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Supervising Engineer - Transportation & Public Works

City of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, California
$114,402.00 - $146,954.00 Annually
Closing date
Sep 24, 2022
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Join a knowledgeable and motivated team who take pride in doing quality work.

The City of Santa Rosa is committed to building a workforce reflective of our community and establishing a lasting culture of equity and belonging within our organization. Our collective talents and expertise contribute to high-quality public services that support a vibrant, resilient, inclusive City for our community and visitors. We celebrate a diverse workforce and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.

The Benefits of City Employment

  • A competitive total compensation package!
  • A 2.5% salary increase effective July 2023
  • 11 paid holidays annually, plus 1 to 3 'floating holidays' per year, depending on start date and years of service
  • $500 annually for wellness
  • Flexible schedule (9/80 and 4/10) available with management approval
  • Opportunity for up to 50% remote after successful completion of probation

In addition to offering a challenging, rewarding work environment and excellent salary, the City of Santa Rosa provides a generous suite of benefits, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave accrual package, your choice of health plan, a flexible spending program, employer contributions to a Retiree Health Savings plan, flexible work schedule options, and top of the line employer paid (free to you) vision and dental coverage. More information regarding benefits associated with this position can be found on our Miscellaneous Employee Benefits Page.

The Position 

This recruitment is for positions in the Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Division.  We are currently seeking Supervising Engineers to work collaboratively with our talented, interdisciplinary team to strategically execute a broad array of engineering efforts from planning concept to Notice of Completion.  Reporting to the Deputy Director – Capital Projects Engineering, the Supervising Engineer supervises a team of Associate Civil Engineers, technical staff and administrative staff in order to implement the design and construction of Capital Improvement Projects.

We have multiple vacant positions to be filled and aim to create a diverse engineering team to manage the upcoming project load.  If you would like to be a member of our team, we warmly welcome your application.

Please note, we also have an Associate Civil Engineer position available.  If you are interested in applying for the Associate Civil Engineer position, you will need to apply separately to the concurrent recruitment being conducted at

The Division
With a goal for sustainable infrastructure, the Capital Projects Engineering (CPE) Division performs a range of tasks to design and construct public works, utilities and related projects for a wide range of departments within the City of Santa Rosa.  The CPE Division is comprised of a diverse, dedicated team of Engineers, Engineering Technicians, Surveyors, and administrative support staff whose scope ultimately includes projects to rehabilitate, upgrade and expand virtually all aspects of the City's infrastructure - from transportation projects and bridge projects (including the 101 pedestrian overpass), to facilities projects (including interior remodels, Emergency Operations Centers, fire stations, community centers), to creek restoration projects, to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, and everything in between.  The City is exploring and excited about Design-Build project delivery as an alterative delivery strategy.  Capital Projects at the City of Santa Rosa are primarily funded through sewer and water rates, gas taxes, development fees, storm water utility revenue, and grants, as well as other transportation-related Federal, State and local funding sources. 

The Successful Candidate:

  • Effectively presents complex subjects to policy makers and members of the public
  • Is adept at building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Possess strong technical analysis, problem solving, and project management skills
  • Is skilled at managing multiple complex projects
  • Has experience supervising, developing, and mentoring others
  • Demonstrates proficiency in developing and managing section budgets

The Selection Process

Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, or responses such as "See Resume" can result in disqualification from the selection process. 

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The City of Santa Rosa is nestled in the center of famous Sonoma Wine Country, located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of approximately 180,000. Santa Rosa serves as the County seat and the center of trade, government, commerce, and medical facilities for the North Bay. The surrounding area is home to over a hundred wineries and vineyards and many beautiful parks and recreational facilities, including golf courses. Santa Rosa is in the center of a nationally recognized cycling area. We boast many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally recognized restaurants, yet still retain the warmth and small town feel of decades past. Santa Rosa has been named one of the 50 greenest cities in the United States with one of the top five mid-sized downtowns in California. 

