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THE POSITION: The Engineering Director/City Engineer is an at-will position appointed by, and reporting to, the City Manager. The incumbent will join the other members of the Executive Management Team in efficiently leading City staff and resources to successfully implement City Council goals and priorities.
Under administrative direction of the City Manager, the successful candidate will plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of the Engineering Department, which is comprised of a staff of nine (9), by developing and implementing policies and procedures; reviewing recommendations and actions of subordinates; and solving department issues. The Engineering Director/City Engineer serves as the City’s primary representative for engineering matters with other agencies, consultants, developers, and contractors; directs, develops, and administers the department budget; manages and approves engineering plans for all City projects; manages the administration of all major City construction projects; and approves all construction contract change orders and extra services for consultants.
As a member of the Executive Management Team, the selected individual will strategize on City-wide efforts to better serve the community and strengthen interdepartmental collaborations. The Engineering Director/City Engineer will provide presentations and interact with the City Council, other government bodies, boards, and commissions, and members of the public on engineering items, some of which may be extremely controversial.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The City of Hemet is seeking an energetic and experienced professional to assume the duties of Engineering Director/City Engineer. The ideal candidate is a dedicated professional who establishes positive working relationships with staff, department heads, elected officials, various agencies, and the community. The candidate will be a sophisticated strategic thinker, serve as an organizational asset in solving problems, supervise the development and implementation of capital programs, and be able to develop long-range plans for the Engineering Department based upon an analysis of the needs and interests of the community, projected future demands, capacity of facilities, and funding opportunities.
The incumbent will be results-oriented, while respecting the need to be attentive to an appropriate level of detail. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of policy development and administration of municipal civil engineering projects and public works programs; principles of budget administration and fiscal management including the preparation of fee schedules; federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern Public Works activities relating to Engineering, Survey, Streets, Parking, Transportation Planning, Operations, and Environmental Programs; principles of management necessary to direct the Engineering Department including selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of employees; engineering principles and practices as applied to planning, development, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Public Works projects; principles and practices of Public Works contract administration, development of construction project plans, reports and recommendations, and grant proposals.
The selected candidate will have effective interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills; possess astute judgment to work closely with the organization in order to facilitate effective and efficient programs and services to the community; be a creative problem solver, and display a high degree of political astuteness but remain apolitical. The new Engineering Director/City Engineer will possess a strong sense of personal and professional ethics and integrity. The candidate will also promote the use of new and emerging technology, and be comfortable in promoting state of the art methods of delivering exceptional internal and external customer service.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, public or business administration, or a related field and eight (8) years of recent, continuous, and progressively responsible professional engineering experience, including three (3) years at the mid-management/supervisory level in a professional engineering organization. Registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in the state of California at time of appointment. Preferred licensing: Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering with a license number of 33965 and lower, or higher than 33965 and as a Professional Land Surveyor.
THE COMMUNITY: The City of Hemet, tucked in a valley surrounded by the Santa Rosa Hills and the San Jacinto Mountains, is embarking on a journey of revitalization and growth. Founded in 1910, the City of Hemet, with a population of approximately 80,000, is located in western Riverside County. Hemet was originally an agricultural community, but later became known as a retirement destination. In... the early 1990’s Hemet experienced a construction boom which brought new residential neighborhoods, larger families, new commercial, retail, and office development. With this growth, Hemet began its transition from a retirement and snowbird haven to a modern, diverse suburban community.Hemet is home to unique recreational amenities. Diamond Valley Lake, Southern California’s largest freshwater reservoir built by the Metropolitan Water District, features hiking, boating, and world class fishing year round. Every spring, RAMONA, the United States’ longest running outdoor play, attracts thousands of visitors to the valley.With access to Hemet from CA 74, CA 79, and Interstates 215, 15, and 10, Hemet is ideally located to enjoy the four sport California day, where you can surf in the morning, snowboard midday, mountain bike in the afternoon, and finish with a round of golf or a game of tennis. Los Angeles and San Diego are just over an hour away. The beauty of the desert and spa lifestyle of Palm Springs is yours within 45 minutes.THE CITY: The City Council consists of five members, three elected from specified districts, and two elected at-large. Among this group, the Mayor is appointed by his/her colleagues. The City of Hemet has a General Fund operating budget of approximately $39 million and a total budget of $79 million. The City currently enjoys a General Fund reserve of over $10 million.The largest sources of General Fund revenue are comprised of sales and property taxes. Hemet is a full service City with its own Police and Fire Departments, as well as Water Utility. In addition to the City Manager, the Executive Management Team includes (7) department heads who have oversight of Administrative Services, Police, Fire, Library, Community Development, Engineering, and Public Works.There are 291 full-time positions in the FY 2016-2017 budget.
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