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Project Management Manager

  • Full Time
  • Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Salary: $111,675–$148,900 per year
  • Posting End Date: February 9, 2022

Website Chelan County PUD

Wage or Salary:
$111,675–$148,900 per year

Chelan County PUD is located in the geographical center of Washington State at the confluence of the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers.   A public power leader, the complex and progressive nature of PUD operations offer a unique mix of challenges and opportunities.

We rely on the mighty Columbia River for much of our hydropower generation and we’re proud to take a leadership role in environmental stewardship as related to this great river system. Each year we dedicate millions of dollars and thousands of work hours to protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plant ecosystems. As part of hydropower operations, we’ve also built 14 parks that serve more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rated by Forbes in 2017 and 2019 as one of the top 25 places to retire, Wenatchee is a recreational paradise with an abundance of adventure. The natural scenic beauty of the Wenatchee Valley provides a vivid backdrop to its thriving economy, where the quality of life is high and the climate is moderate with four distinct seasons, including more than 200 days of sunshine!

We are a small town to some and big city to others. We invest in our children and believe that education is the key to our future success.

We live a life of abundant choices and enjoy water sports on the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, hiking, biking, rock climbing and unlimited golfing. Downhill and cross-country skiing are just minutes away. The area is also known for producing quality wines.

Consider Chelan PUD as a career choice today! The community is waiting for you.

Chelan PUD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. M/F/Vet/Disabled

This position is open to internal and external applicants concurrently.

Internal Candidate Confidentiality

The District supports the career development and aspirations of employees.  To facilitate career development employees are encouraged to share job ambitions with their supervisors or managers, especially when applying for other positions within the District.

Candidates should be aware applications for this job opening may be used to create candidate pools for other positions and may be shared with supervisors, managers and/or managing directors for those selection processes.  Additionally, at the final interview stage Managing Directors may share the identities of finalists with each other and discuss references.  Employees are strongly encouraged to communicate their job interest with their current supervisory chain of command upon reaching the final interview stage of a selection process.

Applicants are required to submit a combined cover letter and resume in one document. Your cover letter must discuss how your education and experience has prepared you to lead a 15 person team to: initiate, plan, execute and turnover utility infra-structure projects, for multiple project portfolios, each portfolio being a different client.  Incomplete materials will not be considered.

To expedite the application process, combine your cover letter and resume into one PDF or WORD document before applying and upload electronically when requested in the online application process.

This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  The first review date for application materials is scheduled for January 20, 2022.

Interested parties are also invited to contact Human Resources at to discuss the position.

In addition to a competitive starting salary range of $111,675-$148,900 (based on qualifications, skills and abilities), Chelan PUD employees also enjoy outstanding benefits which include the option of a zero cost medical plan (medical, dental and vision for all eligible dependents), short and long-term disability, Washington State Public Employee’s Retirement System, Deferred Compensation (with company matching funds up to 5%), 11 holidays and initial personal leave accrual at 21 days per year.

Introductory Period: New employees holding regular positions must complete an introductory period of twelve months.

The Project Management Manager – Enterprise Project Management (EPM)’s primary purpose is to plan, schedule and supervise the labor resources required to manage all projects assigned to the HQ EPM project management department. Key accountabilities include project portfolio management, support of District strategic initiatives, employee development and productivity, and process development and improvement.

JOB FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job satisfactorily.  Essential functions are those activities that, if not performed, would significantly and fundamentally alter the position.

