Director of Planning and Project Management

Job Locations US-DC
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/9/2022 1:29 PM)
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Planning and leading implementation of the revitalization of the C&O Canal in Georgetown is one of the most exciting opportunities to do impactful placemaking and park development in the Washington region.  Georgetown Heritage seeks an experienced Director of Planning and Project Management to continue organizing and leading the planning, repair, and reimagination of the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Georgetown while also helping manage the organization’s board, committees, and staff, and be a public face of the project. The position reports to the CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District and works closely with the Georgetown Heritage Board Chair, Committee Chairs, and other professional staff. This is the lead staff position working solely for Georgetown Heritage and this position helps manage the rest of the Georgetown Heritage staff.


The job requires demonstrated experience in the fields of planning and development project management with familiarity with architecture and construction. Strong leadership and organizational skills, passion, vision, creativity, enthusiasm and dedication are essential tools for this position.  Experience working with government entities, especially the National Park Service, is a plus. This is a dream job for someone who wants to play a central role in the planning and implementation of a once-in-a-lifetime park redevelopment project running through the heart of Georgetown in the Nation’s Capital.


Planning & Project Management:

  • Serve as the Owner’s Representative for Georgetown Heritage in connection with the Georgetown Canal Plan.
  • Conduct design research.
  • Prepare and review project schedules, critical path schedules, and gantt charts.
  • Prepare and review project budgets and receive and process contractor/consultant invoices and applications for payment.
  • Coordinate and communicate across multi-disciplined architect and engineer (A/E) teams.
  • Prepare and review cost estimates and provide value engineering recommendations.
  • Negotiate, award, and administer multiple contracts with a wide-range of consultant-disciplines including the preparation and review of RFP’s, SOW’s, contract specifications, etc. Responsible for pre-bid meetings, meeting minutes and technical reports as required.
  • Prepare and review construction documents and specifications.
  • Perform Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC).

Construction Administration

  • Review construction plans, construction processes and sequencing, procedures, and contractor’s means and methods.
  • Review Submittals.
  • Respond to Request for Information (RFIs).
  • Process Change Orders (COs).
  • Perform Inspections.
  • Provide on-site project coordination and monitoring.
  • Facilitate and participate in pre-construction meetings and produce meeting minutes.
  • Manage and mitigate construction, scheduling, and cost-escalation risks.
  • Document and record work performed throughout the construction process to ensure compliance with contract documents.
  • Provide direction to contractors through the appropriate channels.
  • Ensure conformance to building and construction safety regulation, to include OSHA.
  • Create, coordinate, and review punch lists.

Compliance & Historic Preservation

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • NPS NEPA Handbook (NPS 2015)
  • National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) & Section 106
  • Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  • NPS Director’s Order #12: Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-Making (NPS 2011)
  • National Capital Planning Commission’s (NCPC) Environmental and Historic Preservation Policies and Procedures (NCPC 2004)
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990
  • Regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] 1500-1508)

Permitting & Approvals: Coordinate all local and federal permitting with the NPS partners including, but not limited to:

  • Old Georgetown Board (OGB)
  • Commission of Fine Arts (CFA)
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
  • District’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
  • District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
  • District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT)

Consultant Management

  • Landscape Architects
  • Architects
  • Structural Engineers
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Geo-Technical Engineers
  • General Contractors
  • Operations And Maintenance Consultants
  • Cost Estimators
  • Compliance And Historical Preservation Consultants
  • Revenue Generation Consultants

Stakeholder Coordination & Facilitation

  • National Park Service: C&O Canal NHP, Rock Creek Park, Region 1: National Capital Area Washington Office, Denver Service Center
  • District of Columbia Office of Planning, Department of Energy and Environment and Department of Transportation
  • Georgetown Business Improvement District
  • Consulting Parties and other engaged stakeholders to include but not limited to:
    • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2E)
    • Citizen Association of Georgetown (CAG)
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
    • Potomac Boat Club
    • Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park
    • Other stakeholders from the business and residential communities

Administrative Management

  • Provide monthly reports to the Georgetown Heritage Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Develop Department Fiscal Year Budgets
  • Support the management and oversight of other Georgetown Heritage staff
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience in the fields of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, engineering is required.
  • Relevant experience managing complex, large-scale development projects and construction processes on time and on budget
  • Exceptional leadership and organizational skills with a demonstrated history of effectively collaborating with and influencing governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders. Prior experience working with the National Park Service is a plus.
  • Senior level communication skills and the ability to advance Georgetown Heritage’s interest with external stakeholders. Facilitation skills are a plus.
  • Attributes for success include a can-do attitude with the creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication to make it happen.
  • Preferred knowledge of and familiarity with building and construction codes, rules and best practices, including those of the National Park Service, Historic Preservation and AIA.
  • Experience working with construction management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is a plus.


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