Senior Engineer (3-year contract position)

City of Cambridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts
107,466 to $118,529 annually
Closing date
Oct 15, 2022

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Construction Engineering
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Engineer, Senior Engineer
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The Cambridge Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing high-quality public services, developing, and maintaining a safe and healthy environment, providing excellent customer service, and planning for a sustainable future.  DPW is committed to cultivating a workplace environment that reflects the City’s values of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We are currently seeking a Senior Engineer to manage the design and construction of public works capital improvement projects, with a focus on managing large private development projects and their impacts on the public right of way.  The Senior Engineer will have a high degree of independent responsibility in managing private development construction projects in the areas of sewer separation, utility improvements, stormwater management, and street reconstruction. Under the supervision of the City Engineer and Director of Engineering Services, the Senior Engineer will perform the following duties:

  • Review, permit and oversee construction of public infrastructure improvements performed by private entities.
  • Manage all aspects of large private development projects including the impacts on the public way and utilities; schedule; traffic management plans; coordination between adjacent development projects; and inspection and quality control of municipal infrastructure improvements including sewer, water, drain, street, sidewalk, bicycle facilities and tree plantings.
  • Coordinate the design and construction of public infrastructure improvements with residents, property owners, business owners, other city departments, state and federal agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Review building permit applications to ensure that proposed work is compliant with DPW standard specifications, accessibility requirements, stormwater management goals and streetscape design standards.
  • Assist in emergency situations as required including, but not limited to, significant inclement weather events and participate in a 24 hour a day on call rotation.
  • Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related field. Minimum of 5-8 years relevant experience, with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.   Management of large scale ($20M+) utility projects including deep excavation (20’+), support of excavation designs, effective vibration monitoring, protecting existing utilities during construction, and coordination of significant utility work in a dense urban environment. Ability to effectively coordinate construction activities with city departments, the community, and multiple contractors in a dense urban environment. Ability to interpret technical information accurately and make decisions in a fast-paced environment consistent with existing laws, regulations, and policies. Ability to manage and administer public works construction contracts.    The City of Cambridge’s workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse.   Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.


  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental laws and regulations as they pertain to municipal drainage and sewer system design, construction, and operation.
  • Knowledge of state and federal accessibility requirements and experience designing and constructing accessible facilities.
  • Knowledge of complete streets designs, emphasizing superior accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Experience with state and municipal purchasing laws and regulations.
  • Massachusetts Professional Engineer’s License.

Hours Per Week:     37.5 hours/week; 3-year contract position


  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year
  • Discounted MBTA monthly pass. Bluebikes membership and EZRide Shuttle pass.

RATE:  $107,466 to $118,529 annually + excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resume and cover letter requested by 09/30/22.  Position will remain open until filled. We are an AA/EEO Employer.


With over 107,000 people located within a 6.5 square mile area, Cambridge is a unique community with a strong mix of cultural, demographic and social diversity, intellectual vitality and technological innovation. Located just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge is home to world-renowned educational institutions, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as to numerous high-tech and bio-tech companies. Cambridge has developed into an international community, with 28% of residents being foreign born, representing over 70 countries and speaking more than 40 different languages.
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