Senior Engineer

City of Carlsbad | Carlsbad, CA

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Posted Date 8/16/2019

$94,657.00 - $130,398.00 Annually

The City of Carlsbad seeks a dynamic Senior Engineer with strong working knowledge of transportation and storm drain systems and engineering principles to join the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division of the Transportation Department of the Public Works Branch. The Senior Engineer is the first management level in the engineering professional series and will supervise the Drainage Engineering Unit and support staff in the implementation of their assigned projects. This position reports to the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division manager.
The Senior Engineer will manage and perform professional engineering tasks that include contract administration, design and project management of various transportation and drainage systems, review plans, specifications, and cost estimate, and conduct technical studies to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, County, and local standards and regulations.

Carlsbad -The Community: This nearly 40 square mile city is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons and abundant natural open space. World class resorts, family attractions, well planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

The Branch: The Public Works Branch is responsible for planning, providing and maintaining infrastructure that supports Carlsbad's excellent quality of life. The Branch includes a variety of Divisions including Administration, Environmental Management, General Services, Utilities and Transportation. More than 173 full time staff support the Branch which has an annual budget of $90 million, along with a total Capital Improvement Program appropriation of $260 million.

The Department: The Transportation Department supports the planning, design, and construction and inspection of the city and private development projects; keeps people and traffic moving; and cares for transportation and drainage infrastructure systems.

The Division: The Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division designs transportation and storm drain system CIP projects, prepares master plans, conducts special studies and investigations, and provides as-needed engineering services to the transportation and drainage maintenance and operations divisions. For each project a variety of services are provided including managing consultants that provide planning, engineering and environmental investigations resulting in the preparation of construction contract documents, construction engineering assistance and general project management.

The division coordinates the preparation of the annual update to the city's Capital Improvement Program (CIP), manages the ongoing implementation of various financing districts and assists developers with the formation of additional financing districts and reimbursement agreements.

The division is also the lead in the creation and maintenance of the city's asset inventory which includes: storm drain, transportation, and tree parks assets. In addition to creating the inventory, staff in this area prepare and deliver mapping products and complete analysis of asset inventory data for various customers. This work also includes facilitating the utilization of the asset inventory data in coordination with the Business Systems and Geographic Information System divisions.

The Position:
The City of Carlsbad recruiting for a Senior Engineer that will be the supervisor of the Drainage Engineering Unit and a key member of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division. This individual will be part of an engineering team which manages a variety of storm drain and flood control projects and will report directly to the Engineering Manager of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division.

In addition, this individual will be working on projects that incorporate the requirements of the Statewide Construction General Permit and the most recent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit and Trash Policies. If you are a drainage engineering professional looking for a management position with an organization that offers a great culture and an opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects, including maintenance, operational, multimodal and technology improvement projects; then you should apply.


Typical duties assigned to this position include, but are not limited to:

Supervise the Drainage Engineering Unit which currently includes a staff of two and manage the unit in the delivery of the services noted below.

Manage and implement the development of the division goals and operating policies and procedures relative to the areas of drainage and transportation engineering.

Provide leadership, mentoring and career development for supervised staff.

Prepare staff reports to City Council, attend and present at City Council meetings or other agency meetings as required. Represent the city in community and at professional meetings as required.

Reviewing and evaluating plans, specifications and studies of consulting engineers and private developments for moderately complex public or private development projects for conformance with the city, federal, state and regional regulations and codes.

Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; provide technical advice to maintenance and operations staff and construction inspectors. Assist other city departments and the general public in the interpretation of city ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures.

Prepare Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals; and evaluate Statements of Qualifications and Proposals. Negotiate scopes of work and fee proposals and work with Contracts Administration in the development and execution of Professional Service Agreements.

Preparing and submitting applications and secure permits for various projects and tasks including those required from the State of California Department of Transportation, County of San Diego, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission and other regulatory agencies.

Manage and coordinate the preparation and review of various work products such as preliminary and final plans, specifications and cost estimates as well as the associated engineering, planning and environmental technical studies for CIP projects.

Identify and coordinate with all project stakeholders & regulatory agencies. Coordinate project design and development. Identify requirements for project approval and prepare schedules and budgets. Obtain necessary permits, CEQA approval and negotiate and obtain easements for public improvements.

Assist in the preparation and administration of operational budgetary and annual CIP budget report.

Interact and engage with the public, developers and engineers while implementing important CIP projects.

Provide and/or supervise engineering staff and consultants in the planning, programming, designing and construction support services for CIP projects.

Prepare Master plans and fee programs for transportation and storm drain infrastructure.

Coordinate engineering related activities with other city departments, divisions and outside agencies.


To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
7+ years proven experience working in a similar role, for a public agency or as a consultant
Able to work independently and with a team
Able to speak to all levels of staff and various agencies
Skilled, effective and compelling communicator, with both written and oral presentations
Problem-solving; able to offer alternative solutions to complex situations
Understands the principles, practices and methods of civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation and storm drain systems
Extensive experience planning, designing and providing engineering support services for transportation and storm drain system CIP projects

Knowledge of:
Advanced storm drainage engineering and transportation engineering and practices as applied to private developments and municipal public works.
Hydrology and hydraulic calculations and design procedures for storm drain systems and flood control facilities
Techniques and methods for preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, reports, and recommendations related to storm drain and public works projects.
City policies and procedures governing engineering operations.
Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures related to the engineering, development and construction of projects.
Principles, practices and techniques of public administration including budget and personnel administration.
Municipal operations as they relate to other city departments and divisions.
Principles and techniques of supervision and management.
The City's mission, vision and values

Ability to:
Perform technical drainage and transportation engineering work of a complex nature with a minimum of supervision.
Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical staff.
Plan, organize, and direct the activities of assigned area of responsibility.
Apply initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the work.
Understand the organizational structure of the city and the roles and responsibilities of this position and how they relate to the organization.
Interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Develop and administer a division budget.
Prepare and analyze technical reports, statements, contracts and legal documents.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships.
Maintain effective work relationships with staff, other governmental agencies, contractors and the general public.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field is required.
Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field is preferable and may be substituted for work experience.
Possession of a valid license as a Registered Civil Engineer issued by the State of California is required.
Minimum seven years of increasingly responsible and professional engineering experience involving the design and construction of a variety of public facilities and projects, including a special focus in drainage engineering.
Two years of experience in a supervisory capacity registration as a QSD in California are preferred.

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