Senior Capital Project Manager

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

“Acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity; protect and restore the natural environment; and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.” 

Mission Statement, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is seeking a Senior Capital Project Manager (CPM) with Construction Management, Engineering, and/or Landscape Architecture background to manage large capital improvement projects relating to facilities on District preserves in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties.  This position will supervise staff and direct consultants and contractors to assist in completing capital projects.  The Senior CPM will also spearhead the horizontal infrastructure segment of the Engineering & Construction Department by providing expertise on the design and construction.  Project work includes designing, permitting, and contracting for recreational amenities such as bridges, roads, staging areas, site amenities, structures, water systems, and District infrastructure. The candidate should be an organized, creative, and collaborative self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, who enjoys working in a group dynamic. 


About the District:  The District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  View the interactive story map, Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios, and also check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.


About the Position:  The ideal candidate will have relevant and solid experience to manage projects through programming, design, permitting, and construction and oversee the work of different consultants (Architects, Engineers, Cost Estimators, and Construction Managers).  Licensed engineer or landscape architect is desirable.  In addition, the candidate will provide frequent verbal and written reports to staff, including Department Managers and the General Manager’s Office, as well as the Board of Directors at public meetings.  The candidate will serve as an in-house horizontal infrastructure (bridges, roads, staging areas, site amenities, structures, and water systems) expert and provide technical expertise during project development, design, review, permitting, construction and maintenance of a variety of projects. The candidate must have the skills to foster communication and collaboration with other District departments to coordinate project requirements; work effectively with local jurisdictional agencies to meet permitting requirements and keep permitting review on schedule; manage and direct design consultants; oversee the work of and negotiate with contractors; and maintain detailed and current project documentation.    


Work Environment:  This position will operate in the Engineering and Construction Department at the District’s office in Los Altos, California.  In addition to working in an office setting to complete project tasks and at various venues across the San Francisco Peninsula to present information at public meetings, the Senior CPM will often work in the field and hike steep terrain and wildland areas with poison oak and wildlife. Fieldwork will require driving District vehicles in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and blustery to hot and dry, and hiking in steep, mountainous terrain.  


Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in construction management, landscape architecture, civil or structural engineering, or a related field, and five years minimum of increasingly responsible experience in project management. The Senior CPM level requires independent experience conducting more complex projects exercising greater judgement and initiative, and three years of progressive supervisory or managerial experience is desirable.  Master’s in Engineering or Architecture, and/or a professional license (PE, SE, architect, or landscape architect) is highly desirable.  Public agency experience is a bonus.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Benefits:   The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.


How to Apply: Apply online at  Final filing date is August 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The CalOpps system will close to submission of applications at 5:00 p.m. on August 27th.  CalOpps will not accept submissions after 5:00 p.m. for applications begun before 5:00 p.m.


The following four application items are required:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application 

2. Cover letter 

3. Resume 

4. Supplemental question responses

Supplemental questions may be previewed at the beginning of the application; we recommend completing your responses on a separate saved document and pasting them in the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.


Recruitment Timeline:  We recommend applicants’ schedules be open during this timeframe for panel interviews:

First Interview: September 11, 2018

Final Interview/written exercise: September 18, 2018

Estimated Start Date: Mid-to-End of October 2018


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department.   

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