Principal Engineer – Water and Sewer

City of Santa Clara | Santa Clara, CA

Salary Range: $172,416.00 - $223,128.00 Annually
Open Date: 08/13/2020
Close Date: 09/11/2020

Position Description

Applications must be filled out completely. Please do not substitute, “see resume” or “see personnel file” in the employment history section of the application. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a 1) City Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire, 2) Resume, and 3) Cover Letter by the filing date. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

This is a management position in the unclassified service, responsible for managing the Engineering Division of the City’s Water and Sewer Utilities Department. An incumbent in this classification will be responsible for the project and construction management of various projects related to potable water, sanitary sewer, solar, and recycled water utilities and the design and construction of a variety of water facilities. The position requires a demonstrated ability to work well with management, professional and administrative support employees in the Department and with customers, professionals, managers, and all City Departments.


Each position in this classification may not include all of the duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be performed.

Under general direction the incumbent will:
•Plan, develop, coordinate and direct the activities of the Engineering Division of the City of Santa Clara Water and Sewer Utilities. Division activities include potable water, recycled water, sanitary sewer, and solar utility related projects;
•Prepare engineering designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, and recommendations for a variety of utility construction, rehabilitation and maintenance projects, including but not limited to pipelines, wells, pumps, engines, emergency power generation equipment, and control systems;
•Plan, organize, and manage engineering projects from the preliminary stage to the completion of construction and/or installation;
•Confer with and assist the Assistant Director of Water and Sewer Utilities in the development of long-range plans, prioritization of projects, goals, objectives, and budgets;
•Act as a mentor to Engineering Division staff and provide them with leadership, training, direction and support;
•Recommend for selection and termination, train and assign staff, assign, coordinate and review work of staff;
•Manage, schedule and evaluate the work of Engineering Division staff, and develop processes designed to support a continuous learning environment;
•Analyze Engineering Division operations to determine the most efficient and effective assignment of staff;
•Coordinate with the City’s Public Works Engineering Division on wastewater related projects;
•Attend meetings and work with engineers, contractors, specialists and City staff to ensure that City guidelines are met in the defining of the details of projects;
•Oversee the maintenance of various engineering records and performs work in connection with purchases, cost analyses and progress reports;
•Prepare Requests for Proposals, contracts, and agreements for consulting and/or construction projects;
•Manage operations and maintenance contracts, agreements and consultants/contractors providing services related to water distribution and sewer collection systems;
•Inspect or direct the inspection of projects being performed by outside contractors;
•Make specialized technical studies and/or investigations;
•Prepare complete and comprehensive oral and written reports and make recommendations on engineering and related issues;
•Monitor the progress of projects and ensures that projects are completed on-time and within budget;
•Prepare division operating and capital improvement budgets; assist in the preparation of departmental operating and capital budget;
•May act as the Assistant Director of Water & Sewer Utilities in his/her absence; and
•Perform other related work as assigned.


Knowledge of:
•Principles, practices and methods of Civil Engineering as applied to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of potable water, recycled water, sanitary sewer, and solar systems;
•Regulatory requirements as they apply to potable water, recycled water, sanitary sewer, and solar utilities;
•Sewer pipeline rehabilitation and replacement techniques, including cured in place liners, slip lining, chemical grouting, and pipe bursting;
•Sewer inspection techniques and rating of severity of defects;
•Principles and practices of safety, including office safety practices and California Occupational Safety & Health Administration (CAL/OSHA) requirements;
•Research methods and statistical analysis;
•Principles and practices of customer service;
•Principles of management, supervision, training and performance evaluation;
•Principles of organization and management, effective leadership and municipal budgeting and administration;
•Complex spreadsheets and database applications;
•Preparation and administration of contracts and fiscal planning;
•Problem solving and conflict resolution practices and techniques; and
•Principles and practices of budgeting (operating and capital), communications, information technology, project management, performance standards, records management and the use of resources to achieve outcomes and goals.

Ability to:
•Prepare, review and evaluate engineering plans, cost estimates and specifications;
•Analyze complex data; resolve applicable problems; evaluate alternatives and recommend course of action;
•Provide leadership and management for the Water and Sewer Utilities Engineering Division through coaching, enabling and facilitating employees working in a team environment to achieve common goals;
•Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate organization activities and effectively manage the work of others in order to operate the Engineering Division;
•Create a culture that is conducive to change and one that is able to select, recruit, retain, develop and motivate a skilled and talented workforce where everyone knows their mission, role, and job;
•Establish clear goals and objectives in order to create an organization that delivers excellent customer service through ethical leadership standards, and establish an atmosphere of respect for employees consistent with the City’s Code of Ethics and Values;
•Establish and maintain effective working relationships with contractors, consultants, employees, other City departments, citizens, businesses and other groups;
•Represent and speak for the division and/or department in front of various groups;
•Effectively listen and modify views as a result of open exchanges of ideas;
•Prepare and present clear, complete, accurate, concise and logical written and oral reports;
•Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload for self and others, and meet strict deadlines;
•Exercise good judgment in structuring and organizing work and setting priorities, balancing the interests of the City and constituents, and readily readjusting priorities to respond to current and future needs.
•Effectively negotiate contracts and customer business relations;
•Manage contractor activities;
•Ensure compliance with regulatory, code and other legal requirements;
•Develop creative and practical solutions to complex and difficult problems; and
•Walk or stand for extended periods of time and bend, stoop, crawl, climb, lift or any other physical requirement as necessitated by the position to perform assigned duties.

Position Qualifications


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE •Education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or closely related field, and
•Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in engineering office and field work, two years of which shall have included supervision of professional and paraprofessional staff.

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