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Town Engineer

Town of Leland
Leland, North Carolina
Start at $110,000, commensurate with education/experience. Relocation and/or hiring bonus considered
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

The Town Engineer performs advanced technical and administrative work related to department operations including streets and sidewalks, stormwater, administration, and environmental services, conducting studies and assessments, overseeing the management of all phases of complex civil engineering public works construction and repair projects, ensuring compliance with Federal, state, and local environmental laws, preparing and submitting reports, and related work as apparent or assigned. Supervision is exercised over assigned personnel. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Plans, directs, and administers Engineering department operations.
  • Develops and implements department policies, goals, objectives, procedures, and priorities, including development of the department’s strategic plan.
  • Oversees engineering duties for Town operations including streets and sidewalks, stormwater, environmental services and capital construction.
  • Oversees the management of all phases of complex engineering construction and repair projects including defining the scope of the project; developing requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for qualifications (RFQs); managing the advertising and bid process; evaluating proposals and recommending project award; negotiating and administering contracts after award; ensuring compliance with permitting, standards and specifications and time and budget estimates; analyzing and resolving complex problems that may arise; approving field changes as required; and ensuring proper project closeout.
  • Manages all phases of the Town’s on-call engineering process including defining scope; developing requests for proposals (FRPs) and requests for qualification (RFQs); managing the advertising and bid process; evaluating qualifications and recommending award; negotiating and administering contracts after award; and ensuring close out.
  • Attends various meetings with other departments, elected officials, outside agencies, contractors, engineers, developers, architects, and the general public in providing and acquiring information and coordinating engineering matters.
  • Analyzes engineering plan design, specifications, and consultant and staff comments in accordance with design requirements and municipal standards and regulations; recommends approval or additional engineering changes or conditions; represents the Town’s engineering interests in Technical Review Committees (TRC), partnership meetings, etc.
  • Manages the Town’s NPDS MS4 Permit program, including permit review and issuance, Performance Security administration, deficiency and violation administration and inspections. Manages the Town’s other environmental permit programs, as appropriate.
  • Presents plans, reports, and makes recommendations to Council and the public. Creates and maintains Town standard details and specifications.
  • Manages the Town’s right of way encroachment and driveway permit programs.
  • Manages the Town’s as-built and closeout process, including obtaining as-builts and certification documentation.
  • Identifies necessary GIS data for streets, sidewalks, stormwater, and other applicable programs. Oversees street dedication process and annual Powell Bill submittal.
  • Oversees the Town’s Performance Guarantee process. Reviews, evaluates, and pursues potential grant opportunities. Assists other departments with Town-wide planning, design, and construction issues.
  • Responds to inquiries and complaints; investigates, negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws; prepares and submits reports as required while maintaining up to date knowledge of industry trends and innovations.
  • Recruits and selects departmental personnel; assigns, directs, trains, and inspects the work of staff; rewards, disciplines, coaches, councils and evaluates staff performance; accesses and monitors workloads.
  • Reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures.
  • Leads CIP planning activities.
  • Participates and represents Engineering in Town-wide initiatives. Promotes and demonstrates organizational culture, core values, and leadership philosophies consistent with, or complementary to, Town administration.
  • Adheres to policies and procedures established by the Town. Performs work during emergency or disaster situations as necessary, upon request, or as assigned by the Assistant Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager, or Town Manager. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or related field and moderate experience in civil engineering, construction administration, maintenance, planning, and design including moderate supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of North Carolina.
  • Three or more years of prior experience performing engineering activities.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of North Carolina.
  • Completion of NIMS ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 courses within twelve (12) months of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of municipal public services administration, planning, and design including the local, State, and Federal laws and regulations that regulate their development and operation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of engineering plans, blueprints, drawings, and technical data.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of maps, GIS, and GPS.
  • General knowledge of CAD.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of bid documents, deeds, easements, and other legal documents.
  • General knowledge of water and sewer system design and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of stormwater design and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of street design and roadway maintenance.
  • Ability to review and analyze plans and specifications for the construction of public utilities facilities.
  • Ability to formulate comprehensive operational policies and procedures.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports.
  • Ability to perform mathematical and engineering computations with precision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to supervise the work of assigned staff.
  • Ability to perform work during emergency or disaster situations upon request and as assigned by management.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with consultants, elected officials, engineers, architects, contractors, developers, management, and the general public.
  • Ability to apply servant leadership principles and the Town’s core values in the performance of duties.
  • Ability to perform work during emergency or disaster situations upon request and as assigned by management. 

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