Jacobs Deputy Program Manager in Atlanta, Georgia

Deputy Program Manager


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

Our team has an immediate need for an experienced Deputy Project Manager (DPM) for the Atlanta, GA office. This is a program-level manager ensuring alignment of scope, schedule, budget, and quality expectations over a complex program; overseeing and coordinating a broad range of planning and design projects within a specific corridor to ensure that the projects meet established criteria and standards; coordinating program-level direction and communications consistently and proactively across many stakeholders, both internal and public; and adjusting resources to address needs as the program evolves. Conducts complex studies, prepares reports, and advises on feasibility, cost effectiveness, and regulatory conformance of long- and short-range strategic plans, proposals, special projects, or ongoing programs providing technical consultation and utilizing technical expertise. Performs project management functions when necessary.

  • Perform work which involves complex and unconventional types of plans, investigations, surveys, with complex features for which there may be no precedents.

  • Provide technical expertise in the preparation of feasibility studies and reports in coordination with other project engineers and/or planners.

  • Prepare submittal documents to obtain approvals.

  • Meet with reviewers to obtain project approvals and coordinate plan changes with engineers.

  • Prepare policy language.

  • Provides critical analysis of complex issues and makes recommendations for resolution of project issues.

  • Identify planning strategies using software to manipulate data and assess scenarios.

  • Prepare presentations and assist in public facilitation.

  • Works directly with clients to solicit and assess planning needs.

  • Prepare fee proposals, develop work plans, and coordinate planning efforts to support project management.

  • May direct and review the work of other less experienced Planners, Engineers, and Technicians.


  • Advanced understanding of FHWA Major Project Requirements, FHWA Cost Estimate Review process, Risk Assessment / Mitigation, and the ability to make recommendations for prioritization of improvements based on improved mobility, reductions in congestion, improved safety and improved connectivity.

  • Licensed PE (not required to be in GA, but should be in at least one state)

  • 5-10 years minimum experience managing Design Build (DB) General Engineering Consulting (GEC). Owner side experience on DB is a plus, but not a substitute for private sector management experience. An understanding of policies is essential. This should include multiple projects managed (2-5 GECs).

  • Must be able to demonstrate a history of successfully working with an Owner’s Representative / Program Management Consultant (PMC) for a State Department of Transportation or Toll Road Agency. Direct experience as an Owner’s Representative or PMC for a Department of Transportation or Toll Road Agency in any State is an acceptable substitute.

  • Coordination with other consultants on multiple and / or adjacent projects is required.

  • Understanding of budgets, billability goals, staffing, earned value and managing people.

  • Understanding of scope that may include, but is not limited to: PRE-LET concept, costing plans, survey & mapping, environmental documents and related studies, public involvement, traffic studies and analysis, drainage, MS4, geotechnical investigations, utilities, DB / Public Private Partnership (P3) procurement support, as well as; POST-LET P3 developer submittal reviews, environmental re-evaluation, environmental permit reviews and utility coordination support. Scope may also include Owner’s Verification Construction Engineering & Support.

  • Understanding of how to deliver FHWA classified Major Projects on time, on budget and with high quality from project initiation through project completion

  • Understanding of unique delivery challenges of DB projects and how mitigate these challenges (environmental clearance, historic neighborhoods, limited construction budget, maintenance of traffic, stakeholder coordination / alignment). The candidate DPM should highlight any specific qualifications, skills, knowledge of the project, understanding of delivery challenges, and experience with alternative project delivery which may uniquely benefit the project.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of the DBE mentoring process on the project.

  • Ability to make reasonable / feasible recommendations to improve the preliminary concept design for a complex interstate project. They should be able to succinctly explain their assessment approach and prioritization factors and process. Capable of taking an integrated approach for an accelerated NEPA process from beginning through Record of Decision. They should be able to articulate specific strategies to complete NEPA in an accelerated schedule (24-27 months) while meeting all local, regional, state and federal requirements. The DPM should have an integrated approach to public involvement, stakeholder outreach, and general communications during the pre-let phase of project delivery.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Georgia-Atlanta

Req ID: BIA000181