Deputy Director - Engineering Services Job at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Deputy Director - Engineering Services

City of Santa Rosa , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Senior Level


$116,976.00 - $151,305.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


01/18/2021 11:59 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Exciting Opportunity for an Experienced Engineering Professional!
Deputy Director - Engineering Services
Capital Projects Engineering


The City of Santa Rosa invites you to join our team where you can be part of a dynamic, collaborative, diverse, inclusive and knowledgeable organization committed to serving a thriving community. In addition to offering a great work team and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous benefits package, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave package, a choice of three health plans, flexible spending program, employer contributions to Retiree Health Savings plan, and top of the line, employer paid vision and dental coverage.

We offer a flexible work environment that includes both in office, and remote work. 

This highly responsible position will direct, plan, and review the activities of the Capital Projects Engineering Division in the Transportation and Public Works Department. Individuals in this position supervise and participate in professional engineering design, planning, and related activities and supervise professional, technical and administrative support staff.

Ideal Candidate Will Possess/Be:

  • A proven self-starter and team-player
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Innovative, pro-active and enthusiastic
  • A proven track record of building positive relationships
  • An advocate for change
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An excellent communicator
  • A BS/MS Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Current registration as a Professional Engineer in California
  • Minimum of 5 years in an administrative/managerial capacity involving the performance of professional engineering work


Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Duties:  
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification and are applicable to all divisions:

  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate the operational and administrative work of the assigned division
  • Assist in the development and implementation of division or program goals, objectives, policies and priorities
  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff
  • Prepare and administer assigned division budget
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the work of the assigned division and make the procedural changes necessary to keep the division in compliance
  • Serve as staff to boards, commissions, and committees as may be required
  • Make presentations to City Council, boards, commissions, and committees as may be required
  • Defend and discuss projects, programs, and operations in a complex political environment
  • Coordinate engineering activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies
  • Coordinate technical, administrative, and public relations activities of an assigned division with other City divisions and with outside agencies
  • Serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Director
The following duties are considered essential for this job classification and applicable to the
assignment in Capital Projects Engineering Division:
  • Supervise the development of plans and estimates for construction and major repair of public works systems
  • Confer with supervisors and assistants regarding project priorities and progress
  • Supervise the construction of capital programs, including inspection, contract administration and claims avoidance
  • Participate in the preparation of the capital improvement program and budget
  • Review and sign engineering drawings, contract documents, work orders, and purchase orders
  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of special engineering and environmental studies and reports
  • Serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards and committees on public works systems matters

Additional Duties:
In addition to the duties listed in the Essential Duties section, each employee in this classification may perform the following duties: any single position may not be assigned to all duties listed below, nor does the example cover all the duties which may be assigned.
  • Review and sign engineering drawings, contract documents, work orders, and purchase orders
  • May act as City Engineer
  • Perform related duties as assigned
Required Qualifications

Knowledge of:  

Principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works projects and systems; methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a variety of public works projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding civil engineering; applicable federal and state laws and regulations; applicable laws and regulatory codes related to the development and construction of public works projects; principles and practices of organization, administration, budget and personnel management.

Ability to:  

Supervise the preparation of complex engineering and environmental studies, work schedules, plans, maps, reports, workload forecasts, cost estimates, and specifications; perform complex engineering calculations; read engineering plans; use finely calibrated engineering instruments; interpret governmental laws and regulations and develop working policies and procedures to comply with them; select, train, supervise, coach, and evaluate staff; formulate and present policy recommendations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; effectively present to the public; establish effective working relationships and work collaboratively with those contacted in the course of work; understand and set the example for a team-oriented,  positive work environment; and communicate the work of the assigned division to the general public and other City departments in non-technical terms; exercise individual and innovative judgment and make difficult decisions.

For Capital Projects Engineering Division:
Plan, direct and coordinate public works engineering projects; check, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public facilities

Experience and Education:  
Any combination that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:  Experience - Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in an administrative and/or managerial capacity involving the performance of professional engineering work, water distribution and wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems, including sufficient supervisory, coordination, and operation experience, to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above. Education - Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, sanitary engineering, or a related field.  A master's degree in engineering, public administration, or a related field is highly desirable.

License or Certificate: 

  • Possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various locations within and/or outside of the City which may or may not be reachable by public transportation
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering in the State of California is required prior to the completion of probation


Additional Information

The work is performed both indoors in an engineering office environment and in the field in a variety of weather conditions, including very hot and very cold temperatures, at a variety of types of construction sites, including rough, uneven or rocky surfaces for areas of new development and in existing street areas for capital improvement projects and may involve walking for extended periods of time. Incumbents review engineered plans and measure distances on scaled drawings and maps, using calculators and finely calibrated instruments such as engineering scales and planimeters. Individuals in this classification communicate orally, both face to face and using the telephone, Incumbents sit at a desk or in meetings for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will. As part of coordinating the preparation of the Capital Improvement Project budget, incumbents estimate construction costs from preliminary plans. Incumbents enter or retrieve data into a terminal, personal computer or keyboard device; this involves making fine, highly controlled muscular movements and repetitive arm-hand movements.  The incumbent comprehends and draws inferences from codes, policies, and technical literature. Incumbents sit at a desk or in meetings for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will. As part of coordinating the preparation of the Capital Improvement Project budget, incumbents estimate construction costs from preliminary plans. An incumbent must be able to hear warning devices such as chemical leak warning and back-up warning devices.


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