City Engineer
City of Concord, CA - Concord, CA

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The City Engineer administers the Engineering Division of the Building, Engineering, & Neighborhood Services Department (BENS). The Division is comprised of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) group (Design and Construction Sections) and Current Development Section. The CIP group is charged with delivering the City’s capital projects in a cost-effective and timely manner; leveraging the City’s resources through acquisition of grants; and coordinating the annual preparation of the City’s 10-Year CIP Plan. The Current Development Section is charged with the timely review of development applications; and review and issuance of various permits such as encroachment (ROW), grading, and floodplain. The City of Concord has a strong Mission Vision Values culture. Among others, the City Engineer is expected to lead a team that is customer based; performance driven; results oriented; and focused on finding the answer, solving the problem, and achieving positive outcomes. The City Engineer acts as the Department Head in the absence of the Director; performs related work and other duties as assigned, all within the context of the City’s Mission, Vision and Values of providing responsive, cost effective and innovative local government services through a collaborative effort with the community to make Concord a city of the highest quality.

Supervisory Guidance Received/Given
Limited direction is provided by a Department Head. Supervision received is characterized by general administrative support and control rather than direct control over methods. Supervision given includes exercising a full range of supervisory authority, including that exercised over supervisory personnel, and is focused on providing administrative support and control, defining objectives and problems, and, as necessary, prescribing both general and detailed work methods.

Working Conditions
Predominantly inside work. Conditions also involve some travel and frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted during the evening. The work may also include occasional irregular hours.

Equipment, Methods & Guidelines
Uses Federal, State, and local laws, policies, procedures, and practices, civil engineering standards, standard plans and specifications, master plans, programmable calculators, automobiles, and voice dictation equipment.

Physical Demands
The work emphasizes speech, hearing, and vision and that stamina associated with attendance at evening meetings following a normal workday.

Allocation Factors/Distinctions
Managerial classification.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans, organizes, leads and controls the work of professional, technical, and clerical staff which perform:

    The review and approving of engineering plans for subdivisions use permits, and building permits.

    Checking plans, issuing permits, and inspecting public improvements constructed by developers and utilities.

    Developing plans and programs for City buildings, sewers, storm drains, park projects, and transportation systems.

    The design and contract administration associated with the construction of City buildings, streets, sewers, storm drains, and park projects.

    Performing right-of-way design and construction surveys and maintaining horizontal and vertical control throughout the City.

  • Confers with the Department Head and various public groups, developers, contractors, and other agencies regarding issues, alternatives, proposals, priorities, and operating problems.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials including correspondence, reports, and special studies in connection with engineering issues, policies, and programs.
  • Determines, recommends, and justifies goals of assigned programs and related financial and personnel resource needs; is responsible for accomplishment of goals; and accounts for the effective use of all resources within authorized allocations.
  • Applies various Federal, State, and local laws, policies, procedures, regulations, and rules pertaining to the work and to the work group; prepares work appraisals and discusses performance evaluations; initiates and reviews official disciplinary actions as necessary; identifies and/or resolves subordinate complaints.
  • Carries out and participates in a variety of information collection activities, such as interviewing perspective employees and fact-finding pertinent to budget needs, disciplinary actions, performance evaluations, subordinate complaints, and operating problems.
  • Identifies alternatives for improvements; performs cost/benefit analysis of alternatives, considering factors such as availability of resources, safety of personnel, and affects on operations and levels of service; recommends or implements improvements as assigned.
  • Coordinates the division’s activities with other City work units and City goals; ensures understanding of the division’s roles, capabilities, and limitations.
  • As assigned, assumes the responsibilities as head of the Building, Engineering, & Neighborhood Services Department (BENS).
  • Promotes the City's Mission to make Concord a city of the highest quality by providing responsive, cost- effective, and innovative government services; understands and subscribes to the Vision and Values Statement adopted by the City.
  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Desirable Qualifications:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    Considerable working knowledge of engineering principles and practices as applied to the field of municipal public works, including planning, development design, and construction; of the laws, regulations, and resources relating to public municipal works civil engineering; of engineering mathematics and economics; of related technology, equipment, and materials related to the work; of related budgetary, organizational, staffing, supervisory, accounting, mathematical, and statistical principals and techniques. Ability to effectively manage the division’s operations and activities and to supervise assigned personnel; to learn and effectively apply related policies, procedures, and practices effecting the division’s operations; to identify ways and means of achieving improvements and efficiency in a way responsive to community needs; to effectively plan, coordinate, and conduct various projects and research activities; to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; and to establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

    Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will require:

    Education: Possession of a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in a civil or structural engineering curriculum, and California Registration as a Civil Engineer.

    Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible employment involving the supervision of staff in the civil engineering profession.


    A California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment.

    Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil Engineers.

    The ideal City Engineer candidate will meet the following qualifications:
    • A bachelor’s degree and license in engineering (civil, geotechnical, transportation, or structural); a master’s degree in a related field is highly desirable
    • At least five years of demonstrated work experience at a senior management level with municipal engineering or a large-scale construction management operation within a public agency or private company; experience managing a sanitary sewer enterprise fund is highly desirable
    • At least five years of direct experience in hiring, evaluating, mentoring and disciplining employees, preferably within a municipal or other public agency
    • At least two years of direct experience preparing and administering budgets
    • Proficient oral and written communication skills
    • Strong track record in positive community and/or customer relations and relationship-building; experience working with elected officials, city managers and department heads is highly desirable
    • Strong track record of creating improvements in service, employee performance, and resolving personnel problem
    • Understands and has mastered applicable technological tools (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, maintenance management systems), competency and design experience with AutoCad is highly desirable
    • Strong team member with a record of positive influence on team accomplishments and effectiveness

    The ideal City Engineer candidate will possess the following characteristics:
    • Leadership
      Asserts a positive presence; takes initiative and action, shows good judgment, treats others with respect, displays an open and approachable manner, and serves as a role model
    • Management Style
      Mentors and nurtures the growth and development of staff, and reinforces accountability and gets personnel problems addressed; self-sufficient and responsible, but keeps the Director informed
    • Problem-solver
      Proactive in anticipating and then dealing with problems to reach a resolution; can be creative in a resource-limited environment
    • Collaborative
      Works well with others and builds relationships to focus on solutions; drives projects forward and builds team-work within the department
    • Change-oriented
      Always looks for better ways to do things and possesses a track record of implementing and supporting changes and improvements
    • Service-oriented
      Responsive and helpful in their approach; will enforce a customer service culture in the Engineering Division; skilled at defusing challenging customer situations and creating resolution