Water Resources Client Team Leader / Senior Project Manager
Portland, OR 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

DEA's Portland, OR office is currently hiring for an experienced Water Resources Client Team Leader / Senior Project Manager in our Water and Environment Business Unit. DEA's Water Resources Group continues to grow in technical expertise and is looking for someone who can market these skills to current and potential clients. Typical Water Resource projects may include

  • Surface and stormwater management
  • Hydrologic/hydraulic analyses in support of culvert/bridge design, scour analyses, floodplain modeling, and permitting
  • Riparian restoration design
  • Fish passage design

The primary focus for this position will be to grow our Oregon Water Resources Market and lead Water Resource projects. The responsibilities for this role will be diverse and will include participating in both business development activities and project management.

Client Team Leader responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for the full relationship and overall client experience of clients in the Water Resources market
  • Develop significant new business, lead client teams and cross-business unit selling, assess client technology trends, and perform client sales forecasting
  • Manage the overall client experience and build, maintain, and deepen the client relationships
  • Monitor project manager performance on their client's projects
  • Conduct client experience surveys
  • Coach project managers on client expectations and provide feedback on project manager and delivery team performance, including removing underperforming project managers or staff
  • Engage in project recovery and supports collections as needed
  • Identify and pursue Water Resource-specific project opportunities
  • Make go/ no-go decisions and determine pursuit staffing and teaming partners
  • Responsible for client profitability, favorable contract terms, revenue forecasting, and the client sales result

Project Manager responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a pursuit champion and project manager as appropriate for Water Resource projects
  • Ensure excellence in project execution for on-time, on-budget deliverables of a quality that meet or exceed the industry's standard of care
  • Provide design leadership and guidance to project teams and staff. Review engineering documents and deliverables for compliance with contractual requirements as part of DEA's Quality Management requirements
  • Work with the Water Resources Practice and Group Leaders to ensure office resources are available to complete existing project work as well as work committed to in proposals
  • Attract, develop, and retain key talent; set expectations and manage performance
  • Partner with Water Resources staff to support employee development and career growth opportunities for project delivery staff
  • Work with the Water Resources Practice and Group Leaders to ensure the Business Unit metrics and DEA's stated key results are met, including, but not limited to: sales, backlog, growth, utilization, accounts receivable, employee satisfaction, team satisfaction, client satisfaction, profit, at-work revenue factor, operating income, and days sales outstanding
  • Adhere to firmwide tools, processes, and policies including project accounting (set up, budgeting, etc.), contracting, and quality requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Civil Engineering with emphasis in stormwater management and/or water resource design
  • Registered Engineer in Oregon
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 15+ years of experience as a hydrology and hydraulic design engineer working on water resource design, stream restoration, and fish passage projects
  • 5+ years in a business development role with clients in the Oregon market

Preferred Qualifications

  • 20+ years of experience
  • Registered Engineer in Washington
  • Experience working with Departments of Transportation, local municipalities and utilities, and local, state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Familiarity with GIS
  • Storm and surface water master planning
  • Proficient in Microstation Inroads Storm and Sanitary, Civ3D, CivilStorm, StormShed, MGSFlood, SRH2D, HEC-RAS2D, HY-8, and Excel


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings and Lifestyle Spending Account with employer contribution
  • Support for continuing education and training opportunities
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule
  • Holistic Wellbeing Program with a focus on physical, emotional, financial, career and community health
  • Opportunity for growth with support and mentoring to help with professional goals

DEA Inc. is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
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