Construction Manager

City of Kalispell   Kalispell, MT   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on October 14, 2021
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Class Title: Construction Manager
Department: Public Works
Union: Non-Union
Salary Range: $58,669 - $75,102 DOQ
Benefits: 100% paid health insurance for employee & reduced rates for
dependents. State retirement plan, 3-weeks’ vacation, paid sick leave, 10
State and Federal holidays. This position may be participating in a
*VEBA program.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: August 18, 2021

The Construction Manager acts as a liaison between the City of Kalispell and private contractors, developers, and engineers to ensure the requirements of the Standards for Design and Construction (City Standards) are met for City’s infrastructure constructed by private developers. The Construction Manager is responsible to schedule and coordinate field work of city staff (valve operations, testing, flushing, inspections, etc.) as required for successful completion of private development.

Additionally, the Construction Manager reviews approved plans, reviews specifications, and design reports to verify construction is completed as designed and approved. The Construction Manager will perform field observations of work in progress, note deficiencies, and resolve construction problems by working with the design engineer and contractor to identify solutions which meet the minimum standards of the City. The Construction Manager also manages and administers permits, as assigned, for the Public Works Department.

Work assignments are made orally and in writing. The Construction Manager is expected to communicate clearly and professionally and have the ability to work well with others. Work is performed with considerable independence in judgment and decision making within established policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and guidelines. Work is reviewed through observation, meetings, periodic written and oral reports and by results obtained.

Works under general supervision of the City Engineer.

Supervises the activities of staff as assigned.

• Provides city oversight for private projects which install new city infrastructure or
connect to or modify existing city infrastructure.
• Performs day to day contract administration for assigned city funded construction
contracts and projects.
• Reviews materials, submittals, and construction for compliance with the Construction Standards, approvals, and project specifications.
• Schedules and conducts pre-bid, pre-construction and progress meetings with contractors, consultants, and staff to answer questions and resolve issues.
• Reviews, schedules, and coordinates field work for city staff (valve operations, testing, flushing, inspections, etc.) as required for completion of private development.
• Monitors the status of project completion and ensures warranty and bonding requirements are continuously met.
• Reviews proposed traffic control plans and modifications to approved traffic control plans.
• Coordinates with other agencies as necessary in regard to private development oversight.
• Reviews contractor and engineer’s records, daily logs and diaries and all other pertinent information necessary to ensure that all work has been performed in accordance with all City requirements.
• Witnesses in-field infrastructure testing and reviews the results of field and laboratory testing.
• Verifies project compliance with ADA/PROWAG requirements within city rights-ofway.
• Notes and communicates material and workmanship deficiencies for City infrastructure and ensures deficient construction items are removed and replaced in accordance with City Standards.
• Professionally communicates and assists to resolve construction problems.
• Maintains construction diaries and project logs. Utilizes the City’s GIS integrated permit and asset management software for project documentation including inspections, record keeping, correspondence, etc.
• Monitors work sites to ensure safe practices are followed at all times.
• Reviews and verifies that contractor and engineer records faithfully reflect the required quality control and quality assurance testing, clearly identify test locations, and that all test results are available for City review and verification on demand.
• Reviews and approves Engineering Record Drawings.
• Keeps the City Engineer informed and updated on the status of projects and assignments.
• Reviews, approves, and manages permits for the Department of Public Works including Right-of-Way Permits, Encroachment Permits, Sidewalk Occupancy Permits, Bus Stops, Parklet Permits, and other permits as developed and assigned.
• Performs site inspections prior to and following construction activities to document the conditions of city and private infrastructure and to protect the same.

• Responds to inquiries and concerns of citizens and the business community relative to city rules, regulations, ordinances, and the status of projects.
• Provides support to city staff and the general public.
• Other duties as assigned.


1. Education and Experience:

Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil engineering or construction management.

Construction experience with water utilities, sanitary sewer utilities, and storm sewer utilities construction, streets, sidewalks, and other municipal infrastructure.

Five years supervisory or oversite experience in the construction, operation, or management of public works infrastructure, including water, sewer, storm, roadways, and other public infrastructure.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience that will provide the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities.

2. Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Knowledge of the basic principles of construction engineering as related to design and construction of public works facilities and projects.
• Knowledge of methods, materials and inspection techniques employed in public works infrastructure construction.
• Knowledge of City, State and Federal Construction Standards.
• Knowledge of the geography of the City.
• Knowledge of occupational safety and health practices.
• Proficiency in math and writing.
• Skill in working with coworkers, property owners, contractors, and consultants.
• Skill in professional communication, both orally and in writing.
• Skill in the review and interpretation of plans, reports, and specifications.
• Skill with asset and permit management software.
• Ability to keep organized records and daily reports.
• Ability to comprehend and use the City’s asset and permit management software.
• Ability to use Microsoft Office products efficiently and effectively (Word, Excel, Teams, OneNote, Outlook, etc.).


Ability to maintain composure and professionalism under pressure.


Desktop computer, laptop, iPad, calculator, digital level, tape measure, city vehicle, phone, etc. Software including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Teams, OneNote, Outlook, etc.), CityWorks, BlueBeam.

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands to operate, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and far vision and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed both in the field and in the office. Noise levels in the office are usually low to moderate. Noise levels in the field may be substantial due to the operation of construction equipment and the motoring public.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only 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.

Kalispell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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

*VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association) is a tax-exempt health reimbursement account used by employees and their eligible dependent to pay for eligible medical expenses. The plan is funded by an employee’s sick and/or vacation banked hours upon leaving City employment.

Posting Date: October 11, 2021
Closing Date: Open until filled with preference given to those who apply by October 29.

Only Candidates Selected for Interviews Will Be Contacted

A City Application Can Be Obtained From:
• The Human Resources Department with the City of Kalispell, 201 1st Ave East
• The Kalispell Job Service, 427 1st Ave East, Phone: (406)758-6200 or;
• Online at the City of Kalispell Website at:

City of Kalispell

201 1st Ave East
Kalispell , MT