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Senior Project Controls Specialist

The Presidio Trust is seeking a Senior Project Controls Specialist.    An unusual federal agency, the Presidio Trust runs the only national park site that has to earn all our own revenue. Each year we earn in excess of $100 million by leasing over 700 former military buildings as homes and workspaces. We then invest that money into our historic forest, dunes, streams, trails and designed landscapes, into our hundreds of historic buildings, into our infrastructure, into visitor sites and programs, and into our people, to make this magnificent place come alive for our park visitors.


Our ideal candidate has demonstrated success in accurately estimating workload and establishing priorities that are vital to the success of the building, landscape, and infrastructure projects. You have a drive for excellence, a passion for natural resources, and land management, and historic building preservation, strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and an affable and charismatic sense of humor. You're well organized and comfortable with both strategic planning and leading/ supporting large and diverse high performing teams, and you will report directly to the Director of the Park Design and Construction Team.


Applications received by February 14Tht, 2020 will receive first consideration.


Job Overview

The Senior Project Controls Specialist is responsible for integrating cost estimating, budget analysis, and schedule control activities for projects that share dependencies across organizational and district boundaries; overseeing schedule development, maintenance, monitoring, and recovery plan development activities as well as project budget/actual monitoring; and for preparing, reviewing and presenting integrated budgets and schedules.  Provides project management services throughout the project phases in project planning, contracting design, pre-construction, construction and project closeout in a clean, safe, compliant and environmentally conscientious manner.   This role directly supervises one (1) or more Project Controls Specialist(s).



  • Serve as primary point of contact for providing project control management supports.
  • Apply construction experience and data to drive and support the project teams. 
  • Provide support and advice to upper management on all sort of project management activities
  • Direct and coordinate activities of project controls to ensure that goals or objectives of Trust are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Guide the project controls team in implementing processes to optimize efficiencies and conforming to quality.
  • Work with contractors and project managers to develop clear understanding of project scope and develop strategies for implementing a successful project.  
  • Work with subject matter experts (SME's) in estimating, scheduling, and risk management to ensure project objectives are met.
  • Provide assistance to project managers in project start up including charter and execution plan development and forecasting construction completion and budgeting.
  • Participate in pre-construction services, VE tool, bids/GMAX/contractors' evaluations. 
  • Monitor, track, analyze, forecast and report on project/contract schedules, budgets, estimates to complete, commitments, expenditures and project/contract progress.
  • Conduct financial analyses at the contract/project level and across all contracts/projects to identify trends, opportunities and risks. 
  • Monitor deviations to the project plan and schedule. Perform analysis of impacts due to changes in construction conditions to determine the time, value and merit of the change.
  • Assist in developing recovery plan for project problems and risk mitigation. 
  • Attend project meetings and discussions with the project team.  Participate in problems solving.
  • Review submitted schedules from contractors, A/E, and other consultants for compliance of Trust/contract requirements. 
  • Assist in managing field change order requests and approvals.
  • Document information, findings, observations, recommendations and oversee project records management activities; Assist in development of the Trust records retention schedule.
  • Manage and oversee all personnel and work activities in the project control group.
  • Assist in staffing plans for the department and assist in resources management.
  • Provide supervision, coaching, and provide on-job training to staff. 


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent experience.
  • Ten (10) years project controls experience, including scheduling and cost experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Project, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Experience with scheduling multiple, interrelated projects.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Possession of excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work closely with peers, management, external customers, and third-party consultants.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with Oracle is desirable.
  • Advanced Excel skills in formula, functions, macros, pivot table, and charting are desirable.


About the Park Development and Visitor Engagement Division

The Park Development and Visitor Engagement Division is dedicated to transforming the Presidio into a world-class national park that is a model of environmental leadership and welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds. This multi-talented division develops and implements innovative, efficient, and inclusive plans and guidelines that advance the Trust's mission and strategic goals. It develop and directs design and construction efforts that transform the Presidio's buildings, historic landscapes, natural areas, roads, trails, and utility infrastructure to support park preservation, public use, environmental remediation, and revenue generation. Working in close collaboration with our non-profit partners, National Park Services and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, it delivers an array of philanthropically-funded park projects. Finally, it provides a variety of engaging experiences that invite visitors to build a meaningful connection to the Presidio through self-guided adventures, site-based exhibitions, recreation and wellness activities, education programs, and signature events.


Background Investigation

The Presidio Trust has identified this position as subject to a standard employment background investigation which shall consist of a review of applicable county, state and Federal criminal and civil records, state bankruptcy indexes, driver's license, and a credit report. An individual's granting of a background investigation and resulting report is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of the investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete a background investigation.


Financial Disclosure

This position may require the completion of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report, both as a New Entrant into the position and annually thereafter. The purpose of the financial disclosure system is to assist employees and their agencies in avoiding conflicts between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations.​