Your Opportunity: Our Community Development Group is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life where people live, work and play. Whether it's for a new development, a neighborhood revitalization project, or a new commercial project, our professionals manage a variety of projects from initial planning to decommissioning.

Your Duties: Our Westlake, Houston Texas office is looking for a Principal for our Community Development Group. This individual will be responsible for maintaining project schedules and budgets, for contract negotiations and for client interaction for land development projects. He/she will be responsible for providing clear direction to the Community Development staff to guide projects to a successful completion. He/she will be responsible for project quality control and will possess a solid understanding of the overall project development and design process as well as possess extensive project management experience and a high level of professionalism in their dealings with the public and staff.

Your Capabilities and Credentials: Essential Functions:

  • Organizing and supervising the work of a technical team with regard to the planning, design, processing and construction support of civil engineering projects;
  • Supervising the preparation of engineering drawings and specifications, cost estimates, and preliminary and final reports for land development projects;
  • Performing project management duties on major engineering projects, including client and sub-consultant coordination; making presentations to planning commissions, zoning boards, municipal officials and public agencies; attending client meeting; and visiting job sites;
  • Maintaining project budgets, preparing estimates, establishing cost controls and maintaining project schedules;
  • Strong previous experience around client and business development;
  • Ensuring quality control;
  • Managing and controlling sub-consultant contracts;
  • Organizing and maintaining project files;
  • Preparing monthly billing;
  • Marketing new clients and maintaining existing clients;
  • Negotiating with and/or on behalf of clients;
  • Preparing project proposals and attending pre- and post-proposals meetings/interviews;
  • Signing and sealing project plans as supervising engineer;
  • Assisting in staff hiring;
  • Staff development;
  • Conducting performance appraisals and administering disciplinary action;

  • Minimum of 10 - 15 years of project management experience, including ability to organize and supervise the work of other engineers, designers and sub-consultants;
  • Education equivalent to college degree in civil engineering or equivalent work experience;
  • A track record of establishing and maintaining client relationships in the greater Houston area.
  • Strong ability to develop business and promote business relationships;
  • Strong ability to motivate staff and promote teamwork within and across offices;
  • Excellent organization, coordination, managerial and "people" skills;
  • Excellent technical writing skills; capable of writing reports, letters and technical specifications;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Computer literacy in word processing and spreadsheet software preferred; and
  • Possession of a valid driver's license

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