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Chief Civil Engineer

Job ID: 37956
Department: Engineering
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Reporting to the Chief of Design, the Chief Civil Engineer  is responsible for managing the Engineering Department’s Civil Engineering Unit. The Chief Civil Engineer supervises a team of 40+ staff comprised of employees and on-site and out-of-house consultants; builds and manages a workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs; facilitates cooperation, and develops and/or manages and motivates team members, to accomplish group goals; ensures staff are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded in the Civil Engineering Unit; takes action to address performance problems; actively engages in internal and external professional development opportunities and industry organizations; fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization. 

The Chief Civil Engineer directs the civil engineering design work for all Port Authority capital and operating projects that are under the authority of the Chief Engineer, and serves as the subject matter expert, providing guidance and advisory services in their expertise, to senior Port Authority executives. The engineers in the Civil Engineering Unit are responsible for providing the design services in preparation for engineering studies; preliminary and final designs; final contract drawings; and post award construction review for civil engineering activities, site development, paving and utility projects.  Designs are to be high quality, innovative, and cost effective, complying with applicable codes and standards, and satisfy the Line Department’s needs and expectations. 


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university
  •  Licensed to practice Engineering in New York and New Jersey
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in progressively more responsible positions in the field of civil engineering design, including design of pavements, track, drainage and utilities for airports, port facilities, freight railroads, transit and roadways
  • Experience managing a large full-service staff of at least 10 professionals and sub-professionals engaged in all phases of civil engineering design for transportation facilities
  • Ability to successfully lead project teams and manage project schedule, budget and programs
  • Working knowledge of codes, laws, standards and guidelines applicable to the civil engineering design of public transportation facilities
  • Experience as a supervisor overseeing the day-to-day performance of 4 or more direct reports
  • Ability to maintain a positive environment, set goals, provide incentives, recognize achievements, provide discipline, and escalate issues warranting support of others
  • Valid driver’s license


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Strong conceptualization, problem solving and decision-making skills as evidenced from experience in planning, directing and managing both routine and large-scale transportation programs and projects
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and experience in negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Results oriented, with a strong customer focus
  • Ability to promote the work of the team
  • Rapid adaptability to new information, continuous improvement, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
  • Working knowledge of Federal Aviation Administration specifications for construction of airports
  • Demonstrated experience using pavement management systems for prioritizing state of good repair needs and predicting remaining pavement service life 


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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