Associate Project Manager

Associate Project Manager
Organization Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Job Type Full Time
Application Deadline Jun 10, 2023

Position Summary:

Working under the direction of the Capital Projects Manager, the Associate Project Manager will be responsible for supporting the planning, design, management, and implementation of capital improvement projects, led by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC), in the city’s park system. This position will assist in the day-to-day management of ongoing capital project initiatives, planning of future capital projects, community and stakeholder engagement, advancing park sustainability and resiliency, and providing support documentation for grant applications and grant reporting.

Position Duties:

Performs under the general supervision of the Capital Projects Manager and is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • The Associate Project Manager will primarily support project design and project management activities for capital projects and planning initiatives, including:
    • developing project scope, budgets, and schedules;
    • managing project budgets and timelines;
    • procuring and managing consultant services;
    • producing diagrams, plans, illustrations, renderings and other graphics clearly communicating design intent;
    • developing presentation materials to support community engagement efforts, coordination with city agencies, and grant applications;
    • preparing or reviewing cost estimates, technical specifications, and construction drawings;
    • providing oversight, documentation, and general administration of construction projects;
    • completing project close-out activities and grant reporting;
    • other activities necessary for completion of projects.
  • Serve as PPC’s advocate for green infrastructure, site sustainability, and climate resiliency, ensuring that these best practices are integrated and maximized in all capital projects, and coordinating with appropriate agencies (PWSA, City of Pittsburgh, ALCOSAN, URA, etc.), community organizations and watershed groups on a project-by-project basis.
  • Work closely with PPC Community Engagement staff to develop comprehensive approaches to community and stakeholder engagement, facilitate public meetings, create surveys, and actively participate in other methods of community outreach.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other PPC departments and staff at various stages of project design and implementation, pursuant to their roles in programming, maintenance, fundraising, and management of ongoing or future capital projects.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)

  • Principles and practices of state-of-the-art park design and urban design, including understanding the need to balance community needs, long-term maintenance resources, and available funding.
  • Strong knowledge of construction documentation, detailing, specifications, and the public bidding process.
  • Strong knowledge of community and stakeholder engagement methods and approaches.
  • Modern principles and best practices of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), sustainable park design, and climate resiliency, including knowledge of construction and maintenance techniques.
  • Understanding of the stormwater management challenges faced by the City of Pittsburgh and ongoing planning initiatives to address stormwater management on a city-wide scale.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the City of Pittsburgh’s Stormwater Ordinance, and other pertinent federal, state, county, and city laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations applicable to public park projects in the City of Pittsburgh.

Skills and Ability to (position requirements at entry):

  • Clearly and effectively communicate through oral, written, and graphic communication styles.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrate creativity and initiative.
  • Negotiate and meet deadlines and prioritize issues, identifying which issues require immediate attention and taking effective and appropriate action based on that determination.
  • Set appropriate priorities while coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Work cohesively within a team environment, adapt to changing conditions and situations, while also being able to independently complete tasks.
  • Proactively anticipate problems or opportunities, and effectively handle critical, controversial, confidential, and/or sensitive matters.
  • Establish and maintain effective, respectful, and productive working relationships.
  • Understand and appropriately adhere to and communicate PPC policies and procedures.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Engineering, or related field. Applicable professional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 3-5 years professional experience in park-related design, planning, or engineering, construction administration, and community engagement.
  • Strong proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office is required.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, SketchUp, and other graphic or 3D modelling software.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)

  • State licensure in either landscape architecture, civil engineering, construction management, or architecture preferred, but not required.
  • National Green Infrastructure Certification, SITES AP, and/or LEED AP, preferred, but not required.


The PPC offers the following benefits package to all full-time employees.

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Life insurance and short-term/long-term disability insurance offered at no-cost to employee
  • Aflac supplemental insurance
  • Twenty (20) paid vacation days and ten (10) paid company holidays
  • 403(b) retirement savings program with up to 8% company match
  • Hybrid work model
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Discount on PPC merchandise

Other Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

The physical ability to walk, stand, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, pull, push, finger, feel, grasp, lift, talk, see, hear and perform repetitive motions.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.

Occasional weekend, evening and holiday work is required to perform the duties of this job.

The PPC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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