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Engineering Manager - Design

Orange County Sanitation District
Fountain Valley, California
Salary Range: $190,008.00 - $231,982.40/Year; Hiring Salary Range: $190,008 - $209,955/Year
Closing date
Mar 11, 2024

Job Details

What do you value in your next job?

At the Orange County Sanitation District our Core Values form the framework of our organization and reinforce our professional work ethic. If the following values ring true with you, we'd love to invite you to explore our career opportunities further.

Integrity, Inclusion, Honesty, and Respect
We aspire to the highest degree of integrity, inclusion, honesty, and respect in our interaction with each other, our suppliers, our customers, and our community. We strive to demonstrate these values in our actions, commitments, and service.
Leadership, Teamwork, and Problem Solving
We lead by example, acknowledging the value of our resources and using them wisely to achieve our mission. We strive to reach OC San goals through cooperative efforts and collaboration with each other and our constituencies. We work to solve problems in a creative, cost-effective, and safe manner, and we acknowledge team and individual efforts.
Customer Service, Transparency, and Accountability
We are committed to acting in a timely, accurate, accessible, and transparent manner through excellent customer service. We are committed to act in the best interest of our internal and external stakeholders.
Resiliency, Innovation, and Learning
We continuously develop ourselves, enhancing our talents, skills, and abilities. We recognize that only through personal growth and development will we progress as an agency and as individuals.
We are committed to providing a safe work environment. We will demonstrate leadership, promote individual accountability, and participate actively in the advancement of our health and safety practices. 

 OC San is currently looking to fill the role of an Engineering Manager (Design).

 Under administrative direction, the Engineering Manager will:

  • Direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the activities and operations of the Design Division;
  • Determine engineering and technical objectives;
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance, while ensuring design quality; 
  • Ensure regulatory compliance;
  • Coordinate assigned activities with other units, groups, and outside agencies;
  • Provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director of Engineering; 
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource;
  • Facilitate consensus building and decision making;
  • Take responsibility for ensuring project quality and customer satisfaction;
  • Maintain engineering design and design execution standards and guidelines; and
  • Promote and maintain a safety culture and ensure a safe work environment for consultants, contractors and staff.

The Engineering Manager is also responsible for:

  • Establishing and ensuring consistency with Engineering and OC San policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • Participating in recruitment processes and assessment/ development of staff;
  • Providing support, training, and coaching for staff;
  • Optimizing organizational structure by monitoring effectiveness of work and performance metrics, and recommends appropriate service and staffing levels;
  • Overseeing the development and administration of the Division's budget;
  • Preparing and delivering presentations to the Board of Directors and external stakeholders;
  • Working closely and collaboratively with the OC San Manager Team;
  • Managing the oversight of technical items, which includes negotiating and resolving sensitive and controversial issues; and 
  • Continuous improvement of the Division and in project delivery methods.
  • The position requires strategic thinking, planning, staff motivation, and day-to-day management responsibilities; and is instrumental in developing and managing objectives and standards for planning, design, and construction for the Engineering Department Capital Improvement Program.
    The successful candidate should have a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of the engineering profession, and how they apply to the design and construction of wastewater collection and treatment projects. The successful candidate should also have an understanding of the principles and practices of management, supervision, and performance evaluation; and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. 


Qualifications & Requirements

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, with major coursework in engineering, construction management, or a related field. 
  • Eight (8) years of increasingly responsible work experience in engineering, including two (2) years of progressively more responsible experience as project or technical lead or supervisory experience. 
  • Valid California Class C Driver’s License. 
  • Valid registration as a professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of California.

Desired Qualifications: 

  •   A Master's degree is highly desirable.

Recruitment & Selection Process

Vacancies: 1
(an eligible list may be established for future vacancies) 
Apply online at:
(or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received)

Interviews are anticipated to occur on Thursday, March 28, 2024 
Hiring Salary Range: $190,008 - $209,955/Year
(starting salary will be within this range based upon qualifications)


The Orange County Sanitation District is a public agency that is committed to maintaining excellence in wastewater and water resource management. OCSD is operates the third largest wastewater treatment facilities west of the Mississippi River.

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