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Construction Specifications Writer - JFK Redevelopment Project

Job ID: 42055
Department: Engineering
Location: Jersey City, NJ


Reporting to the Chief Contract Engineer, the selected candidate will be responsible for enforcing clarity and definition in the contract documents prepared to solicit bids on capital construction projects and major work projects of a wide variety of cost and complexity for the Port Authority and the Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH).  The Contract Engineer is primarily responsible for coordinating with multiple stakeholders in producing and delivering the project manual (contract book) and ensuring projects are delivered in accordance with the Agency's quality assurance/quality control and project delivery guidelines. This is a long-term project position.

The following responsibilities represent a partial list of typical functions:

  • Analyze and review preliminary and final design construction contract documents to ensure work is clearly indicated and complete based on the design parameters.
  • Produce customized and complete project manual (contract book) with applicable technical and administrative requirements and coordinated with contract drawings and other documents.
  • Resolve contractual and technical issues with Engineering staff and other Agency departments during the design and bidding periods.
  • Manage a diverse workload and deliver work within established schedule milestones and budgets.
  • Participate in and/or conduct meetings as necessary.
  • Serve as liaison to prepare proper answers to bidders' questions during the bid period, prepare and issue addenda, as needed, to correct or clarify contract documents.
  • Provide guidance and direction to junior staff in contracting approaches, processes and procedures.


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

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or Architecture from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of 12 years' relevant experience relating to the development and review of engineering or architectural contract documents for construction of multidisciplinary capital projects with construction costs exceeding $20 million.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and reviewing the technical aspects of preliminary and final design contract drawings and specifications.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet schedules and budgets for project deliverables on concurrent assignments and to appropriately prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of construction contract terms and conditions clauses (sometimes referred to as the front end or general conditions of the contract) relating to payment methods, time for completion, solicitation and funding variables, staging requirements and operational constraints required for the production of project manuals (contract books).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of organization and principles of technical specifications and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 3-part specification format.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, oral and collaborative skills, including demonstrated experience interacting with project stakeholders to achieve project goals, ability to receive and implement oral and written directions and to give clear direction, and demonstrated technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to effectively reach sound conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office suite at a basic-intermediate proficiency, especially Office 365, Word and Excel.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Familiarity with public agency procurement practices.
  • Professional Engineer's or Professional Architect's license issued by the State of New York or New Jersey.
  • Certification(s) from The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) - CDT, CCCA or CCS.
  • Demonstrated experience using Bluebeam Revu software for contract document commenting and collaboration.

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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