Project Manager II

February 28, 2023
Application ends: February 28, 2025

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RESIDENCY: Candidates must have been legal residents of Tompkins County or one of the six adjoining counties (Cayuga,
Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga) for at least one month immediately preceding the date of application and maintain
residency. For Examinations: The eligible list resulting from the examination will be established in accordance with the final
earned numerical ratings of passing candidates regardless of residence. A municipality or district may exercise its right under
section 23-4-a. of Civil Service Law to request a certification of eligible candidates who have been residents of that municipality
or district for at least one month prior to appointment. After the names of residents have been exhausted, Tompkins County must
then certify the names of non-residents on the list.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: No later than the final filing date posted, the candidate must meet the following:

1. Graduation from an ABET accredited four-year college or university, with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering or a
related field, OR

2. Graduation from an ABET accredited collegiate program, with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Technology,
Engineering Science, or a related field AND at least three (3) years of experience specifically related to the construction
and maintenance of highway infrastructure OR

3. Graduation from an ABET accredited collegiate program, with an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology,
Engineering Science, or a related field AND at least six (6) years of experience specifically related to the construction
and maintenance of highway infrastructure OR

4. Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than described above.


Must possess at the time of appointment a valid New York State drivers’ license with a clear driving record and maintain it for the
duration of employment.


Preference in appointment may be given to candidates that posses an Engineer in Training or Land Surveyor-in-Training
certificate. (Passed the NCEES six-hour FE or FS Examination).

Tompkins County is Committed to Equity and Inclusion. We encourage those with similar values to apply.


This is a paraprofessional position responsible for managing the Road Reconstruction activities and supporting infrastructure
design, reconstruction, and maintenance functions of the Highway Department. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
are essential. Typical duties will include program planning, project scheduling, project design, field engineering and survey,
monitoring cost effective and efficient productivity of labor and equipment resources. Incumbent will participate in various
department programs, permitting, provide quality control, report writing, and record keeping. The work involves exposure to all
kinds of weather conditions. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Highway Director or designee, with a
high degree of autonomy. Supervision may be exercised over the work of subordinates. The incumbent will perform all related
duties as required.


  • Must possess a high level of interpersonal skills to understand conflicts and manage staff;
  • Must maintain a cooperative working relationship with the public, consultants and staff;
  • Applies principles of physics, mathematics, mechanics and materials to engineering problems.
  • Ability to make difficult technical computations and compile engineering data;
  • Ability to design moderately difficult engineering projects;
  • Performs field surveys and uses CADD and GIS to generate base mapping and contract documents;
  • Develops project designs, specifications and cost estimates;
  • Participates in design and project management of in-house highway and bridge projects as needed;
  • Uses computer programs, such as (but not limited to) EXCEL, MS WORD, CADD or GIS as tools for design, planning
and record keeping.

  • Participates in the management of consulting firms performing design services for projects, including defining the scope,

negotiating agreements, directing and monitoring the consultant’s work to ensure adherence to budget and schedule,
coordinating the activities of the consultant with County organizations, coordinating changes in the scope of the
agreements and /or requests for supplemental agreements, and preparing performance evaluations of consultant;

  • Oversees activities of consultants or contractors to ensure conformity to contract requirements including attendance, time

on job, performance and the quantity and quality of work performed;

  • Applies GIS and CADD to manage departmental programs for pavement management and maintains written records of

work performed and materials and labor used;

  • Attends, participates in and/or conducts public meetings;
  • Observes work in progress and ensures the work is progressing according to schedule, complies with plans,
specifications, and in accordance with quality control and safety standards;

  • Provides technical assistance to operations staff and Contractors, in the activities and tasks performed Provides
departmental representation on work sites to resolve construction problems to implement any necessary field changes;

  • Observes compliance with all work site safety policies, rules and regulations


  • Ability to clearly define a problem, develop possible solutions, and implement the selected solution;
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Tact and mental alertness are required;
  • Good working knowledge of project management;
  • Ability to perform independently and carry out difficult multiple concurrent assignments;
  • Ability to plan, schedule, coordinate, and evaluate design, construction and maintenance programs;
  • Good knowledge of methods, materials, and terminology in the construction of road and bridges;
  • Good knowledge of geometric and structural road design methods and standard practices;
  • Good working knowledge of NYSDOT Standard Specifications;
  • Working knowledge of aggregates, asphalt emulsion products, cold mix asphalt concrete, and hot mix asphalt concrete