Freese and Nichols, Inc. Stormwater Design Manager/Program Manager in Houston, Texas

Freese and Nichols, Inc. is a professional consulting firm serving clients across the Southwest and Southeast United States. With sustainability in mind, Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages infrastructure projects. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Best Medium Workplaces – No. 10. For more information about Freese and Nichols, visit


We are currently searching for an experienced engineer to serve as a Design Program/Project Manager for stormwater design projects in our Houston Office.

  • Progressive anddocumented experience leading moderate to complex drainage design projects fora diverse client base.

  • Design oversightof various experience level staff, and coordination with other FNI technicaldisciplines including geotechnical, structural, and construction.

  • Leading thedesign and preparation of construction documents for complex stormwater andheavy civil engineering construction projects including earthen channels,concrete channels, detention/retention ponds, retaining walls, energydissipation structures, drainage pump stations, and roadway drainagedesign.

  • Documented experiencewith Harris County and Harris County Flood Control District as well as othermunicipal and county drainage entities.

  • Experience withclient coordination, analysis, report preparation, public meetings, anddevelopment of standard and non-standard construction documents is required.

  • Strong technicalwriting skills and a working knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.

  • Experience withwater quality, fluvial geomorphology, and large basin hydrologic/hydraulicmodeling and mapping is a plus.

  • Knowledgeablein erosion and sediment control criteria, stormwater management regulations,and permitting processes required.

  • Will be activelyinvolved in projects greater than 50% of their time.

  • Experience inmanaging all ranges of project size, preparing and maintaining projectschedules, tracking project financials, preparing status reports andinvoicing.

  • Technicalability to prepare feasibility studies.

  • Familiaritywith TCEQ dam safety requirements is a plus.

  • Strongcommunication skills (both verbal and written).

  • Ability to teach,coach and mentor less experienced engineers required.

  • Ability to workindependently as well as oversee the work of teams of professionals andtechnicians.

  • The role will encompassbusiness development activities, including proposal preparation and somemarketing activities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading the development of designplans, technical specifications, and cost estimates.

  • Serving as ProjectManager/Program Manager/Engineer of Record to lead the design and monitorprogress of projects.

  • Planning, scheduling, andexecuting engineering work for projects and serving as the liaison betweenclients, regulatory agencies, subconsultants, and design teams.

  • Resolving a variety of complexproblems, (i.e. conflicting design requirements, unsuitability ofconventional materials, difficult coordination requirements).


  • Bachelor’sDegree in Civil Engineering is required.

  • Registrationas a Professional Engineer in Texas is required.

  • 10+ years ofprogressive work experience in the design of stormwater infrastructure inthe areas of open channels, detention ponds, and energy dissipationstructures.

Freese and Nichols is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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