Channel Development Business Coordinator

Port Of Houston Authority   •  

Houston, TX

Industry: Technology


5 - 7 years

Posted 172 days ago

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Business Need / Purpose of Role

The Channel Development Business Coordinator assists in the management of Port Authority-owned submerged land and placement area assets and policy, including submerged land leases associated with marine construction permits, barge fleeting, submerged land environmental uses, and beneficial use of dredged material.

Develops and manages Port Houston policies and practices regarding effective and expanded use of assets. Coordinates pipeline crossings, requests for marine construction permits, use of dredged material placement areas, and subsurface investigations in support of industrial development.

Assists in coordinating U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities and Federal Emergency Management Agency requests for public assistance. Supports business plan development for optimizing economic value of channel and placement area related assets for the benefit of the Port, port users and other 3rd Parties.

Focus areas include optimizing economic value of submerged lands, private placement of dredged material, enabling pipeline and marine construction permits, and other opportunities involving public or private stakeholders and interested parties. We are seeking a candidate that will display attention to detail, commitment, professionalism, and sense of urgency

Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities


  • Execute requests for requests for licenses, marine construction permits, and dredged material placement agreements, including renewals and amendments
  • Assist in managing short and long-range projects related to the Port Authority submerged land and barge fleeting programs
  • Lead public outreach on the submerged land leasing programs in coordination with Community Relations and Marketing/External Communications departments
  • Evaluate projects to assess impacts to Port Authority upland property and submerged lands, as well as navigation, commerce, and riparian property rights, including the review and interpretation of engineering drawings and hydrographic and land surveys
  • Prepare, negotiate, and administer leases, licenses and permits approved by the Port Commission
  • Originate, review and revise requests for Port Commission approval
  • Assist in coordinating U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities, including Section 408 Real Estate Outgrants
  • Assist in facilitating FEMA requests for public assistance from channel users
  • Originate, review and revise Requests for Port Commission approval
  • Manage quality control procedures to ensure appropriate documentation is received, invoicing is generated, and legal documents are produced
  • Utilize geographic information systems (GIS) and various internal and external databases to research and resolve submerged land use and ownership issues
  • Conduct research and perform field inspections to ensure compliance with regulatory program requirements
  • Develop standards and procedures for environmental uses of Port Houston submerged lands, including third-party restoration, aquaculture, and environmental mitigation projects
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of the federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations affecting Port Houston’s channel development and regulatory compliance programs
  • Provide assistance to stakeholders for upland issues related to submerged land uses, including special federal and state programs
  • Manage and monitor funds, review revenue reports, and manage invoicing and refund requests for deposits and fees
  • Develop analytic business cases for new opportunities
  • Coordinate impact of changes to federal channel with marine terminals
  • Provide customer service to clients and applicants by various means, including meetings
  • Act in accordance with Port Houston core values (respect, excellence, accountability, diligence, and you)
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Coordinate and lead project review meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead interagency coordination for Port Houston proposed projects to ensure permitting requirements are met
  • Integrate barge fleeting and other submerged land leases into department geographic information systems (GIS) by monitoring databasesecurity and integrity, maintaining current records, communicating user requirements and issues, and assisting with database development and maintenance
  • Analyze and interpret real estate and legal documents for compliance with deed provisions and legal requirements
  • Perform audits of marine construction programs and associated leases, and coordinate with Internal Audit, Accounting, and Legal departments to resolve issues
  • Participate in the preparation and management of annual program budget
  • Act as liaison with state and local agencies to assure consistent and cooperative application of policy and regulatory compliance; research current developments and assess potential impacts on Port Houston policy and procedures
  • Represent Port Houston on relevant industry committees and work groups
  • Conduct briefings to the general public and staff on technical issues and department activities

Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications


  • Port Houston is committed to safety. All employees must follow all safety procedures and take all safety precautions to ensure freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss at all times;
  • Employees are responsible for understanding and following all laws and regulations applicable to their job responsibilities;
  • Exhibits a can-do attitude that is positive, supportive and cooperative;
  • Must be detail oriented, through and accurate, and have the ability to efficiently solve problems;
  • Takes responsibility and accountability for actions;
  • Demonstrates ability to adapt and embrace change;
  • Must have ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively across organizational boundaries to accomplish goals;
  • Strong planning and organization skills; ability to multitask and be a self-starter
  • Organizational skills (prioritize, plan, assign, control);
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements and the importance of Port Houston’s role in fostering business and economic activity in the community;
  • Knowledge of Port Houston navigation needs and concerns;
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that affect the planning for submerged land and adjacent industrial property uses, riparian rights, NEPA, permits, departmental manuals and special legislation;
  • Knowledge of Public Trust Doctrine;
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of land use planning and submerged lands related to industrial use, minerals and cultural resources;
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations for pipeline placement;
  • Knowledge of private dredging requirements;
  • Knowledge of dredging and dredged material placement area processes;
  • Skill in negotiating large contracts and agreements;
  • Must have excellent computer skills including the Microsoft Applications;
  • Must exhibit the Port Houston Corporate Values and incorporate them into work activities and initiatives: Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Diligence and Customer Focus.

Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, or related major in a public or accredited private academic institution required
  • Master’s degreepreferred
  • 5+ years of related environmental, regulatory, or project management experiencerequired
  • Project management certification preferred