coaching of direct reports, providing work direction, setting priorities, assigning tasks/projects, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, ensuring results are achieved, and managing staff recruitment, performance, and skill development activities
    • Ensures alignment and coordination of activity and quality of output between teams under their direction
    • Ensures focus is service excellence, communication/transparency, innovation, and data integrity and work flow integration.
    • Ensures staff has the information and resources to make successful plans and decisions.
    • Ensures all people related issues, including recruitment, grievances and labour relations issues, are aligned to HR and Corporate standards and practices.
    • Helps to break down barriers to employee success, ensuring collaboration and cooperation with other teams within their division and department
    • Ensures Occupational Health & Safety policies, programs and practices are implemented, and maintained.  This includes workplace inspections, monitoring, accident reporting and investigations, and ensuring any observed hazards or lapses in the functioning of OH&S processes, and other OH&S concerns are responded to promptly.
    • Ensures all individuals under supervision have been informed of hazards and instructed on the necessary risk control and emergency response measures

    6. Recommends on project issues leading to revisions of policies, procedures, and standards relating to the management of municipal water resources, servicing updates, and other related environmental matters.
    • Evaluates effects of updates, changes, or new legislation, regulations, policies, procedures or guidelines, new products and materials, and technological advancements, recommending and adopting new strategies to address impacts on Regional infrastructure and future priorities.
    • Develops and updates specifications, construction contract documents, Request For Proposal template, Project Design & Technical Specifications Manual, Project Management Manual, Financial Tracking Workbook, Project Tracking System, based on knowledge and experience.
    • Recommends changes to the Niagara Peninsula Standard Contract Document (NPSCD) resulting from site, project specific, and new industry specifications/innovations.
    • Develops, researches and recommends new work processes and systems with a continuous improvement focus. 
    • Researches new engineering products, materials, processes, and preparing reports outlining findings.

    7. Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required.

    Special Requirements

    • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
    • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
    • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.

    Closing Statement

    Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY!

    Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

    We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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