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NEPA Project Manager

Company: Virginia Dept of Transportation
Location: Richmond
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is excited to offer and announce a competitive opportunity to serve as a NEPA Project Manager in the Central Office's Environmental Division.

The selected candidate will manage transportation studies which include the development of documentation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Lead interdisciplinary teams and make recommendations regarding the physical location of transportation projects.

This challenging and rewarding position's specific responsibilities and duties will include, but are not limited to:

Lead large and diverse project teams responsible for securing state and federal approval of NEPA studies including Environmental Impact Statements. Ensure the scope of issues to be addressed and the study objectives are defined before studies are initiated. Document study development, deliverables and decisions.
Establish, monitor and control project work plans, communication plans, costs and schedules.
Review all study products before deliverables are finalized. Review scoping documents, schedule documents, cost documents and NEPA documents, and supporting technical analyses. Ensure consistency in environmental document review. Support FHWA and Attorney General's staff in response to legal challenges.
Lead project teams responsible for securing Commonwealth Transportation Board location approval and FHWA NEPA decisions. Ensure issues and study objectives are adequately defined before study initiation. Manage project scoping process and scope appropriate entities for study input. Identify project risks and minimization strategies. Manage study deliverables, and develop and conduct study presentations. Secure other relevant federal approvals when needed.
Direct consultant teams on all work activities.
Routinely apprise management ensuring their understanding of study status and issues.Document study progress and decisions, and ensuring development of an administrative record.
Support the statewide NEPA program. Review documents submitted for QA/QC in a consistent and timely manner. Support NEPA Programs Manager in implementing initiatives to achieve consistency and efficiency across the districts.
VDOT employees serve the residents of the Commonwealth and traveling public daily through our mission to plan, deliver, operate and maintain a transportation system that is safe, moves people and goods, enhances the economy, and improves quality of life. VDOT is the third largest state maintained highway system in the country, maintaining over 58,000 miles of roads, bridges, and tunnels, and employing over 7,700 people through a diverse workforce. Our culture includes teamwork, transparency, nimble learning, creativity and collaboration that values differences.

In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDOT offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded short and long term disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching.

We are a "Virginia Values Veterans" (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.

We have Shared Values and a Code of Ethics: Your success in our organization depends upon modeling these values, therefore please access the following link: to review them and, if in agreement, we welcome you to apply.
Minimum QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations, NEPA and related procedures.
Knowledge of civil and traffic engineering.
Ability to lead diverse teams.
Ability to prepare and present formal recommendations.
Ability to manage complex transportation projects managing project schedules and budgets.
Ability to analyze and interpret data, resolve problems effectively, and make appropriate decisions.
Ability to prepare environmental impact statements.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse audiences and to make presentations and conduct meetings.
Skill in the use of computers and software applications.
Excellent interpersonal relationship skills.
Knowledge of VDOT goals, strategy and mission.
Experience in a broad range of environmental issues and experience communicating with a wide range of local, state and federal entities.
Experience developing solutions and working with an interdisciplinary team to avoid, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts.

Experience managing environmental processes included in project development.
Preferred QualificationsPreferred Qualifications:

Experience in scope/fee and project issue negotiation.
Experience in the development of environmental impact statements related to transportation projects.
Experience in developing documentation to support a multi-alternative EA or EIS.
BS Degree in environmental management, environmental engineering, or related field preferred; equivalent experience or training may substitute for degree.
Special RequirementsThis position requires a fingerprint based Criminal History Background Check, DMV Record Check and Work History Verification with references.

This position is designated as essential, employees may be required to work in emergencies, to include weekends, holidays, and after normal business hours; assignments may vary based on business needs to include working in severe weather.

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires all Executive Branch employees, including new hires, rehires or transfers to disclose their vaccination status upon hire. Disclosure of vaccination status (and for those fully vaccinated, proof of vaccination) will be required during new employee orientation on your first day of work. If you are not vaccinated for any reason or choose not to disclose your vaccination status, you will be required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis while employed with The Commonwealth of Virginia, and wear a face covering at work while indoors, outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained, and when riding in vehicles with others.
Special Instructions to ApplicantsState applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered.

Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State application. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully.

Please refer to "Your Application" in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is an Equal Opportunity Employer by both policy and practice. For more information about our employment practices, please visit "Information for VDOT Employees and Applicants":

This position is eligible for telework opportunities; availability, hours, and duration are at the sole discretion of the Department Manager in accordance with VDOT's Teleworking policy.
VDOT will record information from each new employee's Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

VDOT utilizes a market based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.
Name Tony Borja,
AddressVDOT, Office of Human Resources

Keywords: Virginia Dept of Transportation, Richmond , NEPA Project Manager, Executive , Richmond, Virginia

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