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Senior Engineer job in Albany

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Organization:  City of Albany, CA
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Albany
Post Code:  94706
Salary and Benefits:  $8,329 – $10,123 per month

Please visit www.albanyca/hr for complete information on this position and to apply on-line.  In addition to the on-line application, applicants must mail in a résumé, cover letter, and responses to the three supplemental questions listed in the job posting.

The Position

Under general direction of the Public Works Director/City Engineer, performs, plans, manages, and oversees professional engineering work related to the planning, design, construction, renovation, and maintenance of City projects and programs in the areas of development, traffic operations and safety, capital improvement, wastewater, stormwater, pavement, and building structural plan checking. This includes managing complex engineering projects and programs; providing professional assistance and technical advice to City officials; coordinating projects with contractors, other departments, and other agencies; administering professional services and construction contracts; evaluating requests for changes or additional work; directing the work of subordinate professional staff; and performing related work as required.

Responsible for the successful completion of assigned projects within the parameters of designated budget constraints, established timelines, allotted resources, and operational objectives. Responsible for providing true leadership to successfully maximize operational and administrative effectiveness, resource efficiency, and positive community relations. This requires a high level of initiative, sound judgment, excellent communication, and strong management skills.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the advanced journey-level in the professional engineering classification series. Assignments may include ongoing project or program management and successful performance of the work requires an extensive professional background as well as skills in coordinating work with other City departments, contractors, regulatory bodies, and other public agencies. Senior Engineer is distinguished from the next lower level of Associate Engineer in that the Senior Engineer handles the most complex and sensitive work and has full supervisory authority over lower level engineers. The Senior Engineer may serve as the Acting City Engineer during the City Engineer’s absence.

Supervision Received and Exercised

The Senior Engineer receives general direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer. The work provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines. Exercises direct or indirect supervision over management, professional, technical, operational, maintenance, and office support staff, and contract professional and technical consultants whose work is not being overseen by other members of the staff. Direct supervision responsibility includes engineers, technicians, inspectors, and other staff as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain this would be:

• At least five years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience, including at least two years of project management or supervisory experience.

• Posess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or related field.

• Possess a current Certificate of Registration as a professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.

• Knowledge of: principles and practices of organization and program development and administration
operational characteristics, services, and activities of engineering and public works maintenance programs; principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the development and management of public works; transportation engineering principles, practices and methods; principles of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration; construction, project management, and surveying principles; methods, materials, and techniques employed in public works construction and construction program development; principles of personnel management, supervision, training, performance evaluation, and safety management; principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; administrative requirements for present and future Federal, State, and local grants, and other funds; principles and practices of contract negotiation; pertinent Federal, State, regional, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations; recent developments, current literature, and sources of information in municipal public works administration; principles and practices of business letter writing and report preparation; office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS, AutoCad, and other programs.

• Skills and Ability to: organize, implement, manage, and direct engineering and public works programs and projects; develop systems and policies related to operations and activities; develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures; analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs, and make appropriate adjustments; develop and review engineering plans and designs for municipal public works projects; read and understand construction drawings, plans, and specifications;
select, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of staff; delegate authority and responsibility; perform the highly technical and complex engineering duties;
identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs; demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public; prepare and administer large and complex budgets;
develop and administer contracts for professional services and construction in a public agency setting;
interpret and apply applicable Federal, State, regional, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations; negotiate and administer contracts for services; develop appropriate grant applications for Federal, State, and other programs providing funding for capital project maintenance and construction;
analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, programs, and techniques; prepare clear and concise administrative reports; operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, database, GIS, AutoCad, and other programs and applications; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
assimilate information, process logically, and make sound decisions; maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, writing, and operating necessary equipment; maintain physical and mental capacities appropriate to the performance of required duties and responsibilities.

• Possess of a valid California Driver’s License prior to and during employment.

• Be able to work inside and outside including inclement weather and darkness. Must be able to attend off-hours meetings and travel to sites out of the City. Must be available to respond to major emergencies on a 24/7 basis with notification by mobile communications device.

