Director of Capital Projects

Council of Governments of San Gabriel Valley, CA

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) is a regional government planning agency that aims to maximize the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley. We are a joint powers authority consisting of 31 incorporated cities, unincorporated communities in Los Angeles County Supervisorial Districts 1 and 5, and three San Gabriel Municipal Water Districts. This position will work with all agency departments supporting capital improvement projects.

The SGVCOG is in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Applicants considered for this role must currently live in Southern California or be willing to relocate. The agency does not contribute to relocation or commute costs.

The SGVCOG is seeking to fill one full-time Director of Capital Projects position. The Director of Capital Projects is an advanced professional overseeing the direction, organization, and administration of the agency’s engineering and capital project function. This position directs the work of SGVCOG Capital Projects department staff, develops and tracks department budgets, oversees large construction projects, and performs related duties as necessary.

Examples of Duties
Oversees the SGVCOG Capital Project Manage­ment Division. With senior management, participates in the development and implementation of the agency’s strategic plans, goals, and objectives; formulates and implements divisional policies, procedures, and strategies; development and monitors performance against the division’s annual budget; manages and directs the implementation of divisional plans to achieve long-term and annual goals, objectives, and work standards.
Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned employees; establishes performance requirements and professional development targets; regularly monitors staff performance and provides training.
Directs and implements the SGVCOG’s capital project and construction programs and services for federal, state, and local jurisdictions to develop enhanced infrastructure, safety improvements, and mobility upgrades throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Oversees and provides technical expertise to staff and consultants responsible for the complex development of engineering designs, construction packages, environ­mental docu­ments, plans, specifications, and project cost/budget estimates; ensures that project design and construction meet established objectives and agreed-upon requirements of the state and local juris­dictions and various project funding sources, are cost-effective and follow regulatory requirements.
Reviews and approves designs, technical studies, financial cost projections, and specifications; prepares correspondence on technical engin­eer­ing issues; make authoritative interpretations of applic­able laws, regulations, policies, and design standards; revises and approves construction docu­ments as needed; reviews, approves, signs, seals and submits engineering plans.
Solicits proposals from and oversees the divisional contractor/consultant selection and management processes; develops or approves scopes of services; participates in bid review, interviews, evalua­tions, and negotiations with proposal respondents; provides input on awards to the Executive Director; ensures consultant/contractor work follows the SGVCOG and local, state, and federal laws, standards, and funding requirements; reviews and approves consultant invoices.
Ensures the safety plan is enforced through monitoring reporting procedures and spot checks in the field; serves as safety liaison for emergency responses.
Ensures the maintenance of detailed records of construction project management activities and results; ensures the timely and accurate completion of construction as-built drawings, reports, certifi­cates, and related documentation.
Directs and ensures the SGVCOG has the rights needed for projects, including right-of-way and utility relocation; participates in the legal action for eminent domain and condemnation cases that proceed through the legal process.
Prepares and coordinates a variety of reports and records; attends meetings; performs analysis and prepares reports for the Governing Board and various policy committees.
Represents the SGVCOG on local and statewide professional organizations and committees and in meetings with elected officials, SGVCOG leadership, governmental agencies, member agencies, and funding agencies, including Caltrans and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge of:
Advanced theory, principles, practices, construction project management techniques, cost estimation, and dispute resolution.
Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive engineering and construction management program.
Theories and principles of civil, structural, and hydraulic engineering and their applications related to the design, construction, and maintenance of various capital projects.
Principles and practices of construction project operational safety.
Organization and functions of the SGVCOG’s Governing Board; the Brown Act and other laws and regulations governing the conduct of public meetings.
Principles and practices of public administration, including long-range planning, budgeting, purchasing, and maintaining public records.
Applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.
Principles and practices of organization and culture change.
Advanced research methods and statistical analysis techniques.
Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment, including computers and software applications relevant to work performed.
Principles and practices of sound business communications.
Principles and practices of effective management and supervision.
Ability to:
Plan, organize, and direct the staff, operations, and activities of the Capital Projects Management Division.
Direct the design and construction of multiple, diverse major engineering studies and capital construction projects through staff and outside consultants to meet stringent project completion deadlines.
Direct the development and analysis of plans, contracts, and regulatory filings.
Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex engineering and construction issues.
Analyze complex construction projects' short- and long-term funding requirements and develop financing and budget management priorities and strategies.
Understand, interpret, explain and apply SGVCOG, state, and federal policy, laws, regulations, and court decisions applicable to areas of responsibility.
Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
Work collaboratively with other executives and managers and provide expert advice and counsel to develop solutions to complex issues.
Present proposals and recommendations logically and persuasively.
Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with complex and confidential issues and situations.
Operate a computer, standard business software, and various computer software programs and databases related to the area of assignment.
Represent the SGVCOG effectively in dealings, negotiations, and presentations to Governing Board members, city managers, elected and appointed governmental officials, consultants, contractors, vendors, media representatives, and the public.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered during work.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in civil engin­eering, construction management, project management, architectural engineering, geotechnical engineering, or a related engineering field. A master’s degree is preferred.
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in engineering, construction, project management, and environmental compliance, at least five of which were at a manager level; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Experience in civil design/construction, railroad construction, and traffic signal­ization is particularly relevant.
A valid California Class C driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the agency’s vehicle insurance program.
Supplemental Information

How to Apply

Application Deadline
Please apply at

Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

Council of Governments of San Gabriel Valley


1000 S Fremont Ave
Alhambra, CA 91803-8800
United States



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