Director, Capital Projects

  • 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact. 

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 

  Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 

  Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

  Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

  Benefits - We care about your well being.

Agency Description

The mission of the Department of Commerce is to ensure that Philadelphia is a globally competitive city to which employers flock, entrepreneurs thrive, and innovation abounds; to recruit and retain a diverse set of businesses; to foster economic opportunities for all Philadelphians in all neighborhoods; and to partner with workforce development programs and local businesses on talent development ensuring that all Philadelphians can find and retain living-wage jobs. The Department’s Office of Neighborhood Economic Development (ONED) identifies and develops programs to revitalize neighborhoods and spur small business growth.

Job Description

The Director, Capital Projects will manage implementation of Neighborhood Commercial Corridors streetscape projects funded through the City of Philadelphia’s annual Capital Program, provide oversight of other commercial corridor and public space improvement initiatives, and other Commerce Department City Capital Program projects.

Essential Functions

General Duties of ONED unit staff:

  • Teamwork within the Department of Commerce, other City departments, and partner agencies and organizations.
  • Contributing information and recommendations to strategies for ONED, Department of Commerce, and neighborhood efforts.
  • Resolving problems and determining system improvements.
  • Preparing project presentations and reports using all appropriate software.
  • Drafting status reports, talking points, statements and other work product as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned. Minimal night and weekend work may be required.

Duties of this position:

The Director, Capital Projects will manage implementation of Neighborhood Commercial Corridors streetscape projects funded through the City of Philadelphia’s annual Capital Program and provide support to initiatives implemented by the ONED Commercial Corridor Development Team.

This individual will lead the Department’s efforts to identify and prioritize potential projects, report on outcomes, prepare the Department’s annual capital budget request, and manage streetscape projects through the design and construction phases.

Tasks include the following:

  • Work with Commerce staff and agency partners to prioritize candidate projects.
  • Advance neighborhood commercial corridor projects through design phase by ensuring that consultant contractors funded by Commerce work efficiently to complete required design and secure approvals.
  • Coordinate between local commercial corridor stakeholders and Commerce’s implementing partners to ensure local input on final design.
  • Work with the City Office of Budget and Program Evaluation to ensure the timely funding of contracts awarded to design consultants, general contractors and implementing partners.
  • Attend construction progress meetings and ensure coordination with and communication to neighborhood property owners and businesses, working in partnership with local commercial corridor organizations.
  • Document and report on the status and outcomes of capital projects.
  • Enter and document projects and track available capital funding using Quickbase database applications.
  • Work closely with our implementation partners including the Streets Department, Philadelphia Water Department, the Office of Transportation and Utilities and PIDC. 
  • Assist Commerce Communications staff with social media content, press releases and events to highlight project successes.
  • Prepare the Department’s Annual Capital Budget Request.
  • Serve as a liaison to organizations such as the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, PIDC, the Schuykill River Development Corporation and the Delaware River City Corporation who implement capital projects using City capital funding administered by the Commerce Department.
  • Assist with other Commercial Corridor and public space projects and programs, including the Business Security Camera Program, the Storefront Improvement Program, Business Improvement Districts, and Clean Corridors.
  • Coordinate with other Commerce staff on economic development efforts such as corridor management, business attraction, real estate development, etc.


Qualifications (Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or a graduate degree in business administration, public administration, architecture, urban planning, economic development, or related field is preferred.
  • Education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: construction project management, business administration, finance, public administration, city planning, management of a non-profit agency, architecture, historic preservation, public relations, promotions, and special event coordination.
  • Minimum of four years public sector economic or community development experience.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Deputy Director of Commerce.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Key Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work with individuals across different disciplines, across a range of City Departments and community-based organizations.
  • Ability to work effectively with ethnically and economically diverse populations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with technical professionals as well as Philadelphia neighborhood residents and business owners.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, including attention to detail and abilities to prioritize tasks and keep multiple tasks moving simultaneously.
  • Candidates must be energetic, well organized, flexible and convey a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

Knowledge of:

  • Physical, social and economic structure of the City of Philadelphia.
  • The organization, functions, procedures and resources of City Council, agencies, boards, and commissions, quasi-governmental agencies and private organizations engaged in local economic development programs.
  • Project planning and project management methods.
  • The steps and processes involved in planning and executing a construction project.
  • The steps and processes involved in hiring and managing consultant contractors.
  • The principles and practices of contract development, negotiation, administration, and control.

Ability to:

  • Present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze complex problems and reach sound conclusions.
  • Convene and lead working groups and enlist support and cooperation in the implementation of economic development projects and activities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, governmental agencies, civic, community and business groups and the general public.
  • Employ strong time management and organizational skills. This position requires attention to detail and management of multiple tasks and deadlines. 
  • Foreign language proficiency a plus, in particular Spanish, French, Creole, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic or Russian.
  • Manage data and report on outcomes using database management programs including Quickbase and MS Access.
  • ArcGIS/QGIS skills are a plus.

Additional Information

Salary: $70,040

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available 

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: