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Assistant City Engineer

City of Laguna Hills
Laguna Hills, California
$12,073 - $14,675 per month plus pers and benefits package
Closing date
May 6, 2024

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Note: Effective the first pay period that includes July 1, 2024, the position is eligible for a 3% COLA increase.

FILING DATE: Open until filled with a first review date of May 7, 2024. Apply by May 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered for the first review.


The City of Laguna Hills, California, is located in the heart of the Saddleback Valley in south Orange County and is bordered by Interstate 5 on the east, State Route 73 on the south, the cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods on the west, and the City of Irvine on the north.  Incorporated in 1991, the City operates under the contract model utilizing core staff as supplemented by contract support services and enjoys a stable budget.

The City is currently seeking to fill the Assistant City Engineer position within the Public Works Department.

With the approval of the City Manager, this position may work a 9/80 schedule aligning with the City Hall operating schedule where working hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, or may work a traditional 5/40 schedule where working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. In addition, the position may require working some night time and weekend hours for meetings, special events, and after-hours emergencies, as may be needed by the City. This position is not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime pay.


Under the general supervision of the Public Works Director/City Engineer, the Assistant City Engineer plans, manages, and oversees the engineering activities within the Public Works Department, including capital improvement projects, transportation and engineering, and environmental services. In addition, the position coordinates assigned activities within the Department and with other City departments and outside agencies, provides professional and technical assistance to the Public Works Director/City Engineer, supervises subordinate staff, prepares and reviews engineering plans and specifications, acts as a project manager on assigned projects, ensures that all Federal, State, and local regulations are met, and reviews and monitors City contractor performance as assigned.


The duties assigned include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assume full management and technical responsibility for engineering services within the Public Works Department including public right-of-way planning, engineering, pavement maintenance, design, inspection, contract administration, environmental services, and traffic engineering.

• Supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned technical engineering personnel and administrative support staff; plan, coordinate, and oversee work and confer with staff regarding project priorities and programs; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.

• Manage the daily activities of private development review and processing, including collection of fees and securities; review grading, improvement, and erosion control plans, Water Quality Management Plans, geotechnical reports, and hydrology and hydraulic studies.

• Manage traffic signal systems, infrastructure design, construction management, and technical studies.

• Ensure compliance with all pertinent Federal, State, and local codes, laws, and regulations.

• Manage the development of the City’s capital improvement program including master plans, and ensure the program and plans are workable and justifiable.

• Determine the scope of engineering projects, make technical engineering decisions, establish technical criteria and standards.

• Administer maintenance service contracts for City facilities and capital improvement project contracts for design and construction.

• Responds to and assists with citizen complaints and requests for information, including the general public, developers, contractors and utility representatives.

• Prepare reports, make presentations, and participate in meetings with City Council, Traffic Commission, Parks & Recreation Commission, internal City staff meetings, outside agencies, professional organizations, and contractors.

• Identify and obtain grant funding for projects and studies, maintain project files, and obtain reimbursement for projects.

• Assist in the development and implementation of the Department’s budget, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.

• Participate in Public Works emergencies, including being “on-call” for after-hours emergencies.

• Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of municipal public works departments encompassing engineering, transportation, and environmental services.

• Proper usage of construction materials and equipment; safe work practices; traffic control standards.

• Engineering mathematics, including algebra and geometry.

• Civil engineering principles and practices and their application to public works construction, inspection, sampling, testing, and cost estimating.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping.

• Principles and practices of technical report preparation.

• Modern office procedures, methods and equipment, including computers and supporting word   processing and spreadsheet applications, and geographic information system (GIS) applications and programs.

• Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

• Principals of personnel management including supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

• Pertinent Federal, State and local codes, ordinances, and regulations such as CEQA, NPDES, California Streets and Highways Code, MUTCD, and laws and regulations governing land development and public projects.

• Customer service techniques for effective interactions with elected officials, engineers, developers, contractors, City staff, and representatives of other agencies.

• Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

• Safe driving principles and practices.

Ability to:

• Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Public Works Department.

• Assist in developing, implementing and administering goals, objectives and procedures for providing effective and efficient public works services.

• Assist in preparing and administering large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.

• Observe, organize, and analyze facts, including technical and statistical data, and develop logical conclusions.

• Provide courteous and responsive communication with the public.

• Resolve complicated situations requiring diplomacy and tact.

• Evaluate operations and problems; recommend and implement efficiency and productivity improvements.

• Plan, organize, manage and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.

• Interpret, apply and ensure compliance with federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.

• Effectively utilize software programs, including Microsoft Office, databases, email and a variety of computer communications, GIS and design programs and software.

• Work nights, weekends, and holidays, if necessary, to complete tasks on time and to attend meetings and functions.

• Make sound decisions and instill confidence in the public on engineering matters.

• Operate a motor vehicle safely.

• Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

The equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a closely-related field, and five years of professional civil engineering work, preferably in a public agency setting, including one year of supervisory experience. Additional years of professional civil engineering and public agency experience is desirable. A master’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, or a closely-related field is desirable.

Licenses Required:

Must possess and maintain Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California, a valid California Driver’s License, and proof of automobile insurance meeting the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA) requirements.  Registration as a Professional Traffic Engineer in the State of California is desirable.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Positions in this class work mostly in an office setting. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land-use developments, construction sites, or public works facilities. Work involves lifting, pushing, or pulling objects weighing up to 50 pounds.  This position is frequently required to communicate with others; use hands to finger, handle, feel, and operate objects, tools, and controls; to reach with hands and arms; and talk, hear, and smell. The incumbent is required to travel to specific locations; and is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.

Working Conditions: This position requires specific vision abilities such as close, distant, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus on small objects. This position occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions; and noise levels in the work environments are moderately quiet while in the office and moderately noisy when in the field. Employees frequently deal with irate members of the public in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures and City codes.

Tools and Equipment:

Motorized vehicles, cellular and regular telephone, calculator, computer, copy and fax machines, and other modern office equipment as necessary.


A formal City application, rating of education and experience, oral interview, and references shall be required.  Job-related tests may also be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various tasks that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Application forms may be obtained from the City of Laguna Hills website,  Applications must be filled out completely and must show that the minimum qualifications are met.  Resumes will not, nor will references to a resume, be accepted in lieu of a completed City application. Completed applications must be submitted by email to and received by the City no later than 5:00 p.m. on the filing deadline.

Based upon information presented on the applications, those applicants possessing the most suitable qualifications will be requested to continue in the recruitment process.  All applicants will be notified by email of the results of the selection process.


The City of Laguna Hills recruits and hires without regard to race, color, religious creed, physical or medical condition or handicap, sex, age, marital status, or national origin except in those specific instances whereby a bona fide occupational qualification demands otherwise.


The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that you must be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States to be eligible for hire.

This job bulletin does not constitute an expressed or implied contract and provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked at any time without prior notice or agreement.


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