Engineering Manager

Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District
Escondido, California
$11,088.00 - $14,969.00 Monthly
May 11, 2022
Jun 10, 2022
Contract Type
Organization Type

*Rincon has an immediate need for an Engineering Manager

*Interviews will be held as needed


Essential Duties

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions, and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of engineering programs and projects within the District.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned services and programs; identifies resource needs; recommends and implements policies and procedures, ensuring alignment with the District's strategic and operational plans.
  • Participates in the development, administration, and control of assigned budgets including the CIP budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, and supplies; assists with grant submittals and preparation and submission of grant reports; monitors revenues and expenditures; recommends budget adjustments.
  • Identifies necessary improvements to existing facilities and systems and identifies new facilities required to solve deficiencies in existing systems or improve the ability of the District to deliver water to existing or future customers.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and directs personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service-oriented work environment which supports achieving the department’s and the District’s mission, strategic plan, objectives, and values.
  • Manages capital improvement project planning activities within the potable, wastewater, and recycled water distribution systems; manages large, complex capital improvement projects through all phases including planning, design, construction and implementation, and close-out; leads project teams in the execution of projects; develops work plans including, scope of work, budget, schedules, and baseline requirements; reviews and approves preliminary and final drawings, plans, and specifications for compliance with engineering standards and District requirements.
  • Investigates field problems affecting project design and construction, contractors, maintenance, and operations; responds to citizen concerns; provides information to the public regarding agency information and issues and improvement plans.
  • Develops and manages requests for proposals for professional and/or contracted services; prepares scopes of work; evaluates proposals and recommends award; negotiates and manages contracts; supervises contractor performance to ensure compliance with applicable standards and specifications.
  • Conducts a variety of engineering studies and investigations; assists in developing policies and procedures such as procedure guidelines, design standards, and standard plans and specifications while ensuring that operation and maintenance, financial, regulatory, and legal requirements are met.
  • Analyzes engineering plan design, specifications, and consultant and staff comments in accordance with design requirements and District and intergovernmental standards and regulations; recommends approval or additional engineering conditions and changes.
  • Oversees the permitting process, plan review and approval, connection fees, and inspection of development projects within the District.
  • Meets and confers with contractors, engineers, developers, architects, a variety of outside agencies, and the general public on development issues and acquiring information.
  • Oversees wastewater treatment plant contract operations; identifies, responds to, and resolves issues involving engineering and operations related to sewer collection and treatment.
  • Oversees the District’s GIS system integration; directs and manages the work of consultants; identifies software and hardware needs and manages procurement; facilitates integration with other District software and systems including billing, water quality and operations.
  • Manages the development and implementation of the District's infrastructure Master Plans.
  • Directs the organization and maintenance of accurate and detailed databases, files, and records.
  • Participates on and makes presentations to the Board of Directors and a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of engineering.
  • Prepares, reviews and presents staff reports, various management updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the General Manager.
  • Responds to and resolves various issues with residents, other District and public representatives, and outside agencies in a professional manner; identifies and reports findings and takes necessary corrective action.
  • Responds to emergencies as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.



Knowledge of:

  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned area of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment review and evaluation, discipline, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Principles and practices of leadership.
  • Administrative principles, practices, and methods including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, policy and procedure development, quality control and work standards.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and ordinances relevant to the area(s) of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering design, construction, and maintenance of water production, distribution, wastewater facilities, and other hydraulic projects.
  • Principles and practices of water utility engineering, operations, management, and organization including treatment processes and construction maintenance of water/sewer facilities and distribution systems.
  • Methods and techniques of complex engineering plan review and analysis.
  • Principles and practices of water supply development, including chemical and biological aspects of water and local water problems.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles and practices of project management including oversight of contractors and consultants, contract administration, resource, and budget management.
  • Land surveying principles.
  • Application of land use (development patterns and processes) concepts and implementation of zoning and other municipal ordinances.
  • Public utility governance, oversight, regulations, and land development and zoning requirements.
  • Research methods and techniques.
  • Advanced mathematic principles.
  • Principles and practices of technical report and business correspondence preparation.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of effective grant writing and administration.
  • District organization, rules, policies, and procedures in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Principles and practices of risk management.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping.
  • Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
  • The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar.
  • Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.

Ability to:

  • Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner. 
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Provide administrative, management and professional leadership for the engineering programs, projects, and activities.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Perform highly complex tasks, studies, and special projects; evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Oversee and manage the work of project consultants.
  • Prepare, administer, and monitor complex project budgets; prepare cost and financial estimates.
  • Perform project management tasks for complex civil engineering projects.
  • Interpret and explain design criteria, policies, ordinances, and procedures.
  • Negotiate various scopes of work and contracts including planning studies, and project design, construction, and maintenance contracts.
  • Evaluate potential construction and operational risks, materials, and project costs, and provide recommendations for mitigation measures.
  • Understand the organization and operation of the District and outside agencies as they relate to the operation of the District.
  • Direct the establishment of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions. 
  • Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports, drawings, maps, notes, correspondence, and other written materials.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply all pertinent laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures and standards relevant to work performed.
  • Effectively represent the department and the District in meetings with governmental agencies; community groups; various business, professional and regulatory organizations; and in meetings with individuals.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience

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 a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering.


  • Five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience, including two (2) years of supervisory responsibility, preferably in a public utilities’ environment.

Licenses and Certifications:

  • A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of California.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license by time of appointment.