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November 29, 2018

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


Port of New Bedford

Director of Engineering and Operations Position Description

A. Function

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.

B. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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.

Work is subject to unforeseen situations and emergencies. Employee is required to frequently work outside of normal business hours and may be contacted at any time to respond to emergency or operational situations. Employee uses judgment and ingenuity to accomplish objectives and to deal with new or unusual requirements. Employee has frequent contact with the public, government employees and the media.

The duties listed above are intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

C. Qualifications and Knowledge (preferred)

1. M.G.L. Chapter 91 – Public Waterfront Act

2. M.G.L. Chapter 131 §40 – Wetlands Protection Act

3. M.G.L. Chapter 30 §39M – Procuring Public Works Construction Services

4. 29 CFR 1917 – OSHA Safety Regulations for Marine Terminals

5. 29 CFR 1926 – OSHA Safety & Health Regulations for Construction

6. US EPA State Enhanced Remedy (SER)

7. Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering

8. Extensive knowledge of principles and practices of dredging

9. Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of civil engineering data, to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

10. Excellent oral and written communications

D. Experience and Education

Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in Engineering, Project Management, Planning or a related discipline. At least four years of full-time supervisory technical or professional experience in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, dredging, survey, design, transportation, hydraulics, structural, sanitary, drafting, environmental, highway, architectural, airport, soils and materials.

Licenses, Training and Certifications

1. Current or the ability to obtain MA Driver’s License– Required

2. Proficiency in Word and Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel - Required

3. Engineer-In-Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer (PE) License – Preferred

4. Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification – Preferred

5. Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officer (MCPPO) – Preferred

E. Salary Range

$70,000-$90,000, depending on qualifications.

F. Physical Requirements

Some of the employee’s time is expected to be outdoors, employee will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, extremes of heat and cold, moving mechanical parts, toxic chemicals and other dangerous conditions.

1. Periods supervising and inspecting marine infrastructure projects and dredging operations in New Bedford Harbor including activities in extremely adverse weather conditions may be required.

2. Extended periods at computer terminal, telephone, operating office machines requiring eye‐hand coordination and finger dexterity.

3. Travel to other ports, exhibitions and trade shows.

4. May be require to lift, move and/or push object which weigh 50 pounds or more as well as climb, stoop, craw and kneel for extended periods of time.

The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the NBPA and the employee and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

The following information will be provided to applicants

Position Search

The NBPA is seeking to retain a Director of Engineering and Operations. The selected candidate will be an employee of the NBPA, and will be responsible for running its day to day operations within the Port and short term and long term maintenance of port vehicles, vessels and facilities.

As an employee of the NBPA, the Director of Engineering and Operations is subject to the guidelines for employees which can be found at

Given the nature and range of relationships that the Director of Engineering and Operations must establish and maintain a collaborative and relationship-based leadership style is necessary to succeed, considering much of what needs to be accomplished must be done through influence, not authority.

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.

Instructions for Applicants

Applicants should send a completed Application for Employment available at: portofnewbedford.organd a cover letter and a resume by email to:

Edward Anthes-Washburn

Executive Director

New Bedford Port Authority

52 Fisherman’s Wharf

New Bedford, MA 02740

The cover letter or resume should reflect the applicant’s qualifications as set forth in the Position Description. Interviews, reference checks, and job related tests may be required. Writing samples reflecting the applicant’s qualifications and experience are encouraged. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position will remain open until filled. A CORI (Criminal Offender Record Investigation) review will be conducted prior to selection. The NBPA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

NBPA Mission Statement

The New Bedford Port Authority’s primary charge is to support the Port of New Bedford through the implementation of best management practices over port resources and the development of economic growth strategies. To this end, it is the goal of the New Bedford Port Authority to keep New Bedford on top as the #1 U.S. fishing port, expand existing businesses and capitalize on new opportunities that will maximize the port’s potential as an economic engine to create jobs and strengthen the New Bedford economy. More information about the NBPA is available at

Overview of the New Bedford Port Authority

Since 1957, the NBPA has managed all City-owned waterfront property in New Bedford harbor, including Homer’s, Leonard’s, Steamship, Coal Pocket, and Fisherman’s Wharves, as well as a 198-slip recreational marina at Pope’s Island and 19 real estate assets. The NBPA also assigns moorings and enforces rules regarding use of piers, wharves, and adjacent parking areas under its jurisdiction, and issues permits for harbor events and for use of city-owned waterfront facilities.

The NBPA represents a wide array of harbor interests, and one of its primary roles is to support economic development along the waterfront. For over 60 years, the NBPA has overseen private

development on the waterfront and has actively developed locations for marine industrial use, including North Terminal, South Terminal, and the New Bedford Ferry Terminal at State Pier. The NBPA assesses user charges and fees for vessels and businesses that use its facilities. The NBPA also leases properties, usually involving long-term arrangements. These revenues are used to operate and maintain the City’s waterfront property. The NBPA receives no money from the general fund to support its operations.

“For A World Connected By Water”

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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