#   % of Time             Job Functions

40%    Manage labor resources – Plan, schedule and supervise the labor resources required to manage all projects assigned to the HQ EPM project management department. Supervise staff by communicating expectations, establishing performance plans, and providing training and mentoring.
20%   Project Portfolio Management – Establish metrics for project performance; monitor and manage attributes such as schedule, budget, contract compliance, asset turnover, client satisfaction; and report results to upper management, clients and staff.
15%  Assist EPM Director, District Services Business advisor and clients in development of business plans and budgets.  Through staff, contribute to major project development for multiple departments such as, Distribution, Transmission, Fiber, Re-Licensing, Fish and Wildlife, and Parks and Facilities.
10%   Process development and Improvement – Participate in the planning, development, and implementation of project management processes and controls. Is knowledgeable of WA State procurement rules, regulatory permitting requirements; engineering design processes; cost estimating processes; contract administration; and project management processes. Contribute to the continual improvement of these processes.
10%  Manage complex, high-visibility projects.  May be assigned project management functions for highly complex projects requiring top project management talent.
5% Remain current in all safety regulations, RCW contracting/procurement regulations, and leadership management developmental issues.
Drive a motorized vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the District.
Maintain regular and predictable attendance:  Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.  Comply with District policies.  Complete all required training.
Maintain a working knowledge and comply with District safety procedures and specific safety requirements of this position, and those in accordance with applicable provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC).

 SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   Directly supervises 15 non-supervisory employee(s).  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems

QUALIFICATIONS: The qualifications listed below are representative of those required, but reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Post-Secondary Education:   Bachelor’s degree (B.S., B. A.) from a college or university in Construction Management, Engineering, or engineering technology; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Project Management Institute (PMI) PMP certification or equivalent preferred.

Experience:   Requires eight (8)+ years of progressively responsible project management experience on large multidiscipline electric utility projects including 3 years experience managing multi-discipline teams to design, construct and turn over multi-million dollar projects. Prior supervisory experience preferred.

Specific KSA’s: A fully skilled incumbent will have the following specific knowledge, skills, and abilities.


·     Extensive and diversified understanding of project management practices and principles

·     Moderate to high level of engineering processes, capabilities, and specialties

·     Knowledge of State of Washington PUD procurement and contracting regulations

·     Advanced skill required with Microsoft Project and Primavera applications Skills & Abilities:

·     Exceptional organizational skills

·     Ability to communicate effectively at all levels

·     Ability to monitor, supervise, and direct the work of personnel and projects in an effective manner to ensure compliance with District procedures and standards and meet customer expectations and requirements.

·     Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

·     Proven record of effective leadership of high performing teams including ability to balance team and individual responsibilities, building consensus, getting things done through others not directly under his/her supervision.

·     Outstanding oral and written communication skills and ability to present complex information at an executive level

·     Ability to solve complex problems and implement solutions.

·     Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to resolve conflict, influence and effect change, promote a positive atmosphere and work effectively in a team setting.

·     Demonstrated experience in project management and evaluation.

·     Ability to work independently and exercise a high degree of independent judgment; demonstrated self-starter

·     Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments from multiple stakeholders concurrently to successfully meet deadlines.

·     Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external customers from multiple disciplines.

Language Skills:   Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Mathematical Skills:    Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:   Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Complexity: Manage and consult on highly complex business decisions and drives interaction and collaboration across business units.  Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges.  Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility.

Decision Making:  Decisions and problem solving are guided by policies, procedures and business plans.   Controls resources and policy formation. Decisions are guided by functional objectives.  Provides technical guidance to employees, colleagues and/or customers.  Typically supervises a team of individual contributors and may supervise other supervisors of non-exempt employees.  Has full supervisory authority. Receives guidance from senior manager.

Computers & Equipment: A fully skilled incumbent will have the ability to utilize the following software, hardware, or equipment: To perform this job successfully, an individual is required to have basic knowledge of Maximo Order Processing, Maximo Asset Management, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Powerpoint, PeopleSoft Financials, PeopleSoft HRIS, PC Hardware and General Office Equipment; intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Project and; advanced knowledge in Primavera.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; use repetitive hand or arm motion; talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or twist torso; pull, push or exert force; taste, smell; carry or lift unassisted up to 25 pounds; lift above shoulder up to 10 pounds.  Vision requirements include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; confined spaces; fumes or airborne particles; outdoor weather conditions; vibration.  The noise level is usually moderate.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: An employee may not be hired or transferred to a job, or continue in a job if currently employed, if they do not satisfy the following job requirements.  These District requirements cannot be waived by supervisors.

A valid driver’s license is required for this position (verified upon hire).  A valid Washington State driver’s license is required within 30 days of employment.

Pursuant to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards, Chelan County Public Utility District #1 conducts background screening of personnel who have access to the District’s critical physical and/or cyber assets.


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