City Engineer
City of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI

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Role Summary: Plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of project management; coordinate activities with other departments and outside agencies; assist staff in the development, design, construction, and implementation of municipal and capital projects; and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Public Services Area Administrator.

Essential Duties:
  • Plans and lends a staff of highly skilled professionals and technical employees
  • Oversees, directs and participates in major activities and programs of the Project Management department, including capital improvement project portfolio management affecting the operations of various City infrastructure, systems, and appurtenances, develops and recommends engineering standards and specifications, and is responsible for providing professional-level support to the Public Services Area Administrator in a variety of areas.
  • Directs and supervises complex and politically-sensitive engineering and architectural programs
  • Assists in short term and long term planning, development and administration
  • Manages the development and administration of the project management annual budget and capital improvement budgets; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Makes presentations to a variety of boards and commissions; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in engineering and other types of public services as they relate to the area of the assignment; researches emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to City needs.
  • Leads and coordinates public involvements in the projects.
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry)
  • Civil and environmental engineering principles, techniques, policies, and procedures.
  • Legal aspects of professional service agreements and construction contracts
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation
  • Local government administration and City and State codes
Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)
  • Exercise superior customer services skills
  • Project Management practices and principles
  • Develop, manage, and direct a comprehensive public works and engineering program
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures
  • Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make improvements
  • Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs
  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of staff
  • Prepare and administer budget
  • Public infrastructure design, construction and budget administration
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including presentation skills
  • Ability to work with other governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations (e.g. MDOT, SEMCOQ, Water Resources Commissioner)
  • Work with City Council, City management, general public, and private firms
  • Extensive knowledge of Civil and Traffic engineering
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports, estimates, construction and cost records.
  • Grant applications and proposals preparation
Training and Experience: (position requirements at entry)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited four-year college or university with additional training in engineering, business management or legal aspects of construction process
  • Minimum of two years supervisory experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive civil engineering and project management practice.
Licensing Requirements: (position requirements at entry)
  • Professional Engineering License in the State of Michigan (PE)
Physical Requirements: The physical ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, finger, grasp, feel, talk, hear see, and perform repetitive motions. Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to: work in a standard office environment; read fine print on blueprints and display terminals; converse by telephone, two-way radio, in person, or around the noise of heavy construction equipment; move across rough terrain and bridge scaffolding; climb into and out of sewers and trenches, climb ladders, and several flights of stairs; use drafting instruments, calculators, and personal computers; and strength to lift and carry up to 30 pounds. The work requires the ability to distinguish colors and to hear audible alarms. Incumbents may be subject to potentially hazardous physical conditions, atmospheric conditions, extreme temperatures, intense noise, and/or vehicle traffic.

Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a small amount of force constantly to move objects.

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