The Port Engineer will work under the direction of the Executive Port Director and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Port of Palm Beach District, including the design and construction of new and modified facilities, review of major tenant improvements, implementation of required surveys, and inspection of ongoing and completed projects. The Port Engineer is responsible for investigating, estimating, planning and scheduling labor and materials for all capital projects and small works maintenance contracts in conformance with established policies, procedures, regulations and Port objectives. Additionally, the Port Engineer manages formulation, adoption, and implementation of engineering policies, procedures, programs, and measures for the Port. The Port Engineer maintains relations with consulting engineers, contractors and other organization and negotiates critical and controversial issues with the same.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Plans, organizes and directs engineering services including design and construction of new and modified facilities or repair of existing facilities within the Port. This includes the preparation of conceptual designs, plans, specifications, and cost estimates; preparation of bidding and contract awards; and administration of construction in progress. Analyzes key public issues and develops outreach strategies. Identifies communication messages for internal and external dissemination.
Manages development and implementation of departmental policies, procedures, programs, and represents Port management in presenting such policies and programs to Port Commissioners, customers, and local officials.
Oversees the development and administration of the engineering operating budget; recommends funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments.
Leads and manages direct reports. Plans, coordinates and directs all activities of the engineering department; developing and monitoring annual work plans and performance measures for service areas. Manages engineering, construction administration and staff; assigning tasks, reviewing work of employees under direct supervision, and providing performance feedback.
Recommends major modification of Port structures and provides engineering approvals on plans and other documents, as required. Reviews plans and specifications for tenant improvement projects.
Manages the Port’s surveying activities, which includes reviewing survey drawings and related real estate property descriptions.
Collaborates with other Port staff and management to provide technical support and advice in negotiations with prospective and existing Port customers. Maintains collegial relationships with consulting engineers, contractors, local officials and other organizations; negotiates critical and controversial issues with the same.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Minimum education required is as follows: a four-year college degree, with emphasis in structural, civil, preferably coastal engineering, or architecture. Additional graduate level courses in engineering are highly desirable. Previous job experience required should include a minimum of 10 to 15 (ten to fifteen) years of experience in project engineering as applied to the design and construction of Port or related large capital projects. Previous management and supervisory experience is required. Construction experience is highly desirable. A licensed professional engineer certification is required (Register Civil or structural Engineer in Florida (or able to acquire via reciprocity).
The desired candidate will possess working knowledge in maritime industry operations and practices coupled with knowledge of the principles and practices of structural, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, principles and practices of construction administration, project scheduling and management, and budget preparation and administration are required.
Ability to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, along with demonstrated strategic planning skills. The ability of proficiently organize and direct the functions of all engineering/construction projects. Must be highly organized, decisive and an innovative manager with strong communication and interpersonal skills who is a collaborative manager with problem resolution skills, excellent judgment and unquestioned integrity. Strong attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure, the ability to anticipate and plan for potential contingencies, the ability to multi-task, motivate and to lead multi-departmental teams and external coalitions with a positive attitude is a key requirement.
This individual must demonstrate a caring customer service attitude, a strong commitment to excellence and be able to display behaviors and a commitment to the organization’s core values. We value an individual who also brings an impeccable work ethic, is honest and models a high level of integrity. The Port is looking for a candidate who displays enthusiasm, energy and a drive to succeed.
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Port of Palm Beach’s culture is built on the following values: Integrity, Customer Service, Competitive Spirit, Courage, Stewardship and Collaboration. The Port seeks a candidate who can align and model these values both internally and externally and understand what it means to carry out these values in their everyday work.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills
Knowledge of construction and construction sequencing; basic knowledge of civil engineering and design… Ability to review, understand and interpret engineering construction plans, and specifications… Ability to effectively communicate with and supervise work of contractors, consultants, office and staff... Knowledge of safety policies and procedures involving construction activities…
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of Port management and public and business administration.
Thorough knowledge of all federal, state and local regulatory requirements applicable to the management and operation of the Port including security, safety, operations and emergency procedures. Experience with applying for State & Federal grants.
Thorough knowledge of the funding process in a governmental environment as related to budgeting, cost accounting, financial planning and management.
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of supervision, organization and administration.
Thorough knowledge of marine or related terminal facilities, industrial relations and trade promotions.
Thorough knowledge of environmental issues and compatible land-use related to seaport development and operations. Familiar with Port engineering issues. Skilled in marine structural and civil engineering with knowledge of pile supported structures, sheet pile bulkheads, dredging, container yard and roadway paving and drainage, underground water & sewer utilities, and electrical service,
Ability to plan, implement and coordinate technical and administrative programs.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in decision making.
Ability to evaluate performance of the organization and correct as necessary.
Ability to make public presentations and explain technical data to a non-technical audience.
Ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability or political affiliation.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS
Acceptable eyesight (with or without correction)
Acceptable hearing (with or without hearing aid)
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
Light (up to 25 pounds) lifting and carrying.
Works inside in an office environment
Works outside in various weather conditions while visiting engineering/construction sites
(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required.)
TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Department: Attention Beatrice Greffin Pompey at email@example.com
About Port of Palm Beach District
The Port of Palm Beach District is an independent special taxing district, a sub-division of the state of Florida. Established under the provisions of the Laws of Florida, Acts of 1915, Chapter 7081, as amended and supplemented, the Port District is located in Palm Beach County, Florida. It covers a land area of 971 square miles or approximately 50% of the county area.
The district has statutory authority to levy ad valorem millage tax but has not done so since Fiscal Year 1975. For financial year 2018, the commissioners of the Port of Palm Beach District have, for the 43rd consecutive year, voted not to levy any millage to the property owners of the port district.
Operating under Florida Sunshine Laws, all monthly board meetings are open to the public. The Port District is governed by a board of five commissioners elected at large by the voters within the district. Its administration is through an Executive Director and professional staff.
The Port of Palm Beach is located 80 miles north of Miami and 135 miles south of Port Canaveral. The ship entrance is through an inlet channel 300 feet wide with no aerial obstructions leading into Lake Wo...rth. Transit time is a short 20 minutes from the sea buoy to the docks, with operating drafts of drafts of minus 33 feet (MLW).