Senior Engineer - Transportation/ CIP

Expiring today

Carlsbad, California
$99,447.00 - $136,996.00 Annually
Nov 03, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type

SALARY: $99,447.00 - $136,996.00 Annually   OPENING DATE: 11/01/21   CLOSING DATE: 11/21/21 05:00 PM  


The City of Carlsbad seeks a dynamic Senior Engineer with strong working knowledge of transportation engineering principles to join the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division of the Transportation Department of the Public Works Branch. The Senior Engineer is the first management level in the engineering professional series and will supervise the Transportation Engineering Section and support staff in the implementation of their assigned projects. This position reports to the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division manager.

The Senior Engineer will manage and perform professional engineering tasks that include contract administration, design and project management of various transportation systems, review plans, specifications, and cost estimate, and conduct technical studies to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, County, and local standards and regulations.
Carlsbad -The Community: This nearly 40 square mile city is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons and abundant natural open space. World class resorts, family attractions, well planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.
The Branch: The Public Works Branch is responsible for planning, providing and maintaining infrastructure that supports Carlsbad's excellent quality of life. The Branch includes a variety of Departments including Administration, Construction Management & Inspection, Environmental Management, Facilities & Fleet, Utilities and Transportation. 
The Department: The Transportation Department supports the planning, design, and construction and inspection of the city and private development projects; keeps people and traffic moving; and cares for transportation and drainage infrastructure systems.
The Division: The Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division designs transportation and storm drain system Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects, prepares master plans, conducts special studies and investigations, and provides as-needed engineering services to the transportation and drainage maintenance and operations divisions. For each project a variety of services are provided including managing consultants that provide planning, engineering and environmental assessments resulting in the preparation of construction contract documents, construction engineering assistance and general project management.
The division coordinates the preparation of the annual update to the city's CIP, manages the ongoing implementation of various financing districts and assists developers with the formation of additional financing districts and reimbursement agreements.
The division is also the lead in the creation and maintenance of the city's public works asset inventory. In addition to creating the inventory, staff in this section prepare and deliver mapping products and complete analysis of asset inventory data for various customers. This work also includes facilitating the utilization of the asset inventory data in coordination with the Business Systems and Geographic Information System divisions.
The Position:  
The City of Carlsbad recruiting for a Senior Engineer that will be the supervisor of the Transportation Engineering Section and a key member of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division. This individual will be part of an engineering team which manages a variety of transportation projects and engineering tasks, and will report directly to the Engineering Manager of the Transportation and Drainage Engineering Division.
If you are a transportation/civil engineering professional looking for a management position with an organization that offers a great culture and an opportunity to work on a diverse set of projects, including maintenance, operational, multimodal and technology improvement projects; then you should apply.

Please be advised:  You will be required to submit proof of the Covid-19 vaccination upon hire.  



Typical duties assigned to this position include but are not limited to:
Supervise the Transportation Engineering Section, which currently includes a staff of two and manage the section in the delivery of the services noted below.
Manage and implement the development of the division goals and operating policies and procedures relative to the areas of transportation engineering.
Provide leadership, mentoring and career development for supervised staff.
Prepare staff reports to the City Council, attend and present at the City Council and the Traffic and Mobility Commission meetings or other agency meetings as required. Represent the city in community and at professional meetings as required.
Reviewing and evaluating plans, specifications and studies of consulting engineers and private developments for moderately complex public or private development projects for conformance with the city, federal, state and regional regulations and codes.
Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; provide technical advice to maintenance and operations staff and construction inspectors. Assist other city departments/divisions and the general public in the interpretation of city ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures.
Prepare Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals; and evaluate Statements of Qualifications and Proposals. Negotiate scopes of work and fee proposals and work with Contracts Administration in the development and execution of various agreements and contracts such as professional service agreements and construction contracts.
Preparing and submitting applications and secure permits for various projects and tasks including those required from the State of California Department of Transportation, County of San Diego, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Coastal Commission and other regulatory agencies.
Manage and coordinate the preparation and review of various work products such as preliminary and final plans, specifications and cost estimates as well as the associated engineering, planning and environmental technical studies for CIP projects.
Identify and coordinate with all project stakeholders & regulatory agencies. Coordinate project design and development. Identify requirements for project approval and prepare schedules and budgets. Obtain necessary permits, CEQA approval and negotiate and obtain easements for public improvements.
Assist in the preparation and administration of operational budgetary and annual CIP budget report.
Interact and engage with the public, developers and professionals while implementing important CIP projects.
Provide and/or supervise engineering staff and consultants in the planning, programming, designing and construction support services for CIP and public works projects.
Prepare Master plans and fee programs for transportation and storm drain infrastructure.
Coordinate engineering related activities with other city departments, divisions and outside agencies.



To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

  • 7+ years proven experience working in a similar role, for a public agency or as a consultant
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Able to speak to all levels of staff and various agencies
  • Skilled, effective and compelling communicator, with both written and oral presentations
  • Problem-solving; able to offer alternative solutions to complex situations
  • Understands the principles, practices and methods of civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation infrastructures
  • Extensive experience planning, designing and providing engineering support services for transportation CIP projects

 Knowledge of:    

  • Advanced transportation engineering and practices as applied to municipal public works.
  • General design procedures for storm drain systems
  • Techniques and methods for preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, technical reports, and recommendations related to transportation and public works projects
  • City policies and procedures governing engineering operations
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures related to the engineering, development and construction of projects
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public administration including budget and personnel administration
  • Municipal operations as they relate to other city branches, departments and divisions
  • Principles and techniques of supervision and management
  • The city's mission, vision and values

 Ability to:

  • Perform technical civil and transportation engineering work of a complex nature with a minimum of supervision
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Supervise, train and evaluate professional and technical staff
  • Plan, organize and direct the activities of assigned area of responsibility
  • Apply initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the work
  • Understand the organizational structure of the city and the roles and responsibilities of this position and how they relate to the organization
  • Interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Develop and administer a division budget
  • Prepare and analyze technical reports, statements, contracts and legal documents
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships
  • Maintain effective work relationships with staff, other governmental agencies, contractors and the general public

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field is required
  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field is preferable and may be substituted for work experience
  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Civil Engineer issued by the State of California is required
  • Minimum seven years of increasingly responsible and professional engineering experience involving the design and construction of a variety of public facilities and projects, including a special focus in transportation engineering
  • Two years of experience in a supervisory capacity.