To be considered for Principal Civil Engineer (Development Services) or Principal Civil Engineer (Capital Improvement Program Manager and Civil Design Services), applications must be submitted online through the City's website/governmentjobs.com: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/huntingtonbeach?page=2
Here in Huntington Beach, we believe passionately that the key to becoming the best beach City in the world starts and ends with finding the right people to join our team. At this time, we have an outstanding career opportunity available, as we're looking for the "right person" to serve as Principal Civil Engineer (Development Services) and Principal Civil Engineer (Capital Improvement Program Manager and Civil Design Services) to join our Public Works Department team.
The City of Huntington Beach Public Works Department provides outstanding programs, services and facilities to enhance and enrich the lives of our residents and visitors. We are seeking candidates with:
Superior communication, organizational, and project management skills who follow through on all facets of work.
Ability to see the strengths, assets, and potential within a community, and an individual who operates with a profound respect for understanding the aspirations and needs of both residents of and visitors to Huntington Beach.
A strong background demonstrating excellent leadership skills within the disciplines of parking management programs, facility management, and budgeting at the division level.
Creative ideas and ability to facilitate innovative processes in a team environment.
Outstanding customer service skills with the ability work effectively with the general public, business owners, community groups and vendors.
The Public Works Department provides outstanding customer service and is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of public facilities and infrastructure. This requires us to respond to requests for service, coordinate efforts with local, regional, state, and federal agencies, and working with the community in all of our efforts. Public Works manages over 30% of the city's total budget, including three enterprise funds and seven designated funds, as well as the citywide capital improvement program. The five divisions in public works are committed to providing the highest quality of service to the community. These five divisions include Engineering, Utilities, Administration, Operations and Transportation.
Key traits for our ideal Principal Civil Engineer include:
A relationship builder and connector. Someone who can quickly forge strong, trusting relationships with diverse sets of people, and readily inspires others to action.
Leadership through consensus. Someone who is an approachable consensus-builder, but is also capable of independent and decisive thought and action.
A keen sense of ethics. Someone who recognizes the importance of personal and organizational integrity, and someone comfortable raising and discussing ethical issues with the goal of "doing what's right," not "being right."
Innovative and flexible. Someone able to see beyond what currently exists, and is constant in their pursuit of realistic game-changing breakthroughs for the Huntington Beach organization and community.
Obsessive about outcomes. Someone who makes data-driven decisions and stays laser-focused on truly audacious goals while balancing the day-to-day needs of the organization.
A strategic problem-solver. Someone able to break large challenges into smaller, manageable pieces, and then works to identify trends and prioritizes solving the root cause of issues.
Intellectual curiosity. Someone who is an excellent listener, and who applies strong critical thinking skills and business judgement to complex issues.
A polished and professional demeanor. Someone who will take great pride in representing the Huntington Beach community, and one who will serve as an ambassador for the City.
A positive attitude. Someone who understands that even the best laid plans can go wrong, and has the self-confidence to course-correct with positivity and grace.
JOB SUMMARY Supervise, assign, review, and participate in the work of staff responsible for providing civil engineering services for an assigned section including the planning and design of various public works projects such as storm drains and sewer systems, water systems; street improvements, improvements of property, and construction by private developers and other departments; to ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and to perform of the more technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Reports to: City Engineer, Transportation Manager, or as designated by the Director of Public Works Supervises: Senior Civil Engineer, Senior Traffic Engineer, Associate Civil Engineer, Assistant Civil Engineer, Senior Engineering Technician, Civil Engineering Assistant, Engineering Technician, Traffic Engineering Technician, Engineering Aide, administrative and/or other personnel as assigned
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Principal Civil Engineer is a management level class requiring a high degree of professional skill and knowledge in administering and evaluating complex engineering programs. Principal Civil Engineer differs from Senior Civil Engineer/Senior Traffic Engineer in that the Principal plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the work of a major section involving several programs whereas the Senior Civil Engineer/Senior Traffic Engineer performs advanced journey level engineering work and oversees the work of consultants and other professional staff on a project basis.
