Under administrative direction, plans, and oversees, the work of the engineering function within the Public Works Department, including Capital Improvement Program (CIP) planning, design, and construction, permitting, and land development services, traffic and transportation engineering programs, field inspections; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; provides highly complex and technical support to the Public Works Director and others in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.
examples of duties
Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of the engineering functions within the Public Works Department, including Capital Improvement Program (CIP), public and private subdivision projects, public works and encroachment permitting processes, field inspection work, and traffic engineering; Recommends and administers policies and procedures; Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of engineering services, projects, and activities; Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; Works with employees on performance issues; Recommends and administers policies and procedures such as design standards and standard plans and specifications while ensuring that operation and maintenance, financial, regulatory, and legal requirements are met; Oversees the development of consultant requests for proposals for professional and/or construction services and the advertising and bid processes; Evaluates proposals and recommends project award; negotiates and administers contracts after award; Ensures contractor compliance with City standards and specifications and time and budget estimates; Recommends and approves field changes as required; Investigates and resolves problems with scope of work or cost issues of major facility upgrade and replacement projects; Analyzes civil engineering plan design, specifications, cost and consultant and staff comments in accordance with design requirements and municipal and intergovernmental standards and regulations; Reviews and approves all grading plans and permits; Prepares plans and specifications for capital improvement projects; tract and parcel maps, lot line adjustments, and legal reviews; Reviews controversial encroachment permits and other engineering and design documents; Coordinates plan check review of private developments within the City’s public right-of-way; Provides information regarding City development requirements; Prepares, reviews, and completes various reports; Provides support to sewer assessment districts; Coordinates and oversees the preparation of service requests for street maintenance activities; Serves as a liaison for the assigned function to other City departments, divisions, and outside agencies; Attends meetings, as necessary; Provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces, as necessary; May present information to the City Council and various commissions, committees, and boards; Receives, investigates, and responds to problems and complaints from citizens in a professional manner; Identifies and reports findings and takes necessary corrective action; May act as Public Works Director in his/her absence; and performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of: Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, evaluation, and project management; Principles and practices of budget development and administration; Principles and practices of employee supervision; Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility; Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, cost estimating, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of municipal infrastructure and facilities; Civil and transportation engineering principles, concepts, standards, and practices associated with public works programs and private development projects; Principles and practices of environmental impact assessment and related regulatory processes; Contract management practices in a public agency setting; Practice of preparing and presenting effective staff reports; Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work; English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Ability to: Recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient services; Administer complex, technical, and sensitive engineering, development, and related programs in an independent and cooperative manner; Plan, organize, assign, review, and evaluate the work of staff; train staff in work procedures; Prepare clear and concise reports, agenda reports, specifications, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner; Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, technical written material, and City engineering policies and procedures; Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports; Effectively represent the department and the City in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals; Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems; Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs; Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing;; Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education, Experience, Licenses and Certifications:Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible civil engineering and/or public works experience, including two (2) years of supervisory experience. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License by time of appointment; must possess and maintain a valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with the State of California.
Physical Demands: Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development sites, including traversing uneven terrain, climbing ladders, stairs, and other temporary or construction access points, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing in work areas and walking between work areas may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
La Cañada means ''the glen between the hills.'' The City of La Cañada Flintridge lies 15 miles north of Los Angeles, at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The City of La Canada Flintridge was incorporated in 1976, and encompasses the communities of La Cañada and Flintridge.
La Cañada Flintridge is bordered by Pasadena to the east, Glendale to the south and the communities of Montrose and... La Crescenta to the west. The beautiful San Gabriel Mountains (Angeles National Forest) form a natural boundary to the north. The altitude ranges from 1,200 feet on the southwest side of town, to 2,100 feet on the north side. The 210 and 2 Freeways afford those who live and work in La Cañada Flintridge easy access to all points within the Los Angeles Basin. Our average annual rainfall is 22”. For most of the year, temperatures are slightly warmer than downtown Los Angeles during the day and slightly cooler at night.
Quality of life is highly prized in the City, which is nestled between a 40-acre open space area and the National Forest. It has been designated a "Tree City, USA." We have a unique 23-mile trail system where you can circumnavigate the City on horseback or walking.
The City’s main street, once an interstate highway, has transformed Foothill Boulevard into a quaint neighborhood shopping area. La Cañada Flintridge always has been known for its strong sense of community and civic pride. We also have one of the lowest crime rates in the County. Public safety is provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The L.A. County Fire Department maintains two stations, #19 West and #82 East, for fire protection.
La Cañada Flintridge has a golf course, a library, YMCA, the world renowned Descanso Gardens, an active Chamber, City Hall and the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
The City has 24 full-time positions, with several part-time and contract positions. The Public Works Department has a staff of seven, with the City Engineer being one of those positions. The incumbent, who is retiring, was hired as the City's first non-contract City Engineer and has served as such since 2002. The City recently won the regional American Public Works Association Award for its Jessen Drive Bridge Replacement Project. In addition, the Public Works Department just completed the largest non-assessment public works project in the City's history, the construction of three City-funded soundwall segments. The project also has a public art element.
In this episode, I am going to talk to one of our listeners, Carl Humphrey, about challenges that he is facing around career planning and will give you some advice on how you can use your time wisely as an engineering professional. There were some very interesting strategies that we discussed in this episode that I believe […]