GENERAL PURPOSE: The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Transportation and Capital Improvements Director/City Engineer in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department, including the Transportation, Capital Programs, and Engineering Divisions. The position performs professional civil engineering, planning, and project management work of considerable complexity, including transportation, floodplain administration, capital improvement, and development projects. The Assistant Director ensures compliance with the requirements of federal, state, and local regulations and permits and delivery of capital improvement projects meeting scope, schedule, cost, and quality.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Manages the design, development, and completion of engineering, transportation, and capital improvement projects; approves project plans and specifications, negotiates contract terms, manages contracts and contractors, and ensures the overall integrity of the projects and services and compliance with contract specifications. Develops and implements community plans and studies, including the capital improvement plan, major thoroughfare plan, multimodal transportation plan, drainage area master plan, downtown plans, and economic development priorities. Makes technical analysis of proposed projects; evaluates the need for design changes and makes appropriate recommendations; reviews plans for conformity to uniform codes, local ordinances, and state and federal regulations. Work closely with the City Manager’s Office and Department Directors to establish project priorities, timelines, and budgets. Meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve workload and technical issues; plans, prioritizes, and assigns projects; monitors workflow and evaluates work effectiveness, methods, and procedures. Supervises, disciplines, and evaluates staff; trains and instructs employees; reviews the work of assigned staff to ensure the work quality and timely accomplishment of tasks and projects. Interprets and explains codes, regulations, permit and code enforcement rules, and related policies and procedures to developers, contractors, property owners, and the general public. Writes technical and analytical reports and makes technical estimates of a specialized nature in connection with engineering and capital improvement projects. Develops department budget and monitors expenditures; compiles, reviews, and synthesizes operational data; and prepares standard and specialized reports. Responds to questions from citizens and agencies on projects and plans Attends meetings and public hearings representing the city as assigned or required. Ensures representation of the Transportation and Capital Improvements Department at Planning Commission, Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board, Watershed Advisory Committee, and other city boards and committees. Ensures representation at regional groups, including the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Texas Water Development Board. Perform the duties of the Transportation and Capital Improvements Director/City Engineer in their absence. Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Construction Science, Urban and Regional Planning, Public Administration, or a closely related field and at least ten years of work experience in civil engineering, public works, transportation, development, and/or capital improvement projects, preferably in the public sector and with at least five years of demonstrated leadership, management, and supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in similar fields is desirable.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License. Registration as a Professional Engineer by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, or the ability to obtain licensure within six months from the date of employment is required for qualified engineers. Certification as an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Construction Manager (CCM), or Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is preferred for associated fields and work experience.
Required Knowledge of:
City organization, operations, policies, and procedures. Fundamental principles, practices, and techniques of civil and construction engineering, city planning, urban design, land development, transportation planning, and multimodal services. Principles of design, construction, and maintenance of public works and capital improvement projects. Federal, state, local, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards, protocols, specifications, and guidelines. Principles and practices of project and construction management. Municipal finance and budgeting; purchasing and personnel practices; and City codes and ordinances. Safety procedures and standards. Principles of staff supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Required Skills in:
Analyzing issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings. Interpreting and applying engineering standards and procedures, Federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures. Managing and scheduling projects, including assistance in capital improvement project programming. Reading and interpreting engineering plans specifications, plats, and other related documents. Analyzing and evaluating technical engineering data and construction documentation. Reviewing and checking designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of engineering projects. Reviewing and verifying mathematical calculations. Making accurate drawings and maps and keeping accurate field notes. Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other local, state, and federal agencies and the public. Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands. Communicating clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing. Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and outdoors in all weather conditions with extended periods of sitting, standing, walking bending, and reaching. Must be able to safely pull, push, lift, and carry items weighing up to forty (40) pounds. Work may require travel primarily within local and regional area. May be required to work irregular hours including weekends, holidays, and evenings. This position is expected to work immediately before, during or after an emergency or disaster. NOTE: This position is designated safety and/or security sensitive.