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Senior Engineer Design Services Group

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San Diego County Water Authority


Kearny, NJ

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Overall Job ObjectiveJob Title:Senior Engineer (Design Services Group)Closing Date/Time:Thu. 02/15/18 5:00 PM Pacific Time Salary:$52.64 - $70.79 Hourly$9,123.40 - $12,270.09 Monthly$109,480.80 - $147,241.12 Annually Job Type:Full TimeLocation:Kearny Mesa (San Diego County), CaliforniaThe Water Authority invites you to help us safely and reliably deliver one of the county’s most valuable resources by becoming one of our most valuable resources. Join one of the San Diego region's most reputable and progressive public agencies! The San Diego County Water Authority is an independent public agency that serves as San Diego County's regional water wholesaler. The mission of the San Diego County Water Authority is to provide a safe and secure water supply to its 24 member agencies serving the region's $222 billion economy and its 3.3 million residents. With an acute awareness of San Diego's dependence on imported water sources, the Water Authority is executing a long term strategy to diversify the region's supply sources, make major investments in the region's water delivery and storage system, and improve water use efficiency. Through dynamic leadership, thoughtful planning, and prudent fiscal policies, the Water Authority is cost effectively managing the region's water portfolio, while continuing to diversify supplies to enhance future reliability. The Position:The Senior Engineer in the Engineering Department Design Services Group serves as Project Manager and Leader for complex projects; conducts technical analysis, research, planning, design, and construction management for a variety of capital improvement, major maintenance, and/or other Water Authority projects; may plan, organize, supervise, and review the work of assigned professional and technical staff; and performs related duties as assigned.The ideal candidate is an independent self-starter and effective communicator who is organized and thrives in a fast-paced, challenging work environment. The ideal candidate has hands-on public works design experience that includes large capacity water distribution systems and facilities. The ideal candidate also has experience managing design consultant contracts and supervising or leading professional, para-professional, and support staff.DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSThe responsibilities of incumbents in this class require them to be technically competent in leadership, project management, project scheduling and controls, project financial management, Water Authority policies and procedures, and engineering. Assist in providing required programmatic support to other Water Authority programs such as Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Right of Way management, Aqueduct Protection Program, and urgent repairs. Assignments are general, broad based and of a continuing nature, requiring the application of advanced leadership, project management and engineering knowledge, and the exercise of judgment and initiative in coordinating their work and that of others both inside and outside the Water Authority.This position is distinguished from the Engineer (PE) in that this position will have supervisory responsibilities, and will manage larger more complex projects or manage a portfolio of capital projects and exercise leadership over a professional team who may be supporting the portfolio of projects.JOB DUTIESThe duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class. As a project manager or engineer, plans, organizes, controls, integrates, and evaluates the work of a project team of professional and technical staff chartered with responsibility to manage capital projects; with staff and team members, develops, implements, and monitors project plans to achieve CIP vision, goals, objectives, and achieves key performance indicators; works with project team to identify critical path events and success factors, and manage them to successful resolution; monitors performance against the project plan and CIP schedule/budget; manages project standards, work processes, systems and procedures to achieve goals and objectives; assists in the development of Water Authority programs including CIP and engineering department priorities. Provides day-to-day leadership and project management, and works with project team staff to ensure a high-performance work environment which supports achieving the Water Authority's and department's mission and goals. May supervise assigned staff.Manages the project planning design, preparation and construction of assigned capital improvement projects utilizing in-house staff, consulting firms and construction contractors; prepares cost estimates; establishes the scope, schedule and task level budgets and prepares variance analysis reports for design and construction projects; prepares professional service RFPs; evaluates and selects consultants; negotiates, administers and manages agreements for geotechnical services, design, and other specialty services; collaborates with project team members and other departmental personnel in a participative manner; reviews drawings and specifications for compliance with Water Authority standards; interprets specifications and Water Authority policies, and initiates or reviews change orders; ensures compliance with project regulatory requirements; prepares periodic project reports; responds to requests for information; and seals final design plans and documents.Represents the Water Authority with consultants and contractors; prepares correspondence on technical engineering and community issues; coordinates project engineering design, planning and construction activities with Water Authority departments, member agencies and other entities; proposes revisions to design and construction standards, and to Water Authority processes to improve methods, procedures and practices; makes interpretations of applicable laws, regulations, policies and design standards. Participates in the preparation of CIP and Operating Budget recommendations; authorizes the purchase of materials and monitors work activities and expenditures to control costs, quality, and safety. Analyzes and responds to requests for information from member agencies, other public entities and the public; represents the Water Authority at meetings. Tracks, evaluates, and prepares reports and presentations on project progress and issues to Water Authority management and Board.Supervise professional, para-professional, and support staff as assigned.May represent the Water Authority at public hearings. Participates in preparing interagency agreements.Please note: This position has been approved for hire at Step 1 of the salary range. Depending on qualifications, starting salary may be negotiable. Step increases may occur at 6 months, 1 year, and annually thereafter. Qualification Guidelines:The qualification guidelines generally describe the knowledge and ability required to enter the job in order to successfully perform the assigned duties. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. A typical example of qualifying education and experience would be:Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in engineering; and eight years of professional engineering experience, including experience in public water/utility design, construction, and project scheduling and control tools with at least two years of experience at the level of the Water Authority's Engineer (P.E.) class. Experience supervising professional and/or paraprofessional level staff is highly desirable.Additional RequirementsA valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of California is required.A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the Water Authority's Vehicle Insurance Policy is required. Application Procedure:To be considered for this position, please submit an employment application and supplemental questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application and supplemental questionnaire. All applications and supplemental questionnaires will be evaluated in relation to the criteria outlined in this job announcement. The selection process may consist of an appraisal interview, writing exercise, and/or other appropriate screening methods.  To ensure timely and successful navigation, please consider applying early if you are new to the application system. For technical assistance with the online application system, please review the Government Jobs online application guide, or contact their toll-free applicant support line at (855) 524-5627. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Ashley Kite, Senior Human Resources Analyst, at (858) 522-6667.  

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