Director of Engineering Services/City Engineer

City of Rialto
Rialto, California
$145,428 – $194,892 Annually
Jun 30, 2022
Jul 30, 2022
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JOB TITLE: Director of Engineering Services/City Engineer

AGENCY: City of Rialto


FILING DEADLINE:  August 5, 2022

SALARY RANGE:  $145,428 – $194,892 Annually



The Director of Engineering Services/City Engineer reports to the City Manager and plans, manages, oversees, and directs the operations and services of the Engineering Services Department, including technical engineering services, general administration, and development and evaluation of public facilities and engineering programs. This position also oversees land development services, traffic engineering, and the implementation of capital improvement projects. The incumbent will manage projects and contracts, research, administrative and technical activities related to land development, capital improvement projects, transportation, and permit and entitlement process improvement.


Key Functions include but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as City Engineer and technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council and department heads concerning public facilities, engineering proposals, and programs.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain Engineering Services Department goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for appropriate service areas, and ensure that established goals and priorities are achieved.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for assigned staff; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures. Meet with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Mentor, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget.
  • Prepare and/or review professional civil engineering designs for assigned projects utilizing a variety of computer software programs.
  • Serve as project manager on complex engineering studies and projects, administer construction and professional services contracts, monitor project budgets, inspect work in progress and conduct final inspections to accept completed work. Ensure compliance with contractual obligations.
  • Review land development plans, subdivision maps, and various grading and improvement plans for compliance with applicable laws, codes, and regulations as assigned.
  • Plan and supervise the collection, analysis, and reporting of various traffic engineering studies.
  • Attend and participate in community meetings regarding the impact of proposed construction as assigned; respond to citizen complaints. Attend meetings of a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Plan, direct, and review the construction, operation, and maintenance of the City’s traffic control systems, streets, electric, sanitation, and recycling facilities and equipment.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.



The ideal candidate is a confident, strategic thinker and collaborative leader. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to create and build solid relationships with staff, interdepartmental management, the business community, and other key stakeholders. The successful candidate will be a team player, with a creative leadership style and the ability to come up with innovative solutions autonomously and with staff. The application of professional knowledge and skills is required in the research, analysis, planning, and implementation of effective engineering programs, and requires frequent use of independent judgment. This is an excellent opportunity for an engineering professional to lead a new and separate Engineering Services Department.


Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • An experienced leader who can mentor and train all levels of personnel.
  • A professional who upholds the values of the City of Rialto while building positive employee and business working relations, while respecting the richness of a diverse community.
  • A friendly, approachable leader who is actively engaged in the community to ensure quality customer service. An active listener.
  • A communicative leader with the highest integrity, character, and ethics.
  • An individual who values and openly demonstrates an appreciation for and connection with staff based on the ability to build rapport and trust.



The City of Rialto, known as “The Bridge to Progress” city, is in San Bernardino County and is home to a highly diverse community of over 104,000 residents. Conveniently located close to some of the State’s majestic snow-capped mountains, tranquil deserts, and pristine beaches, Rialto offers unique recreational opportunities for every lifestyle. Whatever the recreational or artistic pursuits, they can be found close at hand and include skiing in Big Bear, golfing in Palm Springs, shopping on Rodeo Drive, surfing at Malibu, visiting Disneyland, the Music Center, the California Speedway, Hollywood, historic mission sites, or the National Orange Show. Striving to become a leader in sustainability, the City has strategically focused on striking a balance between visitors, businesses, and residents.


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:  


To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and four work-related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:   


Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held.


For additional information, please contact:

Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email: