MSA Professional Services, Inc

Project Manager – Public Works

Job Locations US-IA-Bettendorf
Type Full-Time
Public Works
Job Code


MSA has an opportunity for a Project Manager – Public Works at our Bettendorf, IA office location. You will have the opportunity to see, and contribute to, a mix of municipal and private projects from start to finish. The wide variety of projects you'll be working on make a significant and positive impact on quality of life for the communities we serve. The Project Manager is responsible for leading the project team to successfully deliver a high quality project to our client as well as manage the project financials and often serves as the outward facing primary point of contact.


Who we are & how we help
As a full-service, 100% employee-owned consulting firm, MSA is all about creating communities that thrive. We partner with clients to solve complex and multi-faceted challenges and improve the quality of infrastructure and neighborhoods. Our focus is to provide exceptional service that builds strong communities. Above all, MSA’s purpose is to enable people to positively impact the lives of others.


Our professionals include engineers, architects, environmental scientists, funding experts, urban planners, and surveyors to name a few, and they work together to provide a full suite of professional services to our clients. From bike trails and interstate highways to drinking water and wastewater, we have supported projects from start to finish since the 1930s.


Our core values guide our daily decisions and how we inspire, encourage and support one another.


Honesty & Integrity - We tell the truth, deal fairly with staff and clients, respect our commitments, and behave in an ethical manner.

Commitment to Learning - We support the professional growth of our staff and invest significant resources in ongoing training and technology.

Respect & Care for Employees - We promote employee wellness, personal growth, and provide a safe and respectful work environment.

Openness - We build trust with all employees through an open and informative company culture.

Client Focus - We enjoy our clients, seek to understand their needs, promptly respond to concerns, and help them reach their goals.


We are collaborative, we are impactful, and together as owners – we make a difference.


The work you will do

  • Write/review proposals and assist with business development and marketing activities such as attending meetings, interviews and industry conferences
  • Execute contracts for services with public and private clients by developing and assisting in the negotiations of the following:
    • Scoping of work including specific goals, deliverables, and exclusions.
    • Project budget/Project fee
    • Project schedule
  • Organize the best internal project team with the proper expertise to accomplish the work, the ideal project team could be large or small, local or widespread depending on workload and required project expertise
  • Lead the development of project plans, specifications and appropriate bid documents  
  • Maintain timely and appropriate communications with the project team and the client regarding routine project progress and items of special concern
  • Oversee the work of project team members, provide mentoring, timely feedback and technical guidance for municipal, transportation or environmental depending on your personal technical background or coordinate with other internal technical experts for required input
  • Monitor project progress regarding production of project deliverables, expenses, and the budget
  • Take timely and appropriate actions if concerns for quality, budget, schedule, etc. are identified
  • Assemble routine project updates for the client
  • Prepare and send invoices (typically monthly) to client
  • Responsible for ensuring that Project Quality Control measures are completed before deliverable is presented to client
  • Prepare project summaries and appropriate information to be used in future marketing endeavors
  • Administration of construction of municipal projects
  • Build on existing and establish new client relationships though regular interaction with city staff and elected officials


What you bring
Skills & Knowledge / Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering required
  • 10+ years of prior experience within the Iowa or Illinois Municipal market serving multiple clients required
  • PE required (IA and/or IL PE preferred)
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and clients required
  • Extensive knowledge of permitting and regulatory requirements in Iowa and/or Illinois
  • Knowledge and experience with various funding sources used by municipal clients is preferred
  • This position requires you to have authorization to work in the United States for any employer. We will not provide sponsorship for this position.


Who You Are:

  • You work well with others. You share ideas and listen with open ears. You can listen to criticism and respectfully disagree with people. You help others succeed. You are comfortable working with colleagues and with busy leaders. You love seeing the team and company succeed.
  • You are a strategic thinker. You see the big picture and the details. You help your team see opportunities, focus on goals, and make paths to success.
  • You are a confident communicator. You can explain complicated things to people in a way that they can understand. You are confident in your communication and people have confidence in what you say.
  • You think like an analyst. You know how to dig into problems, ask questions, find information, and help your team make good decisions.


We tried to narrow it down to just 5 reasons to work at MSA, but we couldn’t stop ourselves! 
All employees have the opportunity to enjoy the following perks:

  • Collaborative work environment
  • Opportunities to apply your skills and experiences with an established multi-disciplinary consulting firm
  • Support of over 350 close-knit professionals working toward the same common goal
  • Co-workers with a passion for what they do
  • Casual and flexible work environment
  • Competitive pay and perks
  • Communities of Practice to share information and provide mentoring opportunities
  • Work-life integration – we support a healthy work-life balance, with flexibility to help you meet your obligations
  • Internal and external training opportunities
  • STEM outreach and volunteer opportunities


Eligible employees will have the opportunity to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage that start on your hire date (no waiting period!)
  • 8 paid holidays in a calendar year
  • Paid parental leave
  • 100% paid-by-company life insurance, long-term disability and short-term disability
  • Employee ownership – MSA is 100% employee owned! The ESOP model provides employees with ownership benefits and the opportunity to have your voice heard.
  • 401k retirement plan with generous employer match

MSA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in its workforce. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class.


Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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