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Director of Engineering and Operations Position Description


Under the direction of the Executive Director of the New Bedford Port Authority (NBPA), the Director of Engineering and Operations directs, coordinates, organizes, and manages all maintenance, construction, inspection, dredging and engineering activities of the Authority; Provides professional and detailed recommendations to the Executive Director to ensure technical competence and compliance with all codes and criteria.

  1. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  2. Prepare and administer procurement packages for various projects associated with NBPA items including building improvements, CAD Cell Operations & Maintenance, bulkhead improvements, dredging, inspections, consultant services, public works construction, limited design, and wetland notifications and filings.
  3. Prepare design drawings and/or sketches, as necessary
  4. Collaborate with Operations Manager, Project Superintendent and Director of Marina and Recreational Boating to direct in-house staff on maintenance of Port assets, including piers, wharves, floats, boat ramps, bulkheads, and properties.
  5. Review inspection reports and current field conditions of bulkheads to recommend candidate projects for structural, substructure, fender, deck, mooring or pavement repairs.
  6. Assure construction and maintenance operations are being conducted in accordance with approved plans, and specifications on a day-to-day basis.
  7. Serve as project manager and point of contact for port projects and contracts. This includes marine construction projects, dredging, studies and other projects.
  8. Use knowledge of public procurement laws to ensure the Port maintains clean and transparent procurement processes.
  9. Participate in the development of an Asset Management System for NBPA’s portfolio and support that work by securing, organizing, and providing information on the condition, use and needs of NBPA properties.
  10. Work with the Grants Manager to identify and pursue grant opportunities for all NBPA missions and responsibilities.
  11. Interact with local, State and Federal elected officials on grant opportunities, infrastructure, commercial fishing policy and other Port issues.
  12. Assist with the supervision of all city-owned waterfront properties (21 commercial properties, ferry and cruise docks, municipal fishing piers and offloading docks, 198 slip marina, parking areas, and public boat ramps) in Executive Director’s absence.
  13. Serve as liaison on Port affairs and policy with municipal, regional, state and federal partners and agencies.
  14. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, Commission members, government officials, regulatory agencies, vendors, contractors, lessees, business representatives and the public.
  15. Regular attendance at NBPA facilities and monthly NBPA commission meetings.
  16. Perform any and all similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

Work is subject to unforeseen situations and emergencies. Employee is required to frequently work outside of normal business hours and may be contacted at any time to respond to emergency or operational situations. Employee uses judgment and ingenuity to accomplish objectives and to deal with new or unusual requirements. Employee has frequent contact with the public, government employees and the media.

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Qualifications and Knowledge (preferred)

  1. M.G.L. Chapter 91 – Public Waterfront Act
  2. M.G.L. Chapter 131 §40 – Wetlands Protection Act
  3. M.G.L. Chapter 30 §39M – Procuring Public Works Construction Services
  4. 29 CFR 1917 – OSHA Safety Regulations for Marine Terminals
  5. 29 CFR 1926 – OSHA Safety & Health Regulations for Construction
  6. US EPA State Enhanced Remedy (SER)
  7. Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering
  8. Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of dredging
  9. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of civil engineering data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
  10. Excellent oral and written communications

Experience and Education

Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in Engineering, Project Management, Planning or a related discipline. At least four years of full-time supervisory technical or professional experience in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, dredging, survey, design, transportation, hydraulics, structural, sanitary, drafting, environmental, highway, architectural, airport, soils and materials.

Licenses, Training and Certifications

  1. Current or the ability to obtain MA Driver’s License– Required
  2. Proficiency in Word and Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel – Required
  3. Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) License – Preferred
  4. Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification – Preferred
  5. Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officer (MCPPO) – Preferred
  6. Salary Range

$70,000-$90,000, depending on qualifications.

  1. Physical Requirements

Some of the employee’s time is expected to be outdoors, employee will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extremes of heat and cold, moving mechanical parts, toxic chemicals and other dangerous conditions.

  1. Periods supervising and inspecting marine infrastructure projects and dredging operations in New Bedford Harbor including activities in extremely adverse weather conditions may be required.
  2. Extended periods at computer terminal, telephone, operating office machines requiring eye‐hand coordination and finger dexterity.
  3. Travel to other ports, exhibitions and trade shows.
  4. May be required to lift, move and/or push object which weigh 50 pounds or more as well as climb.

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