Municipality Advisor

San Diego, CA

Nexiya is seeking a Municipality Advisor for a major utility client in San Diego, CA.  The candidate would be a liaison to municipalities (Cities) and transit agencies (e.g. Caltrans, MTS, etc.) on electric and gas capital construction projects, negotiate and communicate with municipal and agency staff to mitigate relocation needs and other permit issues, which would result in company cost savings and adherence to construction project schedule.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts as the liaison to municipalities on electric and gas distribution and transmission projects by negotiating and communicating with company and external entities as needed throughout the project life cycle to provide updates and progress work related to a given municipality; and to successfully manage permitting applications, traffic control plans and related fees. External entities include resident engineers, civil engineers, traffic engineers, deputy directors, etc. Works as the single point of contact between local municipal agencies and company project managers. Regularly meet with PMs and local municipality representatives to resolve issues and bring back status and other project related information that may be impactful to project management and delivery.

  • Works with Gas Technical Services (GTS) to protect the company's gas and electric facilities. Provide stakeholders with detailed information for design purposes by identifying, negotiating and resolving conflicts with Franchise, Municipalities and other Governmental agencies with proposed major and multifaceted construction improvement plans. Develop and foster professional and productive working relationship with municipal agencies. Effectively minimize the needs of relocating company's gas and electric facilities through negotiation and proactive two-way communication, resulting in significant cost-saving for the Company.

  • Lead discussion with municipalities and external agencies on permitting practices such as annual permits to minimize financial impact to Company, resulting in cost savings. Responsible for monitoring and controlling municipality fees such as handling refund from external agencies when necessary. Calculates all costs associated with assigned projects' permits and traffic control plans. Monitors all permitting and traffic control related fees and reviews invoices for permit acquisition, permit fees, and creation of traffic control plans; and negotiates with local municipalities when reconciling invoices to ensure required payments are aligned with services provided. Monitors permits and traffic control plan progress through planning, design, pre-construction, and construction phases and takes all appropriate actions to progress applications such that projects are not delayed due to permitting requirements.

  • Conducts regular seminars throughout company to ensure permit applicants are aware of local municipal requirements for permit applications. Works independently but in conjunction with project teams to coordinate and monitor distribution and transmission project related municipal permits and traffic control plans. Applies knowledge of electric and gas distribution planning, design and construction methods and ability to read project sketches and documentation to review and process permit applications through a variety of municipal agencies.

  • Communicates regularly with all project stakeholders regarding permitting and traffic control application needs and progress to ensure overall project schedules are on track. Cultivates a positive and productive working relationship with municipality organizations to gather and enable efficient delivery of valuable information back to company. Advise permit requesters and conduct road shows to educate various business units regarding municipal requirements and updates. Provides feedback on quality control of permit application supporting project documents to project owners; and translates, as needed for municipalities, company project design and construction needs. Monitors and manages multiple projects in various stages of completion in regards to municipal inquiries and permitting requirements. May provide direction, oversight and performance input to QA/QC Specialists, Permit Service Administrators and Traffic Control Planners.

  • Conducts field investigations as necessary to understand community needs, municipality expectations and traffic control requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferably in Business, Project Management, STEM, Construction, Public Administration or Communications, or equivalent experience is required.

  • 5 years - experience in a role directly related to the work of large-scale construction projects is required (e.g. planning, design, drafting, electric or gas distribution construction and/or project management) is required.

  • Require detailed understanding of electric and gas distribution standards, business procedures and governmental regulations that impact and guide conflict check negotiation and project planning activities.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to understand and interpret construction plans to negotiate with municipalities on behalf of Company.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to understand design estimating and construction of pipeline and underground electric system.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to apply and train others to apply complex regulations and process rules.

  • Must have experience effectively working with a number of stakeholders with competing interests, wants and needs to achieve a significant and substantial business, preferably construction outcome.

  • Must have demonstrated experience communicating verbally and in writing, precise and complex technical requirements to stakeholders with varying degrees of subject knowledge and potentially competing interests.

  • A valid California Driver's License is required.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • PM/CM certification or equivalent is preferred.

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