Plans, supervises and coordinates advanced professional engineering assignments on a wide range of municipal projects of a complex nature, including civil, sanitary, traffic, and other municipal public works, maintenance, and construction projects; directs and supervises professional, technical engineering staff performing design, inspection, and surveying duties; responsible for the administration, direction and supervision of the Engineering Division; and does related work as required. Receives administrative direction from the Director of Public Works/City Engineer.
This is the management level class in the professional engineering series. The Principal Engineer is distinguished from the Senior Civil Engineer by the performance of more complex engineering duties as well as broader project management and supervisory responsibilities. This position shall also be capable of reviewing and completing staff work to a high degree of completion. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. The applicant must have strong interpersonal skill and be able to build consensus and convincingly be able to represent the City in a wide variety of concerns and interests. Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise. The Principal Engineer position is responsible for the general administrative direction of the Engineering Division and control of all projects.
Typical and Important Duties
Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Engineering Division. Assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of staff in the division for accuracy, suitability and completeness.
Develops and implements the Division’s goals, policies and procedures; administrative planning and problem resolution.
Acts as project manager for major construction projects, which includes contract administration; project schedule coordination; manage the work of consultants and staff; coordinate the work of consultants, utilities, staff, other public agencies, elected officials, and the public; communicating with the consultants, staff, public, other agencies, and elected officials; ensuring quality control of the project, including conducting field inspections; preparing and presenting a variety of reports and studies.
Plans, coordinates and supervises responsible engineering work in connection with municipal Public Works projects; manages the design and preparation of plans, specifications, and cost estimates for the construction of streets, storm drains, signals, parks, sanitary sewer system, building and other improvements; makes feasibility and economic studies of alternative plans.
Supervises review of private development and/or subdivision plans for conformance to standards. Participates in the development of capital improvement projects for compliance with City specifications; resolves disputes between the City and developers, contractors, engineers and the general public relative to City policies, specifications, regulations, procedures and extra work.
Coordinates work projects requiring both engineering office and field work.
Assists, supervises, and reviews work of subordinate engineering staff engaged in compiling data relating to and in the design and preparation of drawings, maps, profiles, estimates, surveys, studies, and reports relating to a wide variety of municipal engineering projects.
Reviews plans for conformance to established engineering standards and practices. Interprets and applies relevant codes, ordinances, rules and regulations.
Tracks new or pending regulatory requirements that affect the Public Works Department and provides support to meet these requirements (e.g. nonpoint and point discharge, water conservation, air and groundwater contamination, etc.)
Reviews standard specifications and inserts special provisions for unusual engineering projects.
Supervises staff reviewing a wide variety of traffic engineering projects, including planning and studies; conducts surveys; investigates complaints; and presents written and oral reports to elected and appointed officials.
Assists in evaluating the need for, and developing plans and schedules for long-range engineering and public works projects.
Provides continuing technical assistance to staff; supervises and participates in the work of lower-level engineering staff in preparation of project plans, agreements, specifications, cost estimates and contract administration for capital projects.
Assists in the preparation, coordination, and control of the operating and capital improvement budget; assists in evaluating the need for and developing plans and schedules for long-range Public Works projects.
Directs the inspection of public works projects for conformance to established plans and specifications.
Responds to questions from the general public and attends meetings with representatives of other departments and agencies and takes appropriate action.
Makes presentations to the City Council, City Manager, and other boards and commissions, business organization and homeowner’s association.
Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Principles, methods, and practices of civil, sanitary, traffic, seismic, and mechanical engineering for planning, designing, and constructing municipal public works facilities, including sewers, streets, traffic, and construction projects.
Design principles, methods, materials, and techniques used in the construction, construction management and maintenance of public works, utilities, or building construction projects.
Technical, legal, financial, and public relations aspect of municipal government.
Modern developments, current literature, and sources of information on engineering laws and regulations.
Principles and practices of municipal management, including supervision and evaluation of personnel, budget planning and preparation, and public relations.
Determine, plan, assign and manage Engineering Division priorities.
Effectively supervise and train professional, technical and clerical support staff.
Learn and retain City administrative, budgeting, and purchasing and personnel processes and procedures.
Be proactive in identifying problem areas and develop alternative solutions and recommendations.
Prepare engineering estimates, plans, drawings, and specifications.
Perform difficult engineering work in design and construction of public works facilities.
Make complex engineering calculations and to check, design, and supervise the construction of a wide variety of municipal improvements and construction projects.
Interpret and accurately apply applicable Federal, state, and local policies, procedures, codes, laws, ordinances, and regulations.
Conduct technical engineering research, make analysis, and write comprehensive reports.
Prepare construction contracts and requests for proposal.
Analyze, interpret, and apply information, choose among alternative courses of action, and arrive at a recommendation.
Understand and implement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Communicate effectively in writing, orally, and with others to assimilate, understand, and convey information accurately to non-engineering staff, consultants and the general public, in a manner consistent with job functions.
Make effective oral presentations.
Develop and implement improvements to systems, organization, and operations within the division.
Represent the City and the department effectively in contacts with representatives of other agencies, City departments, and the public.
Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of the work, such as with employees, labor unions, contractors, consultants, elected and appointed officials, and the public.
Apply computer programs related to the work, including presentation, project management, GIS, and data management applications.
Take a proactive approach to customer service issues.
Work in a safe manner following City safety practices and procedures in a variety of environments; model and coach others in correct City safety practices; identify, correct, and report safety hazards.
Using a personal computer and associated applications, and other engineering resources. Developing and implementing improvements to systems and operations.
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Experience:Experience: Five years of progressively more responsible professional civil engineering experience at least comparable to an Associate Civil Engineer, with at least two years of this experience must be equivalent to a Senior Civil Engineer in municipal professional engineering and two years in project management providing direction to other engineering staff.
Training: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in civil, sanitary, mechanical engineering or a closely related field. A master’s degree in engineering, business administration, public administration or related field is highly desirable.
Licenses and Certificates
All licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of employment.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver’s license, and a satisfactory driving record.
Possession and maintenance of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Department of Registration for Professional Engineers is preferred.
About City of South San Francisco
The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World, with 209 active biotech companies and growing. South San Francisco is at the forefront of biomedical research occupying over 11 million square feet of office/R&D facilities. This brings the City roughly 45,000 highly-skilled workers during the day, and also business visitors to the region.
A vibrant community of 65,710 residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. www.ssf.net. City departments include: Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Economic & Community Development, Information Technology, City Attorney, Library, Finance, Communications, Human Resources and the Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of governments and a staff of over 400 full- and part-time employees.
So...uth San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART and the San Francisco International airport.
Offering excellent benefits.
The City of South San Francisco offers an attractive benefit package which includes a retirement plan. The City of South San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer, cultivates a progressive work environment to recruit, develop, and maintain the most highly qualified, diverse workforce to serve the people of South San Francisco.