City Engineer

City of Salinas , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Senior Level


$10,264.00 - $13,101.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


09/18/2020 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: All applicants must provide both proof of education and registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California at the time of application or submit to the Human Resources Department by the filing date. Applications are incomplete without the required documents. Oral Board interviews will be held remotely via Zoom video communications.

The City Engineer is responsible to plan, organize, direct, and manage the City Engineer functions of the Public Works Department; to be responsible for the development, organization, and administration of the City of Salinas capital improvement projects; to develop and update engineering standards; to perform a variety of the most difficult and complex professional office and field engineering work; to prepare plans, designs, and specifications for a variety of City projects; to review work prepared by outside consultants; to prepare engineering reports, to supervise, train, and evaluate work for staff assigned to the City Engineer function; to monitor work-flow and seek outside consultants to maintain Capital Improvement Project schedule; and to provide professional engineering consultation for the City Council, City Manager, Department Director, and other City staff.

This a management level position that performs highly skilled managerial and supervisorial duties. Distinguished from other lower level jobs by its experience, expertise, and performance of complex and high-level responsibilities.  May serve as the Department Director in the Director's absence.


Essential Job Functions



  1. Coordinates, reviews, and manages all Public Works Department capital improvement campaigns and programs; provides support and guidance for the formation, planning, permitting, land survey, design, construction, and inspection of city infrastructure projects; oversees projects with transportation, parking, traffic engineering, sewer, storm drain, and environmental programs.
  2. Manages, administers, and participates in the planning, development, and implementation of the Public Works budget; makes recommendations regarding expenditures, revenues, and purchases; researches and reviews outside funding opportunities to support the budget and provide additional resources for the City projects.
  3. Prepares Request for Proposals (RFPs) for technical and professional services.
  4. Negotiates and administers contracts with consultants and/or outside parties.
  5. Oversees the development engineering team; consults and collaborates with various personnel on proposed developments, reviews plans, and ensures reports are created to specifications.
  6. Provides technical support and professional advice to the Public Works Director, City staff, Department heads, the City Manager, City Council, developers, residents, landowners, business owners, and other agencies; establishes and builds relationships that support, regulate, or collaborate with the City.
  7. Serves as a point of contact and represents the City at a wide range of meetings and conferences; engages professionally with other departments, governmental agencies, regulatory bodies, advisory boards, and others to promote quality service and professional standards.
  8. Provides City Lead Engineer in services for all regulatory permits, codes, and standards pertaining to engineering and construction within the City; administers and is responsible for the City's storm water permit; and serves as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain management local administrator.
  9. Manages, directs, and evaluates staff within the Engineering Division; participates in the selection process, termination actions, and performance evaluations; ensures proper training, supervision, and management of engineering, transportation, development, and energy divisions.
  10. Ensures that project schedule, financial goals, and overall quality performance objectives are met.
  11. Coordinates, manages and monitors the progress of assigned projects and programs at all stages of development to ensure timely, efficient, and cost-effective progress.
  12. Suggests, discusses, and implements strategies to improve project delivery service.
  13. Performs project management activities which achieve, but are not limited to, planning, establishing and creating project performance and design objectives, schedules, budgets, regulatory compliance, process and project documentation.
  14. Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects to the City Council, as well as various boards, commissions, and committees, as assigned by the Public Works Director.
  15. Serves as a liaison for the department to other City departments, divisions, elected officials, outside agencies, and the public; attends meetings in various locations; provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces; participates in community events and workshops that provide public information regarding departmental programs, projects, and services; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned.

Typical Decisions: The incumbent will make decisions daily regarding management, oversight,
direction, and operations of the Public Works Department.  Works with only limited supervision and makes wide ranging personnel and work delegation decisions.


Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering and construction management.
  • Employee training, supervision, delegation, and problem-solving techniques; supervisory roles and responsibilities.
  • Principles of project and program management
  • Capital improvement project, planning, development, and administration
  • Federal, State, and local regulations and laws affecting public works engineering
  • Construction methods, materials, and equipment
  • Proper inspection methods and procedures
  • Budget management and basic accounting.
  • College level English writing and grammar.
  • Professional software literacy.

Skill in:

  • Effectively planning, organizing, prioritizing, and delegating construction and maintenance work
  • Evaluating work procedures and practices; providing recommendations and budget analysis
  • Managing several different divisions and budget with minimal supervision
  • Developing and administering grants
  • Planning and overseeing project scheduling, completion, and acceptance (at design and construction stages)
  • Gathering, organizing, analyzing
  • Public speaking and communicating clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; representing the City in contacts with the public, other City staff, other governmental and outside agencies
  • Understanding regulations, laws, ordinances, and codes
  • Supervising and directing staff

Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college in civil engineering or a related field.

Experience: Six years of professional engineering experience including four years in program or project management, and four years of supervisory experience. Administrative experience in municipal government is preferred.

Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver's License; must be a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. 


Supplemental Information


Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical, mental, and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines, and consistently stand or walk up to four hours per day as required. Vision sufficient to read fine print and display monitors; hearing sufficient to conduct conversations occasionally over the noise from groups of people, in-person, and using the telephone; speaking ability in understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, occasionally in crowds of people and for addressing groups; physical ability to push, pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, walk on uneven surfaces  physical strength to lift twenty pounds from the floor; physical stamina sufficient to stand, walk and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect, interpret and analyze data, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions. Working environment is shared between an office and outdoors.  Work outdoors under adverse conditions in heat, wind, cold, and rain. Work in and around potential hazardous substances including pesticides, herbicides, and motor fuel. Must drive a vehicle and travel for meetings, seminars, and classes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application (found here: (Download PDF reader)) and provide a copy of the DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Department, at 831-758-7254.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated based on the information provided on the employment application. The exam process may consist of an application appraisal, oral interview, and/or written exam. The City reserves the right to use alternate testing procedures if deemed necessary. CITY COMMUNICATION REGARDING THE SELECTION PROCESS WILL BE VIA E-MAIL. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE E-MAIL ON YOUR APPLICATION. Finalist interview/assessment will be held with the City of Salinas.  


The City of Salinas does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor. The City of Salinas makes reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability. Individuals requiring any accommodation in order to participate in the testing process must inform the Human Resources Director in writing no later than the final filing date stated in this job announcement. Requests for accommodation should include an explanation of the type and extent of accommodations needed to participate in the selection process and/or to perform the duties of the job for which they have applied. EEO Utilization Report is available for candidate review upon request.

SALARY STEPS: Appointments are normally made at the first step. Consideration is given for increase to the second step after successful completion of a six-month probationary period. (Employees appointed at a higher step will be eligible for consideration for the next step after one year, providing they successfully complete a six-month probationary period.)

For questions, please contact Patricia Peñaloza, Senior Human Resources Analyst, at (831) 758-7416 or


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