Poway prides itself on the quality of its streets, infrastructure and recreational facilities. This position is instrumental in continuing to provide our residents with a quality of life unsurpassed in this region. Under administrative direction from the Director of Development Services, the City Engineer will oversee, direct, and participate in all engineering activities and programs of the Development Services Department, including Capital Improvement Program design, construction and inspection, traffic engineering, and land development engineering, and is responsible for providing professional-level support to the Director of Development Services in a variety of areas.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Assisting in the management and participating in the development and administration of the Development Services annual budget; directing the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directing the monitoring of and approving expenditures; directing and implementing adjustments as necessary. • Assisting in planning, directing, and coordinating the Development Services Department's work plan; meeting with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigning projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviewing and evaluating work methods and procedures. • Overseeing the development of consultant requests for proposal for professional and/or construction services and the advertising and bid processes; evaluating proposals and recommending project award; administering contracts after award; negotiating and administering contracts for construction projects; ensuring contractor compliance with City standards and specifications, time and budget estimates; analyzing and resolving complex problems that may arise; recommending and approving field changes. • Conducting capital improvement project planning activities; providing oversight and input into the conceptual design of engineering projects; investigating and resolving problems with scope of work or cost issues of major facility upgrade and replacement projects. • Analyzing civil engineering plan design, specifications, consultant and staff comments in accordance with design requirements and municipal and intergovernmental standards and regulations; recommending approval or additional engineering conditions and changes. • Reviewing and approving all grading plans and permits; all plans and specifications for capital improvement projects; all tract and parcel maps, lot line adjustments, and legal descriptions; the most difficult and complex encroachment permits; and other engineering and design documents. • Meeting and confering with contractors, engineers, developers, architects, a variety of outside agencies, and the general public on development issues and acquiring information. • Overseeing the City’s right-of-way acquisitions and disposals, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and procedures and conducting appropriate negotiations to protect the City as well as private sellers of right-of-way. • Selecting, training, motivating, and evaluating assigned personnel; providing or coordinating staff training; working with employees on performance issues in coordination with Human Resources; responding to staff questions and concerns.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The individual selected as the City Engineer will be an experienced professional and dedicated public servant. He or she will have uncompromising ethics and values including honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. In addition to the minimum qualifications, Poway’s next City Engineer will possess the following characteristics:
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and written skills as well as extensive knowledge of engineering operations, principles and practices of organizational management, budgeting, administration and personnel management. • An adaptable, flexible attitude with the ability to adjust to changing demands while thriving in a fast paced environment, multi-tasking, and prioritizing to balance workload with available resources. • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage high profile capital projects, including developing accurate project timelines and cost estimates, and keeping projects within approved budgets. • He/she will be a supervisor who coaches, guides and evaluates staff to encourage continuous improvement and professional development. • Strong attention to details, yet understands the big picture and works well with community members, City staff, the City Manager’s Office and City Council. • The ability to demonstrate diplomacy while appreciating the different goals and objectives of key stakeholders and finding creative solutions to challenging issues or projects. • Experience using technology and social media to keep the public apprised of the status of City projects.
Examples of current Capital Improvement Projects include:
• Swim Center Renovation Projects • Reservoir Rehabilitation • Fire Station 3 Photovoltaic System • Espola Road Safety Improvements • Water Treatment Plant Upgrades • Mickey Cafagna Community Center • Martincoit Road Sewer Upsize • Annual Street Maintenance/Overlay Projects
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The compensation for this position is dependent on qualifications and experience. The monthly salary range is $10,436 to $12,687. In addition to salary, the City offers an excellent benefits package including:
The City participates in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Classic PERS members in Poway’s Tier 2 will have a 2% @ 60 formula with the employees contributing 8% of base salary. New CalPERS Members will participate in the 2% @ 62 formula with the employee contributing 50% of normal cost (currently 6.25% but subject to change) of base salary. The City participates in Medicare, but does not participate in Social Security.
Retirement Health Savings Plan (RHSP): To help with medical expenses upon separation or retirement from the City, employees have an RHSP in which 50% of annual sick leave conversion is deposited into the RHSP.
In addition to the City’s existing 457 deferred compensation plan, the City will provide a 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plan. The City shall contribute $106.23 per full biweekly pay period to the 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plan.
Poway provides employer-paid group medical and dental insurance for the employee. The City contributes 100% of the cost for employees only, 60% of the cost for dependent coverage for HMO plans and 50% of the cost for dependent coverage on the PPO plan. Family vision insurance is provided at no cost to the employee. An IRS Section 125 plan (Flexible Spending Account) for reimbursement of medical and dependent care expenses is also available.
Vacation is accrued in accordance with tenure ranging from 120 hours per year to 199.2 hours per year up to a maximum of 200% of one year's eligibility. The City also provides 10 fixed holidays plus 16 floating Benefit Day hours per fiscal year prorated based on hire date. This position will be provided 32 hours of executive leave per fiscal year, prorated based on start date. Employees accrue 96 hours of sick leave per year.
The City provides a life insurance policy in the amount equal to 1.5 times an employee’s annual salary up to a maximum of $350,000.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP):
Confidential services are available to employees and household members to assist with personal and professional issues. Six sessions per issue are available each calendar year.
Employees in this group receive an automobile allowance equivalent to $160/month.
Cell Phone Allowance:
This position receives a cell phone allowance equivalent to $50/month.
Poway operates on a 9/80 work schedule with standard working hours 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on alternating Fridays, and City Hall is closed every other Friday.
The following are minimum qualifications required for the City Engineer:
Education: A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education from an accredited educational institution with major coursework in civil engineering or a related engineering field.
Experience: Eight years of recent and responsible experience in civil and municipal engineering, including four years of supervisory, management and/or administrative experience.
Knowledge: This individual will possess extensive knowledge of modern principles, methods, terminology, equipment, materials in the civil engineering field, and municipal projects, activities, and practices.
This individual will also be familiar with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules and regulations.
Licenses & Certifications: Possession of and ability to maintain a Professional Engineering (P.E.) License with the State of California in Civil Engineering is required.
HOW TO APPLY
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A completed City application, resume, cover letter to include the reasons of interest, and five references (who will not be called unless seriously considered for the position) are required in order to be considered for the position. All required materials must be submitted through the City’s online application process powered by NeoGov and Governmentjobs.com in order to be considered for the position. If one item is missing or incomplete (a resume does not take the place of a fully completed City application) the City will not consider the application. The City’s online application process can be accessed at www.poway.org/jobs.
Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training and experience. A background investigation including reference checking, LIVESCAN fingerprinting and verification of previous employment and education by USA Fact is required. Applicants will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. All employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California Constitution at time of hire and are also required to respond to emergency incidents as disaster service workers.
This recruitment is Open Until Filled
With a first screening of applications taking place on or around the week of: September 10, 2018
About City of Poway
Poway is strategically located in the geographic center of San Diego County, east of Interstate 15 and 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Poway distinguishes itself as the “City in the Country,” a small-town Americana oasis with approximately 50,000 residents. Poweigans have a strong appreciation for parks, trails, open space and recreation as evidenced by the more than 7,000 acres of dedicated open space, 55 miles of hiking, riding and jogging trails, and many recreational facilities. Poway prides itself on a high level of volunteerism. The Community Services Department benefits from hundreds of volunteers donating thousands of hours as rangers, train engineers, docents, and ushers.Poway has a large business park, attractive residential neighborhoods, a broad range of shopping and dining opportunities and one of the top school districts in the county.