PRINCIPAL ENGINEER/ SENIOR CIVIL ENGINEER

Planning/Engineer
Full-time
City of Watsonville
9/19/2019
hr@cityofwatsonville.org
8317683020

SALARY: Principal Engineer – $8,571.62- $11,486.76 /Month
                 Senior Civil Engineer – $7,307.69 - $9,793.01 /Month

FILING DEADLINE: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
(No Postmarks Accepted)
 
This position will be filled at either the Principal Engineer or Senior Civil Engineer depending on the experience and skill level of the selected applicant.
The City of Watsonville, located in the heart of the Monterey Bay and the center of the Pajaro Valley agricultural region is recruiting for an experienced civil engineer professional. A full service city, Watsonville serves its residents and the surrounding unincorporated area with drinking water distribution and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment, and solid waste collection and disposal.

This position will work in the Public orks and Utilities department and will be engaged with implementing the Capital Improvement Program, preparing plans, specification and estimates and performing related work. Experience with project management, construction administration, plan review-with a focus in road reconstruction, transportation, and traffic related projects-is highly desirable.

Put your passion and skills to work in a dynamic community where you will make a difference!


PRINCIPAL ENGINEER
DEFINITION

To plan, organize, direct, assign, manage and coordinate the work of an engineering division in the Public Works Department; to direct and coordinate the work of engineering and construction consultants in the design and construction of major public works projects and other projects; to apply for, administer and manage project funding grants.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This job class functions at a program/project management level and is responsible for the effective administration of assigned engineering areas as well as for providing general assistance in the administration of the Public Works Department.
 
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives administrative direction from the Director of Public Works and Utilities.
Exercises direct supervision over Senior Civil Engineers, Associate Civil Engineers, Senior Engineering Associates, Engineering Associates, Assistant Engineers, Senior Engineering Aides, Construction Engineer, Public Works Inspectors, and other subordinate staff. 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
plans, organizes, assigns, manages, and evaluates the activities of an engineering division
analyzes complex issues and problems related to areas of responsibility, evaluates alternatives, and develops and recommends effective courses of action
participates in the development, planning, financing, design, administration and construction of significant and complex public works projects
directs, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of subordinate engineering and/or technical support assistants engaged in the preparation of designs, specifications, estimates, and technical reports related to the construction of public works projects
performs the most difficult and complex professional engineering assignments in the design and construction of public works projects
prepares and reviews specialized technical studies, investigations, reports, documents and correspondence related to division activities and operations and as required by laws and regulations
reviews and evaluates private improvement plans for impact on public works projects; approves plans as appropriate
reviews, evaluates, and monitors commercial, industrial, subdivision, or other project development plans for specification compliance; recommends approval/denial
prepares and reviews bid request packages; reviews received bids and makes recommendations; reviews contract change proposals
reviews and directs the work of consulting engineers and surveyors; ensures conformance with City and State requirements; reviews progress payment requests; and otherwise manages contract costs
attends various meetings as representative of the Public Works Department
may act as Airport Engineer performing technical engineering work and coordinating efforts with State and Federal regulatory agencies on airport projects
may function as Traffic and/or Transportation Engineer performing technical engineering work, coordinating efforts with state and federal regulatory agencies and attending the regional transportation committee meetings
may function as City Engineer
makes presentations and serves on a variety of committees to work with regulatory agencies, the public, elected officials, and other agencies
may function as the department head in the absence of the Director of Public Works and Utilities
clarifies roles and responsibilities of division staff in meeting an engineering division's goals and facilitates goal setting, scheduling and monitoring of Public Works projects
performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required 

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Knowledge of

principles and techniques of supervision including staffing, employee development, and planning and organizing work
principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering, surveying, construction inspection, including the design, specification, and estimating of projects related to public works
technical report writing 
Ability to
plan, organize, coordinate, and manage an engineering division, including the supervision of professional engineering and technical assistance staff
conduct thorough technical engineering research work and prepare effective technical reports and correspondence
formulate, evaluate, and make recommendations on policies and procedures affecting the provision of public works services
review and evaluate technical engineering and maintenance information, reports and recommendations
deal tactfully and courteously with the public, contractors, and representatives of other agencies in providing professional engineering information and assistance
effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms
make effective presentations to elected officials, the public, city executives, businesses, and other agencies
sit at a desk and in meetings for long periods of time on a continuous basis
use a telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means 

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is:
eight years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience in the design and construction of municipal public works projects, including at least two years in a management or supervisory capacity 

LICENSE & CERTIFICATION
a valid Class C California Driver's license, including a safe driving record
a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Board of Registration for Civil Engineers

SENIOR CIVIL ENGINEER
DEFINITION
Under minimal supervision within a framework of general guidelines, to plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of an engineering division in the Public Works and Utilities or Community Development Departments; to perform a wide variety of the most difficult and complex engineering assignments; to assign, coordinate, supervise and formally evaluate the work of others.
 
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
This job class functions at the full supervisory level of classification and requires thorough knowledge of civil engineering practices and methods as well as specialized knowledge related to public works project design, private development projects, and water and wastewater.
 