Note: This job description is currently being updated and is under review for final approval.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and participates in the work of staff responsible for providing civil engineering services within an assigned section
Establishes schedules and methods for providing civil engineering services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures
Participates in the development and implementation of goals and objectives; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards, policies, and procedures
Administers projects from inception to completion including planning, design, review, public meetings, bidding and construction
Determines the scope of engineering projects; oversees the preparation of plans and specifications by City staff; prepares requests for proposals and contracts for consulting services; reviews plans of consulting engineers and private contractors; makes technical engineering decisions and establishes technical criteria and standards
Monitors design criteria and communicates City ordinances, standards, and policies to ensure compliance with laws, guidelines, and standards
Approves engineering plans and specifications
Directs and participates in the planning of assigned capital improvement projects
Responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, other agencies, developers, contractors, engineering professionals, and City staff regarding engineering and development projects
Prepares reports and studies on current and future planning and capital improvement projects
Prepares regional, state and federal grants; monitors and tracks application requests and approved grant programs
Maintains records and prepares reports concerning operations and programs
Coordinates activities with other divisions and outside agencies and organizations
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in civil engineering; incorporates new developments as appropriate into existing programs
Participates in budget preparation and administration; prepares cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitors and controls expenditures
Develops processes to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster
Travels to offsite locations
Works various hours, including nights and weekends as deemed necessary by manager/supervisor, to conform with changing priorities and meet deadlines
Reports to work as scheduled; maintains satisfactory attendance record
Performs other related work as assigned
In addition, when assigned to Water Services
Participates in the development of the five-year water system plan; oversees financial forecasting and analysis activities to ensure that system plans meet future City water needs
Performs special water system studies to ensure existing facilities are rehabilitated, maintained and operated in an economic manner
Manages and oversees the maintenance and operations of the water system distribution network analysis model to simulate field conditions; identifies system improvements and upgrades
Coordinates the review of environmental impact reports and developer studies to ensure water rates, rules and regulations are clarified and understood
Establishes schedules and methods for providing water engineering services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly
When assigned to Development Services
Manages all phases of private development processing for the Engineering Division, including environmental review, entitlement, plan check, and administration
Demonstrates thorough knowledge of codes and regulations pertaining to land development including Subdivision Map Act, CEQA, NPDES and other local, state and federal requirements
Applies knowledge of civil engineering principals particularly with respect to site development (e.g. grading and drainage, hydrology and hydraulics, utilities, water quality, and public improvements)
Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills when preparing written reports for City Council and/or Planning Commission action, and providing in-person support at public hearings
Develops and maintains strong working relationships with staff, management, technical consultants, contractors, developers, and public and private agency representatives
Successfully manages, in a data-driven and results oriented manner, challenging and competing deadlines through proactive supervision, efficient allocation of resources, and cooperative relationships with staff in other departments as well as other divisions of Public Works
Represents the department and provides comments to the Planning Department to ensure private development projects conform to City code, policies, and procedures.
The preceding duties have been provided as examples of the essential types of work performed by positions within this job classification. The City, at its discretion, may add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying. A typical combination includes:
Knowledge of: - Principles and practices of civil and structural engineering - Pertinent Federal, State and local rules, regulations, ordinances and building codes - Recent developments and best practices of civil and structural engineering - Principles and practices of budget preparation - Principles and practices of project management - Principles of supervision, staff development, and discipline assessment - Methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction of public works projects and building design and construction - If assigned to Traffic, traffic engineering and transportation planning
Ability to: - Coordinate and direct civil engineering programs - Supervise, organize and review the work of professional and technical staff - Select, train, develop and evaluate staff - Recommend and implement goals, objectives, policies and procedures for providing civil engineering services - Understand, interpret, and apply general and specific administrative and departmental policies and procedures as well as applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations - Participate in the preparation and administration of assigned budgets - Prepare engineering computations; - Prepare and review engineering plans, specifications, and estimates of public works projects - Administer contracts - Perform technical research and solve engineering problems - Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports and recommendations - Achieve the goals of the organization while assisting private developers in meeting their goals - Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines - Effectively represent the City to outside individuals and agencies - Respond to requests and inquiries for information - Travel to various locations within a reasonable timeframe - Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures - Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
Education: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Eight (8) years professional civil engineering experience in the option applied including three (3) years in a senior or supervisory capacity.
License/Certificates: A valid California Class C driver license with an acceptable driving record required at time of appointment and during course of employment.
Registration in the State of California as a Professional Engineer required. If licensed in another state as a Professional Engineer, California registration must be obtained within twelve (12) months of employment.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Employees regularly assigned/required to drive a city or personal vehicle in the course and scope of work shall be required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull Notice program.
Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all Huntington Beach city employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.
About City of Huntington Beach
Founded in the late 1880s, Huntington Beach was incorporated as a Charter City in 1909. Huntington Beach has a City Council/City Manager form of government. The City Council has seven members, each of whom are elected to four-year terms.
City Council Members are limited to two consecutive terms. There are three elected department heads, the City Attorney, City Clerk and City Treasurer. The position of Mayor is filled on a rotating basis.
The City of Huntington Beach is a full service city. Its major departments include the City Managers's office, Building and Safety, Planning, Library Services, Public Works, Community Services, Economic Development, Human Resources, Finance, Information Services and Police and Fire. The city has approximately 1,000 employees and a total budget of more than $300 million.