Under the direction of the Executive Director of the New Bedford Port Authority (NBPA), the Director of Engineering and Operations directs, coordinates, organizes, and manages all maintenance, construction, inspection, dredging and engineering activities of the Authority; Provides professional and detailed recommendations to the Executive Director to ensure technical competence and compliance with all codes and criteria.
The Director of Engineering and Operations must be able to manage people and processes, must be a champion, guardian, and regulator of the port all at the same time, and must possess the organizational skills to engage the community in supporting the missions of the port. The NBPA needs a Director of Engineering and Operations who will bring stability, longevity, and commitment to the job, recognizes that success requires supporting and encouraging the leadership of others, and who has the flexibility and stamina to weather both planned and unexpected challenges.
In particular, the NBPA seeks a Director of Engineering and Operations who can negotiate, navigate, communicate, and work with wide range of people; is comfortable and adept at operating under the scrutiny of the media and in effectively communicating with the public and can maintain a sense of humor in that environment; can make recommendations and decisions on a wide variety of topics, and has an ability to manage and build a strong and diverse team and to lead from within; is able to admit mistakes, acknowledge the obstacles, and engage people in the solutions; is comfortable in a public environment; and is adept at articulating the NBPA’s mission and goals among corporate, educational, and government leaders.
1. Prepare and administer procurement packages for various projects associated with NBPA items including building improvements, CAD Cell Operations & Maintenance, bulkhead improvements, dredging, inspections, consultant services, public works construction, limited design, and wetland notifications and filings.
2. Prepare design drawings and/or sketches, as necessary
3. Collaborate with Operations Manager, Project Superintendent and Director of Marina and Recreational Boating to direct in-house staff on maintenance of Port assets, including piers, wharves, floats, boat ramps, bulkheads, and properties.
4. Review inspection reports and current field conditions of bulkheads to recommend candidate projects for structural, substructure, fender, deck, mooring or pavement repairs.
5. Assure construction and maintenance operations are being conducted in accordance with approved plans, and specifications on a day-to-day basis.
6. Serve as project manager and point of contact for port projects and contracts. This includes marine construction projects, dredging, studies and other projects.
7. Use knowledge of public procurement laws to ensure the Port maintains clean and transparent procurement processes.
8. Participate in the development of an Asset Management System for NBPA’s portfolio and support that work by securing, organizing, and providing information on the condition, use and needs of NBPA properties.
9. Work with the Grants Manager to identify and pursue grant opportunities for all NBPA missions and responsibilities.
10. Interact with local, State and Federal elected officials on grant opportunities, infrastructure, commercial fishing policy and other Port issues.
11. Assist with the supervision of all city-owned waterfront properties (21 commercial properties, ferry and cruise docks, municipal fishing piers and offloading docks, 198 slip marina, parking areas, and public boat ramps) in Executive Director’s absence.
12. Serve as liaison on Port affairs and policy with municipal, regional, state and federal partners and agencies.
13. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, Commission members, government officials, regulatory agencies, vendors, contractors, lessees, business representatives and the public.
14. Regular attendance at NBPA facilities and monthly NBPA commission meetings.
15. Perform any and all similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
About New Bedford Port Authority
The NBPA has jurisdiction over all of the coastal waters in New Bedford, including the entire coastline of the peninsula, the New Bedford Harbor (the “Harbor”), and north along the Acushnet River to the city’s boundaries. The NBPA represents a wide array of harbor interests and manages and operates City-owned property on the waterfront with the goal of maintaining a diverse economic base for the city by retaining and encouraging maritime and water-related businesses. The NBPA’s primary roles are to:
1. Provide a high level of customer service in a cost-effective manner through adequate infrastructure and the efficient operation and maintenance of its existing facilities and services; and
2. Promote the Port as “business friendly” through the support and retention of existing maritime businesses and activities, and the facilitation of new business opportunities along the waterfront.