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New York Power Authority VP Project & Construction Management in White Plains, New York


The VP Project & Construction Management is responsible for implementing the engineering, design and construction of major capital and maintenance improvement projects at the Operations facilities – as well as for other business units within NYPA as required -- on schedule, within budget and in accordance with technical requirements.

The VP Project & Construction Management is accountable to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the successful execution of his/her responsibilities in furtherance of: NYPA’s North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Reliability Standards Compliance program as set forth in Corporate Policies CP 10-4 and CP 2-9, and NYPA’s Asset Management Policy Company Policy CP 10-5.


  • Lead teams of project and construction management professionals as they lead and direct planning, execution, control, reporting and communication of complex and unique projects across an array of functional activities; monitor activities.

  • Set department priorities, communicate progress and ensure ongoing alignment to the organization’s strategic objectives.

  • Oversee and may evaluate the execution of projects, working within multiple business segments and/or across corporate shared service resources.

  • Monitor and report project risks that can lead to missed service levels to senior leadership and other stakeholders.

  • Solve complex problems that deviate from established procedures, in coordination with other department heads.

  • Prioritize leading, developing and maintaining mutually supportive relationships with clients, colleagues and third parties.

  • Champion continuous process improvement related to a wide range of business services, methodology and project processes to reduce cost, improve quality and service levels for the clients.

  • Establish governance framework and reporting for project delivery and business needs. Ensure activities are compliant with governance.

  • Ensure that major modifications are adequately described, licensed and properly authorized before proceeding to contract for engineering, procurement, or construction as appropriate.

  • Supervise the preparation of scopes of work and statements of services and the evaluation and awarding of contracts to consultants, vendors and constructors dealing with assigned projects.

  • Establish realistic and feasible schedules and manage the work so as to meet these schedules.

  • Supervise and guide the project management organization to manage effectively, different projects from assignment to completion, and to adhere to budgetary authorization procedures and control costs in managing projects.

  • Plan and implement the review of selected engineering design details to provide for the development and construction of safe, reliable generating and transmission facilities and infrastructure.

  • Monitor and review the activities of Architect-Engineers to control expenditures and meet productivity goals in design, procurement and construction phases.

  • Maintain and report on applicable department and project metrics.

  • Ensure construction conformance with applicable building codes and timely receipt of Certificate of Occupancy/Completion upon project completion.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to remain current with new technologies in the field and have industry-wide expertise; fully understand how NYPA interacts with outside organizations, including other utilities regulating agencies and with its customers.

  • Intimately knowledgeable of NYPA's policies, especially budget and capital expenditures.

  • Excellent inter-personal skills: ability to make internal/external presentations that are logical, smooth and influential in a clear and concise manner. Incumbent

  • Ability to analyze different technical solutions presented to him/her and decide a course of action.

  • Strong planning, technical and administration skills to set and manage priority for tasks in an acceptable time frame using existing staffing levels.

  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills.

  • Ability to prioritize work assignments, make accurate, timely and cost -effective decisions.

  • Ability to ensure ongoing alignment, adoption and continuous improvement of project management tools and company standards.

  • Ability to establish departmental goals and key performance indicators in alignment with the company and operational goals.

  • Ability to develop formal communication protocols to ensure exceptional communication, including escalation of project issues and coordination of decision-making.

  • Ability to drive risk management, including conducting cross-functional project risk assessments and scenario planning to understand impact and sensitivity of issues and plans and drive the development of contingency and/or risk mitigation plans.

  • Ability to be a key driver of change management activities including partnering with colleagues ineffectively changing the culture, instilling a sense of empowerment, accountability and ownership within their own group and others they may work with consistently maintaining high standards for performance.

  • Ability to recruit and develop staff to execute department functions, ensure effective utilization of resources through strong people leadership including consistent performance management, robust employee development and routine rewards and recognition practices.

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering. Solid technical background in all aspects of Engineering (electrical, mechanical and structural). Advanced degree preferred.

  • Minimum 10 years utility experience.

  • Minimum 5 years of management experience. Union environment preferred.

  • NY State PE License required.

  • Experience leading complex industry-related technical projects that include design, construction management, and project commissioning.

  • Experience in management and oversight of technical contractors and consultants, and formulating recommendations to Senior and Executive management.

  • Experience in a project delivery role, electric utility industry preferred.

  • Experience in formulating and managing multi-million-dollar technical programs and budgets.

  • Demonstrated experience in reporting, communicating, and presenting to senior, and executive management.

  • Experience with NYPA policies and business practices preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Approximately 25% travel primarily within NY State.

  • Ability to travel to project sites to conduct on-site project evaluations and vendor coordination.

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer