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Organization:  City of South Padre Island
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Director Public Works
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Texas (TX)
City:  South Padre Island
Post Code:  Deadline (6/23/2014 at 10:00am)
Salary and Benefits:  DOQ (Excellent Benefit Package)

To apply for this positon you must submit a City of South Padre Island Appplication form and resume to:

City of South Padre Island

Att: HR

4601 Padre Blvd

South Padre Island, TX 78597

FAX: (956) 761-3888  or email to employment@myspi.org

The application, job posting and job description can be found on the City website at www.myspi.org

Deadline to apply for this position is June 23rd, 2014 at 10:00am.

Position Title: City Engineer Position Code:

Department: Public Works

FLSA Status: Exempt

Emergency Status: Emergency Essential

Organization: City of South Padre Island

Address: 4601 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Work Location: South Padre Island Municipal Complex

Web Address: www.MySPI.org


Supervisor: Assistant City Manager

Direct Reports: none

Position Purpose

This is a highly skilled position, which requires the ability to develop, assess, recommend and implement engineering principles as necessary for municipal operations. Must be able to execute a wide spectrum of City engineering projects using the professional engineering methods and procedures. The City Engineer will oversee all capital projects, right of way acquisitions, subdivision processes and Inspections and all engineering services among the City Departments.

Essential Functions:

Prepares plans, maps, notes, specifications, cost estimates and other engineering documents for utility projects, street construction, municipal structures and other projects.

Performs special studies and research related to City projects.

Develops presentations for City Boards, Commissions and City Council as needed.

Assists City Manager in the selection of architectural and engineering consultants for City projects as required and reviews/makes recommendations of the submittals for compliance with state and local standards and accepted practice.

Oversees bidding, competency of contractors and vendors, and the selection criteria for public contracts, and oversees project management for the construction of municipal projects to ensure contractor compliance with time and budget parameters.

Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, City, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding division activities and services, and coordinates activities related to development of land and utilities for optimum results.

Oversees review of applications for right-of-way permits and makes recommendations to approving authorities.

Maintains information related to the Capital Improvement Program, and other plans related to the municipal infrastructure, including storm drainage, street system, related data bases and comprehensive plans.

Coordinates activities of water distribution, wastewater collection, street construction, maintenance, and electrical distribution network with Laguna Madre Water District, American Electric Power, and telecommunication providers.

Subdivision plat review to include coordination with Development Director to ensure compliance with City standards. .

Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects, and reviews private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans, working with other professional and technical staff and consultants as necessary.

Recommends, develops, implements and maintains advancements in technology related to operations which will provide optimum results in GIS, data base management and sharing, records storage and retention, and other related elements that will improve service to both the internal and external customer.

Assist with coastal engineering projects.

Demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities in maintaining harmony within the Public Works Department.

Secondary Functions:

Performs all other duties as assigned.Attendance and participation in committee and board meetings, including but not limited to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Development Standards and Review Task Force and Shoreline Task Force, when items related to public works or engineering are on the agenda and when requested.

Capital and/or Fiscal Responsibility:

Responsible for adhering to all City of South Padre Island Purchasing Policies while performing purchasing tasks.Assist with the preparation and management of the Public Works Department related budgets.

Credentials (minimum preferred)


Considerable knowledge of contemporary public works operations, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.

Hands on knowledge of Auto Cad Software.

Knowledge and ability to work with GIS-ESRI Software.

Considerable knowledge of civil engineering practices and methods.

Ability to develop a thorough knowledge of applicable City policies, laws, and regulations affecting department activities.

Skill in operating applicable tools and equipment, as listed.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Demonstrated ability to conduct engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.

Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive or controversial political situations.

Ability to coordinate, plan, and execute design of major municipal capital improvement projects.

Formal Education/Certification/Licenses:

A college degree in Civil Engineering, or a closely related discipline.

Must be registered as a Civil Engineer in the State of Texas.

Must possess a valid Texas driver's license.

Prior Experience:

Minimum of four (4) years of comprehensive experience in a local government Public Works environment or private sector engineering position with substantial experience in providing relevant services to local governments.

Language Requirements:

Bilingual: Spanish and English preferred.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Personal computer, Auto Cad software, Geographic Information System(GIS)-ESRI, basic surveying instruments, word processing, spreadsheet, data base and PowerPoint software, motor vehicle, telephone, mobile radio, fax and copy machine and other related equipment.

Physical Demands:

It is expected that this position will require ample time in the field in the outdoors. 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. Work is performed both in the office and outdoors. Considerable outdoor field type work will be required at times in the inspection of land use developments, construction sites or public works facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment. While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to walk, use hands to finger, handle feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

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. While performing the duties of this job the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Selection Guidelines

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



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