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Senior Civil Engineer

City of Lafayette
Lafayette, California
$119,518 - $157,212 per year
Closing date
Mar 9, 2023

Job Details

The City of Lafayette (pop. 24,000) is recruiting for the position of an Senior Engineer. Lafayette prides itself on its vibrant downtown, beautiful tree-studded hillsides and great schools.  Lafayette residents expect personalized service to deliver customized solutions to the community’s unique engineering and public works priorities.  This position will be part of the team whose mission is to meet that challenge, and to ensure that Lafayette retains its semi-rural character and "small town" downtown feel.

The Engineering staff at Lafayette is a hands-on team where all members of the team are expected to be comfortable working in both the field and office.  The position will include professional field and office work related to the inspection, management, planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for streets, drains, and walkways as well as for Parks & Recreation capital improvements and other construction projects.

This is a challenging and varied job in a great city!  The new Engineer will be joining a staff of dedicated, energetic and fun professionals.

As part of the Engineering Services Department the Senior Engineer performs the following major duties:

  • lans, designs, and inspects complex civil engineering construction projects.
  • Reviews construction plans to verify compliance with City, State, Federal, and/or industry standards and requirements for public works infrastructure.
  • Hosts public meetings for City Council-approved capital improvement projects.
  • Makes presentations to commissions, committees and City Council.
  • Reviews engineering calculations and participates in pre-design, construction, and utility coordination meetings.
  • Provides construction administration, public relations, management, and inspection of construction projects.
  • Reviews and inspects work to preserve public safety and ensure conformance with plans and specifications.
  • May provide supervisory oversight to the Public Works Inspector positions.
  • May assist in development review.
  • May assist in the management of the City of Lafayette clean water program.

In addition to familiarity with civil engineering principles, procedures, methods, materials and techniques used in public works projects, qualified candidates should have the ability to communicate effectively with contractors and the public.   An equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or related engineering field is required as well as five years of experience and registration as a Professional Engineer. Hands on and varied engineering work experience is highly desirable.  Experience with Traffic engineering, GIS and CAD software program is also a plus.

Lafayette also provides an attractive benefits package that includes:

  • A generous 401-A retirement plan with contributions up to 20% as well as City-paid social security contributions.  Because the City does not participate in PERS, all vested retirement funds belong to the employee to manage as they see fit.
  • City subsidizes 95% of health and dental OR receive 15% of salary 457 contribution if you have alternative health care coverage.
  • Start with 11.5 days of vacation + 2 additional weeks paid executive leave for a total of  more than 4 weeks vacation in Year 1.  Vacation increases with tenure up to 7 weeks paid time off per year.
  • Alternative work schedules (4/10 and 9/80) as well as partial remote work options available depending on work assignments.

The final filing date is February 24, 2023.   To be considered, you must submit a City of Lafayette Employment Application, plus relevant materials that amplify your qualifications.  You must apply online at  For questions, please email

Following the filing date, resumes will be screened and candidates with the most relevant qualifications will be invited to interviews in January with an anticipated start date of mid-March 2023.




With a current population of 24,285, Lafayette is nestled among rolling green wooded hills in the San Francisco Bay area. Located in beautiful Contra Costa County, Lafayette is just 20 miles east of San Francisco and 8 miles from Berkeley. Lafayette was incorporated in order to preserve and enhance its semi-rural character and is noted for its high quality of life, warm, small-town feel, and stimulating urban culture. The city enjoys top rated schools, a low crime rate, clean air and endless recreational opportunities. In this community you will find a vast network of hiking trails and open space areas, a beautiful reservoir, a vast array of cultural offerings and a quaint downtown known for its “Restaurant Row”. All of which can be enjoyed in the beautiful Mediterranean climate.Lafayette is unique and proud of it. The city was incorporated in 1968 to provide limited services with a small staff and ensure financial stability through conservative fiscal policies. The “Four P’s”: police, public works, planning and parks are firmly planted in the DNA of the organization as its highest priorities. The city contracts for the majority of services so that it receives the best combination of price, quality and flexibility. The city’s conservative fiscal policies have placed it in the enviable position of having no unfunded obligations, a large financial reserve and a bond rating of AAA. The city embraces the community with many volunteers and city commissions that partner with city staff to achieve community goals.

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