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Examples of Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are considered essential for this job classification and are applicable to all sections:

  • Supervise, select, train and evaluate professional and technical staff in an assigned section of Engineering Services or Building and Code Compliance Division;
  • supervise and participate in the development of plans, specifications, estimates and work orders for the construction of public works and City projects;
  • initiate and conduct engineering planning studies to identify infrastructure needs; manage construction contract administration;
  • review and make recommendations on technical reports and studies;
  • check computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with regulations;
  • inspect project sites to assist in solution of difficult problems;
  • coordinate engineering related activities with other City departments, divisions and sections and with outside agencies;
  • research, interpret and apply the City code, and State and Federal laws and regulations related to City infrastructure projects;
  • interpret specifications and City policy and make change orders;
  • participate in the selection and supervision of private professional engineers for the development of plans and specifications, studies and reports;
  • supervise, review and participate in the preparation of environmental assessments, studies and reports;
  • serve as staff and make presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Public Utilities, other boards and commissions, committees, outside agencies, and property owners on City infrastructure systems and building construction engineering matters; develop and manage section annual budgets;
  • sign and stamp civil engineering documents including studies, reports, plans and specifications;
  • in the absence of the incumbent, act as City Engineer, Deputy Director or Chief Building Official depending upon area of assignment;
  • and perform related duties as assigned.

In addition to the duties listed above, the following duties are considered essential for positions in Capital Projects Engineering:

  • Supervise and participate in the development of plans, specifications and estimates for construction and major repair of City infrastructure;
  • manage the construction of capital programs, including inspection, contract administration and claims avoidance;
  • manage project budgets;
  • participate in the preparation of the capital improvement program and budget.

Required Qualifications

Experience and Education: Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience: Sufficient years of experience in professional engineering work in the area of assignment to demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above, including some supervisory experience
Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in civil engineering or a related discipline.
Licenses/Certificates: Possession of or ability to obtain prior to appointment, a certificate of registration as a professional engineer in civil engineering issued by the State of California.

Knowledge of:  Principles and practices of engineering; modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of infrastructure engineering projects and/or design, construction and rehabilitation of a wide variety of building projects; modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding the assigned area of engineering; applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to design and construction in the area of assignment; principles of supervision, training and performance management.

Ability to: Make complex engineering computations and check, design and supervise the construction of a wide variety of public and private facilities; communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; use a variety of drafting and engineering apparatus; supervise, train and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.

This classification requires the ability to perform work at various locations. Individuals must be physically capable of operating a motor vehicle safely and possess a valid, Class C, California Drivers License, or be able to demonstrate the ability to travel on scheduled or unscheduled visits to various City facilities or work locations which may or may not be reachable by public transportation.

Additional Information

A Supervising Engineer works primarily indoors, sitting for extended periods of time with the ability to change positions. Using a computer, calculator and other standard office equipment requires making continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements. Books and plans weighing less than 20 pounds are carried more than 20 feet. Part of the work involves inspecting development and construction sites which requires the ability to walk over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces, jumping over trenches and other obstacles and working in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements. Inspecting sites requires the ability to hear alarms and operation of construction equipment. Use of a computer mouse with computer aided design programs requires making fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the positions of a control mechanism. Using survey equipment during inspections involves measuring distances using calibrated instruments. Inspecting bridges requires working at heights above 10 feet. Conducting inspections requires the individual to climb ladders or scaffolding, ranging up to 50 - 60 feet, in order to access and walk on roof tops. A sense of balance is required to walk on 6/12 pitched roof tops. The job requires the ability to access and enter cramped quarters such as crawl spaces which may bring the incumbent into contact with reptiles, insects, and/or rodents.

The Selection Process
The selection process will include a minimum qualifications assessment, and may also include an application and supplemental questionnaire review, followed by department selection interviews. It is anticipated that interviews will take place towards the end of September. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Amanda Suhrke, at

Please complete a thoughtful, thorough Supplemental Questionnaire submission. As part of the selection process, your responses to these questions will be scored using criteria specific to this position. Incomplete responses, or responses such as "See Resume" can result in disqualification from the selection process. 

The City of Santa Rosa is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. 


Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, you’ll find a vibrant city overflowing with all you love about California. Welcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together. Wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center, our charming, thriving downtown, lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike.
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