Deputy City Engineer/Deputy Public Works Director

Planning/Engineer
Full-time
City of Norco
Until Filled
mpaakkonen@ci.norco.ca.us
951-270-5655
951-270-5687

SALARY RANGE:  $112,482 to $136,723 

The City Engineer Deputy/Public Works Director reports to the Public Works Director and will administer and oversee approximately 20 staff members, and all the functions of the Engineering and Public Works.  The ideal candidate will have a firm understanding of advanced principles and practices of Civil Engineering including budget and expense management; management of a large and broad-based Capital Improvement Program; land development and subdivision review and permitting, water and sewer systems, Storm Meter Quality/NPDES oversight, transportation planning, traffic engineering and traffic operations. This candidate will also have the ability to manage and prioritize a high volume of Public Works projects simultaneously while staying abreast of the new trends in various disciplines. The ideal candidate will also have previous City Engineering experience and a proven track record of leadership, project delivery, teamwork and customer service.
 
Lastly, the selected candidate will be knowledgeable, calm and apolitical. This person will manage by getting out of the office, be confident when presenting to others and will be able to think things through.
 
Top priorities of the new City Engineer/Deputy Public Works Director will be:
 
Capital Improvement Program – Oversee and deliver CIP projects on time. The Department handles a work load that far exceeds the typical project load of a city of similar size.

Community Relations – Continue to work closely and transparently with a very engaged and well-informed community. Represent the Department and City accordingly.

Project Management – Facilitate the high volume of projects through to completion. Scheduled projects include the construction of new water, sewer and storm drain infrastructure; road repaving projects; traffic control system; and trail improvement and maintenance projects.

Leadership – Connect with the positive team environment in place. Many of the staff are long-term and committed employees with high performance track records. 
 
Typical duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Researches, designs, prepares and evaluates plans, specifications and estimates for Capital Improvement Projects, Subdivision Maps and Private Development Projects.
  • Develops and submits Request for Proposal contracts and administers projects.
  • Examines public and private engineering plans, specifications, designs, cost estimates and legal descriptions for a variety of construction and maintenance projects. 
  • Develops and administers contracts for professional services and construction, including processing payments for reimbursement and preparing change orders.
  • Conducts complex civil engineering research projects, evaluates alternatives, making sound recommendations.  Prepares effective technical staff reports.
  • Meets with developers and representatives to resolve development issues and enforce compliance with municipal codes.
  • Investigates, researches and responds to citizen requests for information, explanation or justification on requests and complaints.
  • Provides inspection oversight and dispute resolution for homeowners, contractors and developers.
  • Attends and participates in a variety of public and professional group meetings; stays abreast of trends and innovations in civil or traffic engineering.
  • Provides technical engineering assistance to City council and other commissions and attends meetings on behalf of the Director of Public Works.
  • Supervises the work of lower level personnel in a variety of professional, sub-professional, technical or clerical work. 

This is an Executive Management position in the Public Works Department.  This position performs a wide variety of public works and engineering duties.
 
QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES:
This position requires a minimum of six (6) years of increasingly responsible professional public works civil engineering experience. Three (3) years supervisory experience and substantial experience in managing public works capital improvement programs, transportation engineering, and/or development services. A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and possession of current licensing as a Registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering issued by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in the State of California is required. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field preferred but not required.
 
Knowledge:  
Knowledge of Public Works infrastructure and facility maintenance, development and design.
Knowledge of principles, practices, procedures and standards of civil engineering design and construction related to City public works and infrastructure development and maintenance.
Knowledge of principles and practices of civil and transportation engineering in a municipal setting.
Knowledge of principles and practices of capital improvement cost estimation and contract administration.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, codes and ordinances applicable to area assigned including Federal and State laws/requirements; including NPDES storm water, street maintenance and traffic control signage regulatory requirements.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of water, sewer collection and storm drain facilities and infrastructure.
Knowledge of practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
Knowledge of plan design and specification review practices.
Knowledge of basic supervisory principles and practices.
Knowledge of computer applications related to the work, including computer-aided drafting concepts and applications. 

Ability:                   
Ability to effectively represent the City in contracts with governmental agencies, community groups, various business, professional, educational and regulatory organizations and with property owners, developers, contractors and the public.
Ability to develop and administer multiple contract budgets and funding sources.
Ability to deal effectively with the public, vendors, contractors and City staff, in person and over the telephone.
Ability to provide a high level of customer service to the public and City staff.
Ability to direct and review the work of support staff on a project or day-to-day basis.
Ability to make effective public presentations.
Ability to maintain accurate records and files.
Ability to use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing.
Ability to use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is as follows:
 
Education:              A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.
 
Experience:             Eight years municipal civil engineering experience.  Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California is desirable.
 
License Required:   A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and possession of current licensing as a Registered Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering issued by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers in the State of California is required. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field preferred but not require.
 
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California driver’s license and maintaining a satisfactory driving record is required. 
 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Work is performed in office, construction site and field environments.  Work requires frequent standing, walking, bending, and lifting up to 40 pounds.  May be exposed to extreme weather, moving traffic, construction sites, uneven terrain and toxic chemicals.

Salary: $112,482 – $136,723
(Dependent upon qualifications and experience.)
Work Schedule: The City has a 36-hour work week. Hours are Monday-Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. with City Hall closed on Fridays.
Retirement Benefits: The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
Health Insurance: City pays up to $1,250 a month for employee and dependent coverage (opt-out payment available); City provides $20 per month towards Medical Savings Account (six month waiting period) tied to Flexible Spending Account
Dental Insurance: City pays 100% HMO employee and dependent coverage; PPO available (employee paid on a pre-tax basis)
Vision Insurance: City pays 100% employee and dependent coverage
Life Insurance: City pays 1x annual salary. Optional Life, AD&D and Disability Insurance available.
Administrative Leave: 48 hours per fiscal year; Pro-rated for new hires
Holidays: 11 paid holidays and up to three floating holidays (pro-rated for new hires)
Sick Leave: Accrues 8.1 hours per month
Vacation Leave: Accrual starting at 3.32 hours per pay period with buy-back options available
Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $800 annually
 
Application Process:
To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must complete and submit a signed original City of Norco Employment Application. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of application. City of Norco job applications may be downloaded at www.norco.ca.us/hr. Applications must be received by Human Resources. Enclose copies of any certifications, training or degrees. Applicants may submit an application by walk-in, postal mail or drop-box in front of City Hall. Faxes or emails will not be accepted. Although the first review of applications is scheduled on December 2, 2019, this recruitment may close at any time without notice.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. The City of Norco is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, political or religious affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, other non-job related physical or mental disability, medical condition, or other functional limitation in employment or the provision of service.

The City is committed to making its programs, services and activities accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you require accommodation to participate in this recruitment, please contact the Human Resources Office prior to the filing deadline. We will attempt to reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities upon request.