About Our Job

US News & World Reported that Sarasota, Florida is the number 1 place in Florida and Number 9 in the country for best places to live. We need your help to create wonderful experiences for residents and vacationing guests navigating Sarasota. Our Capital Projects Department completed 18 Capital Improvement Projects in FY22 for a total of $158 million including 4 Utility projects, 10 Facilities/Parks projects and 4 Transportation projects. Annually, they manage an average of 100 projects ($375 million). We have an opening, and you can join this dedicated high-performing team of County professionals. This is a high-level management role reporting to the Capital Projects Director. You will provide leadership, management, and supervision for executing the Utilities Capital Improvement Program on behalf of the Public Utilities Department. The Operational Manager is responsible for capital activities related to design, permitting, construction, project management and inspections. Typical projects involve extensive coordination and collaboration, with interagency departments, regulatory agencies, and public involvement with the citizenry of the communities in which work is performed. You will demonstrate and advocate for the County’s mission, vision, and values.


Plans, organizes, supervises, directs, and reviews the work of the Utility Division of the Capital Projects Department related to all functions and assigned personnel, in delivering the Utilities Capital Improvement Program:

•Interface and direct point of contact with owner-department’s director and senior management team

•Comprehensive work with the owner-department on the 5-year CIP budget development, management and funding allocation, including new CIP GovMax Detail Sheets and annual revisions to multi-year projects/programs

•Support CIP cost estimate development, review, and verification; develop annual spend-down plans for each CIP

  •Provide historical construction costs in developing CIP budgets, with similar market conditions

•Support owners with grant application process and management of the grant terms during design and construction

Develop strategic goals and initiatives for the division and department, in conjunction with the department director

Continuous Improvement and Transparency:

•Lead Utility Division with a focus on continuous improvement, resulting in quality projects/programs, delivered on schedule and within budget

•Develop and produce reporting requirements to satisfy the owner-department, Administration, and the Board

•Develop positive culture, nurture camaraderie and identity of division

•Responsible for overall function, cohesiveness, efficiency, productivity and focus of the division

•Deploy relevant communications within the division and from the owner-department

•Manage personnel functions: hiring, sign-off and input on review; maintain team continuity and ensure skill alignment

•Facilitate meetings and workshops to convey information to the division or owner-department

Management and Oversight:

Assist in negotiation of scope and fee for professional services, as needed

•Assist in design and bid phase, as needed

•Assist in construction, claims and negotiations, as needed

•Develop standards for individual projects, including initial baselined schedules, consistent schedule reporting, project charters, preliminary budget estimates, and communication plans.  Ensure scope variances are properly documented

•Assist in determining appropriate project delivery method

Alignment of Core Services with BCC Strategic Initiatives:

•Support the development and execution of Utilities CIP that supports the Board’s strategic initiatives, such as:  water quality, septic to sewer, beneficial reuse, and assurance of potable water for future generations

•Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection, and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance   audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.

About You:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering or related field and 6 years of related experience
  • OR- Master’s degree with 4 or more years of related experience
  • 4 or more years of supervisory experience
  • May consider substituting years of experience for the 4-year degree

Preferred Qualification:

  • Project Management Professional certification

  About Everything Else:

Pay range: $71,489.60 – $121,222.40