Engineering/CIP Manager

The City of Petaluma
Petaluma, California
$133,390 - $162,115
May 05, 2022
Jun 04, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Program Manager
Contract Type
Organization Type

Public Works and Utilities Department


Salary: $133,390 - $162,115 DOE/DOQ


Due to some exciting changes and new funding sources, the City of Petaluma is growing its Public Works and Utilities Department to champion some very exciting projects. In addition to several other engineering positions (to see other opportunities CLICK HERE), the City of Petaluma is looking for an Engineering Manager to oversee and lead the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This position will also serve as a supportive and guiding leader of 12 staff and manage a CIP budget of $60M+. This Manager will balance hands-on engineering work, with their leadership and management duties, and bring several years of experience in civil engineering overseeing complex projects. The ideal candidate will have excellent project-management skills and understand current planning and process details, along with the nuances of meeting the community’s needs. This position will have a strong understanding of local, state, and federal ordinances, regulations, and laws and translate technical details to different audiences. These winning technical strengths combined with the ability to collaborate and communicate effectively, demonstrate emotional intelligence, and build effective relationships is desirable. The ideal candidate desires to improve the services of the Division and will be an excellent addition to the City of Petaluma’s Engineering Team. If you want to shape the future of one of the most desirable communities in Sonoma County, then apply with the City of Petaluma today!


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The Engineering Manager will oversee the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and lead large, complex projects that improve City property and infrastructure. They will collaborate with other City staff and elected officials to prioritize CIP projects and timelines. This position oversees a team of 12 that includes engineers, project managers, map specialists, engineering and CAD technicians, and grant writers, in support of a CIP budget of $60M. They will provide their team with strong direction about the objectives, policies, and priorities of the Division. This is a public-facing role that requires the Manager to develop frequent presentations and provide answers to the public. They will be a project manager for simultaneous programs, including ones outside of CIP, such as solar, streetlight, and dredging projects. The Manager will serve as a visionary leader to their team and report to the Director and/or Assistant Public Works and Utilities Director.


The ideal candidate will be a professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic leader. They will see challenges as opportunities for improvement and champion innovation and risk taking in staff. They have a solid understanding of civil engineering, design, and construction and have the financial acumen to manage the CIP budget. The Manager will put in place cutting-edge engineering strategies, work with experts in the field, and create an inclusive and collaborative team culture. The Manager will also ensure their team builds trust with the community, inspires creative thinking, and makes engineering decisions that are educated and meet best practices. They will be an organized project manager, taking CIP projects from conception to completion, while demonstrating the interpersonal skills to build relationships in and out of the Division.





Any combination equivalent to the education and experience likely to provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to gain such knowledge and abilities is described below:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, or a closely related field. Five years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering project management experience; at least two years of experience must include supervisory experience. Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license, or the ability to obtain the license. Valid registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.


  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP)

SALARY & BENEFITS: An annual salary of $133,390 - $162,115 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package.



For first consideration, apply by June 1, 2022, by completing an application and attaching your cover letter and resume at  


Save the Dates:

  • Interviews will take place during the second week of June. There will be a two-day interview process.


Please contact your recruiter, Wendi Brown, with any questions:



Please Note:


In order to ensure the City fulfills its primary function of protecting the health and safety of our community and employees, the City of Petaluma has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy to help mitigate transmission of COVID-19.  All City of Petaluma employees are required to comply with the provisions of the COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy.  Therefore, any candidate selected to move forward in the selection process, as a condition of employment, will be required to either: (1) provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (proof of vaccination means being fully vaccinated according to the latest criteria established by federal and local public health agencies); or (2) submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.