THE CITY OF VALLEJO The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.
THE DEPARTMENT The Water Department provides administrative, engineering, water treatment, and maintenance support for the City's potable water treatment and distribution. Our stringent criteria and regulations ensure we meet or exceed all regulations set forth by the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Water Department works with the community and local schools to provide education related to conservation and current rebate programs.
THE ENGINEERING DIVISION The Engineering Division of the Vallejo Water Department works to manage and implement the Water Department's capital improvement program (CIP), consisting of the replacement and renewal of water assets in the City of Vallejo's water system, including tanks, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines, dams, valves, and wat er treatment plant facilities. In addition, the Engineering Division provides engineering reviews for new development projects, and reviews projects from outside agencies that may affect the Water Department. The Engineering Division aids the Distribution, Facilities, and Operations divisions with their goals to safely and efficiently operate the water system; to help the City meet all Federal and State requirements; to protect public health, and to ensure the system meets the fire-flow needs of the City. The Division also aids in the management of the City's long-term water supply and in protecting the City's water rights for future generations.
The Department has recently passed new water rates, and has a new 5-Year CIP that significantly increases yearly investments in water infrastructure. These projects will consist mostly of water pipeline replacement and renewal, treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements, and dam improvements.
THE POSITION This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.
The City of Vallejo is seeking a candidate for the Senior Civil Engineer position, as a collaborative member of the City's Water Department team.
The roles and responsibilities of this position are to primarily aid the Engineering Division and the Engineering Manager in managing the planning, permitting, design and construction of the City's Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). In addition, this position will interface with the Distribution, Facilities, Water Quality, and Operations Divisions to plan, design, and implement large maintenance and process improvement projects. This position will help manage engineering staff with review processes for development applications to ensure adherence to Water Department standards and requirements; aid in the management of special studies and technical investigations; manage hydraulic analyses utilizing hydraulic modeling software; manage consultants as necessary to complete projects and work with regulators such as the California Department of the Safety of Dams (DSOD) to ensure compliance with inspections and schedule improvements. The position will also be involved with management of the City's historic and ongoing water rights and supply issues.
As a Senior Engineer, the candidate will serve as the technical lead for the Division, but will also present management skills for delegating work to staff engineers and engineering technicians, managing their work and deadlines, and reporting progress to the Engineering Manager and Department Director. The candidate will also represent the Department and Division at various high level internal and external meetings, and be able to present at City Council meetings as needed in place of the Engineering Manager or Department Director as needed. The position will report to the Engineering Manager, who reports to the Department Director.
The incumbent in this position will be required to aid and manage/delegate construction management tasks, such as overseeing Water Department inspectors; helping to coordinate with internal and external project stakeholders; negotiating change orders; conducting weekly construction coordination meetings; replying to requests for information (RFIs) and processing progress payments for contractors. This position is primarily assigned to Water duties, but will be expected to manage/delegate work for Development and Capital Improvement Project duties, as they pertain to the Water Department. In addition, this position will help supervise Associate/Assistant Engineer staff, as well as Senior Engineering Technician staff and both Engineering Technicians I and II staff.
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented; solution/results oriented; politically astute; proactive; responsive; timely; accurate; trustworthy; ethical; and, have a collaborative approach and excellent oral and written communication skills.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
Receives general direction from the Water Engineering Manager or Department Director.
Exercises direct supervision over professional and technical engineering staff.
Examples of Duties The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
ALL ASSIGNED SECTIONS
Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff responsible for providing engineering services in either the current development, water, traffic, or capital improvement section of the Engineering Divisions.
Participate in the selection of professional and technical engineering staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
Prepare various reports on operations and activities.
Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for providing, current development, water, traffic, or construction engineering services; implement policies and procedures.
Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitor and control expenditures.
Coordinate and prioritize design projects with other City departments, county and state highway departments, and other relevant agencies or parties.
Administer consultant contracts for public works, traffic, and water improvements.
Maintain surveillance over contracts in progress including progress of the work, costs reports, determination of payment for work accomplished; accept or reject methods, performance or completed work.
Oversee the maintenance of office records, maps, construction project documents and related records.
Attend City council meetings, planning commission meetings and other sessions as directed.
Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
Monitor and control performance in conformance with assigned objectives, plans, schedules and budgets; account for variances and implement necessary corrective action.
Resolve or justify controversial and complex technical problems involving engineering and inspection staff and developers, builders and the general public.
Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective actions as necessary to resolve complaints.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
Oversee and participate in the preparation of plans, specifications, cost and quantity estimates, and bid documents for public works construction projects; oversee the planning, design, construction and inspection of capital improvement projects, including but not limited to traffic, building and structure related improvements.
Participate in the initial planning of projects to be proposed and assist in establishing schedules and budgets.
Assign and schedule projects such as street and traffic improvements, water and sewer systems, parks projects and other systems of similar complexity; coordinate with other departments, districts and/or agencies to establish such specifications as pipe sizes, alignments, and street widths.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO CURRENT DEVELOPMENT
Consult with developers, builders and other contractors to coordinate the design and construction of public improvements in the City.
Review and prepare comments and conditions for public works aspects of planning permits including general plans, specific area plans, planned unit developments and other planning permits.
Prepare and execute development agreements. Assist in information to various districts. Oversee construction inspection of current development projects.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO WATER
Direct, plan and coordinate various water projects including the construction of pipelines, pump stations, pressure reducing stations, dams, spillways, and reservoir retrofits, including lake outlet structures and retaining walls.
Oversee and review hydraulics as it relates to the design of water system facilities.
Direct and supervise water maintenance personnel in the operation of water system facilities in emergency situations.
Oversee and review water system capital improvement projects to include among others pump stations, reservoirs and pipeline plans for new projects including subdivisions, additions, commercial centers, and various other projects.
Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Principles and practices of civil, traffic, and water engineering and administration.
Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
Principles and practices of street, water and sewer system design and construction.
Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and control.
Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil, traffic and water engineering.
Principles and practices of project and construction management.
Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
Plan, organize, and supervise the work of professional and technical staff.
Train and evaluate subordinate staff.
Manage multiple large and complex engineering projects.
Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, State, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
Coordinate phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.
Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems.
Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare comprehensive reports.
Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifications.
Manage multiple projects and priorities.
Exercise professional engineering judgment to achieve results consistent with objectives.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Experience and Training Guidelines Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience including five years at a level comparable to the Associate Civil Engineer classification with the City of Vallejo. In addition, there should be 3 years of lead supervisory or project management responsibility. A Master's Degree may be substituted for 1 year of experience.
Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Licenses and/or Certificates
Applicants must possess a current and valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.