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
receives supervision from the assigned Department Head
exercises supervision over assigned staff 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
plans and administers assigned engineering division operations and activities
directs, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of subordinate engineering and/or technical support assistants engaged in the plan checking and review of development projects, the preparation of designs, specifications, estimates, and technical reports related to the construction of public works projects or water systems
performs the most difficult and complex professional engineering assignments in the design and construction of public works and utilities projects; resolves a variety of complex engineering problems involving public or private development projects
ensures the proper inspection of work in progress and administration of contracts
coordinates the activities of assigned engineering division within the department and with other City departments, engineers, developers, government agencies, and contractors
represents department before various agencies, groups, the media and the general public; provides information and handles public questions and complaints
prepares specialized technical studies, investigations, and a variety of reports and documents related to division activities and operations and as required by laws and regulations
reviews and evaluates private improvement plans for compatibility with and impact on City public works infrastructure
reviews reports and checks plans for conformance with design standards, codes, regulation and traffic-related improvements
performs engineering review of complex development projects
investigates field conditions affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations
reviews and coordinates approval of Subdivision Tentative Map, Final Map and construction improvement plans
reviews and inspects grading and drainage plans and site development
reviews and prepares easements, right-of-way documents, grant deeds and certificates of compliance
reviews lot line adjustments and lot mergers
prepares written and oral staff reports
attends Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings as needed
maintains and improves the City=s engineering records and development project engineering files
issues encroachment permits, on-site grading and drainage permits, and Flood Certificates
assists in the analysis and correction of traffic and parking concerns
manages work flow to ensure timely and accurate review of development plans and specifications
prepares and reviews construction bid packages; reviews bids and makes recommendations; reviews contract change proposals
reviews and directs the work of consulting engineers and surveyors; ensures conformance with City and state requirements
attends various meetings as a representative of the Public Works and Utilities or Community Development Departments
communicates orally with others, both face to face and using the telephone, in order to respond to inquiries and complaints from customers and when conducting project-related public education activities
reads and interprets construction drawings, such as improvement plans, maps and/or blueprints
sits or stands for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will
reviews and/or checks the work products of others when preparing, reviewing, checking and interpreting plans and/or construction drawings
uses a terminal or personal computer keyboard, which requires repetitive arm/hand movement, to prepare written materials such as construction specifications, engineering reports, e-mail messages, City Council packages and other correspondence, and when performing design functions using AutoCAD
communicates orally in a group setting while conducting project-related public meetings and making presentations to the City Council or other groups
walks over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces when investigating field conditions, performing field inspections, and/or collecting field samples for testing
uses fine hand manipulation to calibrate instruments to measure distances for plans and/or maps
prepares charts, graphs, maps or similar objects when preparing schedules or sketching details for customers
observes or monitors data to comply with design, construction and safety standards, as when reviewing engineering calculations for compliance with standard practice or when reviewing technical reports on hazardous materials sites
estimates labor or material costs from work plans in order to prepare design and construction cost estimates and/or to prepare budgets
hears and responds to vehicle backup alarms on construction sites
observes or monitors objects or people to ensure compliance with safety standards, such as when checking trench shoring and use of vests and hardhats
works in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements
distinguishes colors when preparing and/or reading maps with colors as the legend and when reviewing AutoCAD drawings
climbs ladders or steps, uses stomach and lower back muscles to support the body and coordinate movement of more than one limb simultaneously when conducting field investigations or inspections
drives an automobile or van
sits at a desk or in meetings for prolonged periods
works indoors using near vision for prolonged periods
performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required 
 
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Knowledge of:

principles and practices of civil engineering applicable to the planning, design, and construction of a wide variety of public works and utilities and private development projects including traffic and transportation
mathematics, design methods, uses and strengths of construction materials, standard specifications, effects of soil conditions, and pertinent laws and regulations related to the design and construction of City facilities and public works projects
cost estimating and contract administration
principles and practices of surveying and construction inspection, including applicable laws and safety requirements
technical report writing
principles and techniques of supervision including staffing, employee development, and planning and organizing work
California Subdivision Map Act Law
California Drainage Law
GIS technology and its applications
FEMA Flood Insurance regulations 
Ability to:
plan, organize, and supervise the work of professional engineering and technical assistance staff
direct the preparation and prepare engineering estimates, plans, designs, and specifications for proposed public works and utilities projects
solve the most complex engineering problems utilizing a variety of engineering techniques
conduct technical engineering research work
perform construction inspection as a resident engineer
prepare comprehensive technical reports and recommendations
deal tactfully and courteously with the public, contractors, and representatives of other agencies in providing professional engineering assistance and information
effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms
prepare and maintain organized files
be self-motivated, flexible and diversified, willing to undertake a variety of tasks in a dynamic and challenging work environment
analyze and critique engineering studies, traffic analyses and other technical information submitted with development applications
establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties 
Special abilities:
must be a goal-oriented professional who is a team player
must be familiar with IBM based personal computer programs and their usage 
Possession of:
a valid and appropriate California Driver’s license, including a safe driving record               
a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Board of Registration for Civil Engineers 

APPLICATION AND TESTING PROCESS
Applications must be submitted to the Human Resources Department located at 275 Main Street, Suite 400, Watsonville, CA 95076, by the filing deadline.  No postmarks accepted.  An application may be obtained by calling (831) 768-3020 or by going to the City’s website at www.cityofwatsonville.org.  All candidates will receive written notification after applications have been screened for requirement compliance. Interview dates will be announced at a later time. 
 
APPOINTMENT AND BENEFITS
The position benefits include vacation, sick leave, and holiday benefits. The City offers Public Employees Retirement System Benefits. Employees shall pay the full employee share of CalPERS contribution.
 
The candidate will be appointed for a 12-month probationary period. Names of successful candidates who do not receive a job offer will be placed on an employment list which normally remains effective for one year. The Human Resources Department may abolish an Employment list at any time the needs of the City so require. The Principal Engineer position is represented by the Management bargaining unit. The Senior Civil Engineer is represented by the Mid-Management bargaining Unit.
 
Prior to appointment to the position of Principal Engineer or Senior Civil Engineer, a medical examination and Department of Justice Livescan fingerprinting will be required.
 
The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.
 
NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CONTRACT, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND ANY PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVISED WITHOUT NOTICE.