• Possess mobility to work in a standard office setting, to operate a motor vehicle, and to inspect various development sites and public works facilities; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and to make inspections as noted above; strength and stamina to lift and carry 25 pounds; physical dexterity to climb ladders and staircases; and, hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone and radio.

Examples of Duties

• Develop and implement Engineering division goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities. Conduct advanced and complex engineering and related studies.
• Manage engineering activities and programs; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; assess and monitor workloads, schedules, and support systems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; direct and implement changes as necessary.
• Work with architects, engineers, and contractors concerning technical interpretations and applications of ordinances, laws, engineering codes, compliance and violation issues, drainage and traffic matters, access, legal descriptions, and policy matters; prepare or amend the City Code and standards for streets, drainage, subdivisions regulations, and flood hazards. Negotiate with developers and consultants concerning clarification and implementation of development code requirements and map conditions.
• Manage the overall timetable and internal processes necessary to carry out the adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and any projects initiated subsequent to adoption of the CIP. Prepare and direct the preparation of designs, specifications, plans, estimates, and reports for capital improvement projects and the development and modification of City infrastructure. Manage or assist in the bidding and contract award process for capital project work. Evaluate capital improvement project plans and programs, and make recommendations for areas of improvement. Perform engineered designs when applicable.
• Select, train, supervise, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; monitor work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; set performance standards and evaluate performance; provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies, and implement corrective actions or discipline if necessary. Coordinate and manage contractors in providing contract services.
• Confer with and provide information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects, City officials, and the general public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications, and codes; answer questions, provide information, and share technical expertise; investigate and take appropriate action concerning problems affecting residents, property owners, business owners, contractors, and City operations. Investigate and respond to formal claims.
• Participate in the development and administration of the department budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Program; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and track expenditures; review invoices and approve them for payment; implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
• Keep current on Federal, State, regional, and local laws and regulations affecting public works engineering matters, and initiate action required to bring the City into – and maintain compliance with – regulatory policies and procedures.
• Conduct project management, design, and inspections of assigned capital improvement projects and the contractors’ work during all phases of construction to ensure compliance with approved plans, specifications, and contractual agreements. Review and direct the review of private development plans submitted by developers, landowners, and engineers for adequacy of application and conformance to City standards.
• Represent the Public Works Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain, justify, and defend department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
• Attend meetings and make presentations to the City Council, commissions, boards, committees, and other public agencies; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. May serve as staff liaison to the Traffic & Safety Commission and various local commissions and boards. May conduct studies and confer with the public regarding traffic and transportation issues.
• Coordinate the preparation of agreements, dedications, easements, vacation, and land development documents for the Planning Commission and City Council agenda and approval process.
• Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the field of public works and engineering; incorporate new developments as appropriate into programs.
• Prepare engineering documents, including agreements, maps, legal descriptions, resolutions, and ordinances. Prepare a variety of letters and formal correspondence, reports, records, requests for proposals, contracts, and contract bids; prepare various grant applications for needed or desired projects, equipment, and materials; gather and disseminate important information for department staff.
• Participate in the management of Public Works information technology development, selection, implementation, training, and technical support for computerized systems software including engineering design, facilities systems management, and maintenance management.
• Participate in the necessary certification programs to maintain current Certificate of Registration as a professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
• Work closely with the Facilities & Maintenance Manager to assist and support his/her efforts in the areas of street, park, public building, sanitary sewer, and storm drain maintenance activities, and in developing and maintaining the City’s urban forest and open space, participating in community street tree planting, and other planting and landscape maintenance activities.
• Work closely with the Project Manager to assist and support his/her efforts in the areas of managing projects, administering programs, reviewing plans, providing technical support, participating in meetings, and maintaining files.
• Develop and follow policies and practices pursuant to City policy to minimize the use of scarce natural resources, minimize toxic materials, promote healthy behaviors and activities, and minimize carbon emissions.

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