At Port Houston we dream big, think big and do big things. For over 100 years, we’ve had the vision and scale to deliver big things that matter to Houston and the region. Our sustainability and success has been built upon attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.
Are you ready to think about the future…and think big!
Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are READY!’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities.
Business Need / Purpose of Role
The Channel Development Director leads the Channel Development team to assure the availability of ship channels and Port Houston berths for safe movement of commerce. Acts as a key interface with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and strategic advice to Port executive management. Manages the use, maintenance, and operation of submerged land, placement areas, and marshes to maximize the value of these resources to Port Houston and provides essential support to private terminals along the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) and tributaries. Plans and executes construction and engineering contracts, federal agreements, licenses, permits, dredge placement agreements to facilitate commerce and safe navigation. Combines business and technical acumen to support critical decisions. We are seeking a candidate that will display attention to detail, commitment, professionalism, and sense of urgency.
Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities
Initiate and implement effective management policy and procedures for Channel Development and HSC in regard to assigned duties; manage daily functions of the department
Conduct strategic planning for the department and revises plans to align with Port Houston goals and objectives; provide quality control and assurance processes for staff and contractor activities
Manage professional development of department team of professionals; hire and provide training for staff, conduct performance reviews and motivate staff to perform at high standards
Develop and maintain a predictive model as a scheduling tool for maintenance dredging projects
Develop and maintain a cost accountability system for fees and services related to Channel Development
Oversee the Disposal Area Management Program (DAMP) including scope, cost, and schedule, as well as dredged material placement needs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Private users and Port Houston, as required as the local sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel
Execute requests for licenses, permits, and railroad-road crossing agreements and associated renewals issued by Port Houston from the Port Commission; ensure the correct documents are produced through the Legal Department, and proper invoicing by the Accounting Department
Obtain and maintain permits from the USACE and others as required for Port Houston construction projects and maintenance dredging of Port Houston's berthing areas and channels including the necessary dredge pipeline route permits, easements, and rights-of-way; ensure all permits meet needed requirements to accomplish these projects including extension of time and conditions
Review and comment to USACE on permit applications that may possibly affect navigation on the HSC and its tributaries
Execute dredged material disposal agreements for the various terminal operators for the placement of dredged material in the Port Houston's dredged material areas; verify quantities and ensure proper invoicing and collection of funds by the Accounting department
Inspect dredge material disposal areas, levee construction and other field inspections (i.e. pipeline installations, dock construction, dredging operations, etc.), as required
Prepare information for right-of-entry letters for access by others on Port Houston property
Work with USACE, U.S. Coast Guard and Houston Pilots to ensure the HSC and other federal project channels are dredged in a timely manner and maintained at the required project depth for safe navigation
Assist the other departments to the extent responsibilities overlap, in regard to engineering, planning, legislative initiatives, operations, and budgeting
Ensure environmental compliance for all Channel Development projects; coordinate compliance with Environmental Affairs department
Work with various stakeholders to resolve issues and to create solutions for dredging/pipeline issues
Serve as the advocate and principle Port Houston official representing Port Houston to the federal government; develop and maintain positive relationships with elected officials and federal, state and local agencies related to Channel Development and channel use
Perform other duties as required
Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications
Port Houston is committed to safety. All employees must follow all safety procedures and take all safety precautions to ensure freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss at all times;
Employees are responsible for understanding and following all laws and regulations applicable to their job responsibilities;
Exhibits a can-do attitude that is positive, supportive and cooperative;
Must be detail oriented, thorough and accurate, and have the ability to efficiently solve problems;
Takes responsibility and accountability for actions;
Demonstrates the ability to adapt and embrace change;
Must have the ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively across organizational boundaries to accomplish goals;
Strong planning and organization skills; ability to multitask and be a self-starter
Knowledge of regulatory requirements and the importance of Port Houston’s role in fostering business and economic activity in the community;
Knowledge of Port Houston navigation needs and concerns;
Knowledge of the principles of project and program management;
Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines that affect the planning for submerged land and adjacent industrial property uses, riparian rights, NEPA, permits, departmental manuals, and special legislation;
Knowledge of dredging and dredged material placement area processes;
Knowledge of strategic planning;
Knowledge of methods, practices, and processes of surveying, remote sensing, and CADD/GIS;
Knowledge of professional mechanical, electrical and civil engineering concepts;
Knowledge of construction methods and techniques;
Knowledge of capital budget formulation, development, and execution;
Leadership and coordination skills;
Skill in analytical writing, technical report writing, and public speaking
Ability to develop and communicate sophisticated business cases;
Ability to assess work requirements and prioritize tasks
Ability to implement and execute proper staff procedures
Ability to supervise and lead a diverse staff of professional, technical personnel
Ability to develop scope of work, contract conditions and requirements for projects
Ability to interpret and apply engineering instructions, specifications, and other technical reference materials
Must have excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Applications;
Must exhibit the Port Houston Corporate Values and incorporate them into work activities and initiatives: Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Diligence and Customer Focus.
Education / Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, Environmental or Natural Sciences, Planning, or a related major in a public or accredited private academic institution required
Master’s degree preferred
7+ years of related engineering, environmental, regulatory, or project management experience required
Previous supervisory experience required
P.E. or project management certification preferred
A current, valid Texas driver's license is required. Successful out of state candidates must be able to obtain a valid Texas driver's license within 90 days of hire.
Once selected for employment, federal regulations require that the applicant must either undergo a federal background check as part of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program or already possess a TWIC. The TWIC must be obtained within 30 days of appointment and be maintained for the duration of employment. For further program information, visit: https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but due to open office environment noise level may occasionally be high.
To apply, please go to porthouston.com/careers. Only applications submitted through the Port Houston Careers website will be acknowledged.
Port Houston is an equal opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program supervised by the U.S. Government.
Make what you do matter.
At Port Houston we dream big, think big and do big things. When you take the first step with the Port Houston, you’ve taken the first step in the right direction in your new career path. Are you READY!
We believe in making big things possible.
Port Houston is looking for people who are willing to think about the future...and think big. We're looking for people who are ready to take on the most significant challenges of their careers.
Thank you for choosing Port Houston in your career search.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
About Port Houston
he Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of 150-plus private and public industrial terminals along the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel. The eight public terminals are owned, operated, managed or leased by the Port of Houston Authority and include the general cargo terminals at the Turning Basin, Care, Jacintoport, Woodhouse, and the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals.Each year, more than 241 million tons of cargo move through the greater Port of Houston, carried by more than 8,200 vessels and 223,000 barges. The port is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in U.S. imports; 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage. It is also the nation’s leading breakbulk port, handling 41 percent of project cargo at Gulf Coast ports.Overview infographic The port has been instrumental in the city of Houston’s development as a center of international trade. It is home to a multi-billion petrochemical complex, the largest in the nation and second largest in the world. Carrier services on all major trade lanes link Houston to international markets around the globe. The ship channel also intersects a very busy barge... traffic lane, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.Centrally located on the Gulf Coast, Houston is a strategic gateway for cargo originating in or destined for the U.S. West and Midwest. Houston lies within close reach of one of the nation’s largest concentrations of 142 million consumers within 1,000 miles. Ample truck, rail and air connections allow shippers to economically transport their goods between Houston and inland points.The port is vital to the local, state and national economy and the maintenance and improvements of the public facilities ensures its continued economic impacts. Keeping the port secure so that business can flow freely is also an essential responsibility. As the local sponsor of the Houston Ship Channel, the Port Authority plays an important role in the management and environmental stewardship of this important waterway.